Contra dancing utilizes Celtic, jazz, blues, old time, jigs, and reels to appeal to all ages. This English country dancing was popular during the seventeenth century and the French called it contredans with means opposite dance.
Partners stand in parallel lines opposite each other while a caller and live band set the night in motion. The partners interact in a set of four, but over the course of the dance each partner moves up and down the line dancing with other partners and other sets.
Contra has been described as “an amusement park ride we make ourselves” and “where else can you be thrust into a different person’s arms every thirty seconds?” There is no fancy foot work involved as with other line dances, no affiliation with Oliver North and the Nicaraguans, and no medical contraindications unless your doctor doesn’t want you to raise your heart beat.
Early in our marriage we have enjoyed contra dances from New England to the Pacific Northwest. Now is the time to introduce this fun activity to our Quiet Creek family. We encourage you to put on some tennis shoes and come stretch your face muscles this Saturday night, Aug 1, 7-10 p.m.