You 2 can Dance
the same figures (swing, promenade, etc.) as square dancing, but you dance with more people, you do not need
lessons, and you do not need to bring a partner. Many people who ďcanít danceĒ love to Contra Dance anyway
Contra Dancing is a form of
American folk dance in which the dancers form a
set of two parallel lines which run the
length of the hall. Each dance consists of a sequence of moves that ends with couples having progressed one position
up or down the set. As the sequence is repeated, a couple will eventually dance with every other couple in the set.
In Contra Dancing, your feet are never asked
to do more than walk to the music. Each dance is
taught by the caller before
it is danced. The caller continues to prompt the dancers as needed. Because the pattern of moves of each Contra Dance is
repeated often, Contra Dances are easy to learn. Both beginning and experienced dancers happily share the same set.
Contra dancers donít follow the old custom of
expecting a woman to wait to be asked by a man.
Women and men both do
the asking. After each dance, you will be asked to find a new partner. This exchange of partners is one of the reasons you donít
have to bring a partner with you to a Contra dance (although it is just as wonderful if you do); you will get to dance with many
friendly people over the course of the evening.
Most contra dances feature live musicians
playing Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New
England, Southern Appalachian, Jazz, Blues,
and all sorts of other music.
Contra dance is Real People in Real Time with
Real Music. It is Real Life. You cannot
experience this while sitting on your duff,
VR helmet or not. Get out more often! You know you spend way too much time in front of your computer and/or TV.