Brevard’s Old Time Street Dance happens every summer starting in June on East Main Street in downtown Brevard. The series of street dances are held each Tuesday through August.
Each Tuesday, live music and free square dance instruction will start at 6:30 p.m., with dancing from 7 until 9 p.m. Joe Smith will return as caller for the 2018 season with the first dance being held on June 19th.
Each evening also includes a few classic songs and a chance for clogging. Carolina Blue will provide live music, and there will be a young children’s circle, which will makes it easy and safe for dancers of all ages to participate. Parents are welcome to join their child in the young children’s circle.
He urges everyone to “get a bite to eat and shop downtown before the music starts, (and) then put out your folding chair, get comfortable and stay a while.”
The Old Time Street Dances began in the 1940s and ran through the 1960s. After that, the dances happened on an irregular basis until 1998, when they were brought back by the late Bill Tinsley and the late Rob Ewen.
The dances are sponsored by the Heart of Brevard and Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, as well as many local merchants and individuals who want to keep this tradition alive.
Participants may also make contributions at each of the dances.