Traditional Music & Dancing in IndianapolisAll are welcome at our contra dances, where we always have live music in the styles of Irish, old-time, swing, gypsy, and newly composed music.

Come try what’s been described as “swirly awesomeness,” and a “source of deep joy and great playfulness.”

Contra dancing requires no experience.  It’s about community, making friends and dancing to diverse music, not a competition, and not a class.   You don’t need to bring a partner – part of the tradition is switching partners each time.  A caller teaches each dance, so no lessons are needed; just show up and have fun! (New to contra?  Please come at 7:30 to learn a few basic steps before the dance starts.)

We dance Tuesday nights, 7:45 – 10:00 pm ET  and occasional Sunday afternoons (2 – 5 p.m. (see calendar info, below) at Grove Haus, 1001 Hoosbrook St. (corner of Grove), Indianapolis, IN 46203. It’s in the Fountain Square neighborhood.

There’s no smoking or drinking, and anyone’s welcome to dance together, regardless of age, experience, gender, preference for dogs or cats, etc.

2 oilifyWe provide a brief new dancer intro / refresher / warm-up starting at 7:30, with dancing for everybody 7:45 – 10:00 p.m. (sharp!).

We’re on Eastern Time. Online calendars  compensate for time zones, so if you see 6:30 – 9:00 pm., your computer is on Central.

Please:

  • Bringing a water bottle.
  • Wear casual, light weight clothes (skirt or shorts/slacks, and an extra shirt if you sweat a lot).
  • Bring clean, comfortable shoes.
  • Attend (and bring friends to) the brief intro at 7:30. If we have no new dancers, use the time to socialize, share tips, & techniques.
  • Listen to the caller and the music, and watch the other dancers. The caller will tell you what to do, and the dancers will show you. Almost everybody learns contra from dancing, not lessons, videos, books, or instructions on websites, but dance communities have a few tips here, here, and here.

10524597_10152330242652833_5852785945506942143_n oilifyAdmission is generally $7, $5/members, $4/under 25. When the band and/or caller travel more than an hour we ask for $1 more to help cover their extra costs.  Weekend dances have higher cost. All events are “more if you can, less if you can’t;” we won’t turn away people who need to pay less than the stated cost (and won’t refuse extra money from those who want to contribute). We offer free admission to those who help with several tasks like setup & cleanup; please talk to any board member if you can help!

Weather? Snow? Storms? We cancel if Indianapolis Public Schools cancel evening activity. Check via RTV6, WISHTVWTHR, the Indipolis Star, or http://twitter.com/#!/IndyContra.

 We also have Gypsy Moon Ball a weekend of contra dancing, generally in late October.

Add our calendar to yours (click on  “+ Google Calendar” in the lower right of the whole calendar) or add individual events (open an event and click on “copy to my calendars” at the bottom). A short link to our calendar is http://bit.ly/wSZCjB .

Please email indycontra@gmail.com or call (317) 759-4863 with questions, comments, or feedback.