What we're about

Contra dancing is America's original social dancing, updated for modern tastes! It's easy to pick up, and you'll dance with many people each night. Enjoy the energetic live music and walk-through instruction. You don't need to come with a partner. Just bring energy, enthusiasm and comfortable, non-marking shoes. All dances are taught before each dance, and a caller prompts during the dancing to keep you moving.

Dances are held at 3030 Thorn Street in the North Park area of San Diego, with a great wooden floor. No smoking. No alcohol. Introductory lesson beforehand and refreshments at the break.

The San Diego Folk Heritage Contra Dance is an ongoing series that just recently joined the Meet-up format. Dances are either on Friday or Saturday nights each weekend. For the lineup of bands and callers and details about times, see http://sandiegocontra.org/ . To get an idea of what contra-dancing is all about, videos of contra dancing can be found on YouTube, such as this one:


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Contradance to Stepwise with Frannie Marr and Jacqui Grennan calling

Add to the fun of your holiday weekend with our July 2, 2022 contradance at the Dorothea Laub Dance Place, 2650 Truxtun Rd, in Liberty Station. Our own Frannie Marr and Jacqui Grennan from LA will call to the Celtic duo Stepwise (https://www.facebook.com/stepwiseduo), comprised of fiddle player Olivia Breidenthal and multi-instrumentalist Liam Lewis. For this dance, we continue to require proof of vaccination, wearing a mask (over your mouth and nose), and signing a waiver. (We try to keep a record if you have joined us in the past, but our records aren't perfect, so please have info on hand and have patience with us.) The dance is in Studio 200 on the second floor.

We have changed from a flat entry fee to a sliding scale, asking dancers to pay the right amount for them on a scale of $10 to $25. We regret having to make this move, but unfortunately everything, including our new location, costs more. Teen, student, and active military discounts remain in effect.

A note about shoes: the Marley floor at the Dorothea Laub Dance Place is more sensitive to damage than the wood floor we used to dance on, so we have to request no high heeled dance shoes. Any heel that tapers to a narrower bottom is unacceptable. Also, please bring a clean pair of shoes to change into for dancing; street shoes are not permitted by our hosts. Apologies to those who are inconvenienced by this. We encourage you to wear one of: Bare feet, dance/yoga/barre socks, ballet slippers, soft or suede bottom jazz or ballet shoes (no taps), or sneakers or running shoes (thoroughly cleaned). You can find suede that attaches to the bottom of shoes on Amazon. The floor really is excellent for dancing barefoot.

We look forward to dancing with you on July 2!

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