There will be about 40-80 people at this dance. Please join us! This is a dance open to the public, not just meetup. The dance is almost always about half men and half women, within 5 or 10 people. There is time to meet people at the 20-minute intermission with free snacks.
Our Monthly Meetup for CONTRA DANCE PHOENIX is this "2nd Saturday" dance. A lesson will start at 7:00 with the dance starting at 7:30. The admission fee is $8 general, and $5 for dancers age 25 and under.
- The location is the Kenilworth School at 1210 N. 5th Ave. Phoenix, AZ. Take the 7th Ave exit of I-10 and go north. Take the first right turn (onto West Culver) and go east until you see the school.
- Parking is available next to school on the right, & in the well-lit parking lot on the left (even if the school mark on the lot is hard to see, the lot is for the school!).
- Please ask for Bill or Dan at the desk and they will greet you. Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be there at 7:00 for the lesson. If you happen to come after 7:00, someone will always be happy to give you individual lessons - just ask. Each dance is made up of a 1-minute dance repeated with 8 or 10 groups of people. Also, before each dance, the caller leading the dance will take 5 minutes to explain this 1-minute dance and walk you through it a few times.
- The dances are at a good walking pace--so breathable clothing & a water bottle are advised. It can be very fun, whether you come with friends or if you come to make friends (or both!). This is a very welcoming & friendly group, and we strive to help first-timers have fun while learning this easy 300-year-old dance form.
- If you are new and want to do a dance, just stand, and someone will ask you to dance.
- If want to take a break after a dance and watch one, someone will probably ask you to dance - just say you want you want to watch.
It's traditional to change partners almost every dance, & during the dance we also dance with our "neighbors," so after a few dances you'll have danced with the the whole other half of the dancers in the hall. This provides a great sense of community! Hope to see you at this or a future dance!! Please see the schedule to find the caller and band for this dance. We have several wonderful local people from Phoenix and Tucson. The music is American old-timey folk music, similar to Irish folk music, and has a fiddle, and some combination of a guitar, keyboard, drums, string bass, tin whistle, and sometimes even a flute or saxophone! The bands include Clusterfolk and The Privy Tippers.