Blazing music by Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony, 1st and 3rd Mondays of each Month (Feb-Dec, except Easter)
7:30-9:30pm (beginner’s/refresher workshop 7:30-7:45)
St James Hall, 462 Elizabeth St, New Town (off Rupert Avenue, opposite Blue Gum, behind church) (except for 15th April and 6th May – see below)
Dance callers Sarah Lewis, Fiona Henwood and David Wanless (and if you’d like to try, ask us)
Fun, exercise and a great night out, making new friends, to the music of one of Australia’s finest contra bands.
Non-dancers welcome to listen. Treat your ears!
Tickets at the door: $10 / $8 (student special).
Second night free. Half price anytime you bring someone new.
All dances taught. No dancing experience or partner required.
All ages welcome. Dress and attitude: casual.
Contra dancing is non-competitive, moderately aerobic and highly addictive. It’s a lively, social, swingy dance style from the USA, which has exploded in popularity in recent decades. This rapidly developing tradition is popular with all ages, including a vibrant university scene. Done to simple walking steps, it features flowing movements, lots of swings and twirls, a chance to dance with everyone and the opportunity for improvisation, including using your moves from Swing, Cajun, Tango and other dance styles.
Come along and find out why they say that contra dancers are
“Traditional, progressive and frequently improper.”
See also What is Contra Dance?
Here are some videos, although the best way to find out what contra dancing is, is to try it!
- TasContra Stretching the Truth
- Mountain Madness 2013
- Crowfoot in Tacoma
- Wild Asparagus POV Contra Dance (might make you dizzy)
- Contrastock 2011 – Nils Fredland calls & crowdsurfs
- Contra Dance Introductory Session with George Marshall
- Contra Dance Beginner’s Session with Seth Tepfer part 1 and part 2
- Contra Dance with Perpetual E-motion
- Giant Robot Dance Contra Dance Fall LEAF Oct 20, 2013
- Contra Dance Flourishes: How to Do a Behind-the-Back Roll
If you’re not smiling, you’re not dancing!
Dates for 2019:
2019: Feb 4&18, Mar 4&18, Apr 1&15, May 6&20, Jun 3&17, Jul 1&15, Aug 5&19, Sep 2&16, Oct 7&21, Nov 4&18, Dec 2&16
Change of venue for two nights: For 15th April and 6th May 2019, we are moving to Lenah Valley Scout Hall (245 New Town Rd, New Town TAS 7008), because our main hall is undergoing maintenance.
See the events list to the right of this page for the nearest forthcoming dances.