GR contra dances continue, usually on the first Friday
See the calendar on the bottom of the Home web page:
January 3 contra dance, music by Hawks and Owls and volunteers.
Bring a friend! Or come alone. Lots of fun for folks age 6 to 92.
In the Fifth Street Hall (St Adelbert's), corner of Davis, a block east of Seaward. Upstairs.
Beginners dance instruction starts at 7 pm.
February 7 contra dance, music by Gooder-'n-Grits
March 6 contra dance, music by Hawks and Owls and volunteers.
April 3 contra dance, music by Hawks and Owls and volunteers.
May 2 picnic and contra dance at Johnson Park. Music by Hawks and Owls .
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. (above) Dancing in the Streets is an annual free festival on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in downtown Ann Arbor. It offers local residents a chance to sample lots of different music and dance traditions, enjoy the downtown, and see some friends and neighbors in the process. Multiple stages offer visitors a chance to try many different styles of dancing, as well as enjoy mini-concerts and entertain their children with special activities. For more information, visit https://aactmad.org/dits/
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.
$ 12 General admission
$ 8 Folk dance societies member
$ 20 family
$ 6 Student
Beginner instruction at 7; dancing at 7:30.
Contra location: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See also the: (Grand Rapids) Happy Soles Square & Round Dance Club.
Listing of contra dances, square dances and waltzes all over Michigan is here.
Weekly calendar of local free and low-cost dances is here.
And the AACTMAD (Ann Arbor & MI) listing is here.