March  9 — Second Saturday Dance!

Little Big Band:
Bob Silberman, piano
Marta Lynch, fiddle

Caller

Yoyo Zhou

Contra-music

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

Mar9Sat

March — Second Saturday Contra Dance

Mar 09 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Yoyo Zhou

Little Big Band:
Bob Silberman, piano
Marta Lynch, fiddle

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

Mar23Sat

March — Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Dane Wallinga

The Contra Cats:
Lee Anne Welch, fiddle
Sonia Shell, banjo
Yvonne Walbroehl, guitar

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

Mar30Sat

March — Fifth Saturday Contra Dance

Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Deanna Rubin

Band: Noel Cragg and friends

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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