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Thread: Does anybody here do Contra dancing?

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    Does anybody here do Contra dancing?

    I hadn't heard of this before this weekend. I looked it up on you tube and it sure looks like fun. Only problem is the closest place to me that has it is 45 minutes away....and my DH/partner isn't that interested. But, it looks like a good time!!!
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    I did! YEARS ago! Loved it. Fast paced. Kind of square dancing with a twist. If your DH is not a dancer, he wont like it but i really enjoyed it. Not sure that I am up to speed to do it again. Go without him. My best friend and I used to go by ourselves and had a blast. Everyone dances with everyone.

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    I used to contra dance and it is great fun. The town where I now live has dance classes every Tuesday evening and big community dances every two weeks on Sat. It's a more sedate style of dancing and yes, everyone dances with everyone else.

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    I've never done it but I love to watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    I did! YEARS ago! Loved it. Fast paced. Kind of square dancing with a twist. If your DH is not a dancer, he wont like it but i really enjoyed it. Not sure that I am up to speed to do it again. Go without him. My best friend and I used to go by ourselves and had a blast. Everyone dances with everyone.

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    The only resemblance to square dancing is: you move to the calls given by a cuer. Round dancing does that, too. Line dancers do that for a while, but soon have the moves to each song memorized, and they are repeated each few measures. It's all fun and good exercise.
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    Love it, never heard of it before but just been watching on You Tube and think it's great, bet no one does here in the UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    The only resemblance to square dancing is: you move to the calls given by a cuer. Round dancing does that, too. Line dancers do that for a while, but soon have the moves to each song memorized, and they are repeated each few measures. It's all fun and good exercise.

    Well, been 30 years since I contra danced. Nothing "sedate" about it either.
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    It's a very fast paced dance and oh so much fun. Easier to learn than square dance. We used to go but no place close enough any more. My husband didn't like it as much as I did. Go with a friend if you can. I love contra dancing.

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    Just noticed your location and this site lists Victorian dances and English Country Dances - maybe sometimes they have contra. Perhaps some of these places are close to you. http://www.walternelson.com/dr/event/

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    I'm afraid to try it ....may throw my hip out!!
    Hope you get to go and enjoy it though!
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    It can start out "sedate" but once everyone has the moves memorized and the band sometimes "kicks it up a notch", it can start to get rather "energetic"---especially when we have a lot of younger generation in the set. They love to do the swings really hard and fast!

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    Yes, I am a contra dancer. I love it. the learning curve is short and no matter where you go, the same 10 - 12 figures are done just in different combinations. Great exercise, great fun and since I am a single it is wonderful that you do not need to bring a partner. The community of contra dances across the US, and internationally too I understand, is warm and welcoming. There is not pressure for perfection just having a good time with other dancers. I also like the family atmosphere. At my first contra dance I had and 8 year old as a partner for one dance and later I had a great-grandfather as a partner. All are welcome. I have danced beyond my home state of Michigan. Just about any city or region of a state you go to, you can find contra dancing. Contact the organization that is 45 minutes away and see if they can "hook you up" with someone from your area who is also interested. Sometimes you will also find smaller groups of 25 or 30 that meet closer. Do give it a try!

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    I'm a former square dancer, and always wanted to do contra dancing. I was lucky to get my husband to square dance, and he actually enjoyed it. He'll readily agree to it, but did not want to do contra. My husband just had a total knee replacement, and judging by the slow progress he's experiencing, I don't see a return to dancing in our near future. But it is LOTS of fun, AND a great source of exercise!!!!! I HIGHLY recommend you to sign up for classes----with or without your partner. There's ALWAYS someone looking for a dance partner.
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