Become a Fan of New Haven Contra Dancers
Why would I want to learn to dance?
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Contra dancing is the oldest form of American traditional social dancing, beginning in colonial times and still going strong after 200 years.
Come and find out why!
These dances are fun, friendly and easy to learn.
Partners change frequently. It is not necessary to arrive with a
partner (unless you want to).
Free basics workshop at 7:30 for those wishing a structured introduction.
All dances taught in our smoke and alcohol free atmosphere.
Regular New Haven Country Dancers welcome you to join them on the dance floor!
NHCD Contra dances are usually held twice a month on Saturday nights, from 8:00 - 11:00 PM.
Admission is $12.00 (Students $5 with ID)
For more information, a complete schedule or directions call: (203) 776-1812.
Dances are held at the Branford Community House (BCH) (all dances in the summer are Air-Conditioned).
Contra dancing is a form of traditional American social dancing, dating back to the 1700s in New England; similar to square dancing, with a caller and figures (like "do-si-do" and "swing your partner") but a lot more fun and less corny than what you see on television and in the movies.
Dances are always held to live music, in a smoke and alcohol free environment. Partners are not needed; come alone or with a friend. No experience is necessary, a beginner's session, held 30 minutes before each dance, can teach you everything you need to know to get started. The only requirement is that you wear soft soled shoes (i.e. no soles that would mark up the floor, no high heels). OK, do you want to see some contra dance videos on YouTube? Here are some for your viewing pleasure:
April 30, 2016 Experienced Dance - Third Dance
December 5, 2015 Dance - First Dance
October 17, 2015 Dance - Second Dance
April 18, 2015 Dance - Second Dance Second Half
March 21, 2015 Dance - Last Dance
March 21, 2015 Dance - 1st Dance Second Half
March 21, 2015 Dance - 1st Dance
March 7, 2015 Dance
February 7, 2015 Dance
Experienced Dance 1/31/2015
These are more YouTube videos (Please note these are not from the New Haven dance):
Listen to a great story about contra dancing that appeared on
For bookings contact
Listen to a great story about contra dancing that appeared on NPR:
For bookings contact Steve Holland.
This page is maintained by Webmaster Bruce Meyer. This page last updated May 01, 2016.