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Contra Dance -- Embrace the Joy!

This group is for people who want to meet other people, who love live traditional music, and who love to dance.

Contra dance is an American social dance form that was danced in the meeting houses and barns of 18th century America and which experienced a revival in the 1970s, a revival that continues today. The dance tunes—reels and jigs—and many of the dance steps derive from Irish, Scottish, English, New England, Appalachian, and Canadian traditions, with composers today writing many contemporary tunes and dances. Each band has a unique repertoire, in which you'll hear New England, Old-Time, mid-Western, Canadian, and Celtic tunes.

Contra dance is done in two long lines with partners facing each other across the set. A caller teaches the figures of each dance, then cues the dancers through a pattern of moves, and the pattern repeats. Although each dance is called, the contra dance form allows each couple to dance with their own style and embellishments.

No previous experience is required, as each dance is taught with a walk-through. We dance to live music. There is simply no substitute for the energy of a live band and for the interplay between the musicians and the dancers. The environment is smoke-free, alcohol-free, and family-friendly, and we ask that dancers attend fragrance-free out of respect of our chemical-sensitive dancers.

What is Contra Dance? 
Read a few definitions compiled by Gary Shapiro.
Or view contra dancing on YouTube.

Worried about being new at this?
We were all new to contra dance at one time. Come join us, embrace the joy, and next year you can welcome and help new dancers! 

Our other sites:
Bryan/College Station (Texas) Contra Dance at http://www.bcscontra.org/ 
BCS Contra Dancers Facebook page

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Welcome, lovers of dance!

Recent Meetups

  • January 7 · 7:00 PM

    BCS Contra Dance - Jan 7

    3 Dancers

    Join us for our monthly contra dance! • Dance tunes by On the Fly • All dances are taught and called, with additional instruction for beginners in the first half-hour • ... Learn more

  • Dec 3, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    December BCS Contra Dance

    4 Dancers

    Join us for our monthly contra dance! • Dance tunes by Jalapeño Honey • All dances are taught and called, with additional instruction for beginners in the first... Learn more

  • Nov 19, 2016 · 7:30 PM

    Huntsville Contra Dance, Sat. Nov 19

    2 Dancers

    Come join the Huntsville contra dance community! • Dances taught and called by Joe Barziza • Come with a partner, family and friends, or find dance partners at the dance... Learn more

  • Nov 5, 2016 · 7:00 PM

    November BCS Contra Dance

    5 Dancers

    Join us for our monthly contra dance! • Dance tunes by Jalapeño Honey • All dances are taught and called, with additional instruction for beginners in the first... Learn more

  • Oct 15, 2016 · 7:30 PM

    Huntsville Contra Dance

    2 Dancers

    Come join the Huntsville contra dance community! • Dance tunes by "Jalapeño Honey" • Dances taught and called by Joe Barziza • Come with a partner, family and friends,... Learn more

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