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Contra Dancing - Free Lesson, Live Band - Special Price ($7) for CA members


Celebrate Atlanta for a fun night of Contra Dancing at the Clarkston Community Center on March 28, 2014. Celebrate Atlanta members will receive a free Contra Dance Lesson, a discount off of the regular admission price and enjoy not only a fun dance to live music but Contra Dancing is also great exersize. Celebrate Atlanta members will pay the reduced price of $7 and have their own separate sign in to speed you along and into the Contra Dance lesson. Please be there at 7 so we can have everybody at the lesson at 7:30 and ready to Contra Dance at 8. Dancing from 8 until 11.  After Contra Dancing, we will be going out for drinks, food and conversation.

Please pay with cash -  $7 Price is for CA members with nametag only.

What is Contra Dancing?
Contra dancing is a blend of folk and square dancing -- with a flavor and warmth all its own. It is relaxed, fun, and easy to learn. Whether you come with a group, a partner, or alone, you'll always find plenty of folks to dance with. In fact, part of the fun of contra dancing is getting to dance with just about everyone in the room at least once during the evening! Old friends reconnect and new friends meet in this really welcoming, upbeat environment.

There is always a live band, and a caller who will tell you all the moves. Be sure to come on time for the beginner’s lesson, and learn everything you need to know to get started!

We recommend that you dress comfortably in clothes that “breathe” and let you move easily - comfort is key.What is Contra Dancing?

Contra is danced to Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music played by live bands, either from Atlanta or elsewhere. In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite -- or "contra to" -- their partners. A dancer and his/her partner form a couple.

In response to the Caller's instructions, each couple interacts with the couple next to them to form a four person "set" and each set interacts with the sets on either side of them. Over the course of a dance each couple moves up and down the hall, interacting with every other couple in their multi-set "line."

There is no fancy footwork involved (that is the other sort of line dancing) but the instructions given by the Caller do form a series of repeating figures that dancers eventually memorize. As this happens, the Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until s/he drops out entirely; leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to finish the dance, accompanyed only by the exciting, lilting, haunting, and/or pulse pounding music provided by that night's band. Dance Nirvana, Contra style!

Free Lesson at 7:30!!!

Worried About Being New At This?
Don't be. You are in good company -- we were ALL new to Contra at one time. Beginners are always welcome at CCD dances; prior experience is not expected. So grab your dance shoes and come on over for your first (or second, or seventieth) dose of Dance Trance!
There is a Dance Basics Workshop on Fridays from 7:30-8:00pm at Clarkston Community Center. New dancers are strongly encouraged to arrive for the workshop no later than 7:20pm (if you arrive late you will either miss some of the teaching or force the instructor and other students to accommodate for your late arrival). The workshop includes a teaching session for the basic figures and courtesies and, for first time attendees, a copy of our CCD instructional DVD


Don't wear narrow heels; heels less than 1-1/2 inches across can leave dents in the floor.

Don't wear tennis/gym/running shoes -- Your ankles and knees will thank you for it. Rubber soled shoes are designed to "stick" to a wood floor. You will find it a lot easier and safer to dance if you wear shoes with a smooth (preferably leather or suede) sole. Socks work well too.

Live Band and caller will lead the dance

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  • Amy K

    You can use your free pass anytime

    April 4, 2014

  • Alicia

    If I came to class and pay.
    Can I use the free pass for some other days except 4/11. .
    I have a plan on Friday April 11 th
    Thank ou

    April 4, 2014

  • Christy

    Contra dancing is incredibly good clean fun!!! LOVED IT! Great meetup, great event!

    1 · April 2, 2014

  • vivian

    Thanks Amy for organizing the Contra dance. I had a blast! The music was so good and the people were so friendly and happy that I danced straight 3.5 hours. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · March 29, 2014

  • Amy K

    You r fine Gayle. :)

    March 28, 2014

  • Amy K

    Hi everyone. Get ready to hear and dance to a great out of town band. I'll have a table set up for CA members. Be there by 7:15 in order to take the lesson. $7 cash. Wear comfy shoes and clothes and get ready to burn some calories. See you tonight.

    March 28, 2014

    • Gayle B.

      Amy, I have changed my rsvp to no. Will I be penalized for that? Please let me know. Thanks! Gayle

      March 28, 2014

  • Alicia

    I am not acting person at all.
    When it comes to acting I am the slowest learner.
    Before I sign I taught about a lot.
    I am afraid if I get embarrassed .
    Then something comes up in my mind.
    That was my 2014 wishes.
    That was to break the shines and to go out and participate.
    So please teachers and my fellow advance students
    Please be patient with me .
    Thank you

    March 28, 2014

  • Christy

    Contra dancing is so much fun!!!

    March 24, 2014

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