What we're about

Join us once a month for a fun and welcoming night of dancing! Each month we have lots of great dancing to live music, and everyone is welcome to join in.

Contra is a community dance—if you can walk, you can contra! Bring your friends to the free beginner lesson and we’ll teach you everything you need to have a fun night.

We host contra dances on the second Friday of the month, at the American Legion in Eagle Rock:
2109 Merton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90041.

7:30 - Beginner Lesson
8:00 – 10:30 Dancing

Admission is sliding scale — no one turned away. Suggested ~$12

Find out more on the California Twirl website: http://www.caldancecoop.org/california-twirl/

FAQ:

What if I’ve never danced Contra before?
That’s totally fine! Contra is an easy to learn partner dance and very forgiving—make sure you come to the lesson at 7:30 and you’ll be good to go.

What does “gender-free” mean?
It means you can dance with all of your friends! We provide a lesson and calling that are gender neutral, making it easy to try either role. Everyone is encouraged to dance with anyone they choose, in any role, regardless of their gender.

Why start this dance when there are already Contra dances in LA?
We’re taking a traditional dance and making it modern and accessible to everyone.

I love this. How can I help?
Come to our dances, and invite your friends!

Email contact@californiatwirl.com for more information or to ask about volunteering.

Upcoming events (2)

November California Twirl

2109 Merton Ave

•• Special Night •• This month is not one to miss! • Penelope Weinberger will be calling, joining us all the way from Maryland! • Skilled fiddler Chris Murphy will bring his loop pedal and play lively, layered tunes to keep us dancing all night. • Occidental's Folk and Historical Dance Troupe will be performing a selection of English dances that were precursors to contemporary contra dancing. Join us for a fun and friendly night of dancing! Each month we have lots of great dancing to live music, and everyone is welcome to join in. Beginner Lesson 7:30 Dancing 8 - 10:30 Contra is a community dance—if you can walk, you can contra! Bring your friends to the free beginner lesson and we’ll teach you everything you need to have a fun night. Sliding scale admission - no one turned away. $12 suggested Our lesson and calling are gender neutral, making it easy to try either role. Everyone is encouraged to dance with anyone they choose, in any role, regardless of their gender. After dancing, we'll walk over to a local boba place and hang out on couches enjoying tea with our new friends. Need a ride? Email [masked] to ask about carpooling, volunteering, or for more information.

December California Twirl

2109 Merton Ave

Join us for a fun and friendly night of dancing! Each month we have lots of great dancing to live music, and everyone is welcome to join in. Rhythm Method is our band this month! Beginner Lesson 7:30 Dancing 8 - 10:30 Contra is a community dance—if you can walk, you can contra! Bring your friends to the free beginner lesson and we’ll teach you everything you need to have a fun night. Sliding scale admission - no one turned away. $12 suggested Our lesson and calling are gender neutral, making it easy to try either role. Everyone is encouraged to dance with anyone they choose, in any role, regardless of their gender. After dancing, we'll walk over to a local boba place and hang out on couches enjoying tea with our new friends. Need a ride? Email [masked] to ask about carpooling, volunteering, or for more information.

Past events (7)

October California Twirl

2109 Merton Ave

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