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So you think you can't dance? Think again! 
Contra dancing is a wonderful activity for anyone who enjoys live music, dance, socializing, fun, etc. We hold dances twice each month at the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula. All skill levels and ages are welcome. No prior dance experience is necessary, and every dance is preceded by a lesson. The dances are very social by nature and all are welcome here — married and unmarried couples; singles, alone or with friends; people of all ages! Children are also welcome at dances if supervised by a responsible adult. 
We occasionally have special themed dances, potlucks, and dance workshops. Our motto is: "If you're having fun, you're doing it right!" 
Dances are sponsored by the Monterey Country Dance Community – an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping traditional live music and dance thriving on the Monterey Peninsula.

Please note our updated COVID policies, which are in force for every in-person event put on by the Monterey Country Dance Community:

  • Open to vaccinated dancers only. Boosters are not required.
  • Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door (photos of vaccination card ok), and will be noted for easy admission to future dances.
  • Well-fitting masks must be worn throughout the dance whenever indoors, except briefly while taking a drink.  Acceptable masks: N95, KN95, KF94, or P1000 with exhaust filter. Masks will be available at the door for those who need them.
  • Water will be offered outdoors during the break. Sorry, no potluck snacks yet.

More information at: montereycontradance.org

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CANCELLED: No Contra Dance this Saturday, Dec. 3rd

Needs a location

We apologize for the late notice, but we just learned that the Monterey YMCA is refinishing their floor in the hall starting this Saturday, and at this late date we were unable to get a different venue, so we are cancelling the dance this Saturday, Dec. 3rd.

Please join us for our annual BLING! contra dance on Saturday, January 7th, 2023. More information soon!

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