CONTRA DANCING IN LINCOLN NEBRASKA!!
Monthly contra dances accompanied by live traditional music are held in Lincoln, Nebraska, usually on the first Saturday of each month. This web site provides details and links to related folk dancing events in the area.
“Down the hall, four in line”
– the first Saturday of each month from 7:15 – 10:30 p.m (instruction for beginners from 7:15 to 7:30). Dance schedule for 2002:
January 5, 2002
February 9 – Extra dance! (intermediate dance)
March 2 – Special Irish Ceili! (see picture of 2000 one below)
August 3 – LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
Et cetera . . .
Auld Recreation Center in Antelope Park, 3130 Sumner (off A Street) [except for Aug. 3 dance - see above]. The Auld Recreation center is a beautiful, climate-controlled hall with a wooden floor (see the photos on this page). The park can be accessed by turning onto Memorial drive from A street, South Street, or Garfield when coming from 27th street. Watch for signs. Here are maps and detailed directions.
How much does it cost?
$6 for adults and $3 for students. Children under 12 are always FREE! (adult supervision required). Special family rate of $15! If you’ve never been contra dancing before you qualify for the special “come to one, get one free” deal! First-time dancers will be given a coupon for free admission to a subsequent contra dance.
Contra dancing is fun for kids too!
What is contra dancing?
Contra dancing is one of the traditional North American dance forms. A contra dance is danced with couples in long parallel lines called “sets”. Each couple moves up and down the hall during the dance so that during the course of each dance you will get to dance with everyone in your set. Contra dancing originated in New England where it descended from English Country dancing and other Western European folk dancing. If you’ve ever done any folk dances from the British Isles, or Scandinavia, you’ll be comfortable with contra dancing similar. Many of the figures in contra dancing are the same as those in square dancing, so if you’ve ever been square dancing you’ll recognize the calls immediately. For some additional definitions and explanations of contra dancing click here.
“Ladies chain across”
What if I’ve never danced before?
Contra dancing is one of the easiest types of dancing. All you need is energy and enthusiasm. Almost everybody picks up contra dancing the very first dance they try. Your feet are never asked to do more than walk to the music. Children as young as seven or eight can contra dance. Dances are always taught before hand and walked through at least once. During the dance the caller prompts you what to do next. During a dance the steps repeat many times so you soon learn what to do. If you’re new to contra dancing it is helpful to come at 7:30 for the free beginner’s class because all the basic figures will be carefully explained for the first few dances.
calling a dance
Do I need to bring a partner?
No. In fact, in contra dancing it is normal to dance with a new partner each dance. It is also definitely OK for women to ask men to dance. Since each couple dances with every other couple in their set each dance, by the end of the evening you will probably have danced with everyone in the hall!
Do I need to wear anything special?
No. Just wear comfortable light clothing. The Auld recreation center is air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter.
Some of the members of “Hot Rosin” – Lincoln’s own contra dance band
What is the music like?
We have live music played on fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, and other instruments by members of Lincoln’s own contra dance band – “Hot Rosin”. The music is from the Celtic/American folk tradition. Click here for an audio sample by the band Stringdancer.
For more information on the Lincoln Contra Dances
For further Information call or e-mail Jon Brt 402-826-2480 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Judy Duerr 402-476-2441 (email@example.com), or Patricia Fuenning 402-730-8155/402-476-8728 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also contact Pat if you are coming from out of town and would like accommodation.
Another web page about Lincoln contras: http://lincontra.tripod.com/
“Swing your partners”
Other contra dances near Lincoln
There is also a third Saturday contra dance in Omaha. Dances are from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. The location is changing so check here for the location. Cost is $5.00 / adults, $2.50(?) / students and teens. Children 12 and under are free (if accompanied by a parent). Live Music is provided by various local Omaha bands. For more information:
(402) 551-5275, (402) 334-0678, or (402) 391-4765
People usually car-pool to the Omaha contra dance from Lincoln. Call (402) 476-8728 if you’d like a ride from Lincoln.
Additional contra dance information on the web.
Other Folk Dancing in Lincoln
International Folk Dancing - The Lincoln International Folk Dancers meet on Friday evenings in room 310, Mabel Lee Hall on the University of Nebraska City Campus – call (402) 421-6627 or (402) 423-1261 for information.
Scottish Country Dancing – for information call Nick or Jennifer at (402) 464-8914
March 2000 Irish Ceili
Folk Music in Lincoln
Other Folk Dancing in Omaha
International Folk Dancing (Omaha) – Omaha International Folk Dancers – Sunday evenings – for information, contact Carol at (402) 391-4765 or at email@example.com.
Morris Dancing (Omaha) – Prairie Waves Morris Dancing – Tuesday evenings – for information call David Nichols, (402) 280-2986 (work), or (402) 553-2562 (home).
Scandinavian Dancing (Omaha) – Scandinavian Folk Dance – every Wednesday – call Poul V. Steffensen (402) 331-6413 for more information.
Scottish Dancing (Omaha) – Omaha Scottish Dancing.
Other Traditional Music and Dance in Omaha – web page
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[updated: Saturday May 4, 2002]