You can join the LA / So Cal Contra Dance Community low volume email list here: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LAcontradancers/info -- it's the longest running list for the LA / So Cal Contra Dance community; & the only list in the LA/ So Cal that regularly posts, & welcomes *all* Contra Dances to be posted.
You can also check for dances all over the world here: http://www.contradancelinks.com
This group is for people who love to dance, listen to live music, get plenty of exercise, and make new friends! Typically we get about 60-80 people per dance night.
This is a great place for beginning dancers to explore new fun and experienced dancers new to Contra Dance (American Folk Music) and of course returning contra dancers. No experience necessary!
Basically, we dance to live music which can have a wide range of instruments depending on the band. Some of the typical instruments in our bands include a fiddle, guitar, banjo, flute, keyboard and mandolin. Other non-traditional instruments like the bombard, bagpipes and accordian are also played!
At the beginning of each dance night, there is a 30 minute lesson which covers all the basic steps that will be called throughout the evening. The caller for the evening does a 5 minute 'walk through' before each dance. Once you get the steps to the dance, the pattern just repeats itself. Easy!
By the way, it is perfectly ok to go to the dance by yourself. You do not need to bring a date, significant other, or even a dance partner to enjoy the evening. Many people come solo!
RECOMMENDED ATTIRE: Smooth-soled shoes, lightweight clothing and/or change of shirt - you might work up a sweat!