2nd-Saturday Contra

Join us in West Hartford on Black Friday eve to dance to Wild Asparagus with caller George Marshall.

Friday, November 23, we welcome back one of the nation’s finest contra bands and callers, Wild Asparagus, with caller George Marshall, for our annual Black Friday Dance. Learn all about these one-of-a-kind musicians and caller here. This is our most popular dance of the year, and because of the crowds it draws, we have it at the West Hartford Town Hall auditorium (see here for directions). General admission for this special dance, including a new-dancer workshop beginning at 7:45, is $17, and $10 for students.
Saturday, December 8, we’ll be ushering in the holiday season with the Cambridge Massachusetts band the Dead Sea Squirrels, with caller David Lindsay. See and hear the band at a recent contra dance in Maryland here.
Saturday, January 12, for the first dance of the new year we’re happy to welcome two of our regular dancers, George Thompson and Jen Jasensky, as they assume their new roles as callers. Music will be provided by the New Haven Jammers.

Our monthly 2nd-Saturday contra dances are held from 7:30–10:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Griffith Academy in Wethersfield. (Prior to the dance, beginning at 5:45, there is a free contra-jam session for musicians. Learn about the jam here.) If you’re new to contra dancing, or even if you want to brush up on your contra moves, join us prior to the dance, at 7:15, for a free beginner’s workshop. All contra dances are taught and prompted by the caller and our dances are smoke-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free. Find out more about contra dancing in general here, and read about our other monthly contra dance, the HCD Quiet Corner Contra dance here.

More photos here.

The regular adult admission for the monthly HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances is $12; $10 for seniors (65 or older); $5 for students (with ID); and free for children 12 and under. We are currently running a get-in-free promotion: If you haven’t danced with us in 2016–18, we’ll admit you for free; if you have danced with us but bring a friend who has not, we’ll admit both of you for free. In exchange for a half hour of their time, volunteers are also admitted free. If you’d like to be included on our roster of prospective volunteers, complete the form at the bottom of this page, including your name, email address, and “I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER” in the Subject field. Finally, if our admission charges represent a hardship for you, let us know. We are willing to work with you.

We publish a newsletter, the HCD Contra Bulletin, that we email to our dancers a few days prior to each of our regular 2nd-Saturday Contra dances, reminding them of the upcoming dance and providing them with information about the dance. You can see the most recent edition of our newsletter here, and if you’d like to be added to the list of those who receive it, complete the form at the bottom of this page by including your name, email address, and “SIGN ME UP” in the Subject field of the form.

Refreshments are provided halfway through regularly scheduled 2nd-Saturday Contra dances.

If we haven’t answered all your questions about our HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances, we’ve prepared an FAQ flyer that might be just what you need. View or download it here.

View a printable schedule of upcoming 2nd-Saturday Contra dances here.

View a printable schedule of upcoming 2nd-Saturday Contra dances
and all other HCD events here.

View a slideshow of a recent 2nd-Saturday Contra dance here.

View a video of a recent 2nd-Saturday Contra dance here.

The HCD Contra Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Rob, Pam, Dave, Jen, Sal, Jay, and Brad.

Volunteers make our dances possible. The folks sitting at the Admission Desk when you first enter are volunteers, and there is a committee of volunteers ultimately responsible for the dances as a whole. If you’d like to get in touch with the HCD Contra Committee concerning our dances, complete the form below.

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