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CONTRA DANCE PHOENIX Monthly Meetup (2nd Saturdays)

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.

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  • Dave

    A fun eve of dancing & music; thanks to all the newcomers who attended--& the experienced dancers who warmly welcomed & helped them in the lessons & during the dances. We had two sets of good length lines the entire evening: the best turnout I've seen there for a long time!

    August 15, 2011

  • rob

    You might be wondering why I rated the event 4 instead of 5 star considering:

    * excellent live band
    * very fun dances
    * nice people that are willing to help newbies
    * about equal numbers of men and women
    * excellent wood dance floor
    * aerobic excercise as well as dance

    It won't get my 5 star because: A lousy PA system prevented us from hearing instructions. A mike was finally provided during the basics lesson but not until near the end of the lesson so most people didn't hear more than the last 10 minutes. Dance instructors (callers) assumed we knew more than we did, even though half the crowd were newbies. Too many dances were train wrecks!

    August 14, 2011

  • Daniel

    The dance floor is wood. The Irish Cultural Center dance floor is also wood. Many people wear sneakers. Some people wear dance shoes or no shoes at all.
    For men, historically it might have been recommended to have a dress shoe that slips some but not too much. Sneakers sometimes would be better if they slipped more. But I think most any dress shoe or sneaker works ok.
    For women, please make sure that shoes do not have any significant heel at all, and any heel should have a wide base.

    August 13, 2011

  • rob

    What kind of surface is the dance on? Wood floor? Cement? Something else?

    August 13, 2011

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