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Second Saturday Contra Dances
Except as indicated otherwise, our dances 8-11pm the second Saturday of each month at the wood-floored, air-conditioned American Legion, Wethersfield, 275 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT [map]. Minimum age for dancers is 14. There's a free beginners' workshop at 7:30pm. Dance admission for normal second Saturday contras is as follows:
Your ninth regular HCD dance admission is free with your HCD
frequent dancer card. Special events (anything
asterisked in the "admission" column below) have different
prices and are not eligible for "get in free" passes or
redemption of HCD "frequent dancer" cards.
For more info, please contact us at 1-888-423-0423 (1-888-HCD-0HCD) Ext. 2 or by email.
CONNtra Dances and Tunes
Although we're in the shadow of the great contra dance region of Western Massachusetts, Connecticut callers and musicians have made significant contributions to contra dance.
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 30 minutes before the dance will teach you what you need to know to get started.
Dress: Dress is very casual (e.g., shorts and t-shirts are not out of place). Wear cool comfortable clothing and clean soft-soled shoes - NOT square dance outfits, hats, boots, high heels, or footwear that will mark the floor. Contra is aerobic exercise, so be prepared to work up a sweat. Experienced dancers often bring a towel and a couple spare dry shirts.
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.
For more info, please see Gary Shapiro's excellent What
is Contra Dance?
Contra dancing is safe and fun, but please be mindful of
safety as you dance:
All contra dancers must be age 14 or older, and must use their own two feet and do each dance unassisted. All dancers must keep both feet on the floor. Do not lift anyone off the floor. Injuries happen when heels fly.
“Swinging” with your dance partner is fun, but not all of us enjoy high-speed swings. Respect your partner’s swinging speed.
“Twirling” and “spinning” are extra dance moves, so respect your partner’s wish to spin or not to spin. Men, honor the universal signal: a low hand that resists raising means your partner does not want to spin.
Be gentle with hands, thumbs, and fingers.
Crowded dance floor? Swing with your elbows bent and close to you. Your neighbors will appreciate the extra space.
If you bump into someone try harder to keep your contra line straight and the dancing couples an equal distance from the next couple.
Our contra dance is smoke-, perfume-, and alcohol-free for your safety and enjoyment.
Please report your safety concerns to a dance volunteer.