Southeastern Ohio Traditional Dance Society

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          Contra Dancing in Athens, Ohio.            All dances will be held at ARTS/West!                

Next Dance:
Contra Dance
Saturday, January 14th
Kim Thompson calling with

at ARTS/West
Beginners Lesson at 7:30pm
Dance 8:00-11:00pm

What is contra dancing?

In short, it's a type of American folk dance, somewhat similar to squaredance, but done in facing parallel lines. (It is not line dancing, however!) All dances are taught first, and prompted by a caller as needed. 

Contradancing is easy to learn, aerobic, and always uses live music, generally based on oldtime and Celtic fiddle tunes. Anyone may attend a dance, there is no club membership required. In this dance tradition, partners generally change for each dance, so if you arrive solo, it's no problem. Dress in comfy clothes and shoes.

Here's a great descriptive essay on contradance

There is also a nice video.

Can't get enough contradancing to suit you? Check out these other regional dances:

Saturday Night Contra Dances:

8:00 to 11:00 pm with a
Beginners Lesson at 7:30

No Experience Needed
No Partner Needed
Everyone is Welcome

Beginners are always welcome.
We encourage you to take part in the beginner's lesson at 7:30.

The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for students, $15 for families,
children 10 and under free.

Sunday Afternoon Family Dances


No Experience Needed
No Partner Needed
Everyone is Welcome

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music.
This event will have kids and adults dancing together to live music.
No experience needed. All dances will be taught.

Drop in any time. Admission by donation.
Suggested donation $3/dancer.
More details on our Family Dance Page.

2106-2017 Schedule

Contra Dances - 2nd Saturdays

September 10 - Jan Phillips calling with The Three Rivers String Band

October 8 - David Mould calling with Corn in the Mornin'

November 12
- Kate Power calling with The Back Porch Swing Band

January 14 - Kim Thompson calling with Zeke's Fancy

February 11 - Barbara Ramlow calling with Hotpoint Stringband
February 11 - Special Event: Waltz Lesson & Potluck Dinner
        5:00-6:30pm Waltz Lesson with Barbara Ramlow
        6:30-7:30pm Potluck Dinner
        7:30-8:00pm Beginners Contra Lesson
        8:00-11:00pm Contra Dance!
            All events are at ARTS/West.  Please join us for any or all of the evening's events.  The waltz lesson is FREE!  The lesson will be an introductory lesson that is appropriate for: people who have never waltzed before, beginning & intermediate waltzers.  Experienced waltzers are encourage to come as practice partners. 

March 11 - Bradley Smith calling with The Boys of the Hock

April 8 - Kristen Planeaux calling with Trillium

Family Dances - 3rd Sundays

November 20 - Music by The Trophy Wives

January 15 - Music by Julia Farver, Jay Ryan, Jeffrey Morris

February 19 - Music by Liz and Lynn Shaw and the Thrashers

March 19 - Music by Julia Farver, Jay Ryan, Jeffrey Morris

Mayapple Stomp on May 20-21, 2016 in Logan, OH.

 Directions to our dances!
For previous dances, see our archives.

photo above: board members and friends of SEOTDS meet on the shore of Lake Logan during the annual Mayapple Stomp. (Please note that no Mayapples have been harmed in the15 years we have co-hosted this mini all-volunteer dance weekend! )

Need more info?  Call Adriane Mohlenkamp at  740-590-4102 or email athenscontradance (at) gmail (dot) com.

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