What we're about

Contra dancing is a community that loves to come together for traditional dance, in a family friendly environment. Evenings free of some of the vices that seem intertwined with club based dancing.

Meet new people, enjoy getting your exercise, dance to great live music – all in the contra dance capital of New Hampshire! If you like to dance, you will love Contra dancing, the most social type of dancing you can find. It is not necessary to come with a partner – everyone can and does ask everyone to dance. A free beginner’s lesson precedes most dances, and all dances are taught.

What you can expect at a New Hampshire Contra Dance:

• Friendly people of all ages and persuasions – young and old, married, couples, single, alone or with friends

• An alcohol, drug and tobacco free evening of wholesome fun.

• LGBT friendly

• Live music from various traditions - Celtic, American, Scottish and Quebecois fiddle traditions, Irish to Old Time to contemporary

• Special theme dances such as techno, community band and more

• Delicious snacks at the break - Usually potluck, bring snacks to share

• New dancers are always welcome.

• Affordable, social, healthy fun!

Some links to check out Contra dancing on You Tube:

An introductory video:

Welcome to Contra Dancing ! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuPbte5knOY&feature=youtu.be)

New Hampshire contra dances:

Nelson Town Hall (https://youtu.be/kC0VnbyNStA)

Peterborough Fall Ball 2012 (https://youtu.be/gzoh70Ah30s)

Dover Contra Dance (https://youtu.be/qBV3HIJ5eI8)

More dancing:

Contra Dance with Perpetual e-Motion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KevQxr-saFw&feature=youtu.be)

Fiddling Frog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4s3qQApbnk)

Upcoming events (5+)

Irish Folk Set Dancing - Seacoast Set Dancers

Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall

$5.00

• What we'll do: Grab a friend, bring your dancing shoes, and get ready for a great time! You're going to be surrounded by happy people and tunes that set your toes to bouncing, your face to grinning, and your heart to pattering to Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and polkas. We dance in sets with 4 couples, similar to square dancing. Always confirm classes, or join our email list so you know the current status. Don't know how to dance? Are ye not Irish? No problem - you'll be jigging in no time! It's all about having fun! More info on our website: www.seacoastsetdancers.org or contact Sue Dunlavey , [masked]. • What to bring Smooth soled tie shoes - leather is best....water bottle....and a willingness to learn something new! $5/person per class. Go to www.seacoastsetdancers.org for more info. • Important to know This form of dancing is VERY aerobic. If you are not accustomed to fast movements and sustained activity, this may not be your cup of tea. Set dancing is also complex in that there are lots of movements to remember, so your brain gets to work too! Set dancing requires team work and is social -- this is not performance dancing like Riverdance. Videos on our website: www.seacoastsetdancers.org . Partner not required.

Family Style Contra Dance, Milford NH

Milford Town Hall 3rd Floor Auditorium

Dance from 7:30 – 10:30 pm Admission: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, under 12 are free FACEBOOK: Milford NH Contra Dance (https://www.facebook.com/Milford-Contra-Dance-920139244691079/) Musicians + Dancers + Callers = a fine evening of Contra Dance. The Milford Contra Dance, where it all comes together! No complicated dance steps to memorize! No need to bring a partner! A smoke and alcohol free environment! All dances are called! Making mistakes is HALF THE FUN! Even if we know no one, we are all kindred spirits on the dance floor! Would any of you care to join in this Friday in Milford, stumble around in embarrassment and learn new steps together? A short welcoming session starts at 7:40, where we walk through the various figures common to the dances of the evening; most forms are easy walking steps. Experienced dancers are quite gracious in pairing up & mentoring new dancers throughout the evening. Even if you are not sure about dancing, there’s plenty of space to sit aside and simply enjoy the live music……. Sample Londonderry Contra Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD3M2hGbHl8) Short History of Contra Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG6vVoiFT9c) Historical: Nelson NH Town Hall - Come Dance with Us (Newcomers) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXU4olesoRk) Wear comfortable clothing, bring clean-soled comfy shoes - *no street shoes please* (to keep the floor clean), bring a water bottle for thirst, and most importantly, a big smile! Traditional New England contra dancing, featuring live music and loads of fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. This form of dance grew from Irish, Scottish, English, French-Canadian and other community dances, and most forms are easy walking steps. EVENT SCHEDULE: Contra Dance in New England The Dance Gypsy Cancellation Listings - see lower right (http://www.thedancegypsy.com/) Contra Dance Events New Hampshire (http://www.contradancelinks.com/schedule_NH.html) Contra Dance Events New England (http://www.contradancelinks.com/newengland.html) Dance shoes When you're new to contra you usually dance in whatever shoes you came in, but soon you start to notice that lots of people bring shoes to change into. Why is that? What's the advantage of dance shoes? Choosing Contra Dance Shoes (http://www.jefftk.com/p/choosing-contra-dance-shoes) Sample Dance Wear Solutions (https://www.dancewearsolutions.com/shoes/default.aspx) What the Heck is Contra Dancing???? Contra Dance FAQS (http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/dancefaq.htm) First Contra Dance (http://www.chicagobarndance.org/your-first-contra-dance/) Contra Dancing for New Dancers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0jIr2UWFg4) Contra Dance - An Introductory Session (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14nxFdcaKWA) A Contra Line (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJs9MEhTP6Y) Tips for New Dancers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laEJ1cmSH9Y) Come Dance with Us (newcomers) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE0yBCDvaiQA%20Contra%20Line) Liability Release - AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer and her heirs, and all members and participants of this Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. All meetup activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.

