What is Contra Dancing?

Contra dancing is fun and dynamic. Dance patterns are performed by couples in two lines. A live caller provides instruction before each dance begins and prompts dancers as the dance begins and throughout the dance when needed. Live bands provide the beat.

There is no right or wrong way to dance, but there is a hard and easy way to execute every movement. The easiest way is always the best, most enjoyable, and lives to become traditional. Joining in the nightly lesson is a great way to get comfortable with the basics.

Dress comfortably, especially shoes! It is not necessary to bring your own partner; there are plenty of folks to switch off and dance with. Dayton Contra Dance Parties welcome all people, of all ages, beginning and more experienced, singles and couples, to join in, providing a good time from your very first dance visit!

This article describes contra dancing in more detail.