Contra dancing is a tradition born in New England and now enjoyed all over the world, involving simple, lively social dancing to (most often) live music. In the pages in this section, you'll find some general information on contra dance plus resources for contra dance callers, musicians and organizers.

The essential ingredients for a contra dance are: 1) music (live or recorded); 2) calling/teaching (usually live, but some groups have created pre-recorded calls); 3) dancers; 4) a space large enough for 1, 2, and 3.

Click on the tabs below to read more in your area of interest, whether you are a dancer, caller, musician or organizer. Within each tab are accordian dropdowns to information in that category. Click on the accordian title to open the article; click on it again to close it.

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