Norfolk Contra Dancers (TRADIN') meet on the third Saturday of every month to dance to live music with a caller. Contra dancing has moves similar to old-time square dancing, done with a partner and another couple in a line. No costume or partner is required and there is new dancer orientation every month. Anyone who can walk can contra dance!  New dancers are always welcome, so come out and join us.


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If you'd like to see what contra dancing is all about, check this out:


There are other YouTube clips, too that will give you a good idea of what contra dancing looks like.

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Welcome to Contra Dancing!

Recent Meetups

  • January 17 · 7:00 PM

    Contra Dance and bring a friend!

    45 Contra dancers | 5.00

    Happy New Year!  One of our favorite local bands, "Cutie and the Hot Wings," will provide lively tunes as Greg Frock from Baltimore calls the dances.  Come about 7:00... Learn more
  • January 13 · 7:30 PM

    Free Old-Time square dance at Virginia Wesleyan!

    11 Contra dancers | 3.00

    Tuesday Jan 13, 7:30pm, Southern Appalachian square dance - this is VWC's first square dance! (on the Dining Commons dance floor) With NC caller Michael Ismerio and... Learn more
  • December 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM

    Contra Dance

    15 Contra dancers | 1.00

    Our holiday dance will feature the music of Orion and the calling of Ben Allbrandt -- a combo not to be missed!  Orion is Steve Suhring on fiddle, Ken Veazey on keyboard... Learn more
  • November 27, 2014 · 3:00 PM

    Enjoy Thanksgiving with dance friends

    4 Contra dancers

    This is an invitation to all folk dancers (and friends) who would like to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving with a friendly group. The Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday... Learn more
  • November 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM

    Contra Dance

    21 Contra dancers

    This month we'll be dancing to the lively tunes of "Richochet" (Rya Martin on piano and Walter Hojka on fiddle) and to the calling of Brian Hamshar. Admission is $8.00... Learn more
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  • Judy McDowell founded Norfolk Contra Dance

    on September 10

Founded Sep 10, 2011

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