No, in Contra Dance, you switch partners every dance, so no you don't have to come as a couple and if
you do, you'll be dancing with others.
What is Contra Dancing?
A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike
through a variety of dances.
A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures, or moves, with each other and with another couple
for a short time.
They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The figures are combined in different ways
for each different dance
and some of them are similar to old-time square dance.
The caller teaches each dance before it is actually danced to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to
expect so the movements can be easily executed.
The caller leads the dances while they are being danced to music, so dancers are able to perform each movement
to the music.
Once the dancers appear to have mastered a particular dance, the caller may stop calling, leaving the dancers
to enjoy the movement with music alone.
People of all ages and lifestyles, including children, are welcome.
Contra dances are a place where people from many walks of life come together to dance and socialize.
More Information: Contra Dance Primer
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What is Contra Dancing is NOT:
- Contra dancing is not the same as country line dancing.
- Contra dance groups receive absolutely no funding from Oliver North.
- No classes are required, each dance is 'taught' by the caller before you dance to the music.
- We do not wear costumes but ladies usually wear skirts. I really looks cool when they swing! Soft soled
shoes are needed to protect the floor.
- Very little footwork is required in contra dance. The most common type of movement is a smooth walking