Contra Dance with Kyle Johnston (caller) and Rip the Calico

  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Venue: Dance Tent
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 10 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


If you can walk, you can dance, so put on your dancing shoes and stop by the Dance Tent for a beginners' contra dance called by local caller and clogger Kyle Johnston, with live music provided by Rip the Calico!

Rip the Calico is a high-energy contra dance band from North Carolina. Drawing heavily from Celtic influences (and origins), the Calicos will take you on a dance journey from dulcet circlings to mad romps across the dance floor. The band features Alison Arnold (Irish flute, Irish and Scottish whistles); Gordon Arnold (cello, guitar, banjo); Mairead Brady (fiddle); and Tyler Johnson (tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin).