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.

 

NEXT DANCE - CONTRASHOCK!

Join Brooklyn Contra and CD*NY for a positively epic weekend of dance! On September 20th and 21st, we swing and stomp for an amazing lineup - music by The Organic Family Band and Downeast, with Ed Howe, Emerald Rae, Casey Murray and Stuart Kenney, and calling by the legend himself, Will Mentor, and west coast phenom Lindsey Dono.

We’ve got contra for all on both nights and a special “challenging contras” on Saturday afternoon for folks who want it a little spicy! Comfort and experience with contra dancing is recommended for “challenging contras.”

Lastly, a Saturday morning (11AM) specialty workshop, Intro to Morris Dancing and Rapper Swords, will be held with Ring O’Bells Morris dancers and Half Moon Sword. https://www.facebook.com/events/1073704682819858/

This all takes place at P.S. 56, in the beautiful Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn; it’s a night you won't want to miss.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 WITH BROOKLYN CONTRA
featuring Organic Family Band with caller Lindsey Dono

7:30 PM Contra Dance Lesson
8-11:00 PM Contra Dance for All

LOCATION: PS 56 - 170 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tickets $20/session or $55/weekend

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 WITH CD*NY
featuring Organic Family Band and Ed Howe, Emerald Rae, Casey Murray and Stuart Kenney
with callers Will Mentor and Lindsey Dono

12:00-5:30 PM Challenging Contras
5:30-7:30 Brown Bag Dinner
7:00-7:30 PM Contra Dance Lesson
7:30-10:45 PM Contra Dance for All

LOCATION: PS 56 - 170 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tickets $20/session or $55/weekend

CONTRASHOCK

ContraShock is an annual two-day contra dance festival, bringing some of the most in-demand contra bands and callers together for a whirlwind weekend of dance and music.  Collaboration between Brooklyn Contra and Country Dance New York (CD*NY) sets the stage for high-energy live music and some of the best contra dance calling around.

There are dances for beginners and veteran dancers alike; all dancers are welcome to Friday and Saturday night dances and a “challenging contras” event will be held Saturday afternoon for more experienced dancers.

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, but bringing a partner is not necessary. Contra dancing is a great way to meet new people!

Folks who haven't danced before are encouraged to attend the introductory lesson at 7:30pm.

To maintain the beautiful floor at Camp Friendship, please bring clean, soft-soled shoes. Hard soles and heels are very hard on our floor.

Volunteers dance for FREE – if you’re interested in volunteering, please email us at brooklyncontra@gmail.com.

 

CONTRASHOCK

ContraShock is an annual two-day contra dance festival, bringing some of the most in-demand contra bands and callers together for a whirlwind weekend of dance and music.  Collaboration between Brooklyn Contra and Country Dance New York (CDNY) sets the stage for high-energy live music and some of the best contra dance calling around.

There are dances for beginners and veteran dancers alike; all dancers are welcome to Friday and Saturday night dances and a “challenging contras” event will be held Saturday afternoon for more experienced dancers.

The next CONTRASHOCK takes place Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st, 2019.