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.

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!