Intergenerational, beginner-friendly, welcoming contra dance. No partner needed! New dancers are welcome! All money goes to pay musicians and callers. Please bring your own refillable water bottle, and dress in lightweight, loose clothing. Children who are able to join in the dancing are welcome. Dances are from to All dances are walked-through and cued by the caller.
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Contra dancing is a traditional form of American folk dance that evolved from the longways country dances popular in English society centuries ago. Contra dance communities are thriving across the United States, providing dancers of all ages and experience levels with the opportunity to smile, move, connect, flirt and create an evening of dance nirvana with each other. Contra dances feature live folk music provided by dance bands playing in traditions of old time music, New England, Celtic, French Canadian, and more.
This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances but not Modern Western Square Dances , traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Ohio including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Ohio which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me. As of August 1, , the dance listings should be fairly up to date including whether dances are canceled. Some dances series have not posted new information about dance cancellations since April or even March but if a dance series has not indicated that a dance is canceled, I strongly recommend that you contact the dance organizers to confirm that the dance is happening. For those series that have posted that dances are canceled for the "foreseeable future" or the equivalent, I've put a cancelation notice for dances up to and including August 31,
Big Scioty Barn Dance. Big Scioty was founded in by caller Kathy Anderson and a group of Columbus old-time musicians, Turkeys in the Straw. Held two Saturdays a month at First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus, Big Scioty dances feature an exciting variety of talented bands and callers from around the Midwest and beyond. Dances are well-attended, attracting a solid core of experienced contra dancers, as well as first-timers who quickly learn the moves while being welcomed into the Big Scioty community. All Soles Columbus Contra Dance. First Unitarian Universalist Church 93 W.