This is a traditional New England style of folk dancing, in which each dance is taught and prompted by a caller. What makes it “contra” dancing is that during one 5-to-10-minute dance, each couple “progresses” up or down the hall, eventually dancing with everyone else in the line.
No dancing experience is necessary! It’s easy to learn; just follow the instructions. Bringing a partner is NOT required, but do invite your friends!
Want to learn more about Contra dancing?
Beginner’s Workshop: dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner’s lesson, 30 minutes before the regularly-scheduled dances (5:30 or 6:30). Regular dancing begins on the hour (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).
Admission: Suggested admission donation for our regular dances is $12 regular, $20 for supporters, $8 for full-time students w/student ID card (Cash, Check, or PayPal only).
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.
Please note that many dancers are very sensitive to fragrances and body odor and that our dances are fragrance-free events (read more).