Contra Dance, Seacoast/Newfields

Newfields Town Hall

$9.00

Caller: Alice Morris Band: Reelation Admission: $9 Adults, $6 Students, Families (with children) $15, Under 12 Free Beginner Lessons @ 7:30 pm; Dance 8:00 to 10:30 pm Website: Seacoast Contra (http://www.seacoastcontra.com) Facebook: Seacoast Contra (https://www.facebook.com/SeacoastContra/) Join us as we dance in beautiful Newfields, New Hampshire. This is a quaint seacoast village with handsome homes and a welcoming atmosphere. Town Hall is right on Main Street. Last Friday of each month at Town Hall. ~ No partner necessary ~ All dances taught ~ Please bring soft-soled shoes (* no street shoes please *) * Family friendly, no experience required, come alone or as a couple * * Bring snacks and sweets for the break * Plenty of parking Email: [masked] Phone: (603)[masked] We hope to see you there! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ What the heck is Contra Dancing? No complicated dance steps to memorize! No need to bring a partner! A smoke and alcohol free environment! All dances are called! Making mistakes is HALF THE FUN! Even if we know no one, we are all kindred spirits on the dance floor. Would any of you care to join in this Friday in Newfields, stumble around in embarrassment and learn new steps together? A short welcoming session starts at 8:00, where we walk through the various figures common to the dances of the evening; most forms are easy walking steps. Experienced dancers are quite gracious in pairing up and mentoring new dancers throughout the evening. Even if you are not sure about dancing, there’s plenty of space to sit aside and simply enjoy the live music……. You Tube Videos: Why Contra Dance? (https://youtu.be/7m9EGS4iiOg) Short History of Contra Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG6vVoiFT9c) Historical: Nelson NH Town Hall - Come Dance with Us (Newcomers) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXU4olesoRk) Wear comfortable clothing, bring clean-soled comfy shoes (to keep the floor clean), bring a water bottle for thirst, and most importantly, a big smile! Traditional New England contra dancing, featuring live music and loads of fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. This form of dance grew from Irish, Scottish, English, French-Canadian and other community dances, and most forms are easy walking steps. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE to hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer and his heirs, and all members and participants of this Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. All meetup activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment. This meetup is only open to anyone over 18 years old, unless accompanied by a responsible adult.

Contra Dance, Norwich VT (near Hanover NH)

Tracy Hall

This is an announcement only...there will be no hosts for this event. Attend at your leisure......... -------------------------------------------------------------------- *NOTE: FAMILY CONTRA 6:30pm - 7:30pm Introductory session : 7:45 pm ; DANCE: 8 – 11 pm ADMISSION: Adults $12, students $8, under 16 free, $1 discount for Muskeg Music members. CALLER: David Millstone BAND: Open band led by Carol Compton and Amy Cann FACEBOOK: Norwich Contra Dance (https://www.facebook.com/NorwichContraDance/) Please bring soft-soled shoes and a bottle of water for dancing. Bring snack or beverage to share at potluck dessert break midway through the dance. _________ Calling all beginners - What the heck is Contra Dancing? No complicated dance steps to memorize! No need to bring a partner! A smoke and alcohol free environment! All dances are called! Making mistakes is HALF THE FUN! Even if we know no one, we are all kindred spirits on the dance floor! A short welcoming session starts at 7:45, where we walk through the various figures common to the dances of the evening; most forms are easy walking steps. Experienced dancers are quite gracious in pairing up & mentoring new dancers throughout the evening. Short History of Contra Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG6vVoiFT9c) Historical: Nelson NH Town Hall - Come Dance with Us (Newcomers) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXU4olesoRk) Wear comfortable clothing, bring clean-soled comfy shoes - *no street shoes please* (to keep the floor clean), bring a water bottle for thirst, and most importantly, a big smile! Traditional New England contra dancing, featuring live music and loads of fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. This form of dance grew from Irish, Scottish, English, French-Canadian and other community dances, and most forms are easy walking steps. EVENT SCHEDULE: Contra Dance in New England The Dance Gypsy Cancellation Listings - see lower right (http://www.thedancegypsy.com/) Contra Dance Events New Hampshire (http://www.contradancelinks.com/schedule_NH.html) Contra Dance Events New England (http://www.contradancelinks.com/newengland.html) Dance shoes When you're new to contra you usually dance in whatever shoes you came in, but soon you start to notice that lots of people bring shoes to change into. Why is that? What's the advantage of dance shoes? Choosing Contra Dance Shoes (http://www.jefftk.com/p/choosing-contra-dance-shoes) Sample Dance Wear Solutions (https://www.dancewearsolutions.com/shoes/default.aspx) What the Heck is Contra Dancing???? Contra Dance FAQS (http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/dancefaq.htm) First Contra Dance (http://www.chicagobarndance.org/your-first-contra-dance/) Contra Dancing for New Dancers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0jIr2UWFg4) Contra Dance - An Introductory Session (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14nxFdcaKWA) A Contra Line (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJs9MEhTP6Y) Tips for New Dancers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laEJ1cmSH9Y) Come Dance with Us (newcomers) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE0yBCDvaiQA%20Contra%20Line) Liability Release - AS A CONDITION OF ATTENDING THIS MEETUP, YOU AGREE TO hold harmless, and indemnify the organizer and her heirs, and all members and participants of this Meetup group from any and all claims for injury, illness, death, and/or property damage including those caused by negligence, ignorance, inexperience and other reasons. You also agree to assume all mental, physical, financial, and/or other risk associated with this meetup. All meetup activities pose inherent risks and dangers. Participation in these activities is voluntary and dependent upon your own personal judgment.

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English Country Dance with SEVEN TIMES SALT

Concord Scout House

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