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Contra Dance

Contra Dance

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  • Sat 13 May ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 10 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 8 Jul ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 12 Aug ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 9 Sep ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 14 Oct ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Sat 11 Nov ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Victory Community Centre, Totara St, Nelson South, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children under 11 years: $5.00
  • Family: $20.00

- A type of Barndance or Ceilidh
- No Experience Needed!
- No Partners Needed!
- All Dances Taught!
- Easy and Lots of Fun!
- Bill will be calling
- Hamish and Michelle will assist
- Recorded music by top contra dance bands in the USA!
- An Alcohol-free Community Oriented Event.
- (Bickies and water available during dance)

A caller guides new and experienced alike through a variety of dances similar to what you may have experienced at a Barndance or Ceilidh.

A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures, or moves, with each other and with another couple for a short time. They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The figures are similar to those in a barn dance. The figures are combined in different ways for each different dance.

The caller teaches each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect so the movements can be easily executed. The caller leads the dancers while they are being done to music, so dancers are able to perform each movement to the music. Once the dancers appear to have mastered a particular dance, the caller may stop calling, leaving the dancers to enjoy the movement with music alone.

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