OPEN BAND Contra Dance, March 2019 – Jim Oakden leads the band w Kelsey Hartman calling

Come to dance, play, or call at our annual open band, open mic contra dance!  Jim Oakden and Kevin Carr will be anchoring the band.  Kelsey Hartman leads the calling.


Dancers are welcome at any time. New dancers are encouraged to attend the free beginner’s lesson at 5:30 p.m. This dance will be called using gender-neutral (Larks/Ravens) terms. Everyone is welcome to dance either/both roles. Learn more.

Musicians and callers must contact us in advance at, and will get free admission to the dance. The band is open to all musicians who can play the tunes. All band members need to arrive shortly after 5:00 for a talk-through and sound check.

There is also an open mic for the callers. Kelsey Hartman is organizing the callers.

Music for the open band set is available here.

About Our Contra Dances

Everyone is welcome! Partners and dancing experience are not necessary. Each of the dozen or so dance forms during the evening are taught and prompted (except for the waltz and hambo).

Beginner’s Workshop:  dancers are encouraged to attend the beginner’s lesson at 5:30. Regular dancing begins at 6:00 (dances can get more complex as the night goes on).

Admission: Suggested admission donation 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).