Lighthearted and social, contra is danced in two lines of couples who dance various patterns or figures with one another. By the end of the overall pattern, each leading couple will have exchanged places with another couple, and the dance repeats until all couples in the lines have danced with one another.
Contra dance music is in the form of lively reels or jigs in the Celtic and bluegrass traditions. Traditional contra dance is a precursor of square dancing, but is unrelated to modern country and western line dancing.
The Sacramento Country Dance Society sponsors dances on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in Sacramento, and often a Fifth Saturday Zesty Contra. All dances generally begin at 8PM. Please check our calendar for specific information on dances and locations. An introduction to basics workshop is held at 7:30PM for newcomers and first timers attending the workshop get a half-off coupon for the donation at their next dance. Halfway through the dance the caller and musicians will announce a 15 – 20 minute break and dancers sometimes like to bring snacks to share with everyone. You may also want to bring your water bottle to stay hydrated while you dance!
If you’d like to learn more about American contra dance, visit http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/.