If you want to find out what contra dancing is, the best way is to try it! It's where you'll find people having the time of their lives, where a roomful of strangers becomes a roomful of friends, and where you will quickly realize that if you can walk, you can dance. You won't need a partner, just a spirit of adventure and the desire to enjoy music and movement.
On a more technical level, contra dance is done in sets of couples to jigs and reels or southern old-time tunes. You dance with a partner and with all the other dancers in your set in turn. Each dance is a sequence of moves taught before the dance begins, and then repeated by the caller as the music plays to keep everyone moving and dancing together.
Come with a friend or without - the tradition is to change partners after every dance, so you will quickly find yourself part of the community. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers - the dancing can be aerobic.
Take a look at some of our contra dance videos.
Fellow callers can check out some contra dances we have written.
Where can I contra dance?
Here's where you can find us, and many other fine callers:
- Our Schedule
- In Ontario:
- Toronto Country Dancers
- Hamilton Country Dancers
- Peterborough English Country Dancers
- Owen Sound Contra Dances
- Ottawa Valley Contra Dancers
- In upstate New York:
- Further afield: