CONTRA DANCING IN
contra dances accompanied by live traditional music are held in
“Down the hall, four in line.”
– the first Saturday of each month from Dance schedule for 2008:
(Look out for the March Irish Ceili!) (see photo of 2000 Ceili below!)
Et cetera . . .
How much does it cost?
It does cost money to put on contra dances, so we suggest donations of $6 for adults and $3 for students. Children under 12 are always FREE! (adult supervision required). Suggested special family donation of $15.
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
“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 six or seven 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 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?
Nope. Just wear comfortable light clothing. The Auld recreation center is air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter.
Some members of Lincoln’s “Hot Rosin” band playing for a contra dance.
What is the music like?
We have live music played on fiddles, banjos,
mandolins, guitars, and other instruments by groups such as Little Brown Jug and members of
For more information on the
For further Information call or e-mail Chip
(402-325-9450), Gene (402-560-0108), Jon Brt 402-826-2480 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Judy Duerr
402-476-2441 (email@example.com). For another web page about
“Swing your partners”
Other contra dances near Lincoln
There is also a third Saturday contra dance
(402) 551-5275, (402) 334-0678, or (402) 391-4765
People usually car-pool to the
Additional contra dance information on the web.
Other Folk Dancing in
International Folk Dancing - The Lincoln International
Folk Dancers meet on Friday evenings in room 310, Mabel Lee Hall on the
Scottish Country Dancing – for information call Nick or Jennifer at (402) 483-9009
March 2000 Irish Ceili
Folk Music in
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Other Traditional Music and Dance in
Folk Dancing in Nebraska - click here
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[updated: Sunday February. 3, 2008]