What is Contra Dancing?

Welcome! Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS) sponsors the Hayward Contra Dance and provides traditional American style folk dance in the San Francisco East Bay area of California.

Contra dance in America has evolved from a traditional form of folk dance of the British Isles, and has been danced continuously since the time of the English colonies in New England as a true community dance. The music is in the form of lively reels or jigs in the Celtic and bluegrass traditions. Traditional country dance is a precursor of modern western square dancing, but is unrelated to modern country and western line dancing. More information about traditional country dancing is at: http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis

We always dance to live music. All dances are taught and prompted. A lesson for beginners is offered thirty minutes before every dance, except Advanced or Zesty dances for experienced dancers. No dance partner is necessary and it is our custom to change partners after every dance in the spirit of community dance. Dance either the "Gent" or "Lady" role. 

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New to Contra Dance?

Read "Welcome Newcomers"
Read "What to Expect" from Bay Area Country Dance Society

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