Big Scioty Contra Dances are open to all who want to have fun dancing. No experience, partner, or costume is required. Contra dance is the country dance brought here by English settlers, that brought whole communities together on Saturday nights. It’s constantly being updated with new arrangements of live music in genres ranging from Appalachian to Irish, a little bit of swing, and more. A caller teaches every dance. These dances feature New England and Mid-Western contras as well as occasional old and new Southern and Eastern squares and circles. Beginners should arrive at 7.30 pm for instruction. Dances are more challenging later in the evening. All dancers are encouraged to dance with different partners, to share skills and gain expertise; besides, you'll have more fun! All ages welcome! Wear light clothing and comfortable non-marking shoes.