Welcome! This is what Contra dancing is all about…

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“There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.”  (Vicki Baum)

Contra dancing is fun and fast-paced. It’s easy to learn and you don’t need to bring a partner (unless you want to, of course). We are a friendly and diverse community that enjoys dancing, live music and a good time. Come join us for an evening and discover Contra dancing.

Contra dancing makes a great social evening because you don’t have to learn any footwork (just walk smoothly to the beat) and by the end of the evening you are likely to have danced with everyone else in the room.Ask someone to dance and form long lines. The lines are arranged so that you have your partner opposite you and your “neighbors” on either side of you. The caller will then walk everyone through some simple moves. Couples advance up or down the line so that you get new neighbors to dance with.Allemande, dosido, gypsy, circle, star, ladies’ chain, hey, swing – there aren’t many moves to learn – this is a dance form from which you can get full pleasure the very first time that you do it.

Contra dancing has been evolving in America and continues to evolve. The way the lines are set up and choreographed means that everyone is moving all the time and that the moves flow beautifully into each other. Once you’ve mastered the basics, styling can add extra spins, twirls and variations, so that you can interpret the music and do your own thing – as long as you are heading in the right direction as soon as the next phrase of the music starts!

In most dances you will get to swing your neighbor (a new one every time you move up or down the line!) as well as your partner. The swing is a wonderful experience. In its basic form you take your partner in your arms and spin together on the spot. Apart from the countless variations of how you can hold each other to achieve different effects and high speeds, there is a recent move towards treating the period of the swing as time that you can do anything you like with your partner. Using influences from swing, hip-hop, tango and dirty dancing, the dancers just get down to having fun on the dance floor.

There is a teaching session at 6:30 before every dance. If you have never done this type of dancing we will help you to get started so that you can join in and have fun on your first night.

Whether you are an experienced dancer or an up-and-coming beginner, we hope to help you enhance your dancing and add to your enjoyment of the evening.

Come Contra Dance. It won’t be the same without you!