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Second Saturday Contra
Our regular dances are 7:30–10:30 P.M. the second Saturday of each month at the wood-floored, air-conditioned Griffith Academy, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT [map]. There's a free contra jam session at 5:45 P.M. (musicians of all levels and instruments are welcome to join us), and there's a beginners' workshop at 7:15 P.M. Admission donation for our regular second Saturday dances is as follows :
We have no minimum dancer age, but kids who are dancing must do so on their own (e.g., no threesomes, kids being carried, babies in backpacks, etc.) and know what they're doing (or, at least, be as quick as adult newcomers to learn). For little kids, we recommend the local “family" contra dances (Granby, Cornwall, Stafford Springs).
See a video of one of our recent dances here.
See our latest flyer here.
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No Experience Necessary: We welcome and encourage beginners. The dances are fun and easy to learn. The dances don't require fancy footwork - if you can walk, you can contra. A workshop 15 minutes before the dance will teach you what you need to know to get started.
Clothing: Wear cool comfortable
clothing. Contra is aerobic exercise, so be prepared to work up
a sweat. Experienced dancers often bring a towel and a spare dry
Footwear: Please wear clean, flat-bottomed,
soft-soled shoes. Shoes never worn outdoors are best, but you
can clean outdoor shoes with the available brushes. Please avoid
high heels and flip-flops.
No Partner Needed: Contra dancers are of all ages. You can come alone or with a friend, and you'll meet a lot of new people. Our convention is to switch partners for each new set, although you can stick with the same partner if you both really want to do so. You'll find contra dancers to be very helpful and friendly, and our Hartford area dancers particularly so.
All Dances Taught: The caller walks
everyone through the moves of the dance before the music starts.
Once the music starts, he/she prompts the moves until everyone
has them down.
Safety: Please be mindful of safety as you
dance, and please report any safety concerns to a dance
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