What we're about

• Lyrical tunes played over a steady rhythm and a driving beat that keep you on your toes, all night long.

• Dancing in long lines with your partner and your neighbors while moving up and down the line so you dance with everyone in the hall.

• A tradition of changing partners with each dance and a culture where dancing with strangers doesn't feel weird.

• A caller who teaches each dance before it begins and continues to call as long as needed.

• A room full of people who mostly know what they're doing, so if you don't, they'll help you out.

• An entrancing synergy among dancers, musicians, and caller.

• Snacks at the break.

• More dancing after the break .

• A hundreds-year-old New England tradition held in an old New England, white clapboard church across from the Green.

• Listen to us play Lady Ann Montgomery: http://roaringjelly.org/music/mp3/LadyAnneMontgomery.mp3

Upcoming events (5+)

Contra dance with Roaring Jelly.

First Parish Unitarian Church (Lexington)

CONTRA DANCING is an old New England tradition. It is lively, easy to learn and fun. You don't need to come with a partner or have previous experience. ROARING JELLY has been hosting contra dances since 1970. We play traditional and modern tunes from the U.S., Ireland, the UK, and Canada. OTHER STUFF: $8, teens $5, kids free. Beginners, singles welcome. The front of the church may be dark, but parking and entrance are in the back. Newcomers session held at 7:45. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes/sneakers.

Contra dance with Roaring Jelly.

First Parish Unitarian Church (Lexington)

• What we'll do CONTRA DANCING is old New England tradition. It is spirited, easy to learn, and fun. If you can walk you can contra dance. Like square dancing, you dance with a partner and your neighbors. All dances are called so you need no previous experience. With each dance you find a new partner so singles are not disadvantaged. Everybody dances with everyone at a contra dance. ROARING JELLY is a “Big Band” which has been hosting contra dances since 1970. We play an assortment of instruments, including piano, fiddles, flutes, accordian, percussion, bass and a trombone. We play traditional and modern dance tunes from New England, Appalachia, Quebec, Cape Breton, Ireland, Scotland, and England and elsewhere. adults $8, teens $5, kids free • What to bring Where comfortable clothing and shoes/sneakers

Contra dance with Roaring Jelly.

First Parish Unitarian Church (Lexington)

CONTRA DANCING is an old New England tradition. It is lively, easy to learn and fun. You don't need to come with a partner or have previous experience. ROARING JELLY has been hosting contra dances since 1970. We play traditional and modern tunes from the U.S., Ireland, the UK, and Canada. OTHER STUFF: $8, teens $5, kids free. Beginners, singles welcome. The front of the church may be dark, but parking and entrance are in the back. Newcomers session held at 7:45. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes/sneakers.

Contra dance with Roaring Jelly.

First Parish Unitarian Church (Lexington)

• What we'll do CONTRA DANCING is old New England tradition. It is spirited, easy to learn, and fun. If you can walk you can contra dance. Like square dancing, you dance with a partner and your neighbors. All dances are called so you need no previous experience. With each dance you find a new partner so singles are not disadvantaged. Everybody dances with everyone at a contra dance. ROARING JELLY is a “Big Band” which has been hosting contra dances since 1970. We play an assortment of instruments, including piano, fiddles, flutes, accordian, percussion, bass and a trombone. We play traditional and modern dance tunes from New England, Appalachia, Quebec, Cape Breton, Ireland, Scotland, and England and elsewhere. adults $8, teens $5, kids free • What to bring Where comfortable clothing and shoes/sneakers

Past events (22)

Contra dance and ice cream social with Roaring Jelly.

First Parish Unitarian Church (Lexington)

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