Who are we?
We are a lively, energetic, and friendly group of people dedicated to promoting traditional folk dancing and expanding the community of contra dancers in Texas. Average attendance at our dances is 32 and growing. Skill levels range from very experienced to those who are just learning. Age range is from 20's to 60's, with most people (probably) being in their 40's (it's impolite to ask, so we don't know for sure). We come from a variety of socioeconomic, ethnic, and educational backgrounds.
When do we dance?
Our regularly scheduled dances are held every 2nd Saturdays, from 7:30-10:30 pm. Live music is played at every dance. Admission is $6.00 per person. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. Refreshments for the break around 9 p.m. are encouraged but not “assigned”—some nights it’s a feast and other nights, well, don’t depend on us for dinner!
Beginner's sessions start at 7:15. If you are new to contra dancing and would like an introduction to the basic contra movements and formations with a smattering of "etiquette", this class is for you. You don't have to bring a partner. Many people come on their own.
Admission prices are subject to change without notice, though this is pretty infrequent. It has been years since the last increase. We will try to keep them up to date on this site, but it may not be possible to do so in time for a particular dance.
What do we wear?
Dress comfortably. Contra dancing is aerobic exercise. Shorts, pants, jeans, skirts ... any and all modes of fashion are acceptable Just come prepared to move! Comfortable, cool clothing and flat, smooth-soled shoes that stay on your feet are recommended (no heels or flip-flops). The wooden floor where we dance is one of the best dance floors in Texas--it's a "sprung" floor so it gives underneath you as you move and is very easy on the body. The air-conditioning is good, too, but you'll get warmed up as you dance, as with any exercise.
Contra dancing has its own set of rules governing good behavior. For example, you change your partner with every dance, it's just fine for women to ask men to dance, and you always look your partner right in the eye when you're dancing. For more on contra dance etiquette, check out these links.