Heath Seymour describes the street dances in downtown Brevard as “a true cultural event that you can’t really find anywhere else.”
Seymour is the executive director of the Heart of Brevard, which is helping to run this year’s dances, which start on Tuesday, June 20, and will continue each Tuesday through Aug. 8. The only exception is Tuesday, July 4, when downtown will host the annual local celebration of the national holiday.
The traditional Appalachian square dances on East Main Street in front of the courthouse will be held 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, who has been participating for many years. “We’ve really enjoyed all the visitors coming in for this, and all the visits and financial support from the locals for many years now,” Smith said.
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 between 200 and 300 people each night.
“We are happy to help with the summer street dances this year,” Seymour said. “These dances add to Brevard’s ‘sense of place’ and feeling of authenticity, and we hope to see it continue for many years to come.
Anyone interested in contributing to the event should contact the Heart of Brevard office at (828) 884-3278.