What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in contra dancing to excellent live music. On the first Sunday of every month excluding July, August and September, we dance at the Arden Gild Hall from 2:30 to 5:30. There is a lesson for new dancers at 2:00.

Contra dance is a social dance done in long lines. There is a caller, like in square dancing, so you don't need to make up any dance moves, although you can if you want. You do not need any experience or a partner to come dance with us! Everyone is very friendly, and experienced dancers enjoy dancing with new dancers. It's all about having fun, appreciating the music and the community. Everyone helps everyone else and there are dancers from 8 to 80, and sometimes more or less. Dress is casual - twirly skirts are fun, but really, people wear whatever they want. Wear shoes that you feel comfortable dancing in. Sneakers, tennis shoes, dance shoes and flats are all excellent choices.

The dance is accessible by transit - just an 8 minute ride from the Claymont SEPTA train station.

$10, non-members
$9, members
$5, students
free, children under 13

If you'd like to see videos of the dance from last month, you can check it out on Youtube:


For more information, visit our website http://ardenclub.org/gilds/contradance/
or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ardencontra/ .

Upcoming events (1)

April 7th Contra Dance!

2126 The Hwy

Come out and dance to Live Wire, with Abigail Hobart from DC and the Pacific Northwest! Excellent band, and gender-free calling from a caller who has a lot of experience calling without traditional 'gents and ladies' terms. There will be a lesson for new folks from 2:00-2:30, and potluck snacks at the break. If you'd like to see videos of our dance, you can check it out on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI-R8R7a_MI&feature=youtu.be Sarah Gowan - guitar and concertina Bill Quern - banjo, mandolin, accordion, jawharp Tom Krumm - fiddle Ben Kennedy - piano If you're new to contra, dancing in general, or have any questions from last time, feel free to ask in the discussion forum area or send me a message! -Laura

Past events (2)

Arden March 3rd Contra Dance!

2126 The Hwy

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