2nd-Saturday Contra


Saturday, March 9, we may not be eating fiddleheads (the veggie), but we’ll certainly be contra dancing to them: New Haven’s venerable contra dance band The Fiddleheads, first formed in 1978, will be with us once again. They are Jim Sirch (banjo, whistles, and bodhran), Willow Sirch (fiddle), Gary Wikfors (mandolin and mando-ephemera), and Norman Plankey (guitar). Read about them here. They’ll be joined by caller Rich Sbardella.

Saturday, April 13, for your contra dancing pleasure we welcome back The Boom Chicks (Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Micky Koth on fiddle, and Kasha Breau playing the keyboard. You know Julie and Mickey from the band Wry Bred, and Kasha and Mickey from the band Wild Notes since both of these bands have played for us numerous times. The caller will be our old friend Don Heinold.

May 11: Kingfisher with caller Don Veino.
June 8: Kitch ‘n Sync with caller Jen Jasenski.
July 13: TBD with caller Paul Wilde.
August 10: Jumpstart with caller Yaron Shragai.
September 14: The Wild Notes with caller Ted Crane.
October 12: TBD with caller Liz Nelson.
November 9: TBD with caller Sandy Lafleur.
December 14: The Wild Notes with caller Steve Holland.

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 newcomer’s workshop. All contra dances are taught and prompted by the caller and our dances are smoke-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free. See a video of one of our dances here. 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. Maximum per family: $30. (We appreciate exact change and $5 bills; please, no $50 or $100 bills.) In exchange for thirty minutes 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.

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, 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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