We have dinners before the dance! 5 PM Dinner available before the 7 PM Contra Dance. Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes! (1 block East of Camelback & Central).
Average of 10 people, not just Meetup members. There were about 20 people at a Sweet Tomatoes dinner around January 2014.
NOTE: For dinners at Sweet Tomatoes, we often set up a dinner discount. Just try saying you are with the "Dance Group".
- One great thing about Sweet Tomatoes is there are 100 foods to choose from, and you only have to like 1 out of a 100 for it to be good!
Please do sign up for the dinner, but the dance signup is at:
2nd Dance free if at 1st Lesson by 7 PM - Neil Schlein and ClusterFolk
There is a dinner before every dance, but it is planned to be posted on meetup once every 2 months.
WHO: You can come by yourself and make new friends - or bring a friend or your friends - many people come each way. Everyone is welcome!
WHAT: Dinner to meet people. A dance is especially great if you have met people before dancing with them. At the dinner, you can ask about what a contra is like. In general, people talk about whatever they like.
WHERE: Places include Pita Jungle, Pei Wei, Zoe's Kitchen, and Sweet Tomatoes! Our restaurants usually accommodate a wide variety of diets.
WHEN: 5 PM.
- We ask everyone to go to the dance at 7 PM, including experienced people, to help with the newcomers.
WHY: The reason dinners start so early is to allow time for people to volunteer if they wish. We are a non-profit group, and we set up the dance hall, the sound speakers, and a large snack table.
Please sign up for our dinner email list, because about half the restaurants officially need RSVP's. To sign up, please say you wish to join the pre-dance dinner list, at
Pre-Dance Dinner List:
Thanks to the dinner organizer for picking restaurants, negotiating discounts, and reserving seating!
Our dances are "2nd Saturdays" and "4th Fridays". "4th Fridays" have dinners too, but they are not listed as a separate event on Meetup because they are still at 5 PM, which is harder for people to make. Meetup organizers won't necessarily attend Friday 5 PM dinners (but typically there will be an organizer or two at Saturday 5 PM dinners).
On the Contra Dance: Phoenix Contra Dances have almost always 40-80 people, not just Meetup dancers. Almost always equal men & women, within 5 or 10 people. No experience needed! No partner needed! For more, please see an event at CONTRA DANCE PHOENIX.
Official website: Phoenix Traditional Music & Dance (PHXtmd.org)
You can join the
Please stay on Meetup to sign up to show that people are signed up.
You can stay on Meetup and turn off the 1-week and 1-day reminders. See any dance event. But this dinner is scheduled on meetup ONLY EVERY 2 MONTHS.
- At the top of Meetup webpage, you can:
- Click My Groups,
- then E-mail Settings.
- Then on CONTRA DANCE PHOENIX,
- select Email Settings,
- then please turn off just "reminders for Meetups".
- (Sometimes 2-week-early announcements will still be sent out.)
We also have a Facebook group.
You can print this page out.