Do you enjoy dancing to live music? Do you enjoy a lot of swinging in your dancing? Do you like going to dances that build a sense of community among its participants? Then you'll want to come to a contra dance! Contra dance has its origins in English Country Dancing, with influences from Irish and French styles, too. Contra is a couples dance as well as a social dance: you choose a partner for each dance, then dance a sequence of moves that takes you up and down a long dance line, dancing with different couples as you go. Square dancing evolved out of contra, so, if you've square danced, you've done about 2/3 of the moves in a contra dance--allemandes, dosidos, rights and lefts. But contra is quite different from squares: there's more swinging, and the swings are longer; each contra dance runs longer than a square dance; and you socialize with more couples as you dance through the contra line. A caller teaches every dance, and calls the dance to the music, as long as the dancers need guidance. The caller (or another dancer) will teach a beginners session before the evening's dance program begins. Best of all, our dancing is done to live music! Contra is danced to a traditional music style that is part folk, part bluegrass, part Celtic, but always upbeat and inspiring. A variety of bands play for our dances, from those with a very traditional, "old-timey" approach, to groups that are more improvisational and play with more modern music influences. No costumes are required, loose casual wear works fine. Wear soft-soled shoes with a little bit of slide. Women, flowing skirts/dresses will keep you cooler through the evening than pants. Gents, if you tend to perspire a little extra, please bring an extra shirt to change into. You don't have to come with a partner, but we sure would like you to see you bring some friends along! Who should join us? -Anyone who'd like to dance, but thinks it might be too hard. If you can walk to a beat, you can do contra dancing. -Anyone who enjoys a group social activity. Dancing in our long lines will allow you to meet lots of people. Plus, we change partners after every dance, so you'll get to experience lots of new dance partners. -Anyone who loves live music. -Anyone who thinks you can't have a fun night out cheaply. Our dances are usually $9 or less for a three-hour program, and refreshments are almost always served. -Any age group, from young teens to fun-loving older folks. We especially hope to see college students and 20- and 30-somethings--you'll be amazed at what an exciting time you'll have!

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  • 6 days ago · 7:30 PM

    Free Weekly Contra Dance!

    6 Dancers

    Join dozens of dancers every week for tons of fun, great music, and all for free! Our Wednesday night contras are held in the main hall at the Hancock Recreation Center,... Learn more
  • April 26 · 2:00 PM

    San Marcos Contra Dance
    The dance is at the United Campus Ministry Wesley Building. ADMISSION: $9 regular admission ($8 for TAADA members) and Students $5 Fragrance Free, No Partner Necessary,... Learn more
  • April 25 · 6:30 PM

    3rd Saturday Contra Dance

    6 Dancers

    Please see our google calendar at for time and locations. Join  other fun folks for lots of moving and music! It's that time again!  A teaching session... Learn more
  • April 24 · 7:30 PM

    English Country Dance

    2 Dancers

    Every 4th Friday of the Month - no admission fee! It's fun, it's elegant, it's easy to learn--it's English Country dancing! If you've enjoyed contra dancing, you should... Learn more
  • April 22 · 7:30 PM

    Free Weekly Contra Dance!

    3 Dancers

    Join dozens of dancers every week for tons of fun, great music, and all for free! Our Wednesday night contras are held in the main hall at the Hancock Recreation Center,... Learn more
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