2nd-Saturday Contra

Wild Asparagus will be with us at West Hartford Town Hall for our annual Black Friday dance.

Friday, November 29, come to the West Hartford Town Hall for our annual Black Friday dance with, as always, Wild Asparagus (Ann Percival, piano, guitar, & vocals; David Cantieni, woodwinds; Becky Tracy, fiddle; and others), with caller George Marshall. If you haven’t danced to this combo, you don’t know what you’re missing. Find out about this most popular contra dance band here. (Special time for this dance 8:00–11:00, with the free lesson from 7:45–8:00, and special admission price $16.)
Saturday, December 14, we welcome the return of the superb contra band from Amherst, Dogtown (Becky Miller, fiddle & piano; Tom Randall, piano, guitar, & mandolin; and Norb Spencer, accordion & piano). See and hear them play for one of our past dances here. There will be two callers for this dance: Liz Nelson and Hannah Johlas.
Saturday, January 11, we start the new year with old friends: Fifer’s Delight, playing music “born in New England, détours via Quebec, and ricochets off fife-and-drum just for special effect.” Read about Walt Sweet (flute), John Kalinowski (accordion), Tracy Scott (fiddle), and Chris Hebert (keyboards) here. The caller for the evening will be Don Heinold, also an old friend.

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. 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, $5 for students (with ID), and free for volunteers and 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 2nd-Saturday Contra Committee is made up of (l. to r.) Rob (chair), Pam, Jen, Sal, Jay, and Brad.

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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