According to our sources on the island, the Ward's Island clubhouse is high and dry, not subject to a city permit, and continuing with their booked events. We are looking into alternative venues in case the flooding worsens, but we expect to dance on Ward's Island as planned. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
Transportation to the island: We will be allowed to use the Ward's Island ferry since we are attending a Ward's Island event. You must buy tickets at the gate (tickets are not currently being sold on-line) and tell the ticket agent that you are going to an event at the Ward's Island clubhouse.
Of course, in the unlikely event that the dance is cancelled altogether, all preregistration money would be refunded. So go ahead and buy your tickets!
Old news, still true:
This year we are trying something new. In order to ensure there will be space on the dance floor for every dancer, we are limiting attendance to 90 people. We are also requiring pre-registration to avoid anyone getting turned away at the door.
See the Island Dance page for details.
SUNDAY July 16, 2017
with Big Fun
3:00 to 9:30 pm
Note: There is no beginners' class at this dance. Although we welcome dancers of all skill levels, we encourage people who are completely new to contra dancing to instead join us at any beginners' class in the regular dance season.
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.
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.