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Bell recounts the history of the Carolina Cotillion Club June German. The club organized in 1885 in Rocky Mount. The german was a two-step dance with a leader who goes at the head of its intricate figures. The dance was the social event of the region and attracted thousands to the warehouse where it was held.
North Carolina's longest running dance, the Carolina Dance Society's annual Spring German, has been taking place at Raynor's Warehouse in Rocky Mount since 1870. Blackburn recounts the history of the dance. The german was a two-step dance with a leader who goes at the head of its intricate figures. The dance was the social event of the region and attracted hundreds to the warehouse where it was held, some from as far away as Atlanta and Houston.
June German referred to an organized dance which coincided with the Rocky Mount fair. Thomas H. Battle and Dr. M. R. Braswell organized the first June German in the 1880s. The Rocky Mount event started as a fall tradition but the date was later moved from October to June.
The ‘German’ is a special kind of dancing that required a leader and couples were divided into two groups known as the first and second halves. The German’s have remained popular in Rocky Mount.