Traditional Contra and Folk Dancing

Contra Dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish, French dance styles in the 17th century. Sometimes described as New England folk dance or Appalachian folk dance, contra dances can be found around the world. Contra dancing is danced in long lines of couples/pairs formed starting from the stage and down the dance hall. Throughout the course of a dance, couples progress up and down these lines, dancing with each other couple in the line. The dance is led by a caller who teaches the sequence of figures in the dance before the music starts. Callers describe the series of steps called "figures", and in a single dance, a caller may include anywhere from 6–12 figures which are repeated as couples progress up and down the lines. Each time through the dance takes 64 beats, after which the pattern is repeated.

Barn Dance is any kind of dance involving traditional or folk music with traditional dancing, occasionally held in a barn, but, these days, much more likely to be in any suitable building. The term “barn dance” is usually associated with family-oriented or community-oriented events, usually for people who do not normally dance. The caller will, therefore, generally use easy dances so that everyone can join in. A barn dance feature Square Dancing, Contra Dancing, English Country Dance, Big Circles Mixers, or any other kind of dancing, often with a live band and a Caller.


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Call Square Dancing
Easy Basic up to C2
Beginners, Fun Parties

Teach Contra Dancing
Traditional dancing also in
Lines, Squares, Circles...

Sound Your Dance Events Up to 4 small to mid-size halls
2 Hilton sets, 2 PA systems


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