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NYC's only Gender Role-Free Contra Dance. Contra Dance is a traditional American folk dance which requires no prior dance training or experience—if you can walk, you can Contra Dance.

Traditional Contra Dancing is done with "Ladies and Gents" but at Gender Role-Free Dances we dance whichever role we like and with whomever we like. Live music and live calling. Lesson for beginners.

This series has been running for 16 years and is now back in its original venue at the newly renovated LGBT Community Center on west 13th street. Beautiful floor, wonderful acoustics, and some of the best callers and bands contra has to offer. Come and join us for a fun night out. Meet new people, get great exercise, and have a blast!

Website: www.villagecontra.org; Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/villagecontra/

Our monthly dances are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, dance experience or number of left feet.

Upcoming events (5)

Contra Dance Party with caller Carl Levine and music by Chimney Swift

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Contra dancing is a great way to have fun, meet new people, burn a few calories and let loose all the stress of the week! It is also the best activity for improving brain function (research-based). Contra Dance is a festive American folk dance which requires no prior dance training or experience—if you can walk, you can Contra Dance. Traditional Contra Dancing is done with "Ladies and Gents" but at Gender Role-Free Dances we dance whichever role we like and with whomever we like! Our monthly dances are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, dance experience and number of left feet. The terms we use are Larks and Ravens for Gents and Ladies. If you this is your first time trying contra dance, come to the Beginners' Workshop which begins about 6:30 pm. Admission: $15. If it's your first time at our dance or if you bring a friend, you will get a $5 discount coupon for your next dance. Students, $12 with student ID. Our caller: Carl Levine The band: Chimney Swift Join us after the dance for socializing at the Good Stuff Diner around the corner on W 14th St. btwn 6th and 7th Avenues. site: http://www.villagecontra.org or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/villagecontra/

Contra Dance Party with caller Kristen Planeaux and music by Phoenix

PS3: The John Melser Charrette School

Contra dancing is a great way to have fun, meet new people, burn a few calories and let loose all the stress of the week! It is also the best activity for improving brain function. Contra Dance is a festive American folk dance which requires no prior dance training or experience—if you can walk, you can Contra Dance. Traditional Contra Dancing is done with "Ladies and Gents" but at Gender Role-Free Dances we dance whichever role we like and with whomever we like! Our monthly dances are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, dance experience and number of left feet. The terms we use are Larks and Robins for Gents and Ladies. If you this is your first time trying contra dance, come to the Beginners' Workshop which begins about 6:30 pm. Admission: $15. If it's your first time at our dance or if you bring a friend, you will get a $5 discount coupon for your next dance. Students, $12 with student ID. Our caller: Kristen Planeaux The band: Phoenix Please bring something for the refreshment table at the break. For more information, see our website: http://www.villagecontra.org or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/villagecontra/

Contra Dance Party w. Michael Karcher, caller & music by Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

$15.00

If you this is your first time trying contra dance, come to the Beginners' Workshop which begins about 6:30 pm. Admission: $15. If it's your first time at our dance or if you bring a friend, you will get a $5 discount coupon for your next dance. Students $12 with ID card. Our caller: Michael Karcher will be coming all the way from Seattle, WA. Michael has been having the time of his life calling around the U.S. and Canada since 2011. He has honed a warm and concise style of teaching and calling, to the delight of dancers across North America. The band: Brooklyn Swing Ensemble with Danny Elias on clarinet Sam Zygmontowicz on fiddle Chip Prince on piano Marco Brehm on bass Spunky contra music with a mix of traditional fiddle music and tunes you might have heard at a Brighton Beach bar mitzvah in 1953. Contra dancing is a great way to have fun, meet new people, burn a few calories and let loose all the stress of the week! It is also the best activity for improving brain function (research-based). Contra Dance is a festive American folk dance which requires no prior dance training or experience—if you can walk, you can Contra Dance. Traditional Contra Dancing is done with "Ladies and Gents" but at Gender Role-Free Dances we dance whichever role we like and with whomever we like! Our monthly dances are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, dance experience and number of left feet. Currently we are using Larks and Ravens for Gents and Ladies. Join us after the dance for socializing at the Village Den around the corner at 11th St. and Greenwich Ave. For more information, check out our website: http://www.villagecontra.org or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/villagecontra/ If you want to receive email notifications, go to www.villagecontra.org/contact. Our FB group is no longer inviting members, so if you are on FB and want notifications put yourself on the email list. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/villagecontra/)

Contra Dance Party with caller Carl Levine and music by Chimney Swift

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Contra dancing is a great way to have fun, meet new people, burn a few calories and let loose all the stress of the week! It is also the best activity for improving brain function (research-based). Contra Dance is a festive American folk dance which requires no prior dance training or experience—if you can walk, you can Contra Dance. Traditional Contra Dancing is done with "Ladies and Gents" but at Gender Role-Free Dances we dance whichever role we like and with whomever we like! Our monthly dances are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, dance experience and number of left feet. The terms we use are Larks and Ravens for Gents and Ladies. If you this is your first time trying contra dance, come to the Beginners' Workshop which begins about 6:30 pm. Admission: $15. If it's your first time at our dance or if you bring a friend, you will get a $5 discount coupon for your next dance. Students, $12 with student ID. Our caller: Carl Levine The band: Chimney Swift Join us after the dance for socializing at the Good Stuff Diner around the corner on W 14th St. btwn 6th and 7th Avenues. site: http://www.villagecontra.org or our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/villagecontra/

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