What is contra dancing?
It's fun, easy, vigorous, and a great way to meet people!
Traditional American contra dances (such as the Virginia Reel) are performed by pairs of dancers facing in opposing lines. The maneuvers are similar to those used in square dancing. A friendly patient caller provides a walk-through prior to each dance set, and prompts along with the music. There's no "leader" or "follower," everyone follows the calls. You'll dance with everyone else in your set. And when the music stops, thank that partner and find a new one -- you'll get to dance with everyone else in the hall!
A contra dance usually features live music by a talented string band performing jigs, reels, hoedowns, polkas, and waltzes.
There are a few square, circle, and couple dances as well. No partner or previous training is needed; experienced dancers will
welcome you, ask you to dance, and help you through the figures. Soft-soled shoes and comfortable casual attire recommended. If you can walk, you can dance.
Since 1990, I've called dances for traditional music societies, private parties, and special events such as:
barn dance • hoedown • summer camp • special event • casual party for beginners • wedding reception • anniversary party • adoption celebration • scout or school get-together for youth • home school graduation • significant birthday • team-building social for the office • dance society series event • elegant 19th century Victorian dress ball • Fezziwig's Dickens event ...
here are some moving pictures to help explain -- click to see videos
Besides calling your dance, I can help with event planning, scheduling, publicity, ideas for decorations and refreshments, formats, themes, emcee work, even reading door prize ticket numbers. And I'm often available on short notice. I bring my own PA system, and your choice of recorded music or a live string band. What do you need? We'll make it happen!