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Contra Dancing!

  • Presented By: Friends of Traditional Dance
  • Dates: 7/6/2024, 7/20/2024, 8/3/2024, 8/17/2024, 9/7/2024, 9/21/2024, 10/5/2024, 10/19/2024, 11/2/2024, 11/16/2024, 12/7/2024
  • Location: The Masonic Temple Ballroom (Basement)
  • 225 W Oak St
  • Fort Collins, CO 80521
  • Time: 6:10 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $10–$20 sliding scale, $5 less for students 17 and up. 0-16 years are free.
  • (970) 829-8689
    • What is Contra Dancing?

      Contra dancing is a form of American folk dancing, usually danced to live music of Celtic origin. Although it has been done since the eighteenth century, contra dancing is a living tradition. Thousands of people contra dance every week all over the country, and new contra dances are being written all the time. Contra dancers form an informal community locally, regionally, and nationally.

      Contra dancing is a very easy form of dance to learn~ the music is lively and the dancing is vigorous and aerobic. Each dance is taught by the caller, who cues the dancers through the moves in the dance. Contra dance moves are similar to square dance moves, but sets of couples dance in facing lines. Each time through the dance, each couple dances with the couple next to them, and ends by trading places with that couple. In the course of a dance, each couple dances with every other couple in the set. Contra dancing combines the pleasure of dancing with your partner with the pleasure of dancing with everybody in the room. All of our dances feature live musicians.

      Contra dances are community events. At almost any contra dance you will find people of all ages and all dance skill levels, from young to old, beginner to expert. Contra dancers form a very open and welcoming group of people. And you don't have to come with a partner. At a contra dance, it is customary to dance with a variety of partners. It is perfectly acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone they haven't met before to dance. You will find contra dancing a great way to make new friends. Bring your smile!

      Free Lesson at 6:10pm, Dance 7–10 p.m

      Tickets sold at door: $10–$20 sliding scale donation, $5 less for students 17 and up. 16 years old and under free.

      Public welcome - no tickets needed, just pay at door, cash, check.

      We dance at the fabulous Masonic Temple Ballroom in the basement, with its gorgeous sprung wood dance floor.
      225 W. Oak St., Fort Collins: Directions (Google maps) Parking is on the street and in the lot behind the Masonic Temple.

      Videos showing Contra Dancing on YouTube:

      Crowfoot at AmWeek from Doug Plummer
      Crowfoot in Tacoma from Doug Plummer

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      You're Invited to the Ball!
      In addition, please watch for our twice yearly balls. In Spring we have the Wild Asparagus Ball. In Fall, we have another Ball. These are usually in Boulder or Fort Collins, CO. The dress code for these are semi-formal, formal and ethnic. Partners are not required. Bring your smile and dance with everyone. **The Spring Ball had a live 60 piece orchestra, the Denver Pops.