May 25 — Fourth Saturday Dance!

Mike Lewinski & Daniel Steinberg

Caller

Allan Winston

Contra Music Image

What’s Contra Dance?

Contra is a form of American folk dance made up of long lines of couples. Throughout each dance, couples progress up and down these lines, dancing with every other couple in the line. After each dance, everyone finds a new partner, then new lines of couples form for the next dance.

The dance is led by a caller, who teaches the series of steps called “figures” in the dance before the music starts – each dance includes 6–12 figures which are repeated as couples progress up and down the lines.  Almost all contra dances are danced to live music. Contra music includes influences from Irish, Scottish, old-time, bluegrass and French-Canadian folk tunes.

Upcoming Contra Dances

May25Sat

May - Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

May 25 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Allan Winston

Band: Mike Lewinski on fiddle and Daniel Steinberg on piano & flute

A free beginner lesson is given at 6:30, dance starts at 7:00.

Location: First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Jun8Sat

June - Second Saturday Contra Dance

Jun 08 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Kelsey Hartmann
Band: Against the Grain: Sharon McCorkell (mandolin and tenor banjo)
Susan Goodis (Fiddle) Ann Whitesell (Bass) Patti Bossert (Fiddle) Anita Baldwin (Piano)

A free beginner lesson is given at 6:30, dance starts at 7:00.

Location: First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Jun22Sat

June - Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: TBD
Band: Rodney Miller, Paul Kotapish & Daniel Steinberg

A free beginner lesson is given at 6:30, dance starts at 7:00.

Location: First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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