Contra Calling Workshop (Sunday May 15, 10 am - 3 pm):
Workshop designed and taught by Dugan Murphy for contra dancers who would like to begin calling. Read more in the printable flyer here.
Nine participants are needed for the workshop to work. Most should be interested in learning to call, but if a few prefer to dance and not call, that is possible. Cost for all attendees: $35. All attendees must register and pay by April 30. If there are not enough registrants by that time, the workshop may be cancelled.
After registering, please complete the survey here, so Dugan can tailor the course to the interests and expertise of those attending.
Saturday April 30, 2016 (Fifth Saturday)
|Basics class:||7:00 - 7:30 pm|
|Evening dance:||7:30 - 10:30 pm|
Caller: Tom Calwell (Peterborough)
Band: Jonathan Avery (Guelph) and Gwen Harper (Hamilton)
We are a contra dance community who loves getting together for evenings of great music, great dancing, and great fun. Contra dance is a traditional dance style similar to square dancing. We dance to live music, and a caller leads us through the steps of each dance. The music comes from the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, but is often played with a modern twist.
If you are not familiar with contra dancing, we invite you to watch these videos to get a sense of the dance, the music, and the community.
Everyone is welcome! Singles, couples, families, LGBTQ friendly. We welcome new dancers of all ages, quite literally with open arms!
If you can walk, you can contra dance! No experience required. We always offer a free Basics Class from 7:00 - 7:30 pm, and each dance is taught before it is danced. We change partners between each dance, and you will find that experienced dancers seek out new ones to help them along.
Please Come Dance with Us
Every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturday evening, from September through mid-June. Regular evening dances are held 7:30 - 10:30 pm, with a Basics Class at 7:00 pm. We sometimes add an advanced level dance from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. See our schedule for details (fall, spring).
St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall, 175 Hampton Avenue, near Chester subway station (detailed directions). There is municipal parking and street parking nearby. If you are driving from farther away, you may be interested in MTO traveller information (road closures, traffic cameras, etc).
Regular admission: $12
Student admission: $10
Members (including student members): $2 discount
Children (12 and under): free
Receive a Second Dance Free card on your first visit.
Shoes, clothing, fragrances:
St. Barnabas has asked us to respect their shoe policy, which is that no street shoes are worn in the gym. Please bring a clean pair of shoes to change into. Any wide-heeled, soft-soled shoes are fine. More details.
Dress casually and comfortably, keeping in mind that it gets quite warm in the dance hall – even in winter. Skirts, shorts, and jeans are all common.
We ask you to refrain from wearing scented products, in consideration of fellow dancers who may be allergic to them. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
We provide water throughout our events and free cider at the break. Please help us reduce our environmental impact by bringing your own cup or water bottle.