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Contra Dancing

Contra Dancing is an ideal form of country dancing for singles and couples alike. Contra dances use the many of the same figures (swing, promenade, etc.) as square dancing, but you dance with more people, you do not need lessons, and you do not need to bring a partner. Many people who "can't dance" love to Contra Dance anyway

Contra Dancing is a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form a set of two parallel lines which run the length of the hall. Each dance consists of a sequence of moves that ends with couples having progressed one position up or down the set. As the sequence is repeated, a couple will eventually dance with every other couple in the set.

In Contra Dancing, your feet are never asked to do more than walk to the music. Each dance is taught by the caller before it is danced. The caller continues to prompt the dancers as needed. Because the pattern of moves of each Contra Dance is repeated often, Contra Dances are easy to learn. Both beginning and experienced dancers happily share the same set.

Contra dancers don't follow the old custom of expecting a woman to wait to be asked by a man. Women and men both do the asking. After each dance, you will be asked to find a new partner. This exchange of partners is one of the reasons you don't have to bring a partner with you to a Contra dance (although it is just as wonderful if you do); you will get to dance with many friendly people over the course of the evening.

Most contra dances feature live musicians playing Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues, and all sorts of other music.

Contra dance is Real People in Real Time with Real Music. It is Real Life. You cannot experience this while sitting on your duff, VR helmet or not. Get out more often! You know you spend way too much time in front of your computer and/or TV.


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