What we're about

Please join us every month for Contra dancing and weekly for English and Scottish country dance classes. (Please note that we are NOT a Country and Western dance group! In our context "Country Dance" means historical dances that were danced by the common man, not only by the nobility.)

Information about the location, time and price of each event is given in the description of each individual Meetup event. In addition to the regular events we host two annual balls, The Jane Austen Ball in the Spring or Summer, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the Autumn.

Contra is a form of American social dance with roots going back to English Country Dance and Scottish Country Dance. In many ways it is similar to Square Dance, but Contra Dance is simpler and can be learned in a single evening. Instead of dancing in squares consisting of four couples, Contra is danced in long lines running down the hall. Couples dance in groups of four within these long lines, advancing on to the next couple in the line after each repetition of the dance, allowing each couple to dance one repetition with each of the other couples on the floor. English Country Dance and Scottish Country Dance follow this same pattern.

English Country Dance as a social dance form began in the 1600's, but it's heyday was between 1700 and 1914. You can think of it as the dances of William Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. While being stately and graceful, it still gives you a good workout, and is highly addictive.

Scottish Country Dance has been an active form of social dance in Scotland for centuries, at one time being considered primarily the same as English Country Dance. Around 1715 they separated and became two distinct forms of dance, although very similar. Scottish Country Dance is still danced today, particularly at celebrations such as weddings, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, what have you. It is very aerobic, and incredibly fun to do!

You are not required to bring a partner to any of our dances - the tradition is to change partners after every dance, so there will always be someone ready to dance with you.

Our email address is lvcontra@gmail.com.

Make sure to check our website for complete descriptions of our dances! http://www.lasvegascountrydance.org .

In addition to the Meetup group and our website, we also have the following Facebook groups:

Las Vegas Contra Dance

Las Vegas English Country Dance

Scottish Country Dance

We look forward to dancing with you!

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English and Scottish Country Dance

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Hello Las Vegas Area Dancers

We're excited to let you know that English and Scottish Country Dancing are starting up again! The music for our combined English/Scottish class starts on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:30-9:30 PM and will continue every Tuesday night.
Please join us at the Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1601 East Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV, NV 89101 For map, see
https://eagles1213.com/contact/
Class starts promptly at 6:30 PM! Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. Class will go through 9:30 PM, with a little break. If someone brings refreshments, we'll have snacks. Class is $8 each. No partners required, beginners always welcome, encouraged and coddled. Intermediate and Advanced dancers will be invited to participate in special dances while beginners snag the rest of the refreshments. You'll need soft "dancing shoes" that allow you to skip and stand tip-toe.
Please feel free to bring bottled water.
Not vaxed? Must mask! Please read the attached Vaccination and Mask Policy very carefully. It will be enforced. If you're not fully vaccinated, you MUST wear an approved mask. Please read the Policy for details. There will be NO exceptions to this policy, but really, it's not particularly onerous. (Trust me-most classes are simply requiring everyone to mask and we don't want to have to do that.)
Questions? Concerns? Please drop me a line at [masked].
We can't wait to dance with you!
On your toes! With the music! Ready - And!

Marsden

 Mask Protocol.pdf

English and Scottish Country Dance

Needs a location

Hello Las Vegas Area Dancers

We're excited to let you know that English and Scottish Country Dancing are starting up again! The music for our combined English/Scottish class starts on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:30-9:30 PM and will continue every Tuesday night.
Please join us at the Las Vegas Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1601 East Washington Ave., Las Vegas, NV, NV 89101 For map, see
https://eagles1213.com/contact/
Class starts promptly at 6:30 PM! Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. Class will go through 9:30 PM, with a little break. If someone brings refreshments, we'll have snacks. Class is $8 each. No partners required, beginners always welcome, encouraged and coddled. Intermediate and Advanced dancers will be invited to participate in special dances while beginners snag the rest of the refreshments. You'll need soft "dancing shoes" that allow you to skip and stand tip-toe.
Please feel free to bring bottled water.
Not vaxed? Must mask! Please read the attached Vaccination and Mask Policy very carefully. It will be enforced. If you're not fully vaccinated, you MUST wear an approved mask. Please read the Policy for details. There will be NO exceptions to this policy, but really, it's not particularly onerous. (Trust me-most classes are simply requiring everyone to mask and we don't want to have to do that.)
Questions? Concerns? Please drop me a line at [masked].
We can't wait to dance with you!
On your toes! With the music! Ready - And!

Marsden

 Mask Protocol.pdf

CANCELLED! - Boulder City Afternoon Square Dance

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Come join the fun!

$7 per dancer per session, or $12 for both sessions if you also join our evening Square and Contra Dance from 6:30-8:30 pm. Money is collected at the door. Cash or check only, please.

Our caller, Ned Newberg, has been calling Square Dance for over 25 years, with experience in all levels. Ned says, “My goal is for the dancers to have fun. If the dancers are having fun, then we all succeed.” You can be sure that with Ned’s guidance you will have a wonderful time, even if it’s your very first dance!

Sponsored by the Boulder City Department of Parks and Recreation -[masked]

CANCALLED! - Boulder City Square & Contra Dance

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Come join the fun!

$7 / session per dancer, or $12 for both sessions if you also join our afternoon Square Dance, from 2:30-4:30. Money collected at the door. Cash or check only.

You’ll dance your first night! Square Dance and Contra Dance have common roots. Our callers are coordinating the lessons, so the figures taught throughout the evening are used in both.

Your callers:

Ned Newberg has called Square Dance for over 25 years, and has experience doing both new dancer and refresher classes. Ned says, “My goal is for the dancers to have fun. If the dancers are having fun, then we all succeed.” Ned’s enthusiastic teaching allows even new dancers to relax and have fun on their very first night.

Eileen Hug has taught folk dancing for over 20 years, and she started calling at the monthly Contra dances sponsored by the Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers 6 years ago. She will teach all Contra Dance figures each evening, as needed for the dances selected for that night.

This event is sponsored by Boulder City Department of Parks and Recreation. [masked]

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English and Scottish Country Dance

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