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Contra Dance

I have to make a page about this style of dance because I love it so much, and because few styles are at the same time so fun and so extremely easy to learn - no need to attend lessons or long training sessions, just a brief introduction and you are ready to dance!

What is contra dancing?

Contra dancing is a communal folk dance in which you and your partner dance, eventually, with everyone else in the hall. Before the dance starts, you and a partner join a long line of couples and take hands with a couple that's next to you. A caller will lead you through a series of moves. After you've gone through the series once, you and your partner have switched places with the other couple and the two of you have a new couple to dance with, and so on.

These are a few sample videos:

Dancing Contras - clip

Roger and the Codgers at the Chicago Barn Dance: "Chinquapin" - Chicago Barn Dance, June 23, 2014

Sometimes magic happens - Nov. 19, 2012

Chicago Barn Dance Company

Arizona Contra Dance 2006 May Madness

Contra Dancing

St Louis Contra Dance

VT Contra Dance

5/6/11: Perpetual e-Motion at the Concord Scout House, 2 of 9

Square Dance Demonstration


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Contra Dance February 15, 2016 12:00 PM Miguel A
What is Social Dance December 19, 2008 12:02 PM Miguel A
About The Chicago Social Dance Meetup Group January 28, 2009 2:58 PM Miguel A

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