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Community/Contra Dance in Dallas (3rd Sat)
Dancing is a joy! Live music is heart lifting! The NTTDS Third Saturday Contra Dance offers both.... Come join us this for an ALL ages evening of Music, Dance, Good Friends, and Joyfulness! Bring your friends. Bring your family. Bring yourself! NO partners are needed. We encourage everyone to change partners frequently. We walk through every dance before doing it to the music, so no experience necessary. Beginner lessons start at 7:15 pm. The Dance is from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. NTTDS has hosted monthly dances since 1983. We always have a large gathering, so, the attendance is many more than those you see on this Meetup page! Non-NTTDS Members $10, NTTDS Members $7, Students with ID $5. All you ever need to know about NTTDS is on our web site The Third Saturday contra dances are at the First United Lutheran Church, 6202 Mockingbird Lane, about 8 blocks east of Central Expressway, between Skillman and Abrams, on the South side of Mockingbird, across the street from Luby's. We're in the school building directly behind the sanctuary building.

First United Lutheran Church

6202 E Mockingbird Ln · Dallas, TX

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The North Texas Traditional Dance Society (NTTDS) was chartered in 1986 as a non-profit educational organization to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history, and related folklore. It is an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. We are an all-volunteer organization, based in Dallas, TX.

The main style of dance we do is called Contra Dancing (also known as Barn Dancing). It is a form of American folk dance derived from English Country Dancing, Irish Set, Scottish, and other forms of dance. It has no fancy footwork, so is easy (and fun) enough for beginners to enjoy almost immediately, especially with occasional help from our friendly experienced dancers.

We hold a Community Dances almost every Saturday night. These are open to the public, feature live music and all are in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. No experience is needed, because all the dances are taught. You don't need to bring a partner. We encourage everyone to change partners for each dance.

Contra dancing is almost always danced to live music. The style of music can be a so-called New England sound, Irish or Celtic tunes, or Appalachian/Mountain fiddle tunes. Most evening dances cost about the same as a movie ticket.

Newcomers are always welcomed. All of the dance steps you need to know will be taught during a brief lesson a half hour or so before the dancing begins. If you can walk, enjoy meeting people, like live music, Contra dancing is for you!

You do not need a partner. Come alone or bring your family and friends. Contra dancing can be enjoyed by singles, couples, and families.

Every spring we hold a weekend dance festival, featuring a nationally-known band and caller. This draws over 100 people from Texas, Oklahoma, and a several other states.

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