About Our Dances

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!

A short video from our 2019 Open Band dance

Want to learn more about Contra dancing?

Contra Dancing Beginner? Just Have Fun
What is Contra Dancing

Answers to common questions

Beginner’s Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner’s lesson20 minutes before the regularly-scheduled dances (5:40 or 6:40). 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).