2nd-Saturday Contra

(Because of the relatively close physical contact dancing requires, attendees must be masked. Please bring your own mask. 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. For details on special COVID related requirements, see the home page.)

Saturday, December 11, we’ll enjoy a special holiday-month treat: contra dancing to the music of Wild Notes while following the expert calls of Rich Sbardella—one of our favorite band-and-caller combos. Read all about the band that will “change your O’Doul’s to Guinness” here. For the fully vaccinated and masked only.

Saturday, January 8, recording artists Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (guitar mandolin, piano, and foot percussion), will supply the music. There’s lots to read here about these dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France, and beyond. Sandy Lafleur will be the caller for this dance. For the fully vaccinated and masked only.

We’re dancing again. Our return to contra dancing, now at a new Wethersfield location, took place November 13, with all dancers vaccinated and masked. If you didn’t attend, this short video shows you what you missed.

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 (must be vaccinated) and volunteers in exchange for 30 minutes of their time. Maximum per family: $30. 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 slideshow of a typical 2nd-Saturday Contra dance 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, and Haley.

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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