Upcoming Events

Contra Dance for All Ages! February 22, 6:00-9:00 pm

Join us for a fantastic, fun-filled evening of American contra dancing on Saturday, February 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Contra dancing is a type of folk dance in which partners dance in two facing lines or a square, and derives from English country dancing. It’s easy to learn, especially with DeLaura Padovan giving us lighthearted instruction every step of the way! This style of dancing is welcoming for everyone who has a vague sense of right vs. left, and can count to 8.

We’ll effortlessly dance the night away to live music by fiddler Steve Hickman and his “Open Band.” Musicians of all ages and levels are welcome to join the band, and Steve will lead the musicmakers through jigs, reels, and American folk tunes. Whether you play by ear or by sight, you’ll fit right in.

Don’t worry if you come by yourself; no partner is necessary, since we’ll pair up for each dance and change partners frequently. But feel free to bring a friend to share the fun! The dances are best suited to adults and older youth, but younger ones are welcome to join the dance under the supervision of their parents.

An admission fee of $5 per person aged 10 and up will be charged to help pay expenses, but you don’t need to bring anything else. Drinks and nibbles will be provided by the Friendship Committee. To protect our floor from scuff marks, please wear shoes with light colored rubber soles, or dance in socks. No babysitting will be available, but children are welcome to attend.