What is contra dance?
Contra dance is a non-competitive form of partnered folk dance originating in 17th century English and French social dances. In each dance, couples perform a repeated sequence of simple moves (which are taught by the caller beforehand) while interacting with neighboring couples and progressing up and down parallel lines called sets, eventually dancing with every other couple in the set. It's extremely easy to learn (no prior experience needed), tons of fun, great exercise, and a fantastic way to make new friends!
What should I wear?
We recommend a comfortable outfit/shoes without too much grip. Skirts are fun for twirling!
Do I need to bring a partner?
No; we switch partners after every dance, so feel free to come alone or to bring your friends!
Can I come late?
Absolutely! If a dance is currently in progress when you arrive, just wait for it to end (they last about 10 minutes) and join the next one.
What does it look like?
A clip from our September 2015 dance at Balch Auditorium (Scripps College). Video by Samuel Breslow.