Northern Virginia

Country-Western

Dance Association

Admission

  • Members NVCWDA: $10.00
  • Non-members: $12.00
  • Children under 18, with paying adult: $5.00
  • Regular admission rates listed above do not apply to Benefit Dance or New Year's Eve Dance

Calendar

Dance schedules

Directions

Lincolnia Senior Center

Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church

Green Acres Center

Salvation Army Fairfax Corps

Church of the Good Shepherd

Hollin Hall Senior Center

Dancers Dancers

Inclement Weather Policy

Our weather closure policy follows that of Fairfax County Public Schools. See the FAQ.

Dance Info

Dancers

Schedule

We usually hold dances on the first and third Saturdays of the month as listed on the Calendar.

Here's what to expect at a typical dance...

Doors open at about 5:30 p.m. at Lincolnia. (Other venues could have a different start/end times.) A NVCWDA representative will be on hand taking admission at the door. You'll get a ticket for our door prize drawing, which is held midway through the dance. Dance lessons at Lincolnia are scheduled for 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. (Times may change for different venues.) We try to have both a line dance lesson and a couples dance lesson.

Dancers

Our instructors are volunteers. Some are award-winning dance competitors. We have 3-4 regular DJs. The DJ usually has a request sheet so that people can ask for their favorite dances or songs.

At 7:00 p.m., open dancing begins. Usually the DJ will call which dance is appropriate for each song, for example, a two-step, waltz, or certain line dance. Even if a couples dance is called, people still can line dance in the middle of the floor. The opposite is true also - if a line dance is called, people can still dance around the outside of the floor. Sometimes we'll have several line dances and couples dances going on at one time. As long as everyone observes dance floor etiquette, we can accommodate more than one dance to the same song.

About halfway into the dance, we turn up the lights and the NVCWDA President makes announcements. We draw a door prize winner and then go back to open dancing. Sometimes we resume with a mixer dance in which everyone changes partners at set sequences.

We usually provide ice. Feel free to contribute food or drinks - they will be enjoyed by fellow dancers.

The dance ends at 9:30 p.m. at Lincolnia. Volunteers clean up, and we go home to rest our weary feet.

Looking for Lessons?

NVCWDA offers brief lessons at the beginning of each dance, usually one line dance and one couples dance. We suggest you check out Fairfax County Parktakes for lessons. They offer C/W dance classes, several of which are taught by NVCWDA members. Also look into Fairfax County Senior Centers to see if they have line dance sessions. Arlington County's 55+ Program offers line dancing classes taught by NVCWDA dancers.

Our Calendar lists some classes in the area. Many of the other dance places and clubs listed on our Links page offer lessons as do some of the dance studios in the area. You can also check Linda Bloyer's Friends of Country Dance website, or the electronic newsletter from Dave Moldover DC's Community Dance News.

Hints for Newcomers

We've put together a Primer for Newcomers to help you get started at our dances.