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Extra! Extra!

Contra Community Barbecue!
Our third annual End-of-Summer BBQ will be held on Saturday August 27, from 6:00 pm onward. Watch your email inbox for the exact location. Everyone in the contra dance community is welcome.

Please bring something to be shared, like a salad, appetizer, or dessert, plus something to barbecue or heat for yourself, and your favorite drink. Feel free to also bring instruments, games, or magic tricks!

2016 - 2017 Fees:
There will be a modest increase in membership and admission fees for the upcoming dance season. This is an unfortunate necessity, as the cost of putting on dances has also risen over the past year.

See the left panel for details about admission fees. The membership page gives information about membership rates and benefits. Those interested in providing additional financial support may want to consider purchasing a Sustaining Membership.

Webmaster Wanted!
We are looking for a new webmaster to begin in September 2016, when Marge will become Treasurer. Please contact if you may be interested in doing this, or if you would like more information.

Next Dance!

Saturday September 10, 2016

Contra Dance:
Basics class:   7:00 - 7:30 pm
Evening dance:   7:30 - 10:30 pm

Caller: Tom Calwell (Peterborough)

Band: Harmonic Vines (Buffalo)
Featuring Tom Santarsiero, Werner Cuesters and Anne Maroney.

Special Events - Sign Up Here!

Modern Western Square Dancing for Contra Dancers:
Toronto Contra Dance and Triangle Squares are collaborating on a first ever “Basics Blast for Contra Dancers” January 21-22, 2017 in downtown Toronto.

Sign up now to reserve your spot! We are limited to 16 contra dancers. $20 payable now, balance by January 9, 2017. Estimated total cost: $50.

For more information about the Basics Blast, modern western square dancing and Triangle Squares, check out the printable flyer.

Registrant name:

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: Non-members: $15, Members: $12
Student admission: Non-members: $10, Members $8
Children (16 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.

Re-usable cups:
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.