Contra Dances

GR contra dances continue on the 1st Friday

                                        See the calendar on the bottom of the Home web page.                  
March 1, 2019. First Friday contra dance.
Bring a friend!  Or come alone. Lots of fun for folks age 6 to 92. Fifth Street Hall (St Adelbert's), corner of Davis, a block east of Seaward. Upstairs.  Beginners dance instruction at 7 pm.  
   We do not have a contra dance on Labor Day weekend. But that is when we all go to Ann Arbor to dance (free) in the streets.
Annual Dancing in the Streets, the day before Labor Day, Ann Arbor

The following first Friday dances are:  
 The "October" dance was September 28. (Pulaski days interferes with October 5)
November 2
December 14, (not the first week)
January 4, 2019 - caller Carol Steiner with Open Band led by Bruce Ling.
February 1
March 1
April 5
May 4 Saturday in the park
June 28 Advanced contra dance
July 26
Aug 23

Volunteers may play music, call, or join the dance.
Folks from 6-92 may twirl and swing to the great music. 

It is all about dancing and learning; this an opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. There will be new callers, new dances, new musicians and fun for all. No partner required. 

It is traditional to change partners after every dance set. And anyone may ask anyone else to dance.

Video of a good contra dance here.

$ 10 General
$ 8 Folk dance societies member or senior
$ 20 family

      $ 6 Student 

                   Beginner instruction at 7;  dancing at 7:30.

Way upstairs at Fifth Street Hall :

 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids

Corner of 5th & Davis 

It is a very long staircase up to the second floor dance hall.

What is contra dance?


If you want to call a dance, call 10 days ahead. 

Please call ahead 616 710 6841

Contra Dance etiquette Tips


Questions? Email 


See also the:    (Grand Rapids) Happy  Soles Square & Round Dance Club.

Grand Rapids Original Swing Society.

Listing of contra dances, square dances and waltzes all over Michigan is here. 
And the AACTMAD (Ann Arbor & MI) listing is here