CONTRA for CASA de los Ninos Benefit Dance with the Privy Tippers at the Old Pueblo Dance Center

Contradance is community dance. In the spirit of community we sponsor several dances each year to raise money for other groups who are making a positive impact in Tucson. This Saturday is our “Contra for Casa” event. Casa de los Niños promotes child well-being and family stability in our community. PLEASE NOTE: This dance will not be at our usual venue. It will be at the beautiful Old Pueblo Dance Center  613 E. Delano, Tucson, AZ. (On N. 1st Ave, 1 blk. south of Ft. Lowell Rd.) Here’s a MAP

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This is the 5th year of this special event when we reach out to our broader Tucson community of friends, introduce them to contradance and at the same time support the good work that Casa de los Ninos does for children in our community with the proceeds of the event.

It’s a blast!…..and a great time to invite your friends and family for dinner and dance and helping at-risk children get a good start in life.

Old Pueblo Dance Center 613 E. Delano, Tucson, AZ
$10.00 each person
Bring a dinner dish to share if you can
Doors open at 6:45 pm
Potluck dinner set out by 7:00 pm
Lesson at 7:30 pm
Dancing from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Everyone enjoyed last year’s Techno contradance so much that we had to fly Erik in from Albuquerque for another go! We’re kicking off this new year’s dance season with Erik who will be teaching a cross-step waltz workshop at 2:15 and calling the “techno” contradance later at 6:30 (our usual time).
What is a “techno”contra?
A meticulously-choreographed continuous two-hour contra dance medley to custom-mixed electro-swing and modern club music consisting of 51+ tunes and 25 dances (16 improper, 9 becket) will keep your feet moving and your heart pumping.  Some contra dance experience is strongly recommended (at least two evenings of dance).  Dancers enter and exit whenever they want at the ends of the line. An intermission will also be provided to recharge and finish strong.
Erik’s words about Techno’s level of difficulty:
Two or three sets, total of about 2.5 hours dancing with a break (or two).
A techno contra, as I do it, is a continuous medley.  The dances are very easy dances, but the challenge is there because they are not taught and they are strung together.
Here’s an interesting CDSS article about some of the ways that contradance and American traditional dance are evolving and diversifying. It’s a good read. HERE!
NO dance lesson.  Dance will begin at 6:30 until 10:00

Waltz workshop cost: $15,                  25yrs and under $10
Evening Techno dance: $10,                 25yrs and under $5
Or workshop & techno: $20

First United Methodist Church
915 4th Street (near Park Ave.)
Tucson, Az.  Map
Free parking for dancers in the church parking lot at the corner of 4th & Tyndall, (parking is usually free at the U of A Tyndall Street parking garage across the street).


Dance, Dance, Dance in the New Year!

Come one, come all! Join us to dance a fond farewell to the joys and sorrows of 2014 and welcome in the New Year. For some time now the contradance community and friends have gathered at the Cabaret Theater for an evening of music, dance and food. Located at The Temple of Music and Art, one of Tucson’s most beautiful architectural treasures, this intimate theater has a great dance floor and patio and the adjoining art gallery is where we lay out an always scrumptious assortment of food and treats.

Music is provided by a stageful of local talent including Dave Firestine, Jacquie Wohl, Jerry Ray Weinert of Privy Tipper fame in collaboration with the Mighty Open Band, and players from other bands. Wow. Dances will be led by a few of of your favorite callers, a cavalcade you might say.

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  • Where:  The Temple of Music and Art, 330 South Scott, downtown Tucson ( Temple of Music and Art Google map)
  • When:  Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, Doors open at 7:15, instruction at 7:40, dance from 8:00 until Midnight:30
  • What to Wear:  Put on your finery and fancy dress or come as you are.
  • What to Bring:   Food and snacks for the late evening buffet in the Art Gallery.
  • Cost:  $10 for the evening’s dancing pleasure, musical Entertainment and midnight sparkling cider toast.

You can help!

  • decorating and setting up the hall at 4:00, it’s fun. Come if you can.
  • breaking down afterwards, stay if you can. Many hands/light work and all that.
  • bring food to share (entrees, finger food, treats, beverages) plates and flatware will be provided.

Saturday, Sept. 6 – THE GREAT BEAR TRIO with TAVI MERRILL calling

We are very excited to welcome this much acclaimed band to Tucson for the first time. Together with Tavi’s skilled calling this will certainly be a night to remember. Come spend the evening with us and discover contra dance! We want to encourage all of our dancers to come early to help out with the lesson which begins at 6:30. The main dance starts at 7:00 until 11:00.
$10-general, $5-students
First United Methodist Church
915 4th Street (near Park Ave.)
Tucson, AZ. Map
Free parking for dancers in the church parking lot at the corner of 4th & Tyndall, (parking is usually free at the U of A Tyndall Street parking garage across the street as well).
Upcoming Dances:
Saturday,Sept.20 – The Out of Kilters with Stuart Moody calling
Saturday, Oct. 4 –   Harvest Contra Dance Benefit for the Community Food Bank – The Jumping Chollas w/ Claire Zucker calling

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Fri. April 25 – Dinner & Dance benefit for Casa De Los Ninos

Get ready. This is going to be a great event. Good food, lovely large dance venue, the finest musicians, and callers galore. We will enjoy all this AND the money we raise will go to support the needed help that Casa De Los Ninos provides for children in our community. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your love of contra dancing with your friends and family. Kids get in free and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. All contributions are welcome, large and small.

Fourth Annual Contra for Casa - Version 1 PDF