Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 7:00-9:30 pm - beginners session 6:30-7:00 pm
Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
located at 626 West Barry, Chicago, I
Caller: Andrea Craft
To help pay for the band, caller, and dance hall, we request attendees donate $10, payable at the door. No advance planning or experience is needed and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Potluck snack and beverages encouraged.
Next dance: TBA
We think Contra Dancing is a great way to have fun, stay active physically, and connect socially. And we have some great people who help make this all happen. It's a welcoming, diverse community and we hope you can join us.
MORE ABOUT CONTRA DANCE: Contra dance is a centuries-old New England folk dance tradition. It's the rowdy red-headed stepchild of English country dance (the kind of dancing you see in Jane Austen movies). Contra dancing is done to live traditional fiddle music in a variety of styles, from lilting Celtic-inspired tunes to rollicking bluegrass. All dances are taught by a caller, who "calls out" instructions throughout the dance. Queer contra dance takes the traditional division of the dance into "gentlemen" and "ladies" and gives it a queer twist. Instead of gender roles, dancers choose whether or not to wear an armband, which determines their role. (If you're curious, the "armband" role corresponds to the traditional gentleman's or leader's role, but there's not much difference between the two roles.) The caller uses the term "armbands" or "bands" to refer to the dancers wearing armbands, and "barearms" or "bares" (no, not bears) to indicate those without armbands. (Description courtesy of Lavender Country and Folk Dancers - www.lcfd.org)
We are hoping to keep the contra dances coming after this one. If there are any folks who are interested in helping us organize future dances, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com.