The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association (CPCDA) is a non-profit community-service organization dedicated to the preservation of New England-style contra dances. This family-friendly entertainment has a long history in the United States and in the State College area. Contra dancing is tremendously good fun as well as good exercise!
The contra dance form typically starts with a long line of couples facing each other. A caller provides instruction and directions. As various figures (many similar to those in square dancing) are completed, a couple progresses down the line to the end, then back up to the top, then down again. Friendly, all-age crowd. No partner or experience needed. It's aerobic, easy and fun, and you dance with everyone.
Better definitions are provided by others. Or better yet, stop by and see for yourself.
Dances are usually the third Friday of each month, September to April, from 7:30 to 10:30pm in State College. (Check the Schedule link for details.) We have excellent local and out-of-town callers and wonderful live music provided by local and non-local musicians. Admission is $8 for members, $9 for non-members, and $6 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free. Memberships are $16 per calendar year for individuals, $30 for families.
Dress is casual. A partner is not needed. Just smile and someone will grab you for the next dance. Experience is not needed. The caller instructs everyone prior to each dance. If you can count to 8, you can do this! If you aren't sure you want to dance, come and watch for free (but be careful, someone may drag you onto the floor!)
See our Schedule for the date of the next dance.