Contra dancing is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively,
social, swingy dance style from the USA, which has exploded in popularity in recent
decades. This rapidly developing tradition is popular with all ages, including a vibrant university scene. Done to simple walking steps, it features flowing movements, lots of swings and twirls, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation, including using your moves from Swing, Cajun, Tango, flatfootin’ and other dance styles.
Social workshops for those who want to dance more contra or those who’ve never tried it before. Learn new dances, figures and flourishes — the Mad Robin, the Gypsy Hey, swings, twirls, shadows and ocean waves.
Come along and find out why they say that contra dancers are “Traditional, progressive and frequently improper.”
Open mic for dance callers, including Sarah Lewis and David Wanless
Cool music by hot fiddler Ross Smithard (Devil’s Own)
All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual.
Please bring a plate of supper.