One of the most popular summer activities in downtown is the Heart of Brevard’s Tuesday night street dances.
The dances contribute to the city’s “sense of place and feeling of authenticity,” says Heart of Brevard Director Heath Seymour.
This year, the dances start on Tuesday, June 19, and will continue through Aug. 7.
The traditional Appalachian square dances are held on East Main Street in front of the courthouse from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., with dance instruction between 6 and 7 p.m.
Carolina Blue will provide the music at the courthouse gazebo, while the dance caller is Joe Smith. Two separate circles are typically formed during the dance — one for adults and one for children. In the children’s circle, adults help to teach the dances to the young ones.
The public is invited to bring along lawn chairs to the dances, which average about 200 people each night. Seymour noted that the dances can only exist with continued financial support and local participation.
Anyone interested in contributing to the event, either through a financial contribution or by volunteering, should contact the Heart of Brevard office at (828) 884-3278.