Contra dancing is that dancing you always wanted to do but always thought you weren't nerdy enough to try. Well I have finally gone a few times and I can reasonably say that you do not have to be nerdy in order to enjoy it. It's a bit of a mash between square dancing (the moves are called out so you don't have to know anything!) and... old victorian dancing? I dunno. Lots of spinning. Live folk music. Go watch a video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuPbte5knOY Each dance is a pattern of moves with your partner and another set of partners (neighbors). Then as the pattern ends you shift along the line of dancers to a new set of neighbors and do the same pattern again.
So I'll be driving up there on Friday for another enjoyable night of dancing. It starts out a little cold, but if you don't dress in layers you will likely end up sweating. Lesson (tips and how to understand the calls) starts at 7:30? And the real dancing gets moving at 8:30 or 9. You don't even really need the lesson since every dance pattern is practiced a few times before the music starts.
If there's enough interest I may offer carpool, but I'd like to stay for at least 2 dance sets (2 - 2.5 hours).