TDSC is a nonprofit educational organization that is dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment, and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music, and song, including folk and popular musical forms from a variety of ethnic and cultural traditions, especially contra / traditional New England folk dancing and English country dance.

Upcoming Dances

Contra Dances

Our NEW regular schedule is Second Fridays at the Live Oak Grange from 7–10pm. However, November's dance will be at a special time and location:


Friday, November 21 - SPECIAL DANCE

Where: MCSC, 829 Bay Avenue, Capitola (map)
When: Beginner's lesson at 6:40. Dancing 7:00-10:00.
Band: Hillbillies from Mars
Caller: Jean Gorrindo
Price: Unchanged ($12 regular / $11 members / $8 students)

English Country Dances

English Country Dances are usually the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7 PM at the First Congregational Church at 900 High Street in Santa Cruz. No dances second half of November or December.

About Our Dances

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary.

There is an optional Beginner's Workshop offered 20 minutes before each dance's start time. (For example, a 7pm dance has a workshop starting at 6:40.) New dancers are encouraged to attend.

Wear comfortable, non-marking shoes to protect your feet and our floors - a separate pair of dance shoes works best. You'll be more comfortable in loose-fitting light-weight clothing.

Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted, except for the waltz and hambo.

Network with TDSC

You can subscribe to our announcement e-list for reminders of each contra event, along with other occasional notices. For transportation coordination with other dancers, subscribe to the TDSC carpool e-list. For community building options, you can join our Facebook group, which is also sometimes used for transportation coordination, and check out the Community Boards section of this website - you must register and log in to see anyone's comments.

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