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Next Dance!

Saturday April 25, 2015

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

Caller: Judy Greenhill
Judy grew up in Toronto. Music has been an integral part of her life since she was three years old. Her musical talents were put to good use in her early career as a primary school teacher, and later on as a strolling musician in a number of restaurants in the Guelph area. A long-time passion for contra-dancing has segued into a second career, and she is a regular caller at dances across the northeastern US and Canada.

Band: Relative Harmony YouTube video
Relative Harmony is an acoustic trio comprised of Rick Avery (vocals, keyboards, guitar and banjo); Judy Greenhill (vocals, guitar), and Jonathan Avery (vocals,violin and percussion). Relative Harmony has been playing for Contra, Square and English Country dances since the turn of the millennium. They will keep you on your toes with a strong, steady back-beat and energetic fiddling.

Calling All Volunteers!

Floor Managers are still needed for the following dates. If you haven't done it before, you can read about what is involved here.

May:  30th
June:  13th

If you can help, please contact our Floor Manager Coordinator, (and get free admission to the dance).

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.

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
Members and students: $10
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.

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.