Contra Dance

Contra at Call of the Loon – copyright Trish Finn

Time and Cost

Time: Saturdays, 7:30 – 11:00 pm

  • 7:30 – 8:00 Dance Lesson
  • 8:00 -11:00 Live Music

Cost: $10 general admission /$8 for Tapestry members / $7 students / Free to ages 13 and under (accompanied by a paying adult)

What is Contra Dance?

In a Contra dance, a leader, known as a caller, teaches basic dance steps during an introductory “walk-through” of the dance. Dancers learn by walking through the steps and formations, following the caller’s instructions. The dance figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing except the figures are usually danced in a line, with leaders and followers facing each other.

These dances are lively, social, easy to learn, and aerobic. Although you will dance with a partner, it isn’t necessary to come with one. All dances are taught and are usually done in “long-ways sets” (partners facing in long lines down the hall). Many of the regular Tapestry Contra bands play old-time music (similar to bluegrass), but the music at any given Saturday night Contra may reflect a range of music traditions, such as New England, French Canadian, Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and modern compositions.

Callers and Bands

Every Contra dance features a live band and caller. Click to learn more about what a caller does and how he/she contributes to the overall dance experience.

Video

Toss the Possum band had their last regular appearance at Tapestry. Check out a video of Toss the Possum here:

The Dance Experience

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A smiling couple contra dancingA picture of a couple contra dancing

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Every year the Contra community hosts a weekend-long Contra extravaganza, with several live bands, guest callers, workshops and more! Find out more about Call of the Loon.

Questions?

Check out our FAQ page or contact us.

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