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
St Louis Contra Dance
VT Contra Dance
5/6/11: Perpetual e-Motion at the Concord Scout House, 2 of 9
Square Dance Demonstration