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 (3)

BIDA Family + Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

Come join us, Sunday January 20th, 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 6:30-7:15 Potluck dinner 7:15-7:30 Beginner contra lesson 7:30-10:30 Contra dance time! Caller for Family Dance: Luke Donforth 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: Luke Donforth Music for Contra: Trip the Light Fantastic (Alex Cumming, Benedict Gagliardi, Armand Aromin) ----------------------------------------------------------- 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 10th Anniversary ! Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

Join us for a special night of contra dancing, Sunday February 3rd, at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA. This is BIDA's 10th Anniversary! <3 <3 <3 To celebrate, we're having a big ol celebration of all the past callers and musicians who are able to come join us up on the stage. Caller: all past callers! Music: all past musicians! 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, 10th bday treats especially encouraged! $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!

BIDA Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

Join us for a night of contra dancing, Sunday February 17th, at 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA. Caller: Dereck Kalish Music: TBD 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!

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BIDA Contra Dance

Cambridge Masonic Hall, Porter Square

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