What’s contra?

Contra dance is a form of lively social folk dancing, similar to ceilidhs or barn dances. You dance with a partner within a group (usually a long line) of pairs of dancers, to energetic live music from great bands!

There is a “caller” (instructor) who teaches each dance, so you don’t have to have done contra dancing before to be able to join in. They lead a walkthrough of the dance before the music starts, and give instructions during the dance. Our regular dancers are friendly and happy to help new dancers join in.

Anyone can ask anyone to dance, so you don’t need to bring a partner. Contra dancing is great exercise – we suggest comfortable, lightweight clothing and flat shoes.

Here are some videos from our previous events, so you can see contra dancing for yourself!