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 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 (see calendar info below) at Grove Haus, 1001 Hosbrook St., 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.

Parking: There is limited free parking in the lot adjacent to Grove Haus, off Grove St. Street parking is also free and readily available all around Grove House and Fountain Square. Note that free parking is NO LONGER available in the Fountain Square Veterinary Clinic lot. This is now a paid parking lot in the evenings.

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

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:

  • 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.

Admission Tuesdays is generally $7, $5/members, $4/under 25, free for ages 13 and under. When the band and/or caller travel more than an hour we ask for $1 more to help cover their extra costs.  Sunday afternoon dances are $10 (25 & up), $5 (14 – 24), or free (13 & under).

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 on Twitter.

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