Saturday October 22, 2016
|Afternoon dance:||2:00 - 5:00 pm|
|Basics class:||7:00 - 7:30 pm|
|Evening dance:||7:30 - 10:30 pm|
|Potluck; Annual General Meeting:||5:00 - 7:00 pm. All welcome.|
Caller: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo (California)
Jean comes to us all the way from California. Her strong teaching and musical skills help her deliver dances that are flowing, challenging, and fun! She has a particular knack for collecting dances with exceptional choreography designed to enhance the connectedness between us all. In her mind, that feeling of connection is what it is all about!
New Brew (Rochester)
New Brew blends a rich texture of musical traditions from Europe, New England, Quebec & Cape Breton. With their contagious rhythm this trio weaves together a unique diversity of music with Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, Jane Knoeck on keyboards and accordion and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin, banjo and foot percussion. Members of New Brew have toured the US and Canada playing for Contra, English and French dance as part of such bands as the Groovemongers, Seaglass and Montage.
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.
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.