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Our dances were not started on Meetup. So you won't see very high RSVP counts since most people attend without RSVPing on Meetup.

1 of 2: Contra Dancing

You love live music, to move to it, to get exercise, to make friends.

Typically 60 to 90 of us are dancing each Sunday. This is a great place for non-dancers to explore a new kind of fun, for experienced dancers new to contra dance, and of course returning contra dancers. No experience necessary!

Our live music includes all kinds of instruments depending on the band. Typical instruments include fiddle, guitar, piano, mandolin, accordion, flute.

We offer a 20-minute orientation lesson before each dance where you'll learn the basic structure of a contra dance and the most common figures. The caller teaches the sequence for each dance before the music starts, and then prompts the figures for a while. The dances are about 30 seconds but then the sequence repeats several more times, and each time you meet another pair of dancers. How sociable!

It's perfectly okay to come to the dance by yourself. Everybody asks everybody to dance.

What to wear: comfortable, smooth-sole (if possible) shoes, lightweight clothing or layers when it's cold. Maybe bring an extra shirt in case you work up a sweat...Let's Dance!

2 of 2: English Country Dancing

The Grandparent of contra dancing, English Country Dancing appeals to your love of variety, excitement, elegance, energy, and even a bit of challenge. Come with friends or come by yourself. Everyone dances.

Upcoming events (5)

Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

Sorry, Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

Contra dance is a fun social dance with a live band and a caller. Enjoyable, good exercise, and you don't need a partner. From 6:30 -9:30pm almost every Sunday night. Contra dance orientation/lesson at 6:10 p.m. in the Carrillo Ballroom for those who are new. Every dance is a new experience.

We need new dancers! Bring a first time contra dancer and both you and the new dancer get in free when you mention this promotion at the desk.

New to Contra Dance yourself? Print this coupon and your first dance is free: http://tiny.cc/0vhnbz

We are a community, so please help everyone get to dance. Don't book ahead. Watch for people sitting on the side and ask them to dance! Reach out of your comfort zone to make folks feel welcome. You might make a life-long friend!

The cost is $12, or $10 if you are a member. Teens and students to 24, $5, age 12 and under are free.
At SB Carrillo Recreation Center
100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA
in the large ballroom with the sprung floor.

You don't need to bring a partner because this is a social dance and everybody dances with everybody. You don't need to know how to Contra Dance. There is a lesson at 6:10pm and a walk-through by the Caller before each dance so you can just jump in. You will get friendly help all night.

Those who participate in contra dancing find a safe place to meet and socialize with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. It's a great social activity, a way to meet people, to socialize and have a good time with a group of people. Not just one or two....At a contra dance you meet lots of people in the course of an evening. Lots of good exercise too.

The band takes a break in the middle. At the end of each half, you can dance a waltz. And during the break, recorded music is played for East and West Coast swing dance, Country Dance, and more.

The best description I have heard is that with each dance we build a carousel, then jump on and ride it. Great fun for the brain and the body. Join us for great fun!

More info (http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/)

Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

Sorry, Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

Contra dance is a fun social dance with a live band and a caller. Enjoyable, good exercise, and you don't need a partner. From 6:30 -9:30pm almost every Sunday night. Contra dance orientation/lesson at 6:10 p.m. in the Carrillo Ballroom for those who are new. Every dance is a new experience.

We need new dancers! Bring a first time contra dancer and both you and the new dancer get in free when you mention this promotion at the desk.

New to Contra Dance yourself? Print this coupon and your first dance is free: http://tiny.cc/0vhnbz

We are a community, so please help everyone get to dance. Don't book ahead. Watch for people sitting on the side and ask them to dance! Reach out of your comfort zone to make folks feel welcome. You might make a life-long friend!

The cost is $12, or $10 if you are a member. Teens and students to 24, $5, age 12 and under are free.
At SB Carrillo Recreation Center
100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA
in the large ballroom with the sprung floor.

You don't need to bring a partner because this is a social dance and everybody dances with everybody. You don't need to know how to Contra Dance. There is a lesson at 6:10pm and a walk-through by the Caller before each dance so you can just jump in. You will get friendly help all night.

