FAQs

  • Where do we dance?
    Regular weekly dances are held at Covenant United Methodist Church (MAP) (directions)
  • When do we dance?
    Every Thursday, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
  • What should I wear?
    Contra is mildly aerobic. We recommend wearing light weight, comfortable clothing, even in winter. Tees and shorts are commonly seen on men; Tees and swirly skirts are commonly seen on women. Non-marking shoes with low or flat heels are recommended. We tend not to wear costumes, except for Halloween or other special occasions. Hats and stick-out slips are almost never seen. Please do not wear fragrances, as some dancers are allergic.
  • What else should I bring?
    A fresh shirt for the ride home is not a bad idea. Fresh water is always available and there are pot luck snacks provided at the break. Nonetheless, some like to bring a water bottle.
  • How do I get started? Where do I take classes?
    We do offer an introductory orientation 15 minutes before the dance as desired. However, classes are not necessary. Just come to the dance. Every dance is taught by the caller in a walk through. Because Contra is a community dance – we are all dancing together – experienced dancers gladly and gently guide new dancers through the figures.
  • Do I need a partner?
    No need to bring a partner to the dance. In contra, you’re not expected to “dance with the one who brought you” all the time. We generally pair up with a new partner for each dance. It’s good for beginners to dance at least a few dances with an experienced dancer, who can point you in the right direction. Women may ask men to dance, and vice versa. For that matter, same sex pairings are common. We believe that we become better dancers by dancing both roles.
  • There seems to be a lot of eye contact. How should I read this?
    Contra dancers make eye contact whenever possible. This adds to the connectedness of the dance, and helps reduce dizziness, especially during the swing. It is also uncomfortable for some. Don’t let anyone tell you that you must make eye contact, but give it a try even if it’s a little uncomfortable. Expand your comfort zone. You might get used to it and even like it. Instead of eye contact, you can look at your partner’s ear lobe, shoulder, or forehead. Remember: they’re gazing into your eyes not because they love you but because they want to make the connection, and they don’t want to throw up on you.