Photo by Todd E. Gaul

Photo by Todd E. Gaul

We’ve got dance performances and workshops, good old-fashioned squares (and new-fashioned rowdy squares), and a little cajun two-step to keep you dancing the whole festival!

We’ll post information as it becomes available. Here’s a start:

Thursday in the Dance Tent

7pm – Square Dance with House Band, The Hoppin’ Johnnies &

No, this is not really them. We know because Katy is missing.

No, this is not really them. We know because Katy is missing.

Caller, Carol Thompson

Our house band is an eclectic mix of available folks who love and contribute much to the whole Hoppin’ John scene. The core group includes Tim Wells, Gil McNeill, Ben Riesser, Steve Fagan, Greg Hanson, Jim O’Keefe and Katy Shoemaker taking turns on various instruments, but you never know who might drop in for a tune or two!

Friday in the Dance Tent

4:30pm – Freestyle Flatfooting Dance Workshop

Come ready for fun and exercise! Flatfooting is a percussive dance form – your feet beat the drum. In this workshop, we will explore freestyle flatfooting to old time music, practice finding the rhythm of a tune, learns some simple flatfooting steps and practice “playing the tune” with those steps. Jan Gittelman leads this instructional workshop to live music. Wear smooth soled shoes if you can, and bring a towel and water bottle, because we are going to sweat!

8pm – Waltz & Two-Step Dance


Hoppin’ John is excited to host its first Waltz & Two-Step dance this year! We have four great fiddlers (and a host of backup players) to play for the dance that will feature several different styles of waltzes, two-steps, and even a little singing thrown in.
Shay Garriock will be playing old-time waltzes and two-steps;
Steve Kruger & Gil McNeill will be playing old-time, twin-fiddle waltzes with maybe a little singing thrown in;
Chris Mankoff will be playing Cajun waltzes and two-steps;
Paul Mitchell will be playing Irish waltzes.
Grab a partner and come out and float around the dance floor on Friday night from 8:00-9:00! Then…stick around for the square dance that follows!

9pm – FreeStyle Dance with Dwight Hawkins & the Piedmont Highballers

It’s sure to be a ruckus good time! Bio coming soon…

Saturday on the Main Stage

1pm (following Youth Instrument Contest) – Youth Dance Contest

7pm – Clogging Performance with the Green Grass Cloggers

ggc3For forty-five years (!) now, the Green Grass Cloggers have been kicking up their heels with their own style of clogging in their home state of North Carolina, and around the world. Inspired by traditional mountain-style clogging teams and influenced by Appalachian flatfooters and buckdancers, they developed an original, eclectic style of dance, which was a radical departure from traditional team clogging. Today’s Green Grass Cloggers include dancers from multiple generations continuing that Green Grass style!

End of the Band Contest – Adult Dance Contest

Saturday in the Dance Tent

12pm – Clogging Workshop with the Green Grass Cloggers

7pm – Square Dance with the Hoppin’ Johnnies & Caller Liam Kelly

Join a different rendition of our beloved house band with “Old Man” Kelly calling the steps.

8pm – Cajun Dance with Unknown Tongues

unknown-tongues.web_Join in the Cajun Dance — old-time music’s cousin from down south. Unknown Tongues hails from the marshlands of Eastern NC where they’ve hosted the Gloucester Mardi Gras for twenty years and just launched the Wild Caught Local Seafood and Music Festival on the banks of the Straits. Unknown locally as well as around the world, the Tongues play stealthy and addictive tunes that leave unsuspecting fans eager for more. Come check out the mystico-morphic band of the Down East coastal NC bayou.

9:30pm – Rowdy Square Dance with the Five Points Rounders

This band was formed specifically for rowdy square dancin’ — fast, loose and fun. The Five Points Rounders feature David Bass on fiddle, Colin Booy playing banjo, Tracy Lafleur on guitar and since Rob’s retirement from the band, Jim O’Keefe sitting in on bass for this sfivepoints-150x106pecial Hoppin’ John occasion. It’s developed a cult following (well, of sorts) here in the Triangle…and called by Anna Lena Phillips. Come join in the fun tonight and late night on Saturday.

Late Night – Open Tent for Square Dancing

Enjoy the dance tent for your own square dance! Bring your own band and caller, and the dancers will come…






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11th Annual Festival! September 14 - 16, 2017 at Shakori Hills in Silk Hope, NC