Contra dancing is a living tradition of social dance descended from the various dances brought from Europe. As far as we know music and social dance are one of the oldest group activities of the human species. As such we celebrate the continuation and perpetuation of this ancient activity. This dance form has many of the figures that are common to square dance as well- do si do, right and left hands around, swing, etc. The dances are primarily in the context of a walking step. Generally speaking the pivotal moment of every dance is when we swing our partner or neighbor.
Learning to dance is easy!! You can start by going to any dance but probably best to go to one that has some sort of beginner’s introduction to familiarize yourself with what to expect during an evening of dance.