Contra Dancing

February 16, 2019

Come kick up your heels with us and dance away the winter chill!

Cost is $10 or by donation and will begin with a special "family-hour" at 6:30 pm, geared towards kids of all ages and fun for everyone.

As part of the Maritime Museum's ‘Spring Into the Arts Series’, the event features an experienced caller and a live band playing toe-tapping East Coast tunes! Dances are beginner-friendly and generally suitable for anyone age 8 and up (but younger kids are welcome to hang out in the Small Craft Gallery and enjoy the music!). At 7:30 pm the main event starts: the dance caller will walk you through the easy-to-learn figures that make up our dances, and then the dancing begins! Dances will get progressively more challenging as the night goes on, so be sure to come right at 7:30 pm if you've never done contra before. No experience is necessary and there is no need to bring a partner.

Never heard of it? Contra dancing is related to Square Dancing but uses different patterns that appeal to all skill levels and energize the room.   There are no fancy steps - if you can walk forwards and backwards and know your left hand from your right, you can do contra! 

Put on in partnership with Halifax Contra Dances --

  • 6:30 pm-7:30 pm - family-hour: simple and high-energy dances suitable for kids of all ages and their fun-loving grownup friends and family members
  • 7:30 pm- beginner orientation for our main event
  • 8:00 pm-10:30 pm- a variety of fun and social dances getting progressively more challenging throughout the night