What we're about
If Swing dancing and Square dancing met in a bar, you’d get Contra!
Contra dancing is a type of community folk dance. You’ll dance to live music with a partner, but bringing a partner is not necessary. Contra Dancing is a great way to meet new people!
Brooklyn Contra supports the dynamic cultural evolution of traditional music and dance. We host a season of fun and accessible dances and exciting special events, as well as engaging educational programs for dancers, musicians, and callers. Contra is danced to Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Celtic and all other sorts of music (including techno) performed by live bands. It is danced with a partner, although bringing a partner is not necessary. Couples form parallel lines of dancers and over the course of the dance, interact with the couple next to them and then move up and down the hall interacting with every other couple in their line. There is no fancy footwork involved, anyone can do it! All the dances are taught and the instructions (calls) are provided from the stage, by the Caller, throughout the dance.