“Nearby” contra dances are listed below in order of increasing drive times from downtown Indianapolis. (Several Indy Contra dancers attend these; ride shares welcome!) For other places, see (but be sure to check a dance’s own website for current info):
- CDSS, the Country Dance and Song Society’s group affiliate list
- Charlie Seelig’s listing of special events, by date
- Ted Crane’s regular dances by day of the week & month (great for travelers!)
- Contra Corners (state & city listings of regular dances)
Other dance styles in Indianapolis include Indy Folk Dancers (European, Scandinavian, etc.); Israeli Folk Dancing; Naptown Stomp (Lindy Hop & Vintage Swing), and Dance Indy Swing (West Coast Swing). Musicians are also welcome to participate in Central Indiana Folk Music and Mountain Dulcimer Society.
approximately 1 hour southwest
Please note summer location!
EVERY Wednesday night (neither rain, nor sleet…) and 5th Saturdays (canceled very rarely, due to nearby dance weekends)
Mad Robin Romp, April. Used to be “Swing into Spring,” with open caller & mic, but now features headline band & caller.
Sugar Hill ,late August with open mic calling and open mic bands – Walk-Ins Welcome! Dancing, meals, & tent space approx. $35, bunk in A/C cabin ~$45 (until early August, then about $10 more).
Fort Wayne, Indiana
approximately 2 hours northeast
They have regular Celtic music & Appalachian / Old Time jam sessions too.
approximately 2 hours west
1st and 3rd Fridays
Jan Jam First weekend of every year. – Walk-Ins Welcome!
English & American weekend (with various other styles), March. Walk-Ins welcome!
approximately 2 hours east
1st Fridays of Oct., Nov., Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., & May
approximately 2 1/2 hours northwest
3rd Saturday each month
approximately 2 1/2 hours southwest
Two Fridays each month
South Bend, IN
approximately 3 hours north
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Big Scioty & All Soles
approximately 3 hours east
2nd Fridays , and 1st & 3rd Saturdays
Winter WarmUp early December; walk-ins welcome if space available – often filled up, so check before going!
May Apple Stomp, in Athens, May, walk-ins welcome.
English/American/Scottish weekend with Bare Necessities, October in even numbered years.
approximately 3 hours north
approximately 4 hours south
3rd Fridays & 4th Saturdays
Hands Four, April, Walk-ins welcome if there is space.
approximately 4 hours north
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 1st & occasional Sundays
St. Louis, Missouri
approximately 4 hours west
contra usually 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays,
contra 1st & 3rd Saturdays
waltzing 3rd Sundays
English 1st & 3rd Fridays
“Flash” dances at non-dance sites. Take tennis shoes, as dances are often on concrete, but one of the most fun outreach activities you can try!
approximately 5 hours north
Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays…mostly
Breaking Up Thanksgiving, weekend after Thanksgiving every year.
approximately 5 1/2 hours south
Cabin Fever, February – pre-register early; no walk-ins!
approximately 6 hours north
IndepenDance, June, no pre-registration needed! all welcome!