2nd-Saturday Contra


In addition to filling out the waiver/contact-tracing form described on the home page, we recommend that all those attending HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances are vaccinated, boosted, and masked. Also, as was the case prior to the pandemic, drinking water and paper cups will be provided, but if you prefer not sharing the water spigot with others, feel free to bring your own water.


Saturday, February 11, we welcome back the New Haven Jammers, made up of musicians from all around Connecticut, to supply us with the kind of contra music we love to dance to. And to complete this picture of musical excellence, the caller for the evening will be Don Heinold, who was a big hit at our recent New Year’s Eve Extravaganza.

Saturday, March 11, let’s contra dance to the music of old friends Kitch ‘n Sync, featuring Britt Goodman, hammered dulcimer; Jane Prentice, fiddle; Jim Prentice, concertina; and Alan Preliasco, bass. We’ve been contra dancing to their music for years. Catch up with them on Facebook here. They’ll be joined by our very own Jen Jasenski, who will be doing the calling honors.

Not enough contra dancing for you? Check out HCD’s other contra events, HCD Quiet Corner Contra Dances, held in Coventry on the first Friday of every month (except summers). More information here.

Our monthly 2nd-Saturday contra dances are held from 7:30–10:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at Temple Beth Torah in Wethersfield. 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.

The regular adult admission for the monthly HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra dances is $13, $5 for students (with ID), and free for kids under 13. In exchange for 30 minutes of their time, volunteers are also admitted free. Maximum per family: $30. (We appreciate exact change and $5 bills; please, no $50 or $100 bills.) 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.

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 video of a typical 2nd-Saturday Contra dance here.

The HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Steve, Rob (chair), Pam, Jen, Sal, Jay, Brad, Victoria, Haley, and Bill.

The HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra Committee will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Get in touch with them concerning HCD 2nd-Saturday Contra by completing the form below.

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