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Contra Dance Dance Dance

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THE STORY:

Square dancing is yucky, right? You have memories of 6th grade gym class and -- EW -- having to hold hands with boys and walk in stupid circles and never get to do any cool, twirly, twisty moves. I don't blame you, that kind of dancing IS boring.

Contra Dancing -- American Folk Dancing -- is NOT that kind of dancing, and it is anything but boring. Easy to learn but challenging to master, Contra is social dancing with partners and couples and lines and circles. There are a set number of figures (patterns) that you learn to walk and then dance, and each dance is "called" so that dancers always know what steps come next. We dance to live bands playing amazing tunes -- traditionally in a bluegrassy style but played with everything from rock to techno by edgier musicians. And everyone can learn.

Yes, everyone. Kids of 9, Sages of 90. Those with all sorts of physical abilities, from all walks of life, with any sort of education or experience -- or none.

CD*NY (the NYC affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society) is an organization dedicated to preserving folk traditions while keeping them accessible to modern audiences, keeping the music-making, foot-tapping, laughter-inciting music and dance and community lively and happy for everyone -- and I am dedicated to helping them do it.

{Thanks to Jeff Bary, Chris Chin, and Will Kruse for the photos, and the North Bay Country Dance Society for the video!}

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Balance and SWING! 6 years ago