What we're about

Contra dance is a kind of social dance with live music where a caller teaches the figures. You don't need to come with a partner, and while there is a short lesson before each of our dances it's optional. Most people learn contra dancing by doing it.

It looks like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beOFeIIk4KY

You should wear comfortable clothes that you can move easily in. High heels don't work well. We'll have water but if you'd like to save cups bringing a water bottle is good.

Upcoming events (4)

BIDA Family + Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

Come join us, Sunday April 7th, at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA, for an evening of dancing, music, food, and more dancing! ****Join our family dance email list: bidadance.org/family-announcements**** 5:30-6:30 Family Dance and Open Band 6:30-7:30 Potluck dinner 7:15-7:30 Beginner contra lesson 7:30-10:30 Contra dance time! Caller for Family Dance: Sue Rosen with Alex Cumming leading our Open Band (You!) During the family dance portion, we welcome you to join the OPEN BAND! Potluck: please bring something to share, a serving utensil, and label what you've made for allergy courtesy. Caller for Contra: Sue Rosen Music for Contra: Bruce Rosen and friends ----------------------------------------------------------- BIDA Family Dances are family-oriented dance afternoons in conjunction with our regularly schedules dances. Bring your kids! Tell your neighbors and schools! Come without kids of your own, ready to be friendly :) Did you know that BIDA stands for Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates? Well, kids are the upcoming generation, and a vital part of our community. ----------------------------------------------------------- Please feel free to join us at 7:00 for a beginner's lesson if you're fresh to contra dancing. Bring someone new to contra dancing to the workshop and we'll give you both passes to get in free at a future dance! Admission is our standard sliding scale of $5-15 for adults (and counts for the regular dance following, should you choose to stay) and $3 each for children. Public Transportation (recommended): We are across the street from the Porter Square Red Line stop. Parking: Free street parking (meters and residential are open to all on Sundays). Don't park in the Shaw's parking lot because they tow.

BIDA Sparkle

The First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist

Welcome to the third BIDA ~*Sparkle*~ on April 19, 2019. ***We'll be at a new-to-us location, at First Parish in Harvard Square! Don't get lost, and don't let your friends get lost :) Sparkle is an evening of waltzes, blues, swing, and fusion dancing. Live music all evening will be provided by Julie Vallimont (piano, accordion) and Anna Patton (clarinet, vocals). Waltzes, swing, and blues fusion dances will be interspersed throughout the night. There will be a lesson taught at 7 PM. This lesson will cover waltz and fusion basics. If you're new to either of these styles, come to the lesson! Please bring snacks/desserts so that we can have a potluck that will be out all night for you to munch on while socializing in between dances. Finger foods only please. This is a special BIDA dance with live music and club lighting (glowy clothes are fun!). As always, BIDA is an inclusive community and everyone is welcome. Public Transportation (recommended): We are across the street from the Porter Square Red Line stop. Parking: Free street parking (meters and residential are open to all on Sundays). Don't park in the Shaw's parking lot because they tow. We highly encourage public transit and carpooling -- feel free to start a carpool thread in the comments below! Admission will be $7 - $15 sliding scale. If you are interested in volunteering and getting in for free and making this whole thing possible, we always need **lots** of hands to get the extra **sparkle** ready. Stay tuned for a volunteer post! See you there!

BIDA Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

Join us for a night of contra dancing, Sunday April 21st, at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA. Caller: Tony Parkes Music: Rebecca Weiss, Gianna Ericson, David Kaynor, and Emily Touchet Dance 7:30-10:30pm **Please feel free to join us at 7:00 for a beginner's lesson if you're fresh to contra dancing! Dessert Potluck during the break -- Bring something to share! $5-15 sliding scale, as you're able. Bring someone new to Contra to the intro session and you both get passes for free admission to a future dance! Share the love. ------------------------ At the break we'll have our Annual Meeting where we elect a new set of board members to run BIDA. If you're interested in running for the board, write to [masked]. This year there are no bylaw changes, so the meeting should be about 5 minutes. -------------------------- Public Transportation (recommended): We are across the street from the Porter Square Red Line stop. Parking: Free street parking (meters and residential are open to all on Sundays). Don't park in the Shaw's parking lot because they tow. See you there!

BIDA Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

Join us for a night of contra dancing, Sunday May 5th, at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA. Caller: Maia McCormick Music: Jakob Raitzyk, Casey Murray, and Abe Joyner-Meyers Dance 7:30-10:30pm **Please feel free to join us at 7:00 for a beginner's lesson if you're fresh to contra dancing! Dessert Potluck during the break -- Bring something to share! $5-15 sliding scale, as you're able. Bring someone new to Contra to the intro session and you both get passes for free admission to a future dance! Share the love. Public Transportation (recommended): We are across the street from the Porter Square Red Line stop. Parking: Free street parking (meters and residential are open to all on Sundays). Don't park in the Shaw's parking lot because they tow. See you there!

Past events (147)

BIDA Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

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