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Carcassonne Square Dance

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Carcassonne's Square Dance is known as the Commonwealth's oldest and longest-running community-sponsored square dance. Because of its unique style and history, Carcassonne is famous among square dance aficionados. Several books, magazine articles, and media stories mention Carcassonne as a square dance mecca. Admission prices have remained low, at $5 adults, $3 students 6-18, and children are free with paying adult. The community center offers home-cooked meals, snacks, souvenirs, and a playground for children. Members of the Carcassonne community are happy to give tours of the building and share its history. Dances are traditionally held on the second Saturday of each month, March through November, except October's dance is the third Saturday so the nearby community of Blackey can have its annual festival/ homecoming on the second weekend. This year, Our June date coincides with Appalshop's Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival, and a Carcassonne square dance has traditionally been a feature of this event, so the Carcassonne Council vote to designate the Seedtime dance as Carcassonne's own. It will be held at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, on June 8th, from 6-8 pm, with no admission charge. For all dances at Carcassonne, our doors open at 5:30, and dancing runs from 6-9 pm. Dances also feature a cakewalk or two, and we traditionally end with a Virginia Reel. We are working on a Carcassonne website, but until it comes, you can follow us on Facebook at "Carcassonne Community Center Activities," or Google "Carcassonne Square Dance" or "Carcassonne Big Set." In the immortal words of Lee Sexton, "Let's square dance!"

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