Those who participate in contra dancing find a safe place to meet and socialize with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. It's a great social activity, a way to meet people, to socialize and have a good time with a group of people. Not just one or two....At a contra dance you meet lots of people in the course of an evening. Lots of good exercise too.

The band takes a break in the middle. At the end of each half, you can dance a waltz. And during the break, recorded music is played for East and West Coast swing dance, Country Dance, and more.

The best description I have heard is that with each dance we build a carousel, then jump on and ride it. Great fun for the brain and the body. Join us for great fun!

More info (http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/)

Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

Sorry, Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

Contra dance is a fun social dance with a live band and a caller. Enjoyable, good exercise, and you don't need a partner. From 6:30 -9:30pm almost every Sunday night. Contra dance orientation/lesson at 6:10 p.m. in the Carrillo Ballroom for those who are new. Every dance is a new experience.

We need new dancers! Bring a first time contra dancer and both you and the new dancer get in free when you mention this promotion at the desk.

New to Contra Dance yourself? Print this coupon and your first dance is free: http://tiny.cc/0vhnbz

We are a community, so please help everyone get to dance. Don't book ahead. Watch for people sitting on the side and ask them to dance! Reach out of your comfort zone to make folks feel welcome. You might make a life-long friend!

The cost is $12, or $10 if you are a member. Teens and students to 24, $5, age 12 and under are free.
At SB Carrillo Recreation Center
100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA
in the large ballroom with the sprung floor.

You don't need to bring a partner because this is a social dance and everybody dances with everybody. You don't need to know how to Contra Dance. There is a lesson at 6:10pm and a walk-through by the Caller before each dance so you can just jump in. You will get friendly help all night.

Those who participate in contra dancing find a safe place to meet and socialize with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. It's a great social activity, a way to meet people, to socialize and have a good time with a group of people. Not just one or two....At a contra dance you meet lots of people in the course of an evening. Lots of good exercise too.

The band takes a break in the middle. At the end of each half, you can dance a waltz. And during the break, recorded music is played for East and West Coast swing dance, Country Dance, and more.

The best description I have heard is that with each dance we build a carousel, then jump on and ride it. Great fun for the brain and the body. Join us for great fun!

More info (http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/)

Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

Sorry, Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

Contra dance is a fun social dance with a live band and a caller. Enjoyable, good exercise, and you don't need a partner. From 6:30 -9:30pm almost every Sunday night. Contra dance orientation/lesson at 6:10 p.m. in the Carrillo Ballroom for those who are new. Every dance is a new experience.

We need new dancers! Bring a first time contra dancer and both you and the new dancer get in free when you mention this promotion at the desk.

New to Contra Dance yourself? Print this coupon and your first dance is free: http://tiny.cc/0vhnbz

We are a community, so please help everyone get to dance. Don't book ahead. Watch for people sitting on the side and ask them to dance! Reach out of your comfort zone to make folks feel welcome. You might make a life-long friend!

The cost is $12, or $10 if you are a member. Teens and students to 24, $5, age 12 and under are free.
At SB Carrillo Recreation Center
100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA
in the large ballroom with the sprung floor.

You don't need to bring a partner because this is a social dance and everybody dances with everybody. You don't need to know how to Contra Dance. There is a lesson at 6:10pm and a walk-through by the Caller before each dance so you can just jump in. You will get friendly help all night.

Those who participate in contra dancing find a safe place to meet and socialize with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. It's a great social activity, a way to meet people, to socialize and have a good time with a group of people. Not just one or two....At a contra dance you meet lots of people in the course of an evening. Lots of good exercise too.

The band takes a break in the middle. At the end of each half, you can dance a waltz. And during the break, recorded music is played for East and West Coast swing dance, Country Dance, and more.

The best description I have heard is that with each dance we build a carousel, then jump on and ride it. Great fun for the brain and the body. Join us for great fun!

More info (http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/)

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Contra Dance is cancelled until further notice

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

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