April 27 — Fourth Saturday Dance!

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Caller

Tanya Merchant

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

Apr27Sat

April - Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Tanya Merchant

Band: TBD

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

May11Sat

May - Second Saturday Contra Dance

May 11 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Susan Petrick

Band: Rodney Miller & 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

Palo Alto Contra Dances

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