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Last updated August 30, 2015

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What is Contra Dancing?

Is it legal in Provo?

Do you remember having to do square dancing back in grade school?

Have you seen square dancers at the county fair?

Contra dancing is every good thing that you have heard about square dancing, with none of the bad things. We dance in longways sets like a Virginia Reel, but everybody gets to dance instead of just having one active couple. We dance to live music, teach all of the dances, and welcome newcomers. You can walk in off the street knowing nothing about contra dancing and still have a great time.

If it's outlawed in Provo, it must be fun!

Local Dances

September, 2015
12	Contra, Logan (rescheduled from August 29th)
12	Rockport Old Church Dance, Wanship, UT
19	Wasatch Contra, Salt Lake City
26	Contra, Salt Lake City
October, 2015
 3	Contra, Logan
17	Wasatch Contra, Salt Lake City
24	Contra, Salt Lake City
November, 2015
 7	Contra, Logan
21	Wasatch Contra, Salt Lake City
28	Contra, Salt Lake City
December, 2015
 5	Contra, Logan
19	Wasatch Contra, Salt Lake City
26	Contra, Salt Lake City

Special Events

Dance Locations and Times

Contra Dance, Salt Lake City, UT
First Unitarian Church, 569 South 1300 East
Music by Loose Shoes
Chief caller: Rob Snow (usually open mic)
Usually fourth Saturday of the month, September through May.
Beginner Classes 7:30 PM, Dancing 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Cost $5.00
Contact 801-328-4742
Wasatch Contras, Salt Lake City, UT
Montessori Community School
2416 East 1700 South (formerly JCC)
Salt Lake City, UT
Music by a variety of bands
Calling by various callers
Usually third Saturday of the month
Beginner Workshop 7:00 PM, Dancing 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Cost $8 General Admission, $5 Students (16-25), $3 Youth (7-15)
Contact: Brenda 801-363-7442
Wasatch Contras
Contra Dance, Logan, UT
Whittier Community Center, 290 North 400 East Logan
Music by Leaping Lulu
Chief caller: Kay Forsyth
Usually first Saturday of the month.
Dancing 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost $7, $4 for children under 12
Contact: Kay Forsyth 435-753-2480
Contra Dance, Rockport, UT
Rockport Old Church, Wanship, UT
Music by Loose Shoes and the Rockport Dam Band
Calling by Rob Snow and Will Aoki
Held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall (2015 dates: Saturday, April 4th and Saturday, September 12th)
Beginner Workshop 7:30 PM, Dancing 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Cost $5.00, Proceeds benefit Friends of Rockport Old Church
Contact Dani or Sharon for more information
Awesome wood floor in a beautifully restored historic building. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Located in the Old Church area of Rockport State Park (below the dam), exit 155 off I-80, Wanship, Utah. Sponsored by Friends of Rockport Old Church, Utah State Parks, and Loose Shoes.
Download flyer (PDF)
Contra Dance, Moab, UT
Moab Arts and Recreation Center (the MARC), 111 E. 1st North, Moab
Music by the Moab Community Dance Band
Various callers, including our own
Usually third Saturday of the month.
Dancing 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM, instruction at 7:30 PM
Cost: We are non-profit and the admission charge is a donation to a worthy local charity of the month (such as the Food Bank, the Youth Garden Project,the Humane Society, etc).
Contact: Bob Phillips 435-259-4270
Contra Dance, Pocatello, Idaho
Pilgrim Hall, United Congregational Church
309 North Garfield Ave Pocatello
Music by a variety of bands
Calling by various callers
Usually second Saturday of the month, October through May.
Instruction for Beginners starts at 7:30pm
Dancing 8 PM - 11 PM
Cost $6.00 per person
Contacts: Sandy Wilbanks and Don Allen

Dance Related Sites on the Web:

Salt Lake Scandinavian Dancing
Bridger Folk Music Society Contra Dance Page
Leaping Lulu, Cache Valley based band
Wasatch Tango Club
Zivio Ethnic Arts Ensemble
Israeli Folk Dancing, SLC
Idlewild Recordings
Boise Contra Dance Society
Colorado Contra
Locations and Schedules for Colorado dances
New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society
Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers
Country Dance and Song Society
National Grange
Seattle Folkdancing
Instrument Jokes, including banjo

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