July 27 — Fourth Saturday Dance!

Little Big Band: Bob Silberstein on piano & Marta Lynch on fiddle

Caller

Warren Blier

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

Jul27Sat

July - Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

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

Caller: Warren Blier
Band: Little Big Band: Bob Silberstein on piano and Marta Lynch on 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

Aug10Sat

August - Second Saturday Contra Dance

Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Dane Wallinga
Band: Valerie Rose & 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

Aug19Mon

August - Special Monday Contra Dance!

Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Yoyo Zhou
Band: Countercurrent: Alex Sturbaum and Brian Lindsay

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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