What is Contra Dancing?

If Swing dancing and Square dancing met in a bar, you’d get Contra.

Contra dancing is a type of community folk dance. You’ll dance to live music with a partner, although bringing a partner is not necessary. Contra Dancing is a great way to meet new people!

Couples form parallel lines and, over the course of the dance, move up and down the dance floor, interacting with every other couple in their line. There is no fancy footwork involved – anyone can do it! Calling all of the dances from the stage, the Dance Caller teaches each dance before the music starts. As the dance progresses, the Dance Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until, dropping out entirely, they allow you, your partner, and everyone else on the dance floor to finish the dance accompanied only by the exciting music!

New to Contra Dancing? We've written up some Tips for Beginners.

Still have questions? Maybe we've answered them in our FAQs.


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1st and 3rd Fridays of every month.

Come Dance with Us!

Our next dance is our annual Holiday and Waltz Ball, Friday, December 15th with the Organic Family Band!

The Organic Family Band brings a range of musical experiences and styles to dance and folk music, blending jazz, Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, New England, ragtime, rock, and more to create a soundscape that'll keep you moving and grooving all night long! With veteran lead player Rebekah Geller on fiddle, jazz guitarist Michael Raitzyk, Jakob Raitzyk on fiddle and foot percussion, and Judith Geller on french horn, The Organic Family Band carries on musical traditions and brings new life into the sound of dance/folk music.

Camp Friendship, 339 8th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are always available at the door. Advanced tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets until 6pm on the day of the event. $15 regular admission, $12 students.

Beginner's Lesson at 7:30pm. Dancing starts at 8pm

Please bring clean, soft-soled dancing shoes. Heels are very hard on our floor and we ask that you leave them at the door.

We dance on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. We also regularly throw special events. We try to list all of our upcoming dances in our Calendar. Sign up for our newsletter and never miss a dance!