Contra Dances

GR contra dances scheduled

                                        See the calendar on the bottom of the Home web page:


Contra dances RESUMED January 2024.

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.  

Things coming up next :  TBD


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  

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

$10 Seniors

$ 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

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. 

Weekly calendar of local free and low-cost dances is here. 

And the AACTMAD (Ann Arbor & MI) listing is here