$70 – $120

2018 Palmetto Bug Stomp: hosted by Charleston Folk!

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North Charleston's Park Circle Felix Davis Community Center

4800 Park Circle East

North Charleston, SC 29405

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Palmetto Bug Stomp! April 13-15, 2018

Palmetto Bug Stomp is always the very best of parties; each year we look forward to a reunion with old friends and are excited to meet some new ones.

For 2018 we have an all-star lineup guaranteed to please. But what's a party without music? Boy do we have that covered! First off, we have the legendary Wild Asparagus live and on stage. Joining them is the Charleston powerhouse known as ContraForce. This is a one-two punch designed to rock your socks clean off!

Of course, bands this epic deserve callers of equal stature and we've got that as well. Contra dance icon George Marshall will be calling for us along with the mega-talented Seth Tepfer. New this year, we will have Ed Howe and the Sound of Perfection crew mixing the music and the voices for a seamless sonic experience.

Last year we sold out rather quickly so please try to sign up early-ish. We want everyone to be able to get in.

Once you have your Bug Stomp tickets, we will work to find housing with local dancers on a first-come, first-served basis. That's right: free housing in beautiful Charleston, SC, while supplies last. We also have a limited number of discounted hotel rooms nearby if that is more your thing. See the FAQ below for more details.

Early bird prices until February 28th!


Is this dance gender-balanced? (Meaning equal numbers of men and women)

By overwhelming demand, The Palmetto Bug Stomp is a gender-balanced event. Sign up with a partner to avoid being waitlisted.

Do you have any volunteer opportunities?

If you're looking for a cheaper option and you're willing to work, we have some volunteer slots available. In exchange for a mega-cheap ticket (just $35!) you will be expected to work 8 hours throughout the dance weekend. To apply, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lisa McQuade, at glowinglotus189@gmail.com or by text at (843) 277-5879.

Can you help me find a place to stay?

Limited housing with generous local dancers is provided on a first-come-first-served basis. Get your tickets first, then contact us at palmettobugstomp@gmail.com to inquire.

Failing that, Charleston is a tourist town with a bewildering array of hotel options at all price points. We have a discounted block of rooms at one nearby hotel, and can recommend some other places and campgrounds as well. We made a list of recommendations you can download as a Word document here.

Can I buy tickets just for Friday or Saturday night?

Unfortunately, that is not an option. But feel free to come to any of our monthly dances from our Facebook or Charleston Folk website!

I signed up for the dance, but now I cannot attend. Do you offer refunds?

So sorry to hear that! You sure are missing out! Our refund policy states we charge a $15 cancellation fee for refunds. After March 1, 2018, we will not offer a refund unless there is a waiting list. After April 1, 2018, we do not offer refunds for any reason. For cancellations, contact us at palmettobugstomp@gmail.com and we will do our best to forge a fair outcome for all concerned.

Is this open to the public? I have a friend who really wants to try contra.

This is a full-weekend, high-level dance geared toward experienced dancers. Beginners will have a much better time at our bi-monthly Friday dances instead: find us on Facebook or the Charleston Folk website for more information.

How excited should I be about this dance?

I'm not trying to tell you how to feel, but did you see that line-up? My goosebumps have goosebumps! But don't just take my word for it, check out this video (respectful credit goes to David Frantz, who does a fantastic job!)

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not, but it speeds up the sign-in process if you do. (We can also scan your ticket from your smart device, so that's a paper-saving option.)

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

All relevant/irrelevant questions about 2018 Palmetto Bug Stomp can be directed to palmettobugstomp@gmail.com. Also see our Facebook page or the Charleston Folk website for the full weekend schedule, relevant links, and latest information.

See you on the dance floor!

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