June 22 — Fourth Saturday Dance!

Mike Lewinski, Paul Kotapish & Daniel Steinberg

Caller

Charlie Fenton

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

Jun22Sat

June - Fourth Saturday Contra Dance

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

Caller: Charlie Fenton
Band: Mike Lewinski, 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

Jun29Sat

June - Fifth Saturday Contra Dance

Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Caller: Chris Page
Band: George Paul on piano, Ben Jackson on fiddle, Steve Kemble on percussion

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

Jul5Fri

July – Special Friday Contra Dance!

Jul 05 @ 7:00 pm | First United Methodist Church of Palo AltoGet Tickets

Callers: Alexandra Deis-Lauby & Chris Page
Bands: Potent Brew: George Paul on piano, Ryan McKasson on fiddle, Steve Kemble on percussion; Alex Sturbaum with Hayden Stern

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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