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All are welcome at our contra dances, where we always have live music in the styles of Irish, old-time, swing, and newly composed music.

Contra dancing is a social dance. Contra is purely for fun and not for competition or performance. It requires no experience and focuses on community, making friends and dancing to live music. You don’t need to bring a partner – part of the tradition is switching partners for each dance!  A caller teaches each dance, so no lessons are needed; just show up and have fun!

New to contra? Please come at 6:30PM to learn a few basic steps before the dance starts. No experience needed!

Beginning in December 2022, we have a new location! We’re dancing at The Irvington Lodge, located at 5515 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Once you are inside the building, walk or take elevator to 2nd floor. Dance Hall and bathrooms are located on 2nd floor. Free Parking

New to the Irvington Lodge? Check out our Locations Page for information on location, parking, and how to find our new dance home.

We dance on the first Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm ET.

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

Parking: the gravel lot behind the Irvington Lodge is guaranteed use for the venue. There is street parking available as well. The lot has plenty of space for our size event and we should also be mindful to not excessively use parking lots of other businesses around.

We provide a brief new dancer intro / refresher / warm-up starting at 6:30, with dancing for everybody 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

Please:

  • Bring 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, and here.

COVID Policy: Vaccination
Based on the 2022 survey results that were sent out to community members, the following will be the COVID policy for Indy Contra until otherwise stated. These requirements are based on the survey results, CDC recommendations, and also the requirements of other dances in the contra community.
All attendees must show proof of their vaccination status unless they are 5 years or younger. Vaccination and one booster shot are required for all who are eligible. If your 2nd dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine was at least 5 months ago or your single dose of a Johnson & Johnson vaccine was at least 2 months ago, you will need to have one booster shot as well. If you had COVID-19 within the last 3 months, this also will provide for your vaccine status.
Masks
All attendees must wear well-fitted masks indoors, except briefly while taking a drink. Acceptable masks are N95, KN95, KF94, or better. Cloth masks will not be permitted. Masks will be available at the front desk (donations if you require a mask are encouraged).
We want dancing to be fun and safe. We intend to hold our dance in the safest way possible, keeping in mind that it is a dance, with people breathing heavily in close proximity. While we cannot claim this is a “low risk” activity, we can reopen with the intention of making the dance as safe as it can be. This includes vaccinations, masks, contact tracing, and reviewing local COVID severity levels. Dancers who attend come to the dance at their own risk. Please stay home if you think you may be ill or have been exposed. Thank you for helping to keep us all safe. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days after an Indy Contra dance, please contact the board as soon as possible.
Indy Contra board will decide whether or not to run each dance based on the current COVID numbers in Marion County. Policies will change as conditions change.
If you are a member (see membership info below), your vaccine records will be recorded and you won’t have to show proof of vaccination at every dance. If you are not a member, you will need to show proof of vaccination at every dance. Proof of vaccination (a photo of your vaccine card) can be emailed to indycontra (at) gmail.com.

Membership and Dance Admission

Both membership and dance admission will be on a sliding scale.

Admission: $5-$20
Membership: $20-$200+

Weather? Snow? Storms? We cancel if Indianapolis Public Schools cancel evening activity. Check via RTV6, WISHTVWTHR, the Indipolis Star, or on Twitter.

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