Contra & English Information

What is Contra dance?

Contra Dance Primer ~ The Hamilton, Ontario Country Dancers excellent contra dance primer.


Contra Dance Culture ~ A more detailed Hamilton, Ontario Country Dancer contra dance primer.


Online Videos of Contra Dancing ~ Short YouTube excerpts of contra dancing across the USA.

Where can I find Contra & English dances?

AZ Contra ~ PHXtmd’s list of contra dances in Arizona.


CDSS ~ The Country Dance and Song Society. An umbrella organization for most Contra & English dance organizations in the USA


Contracorners ~ Dwayne Johnson’s great site to find contra dances in the USA.


DanceDB National Grid (by day of month) ~ Another good site by Ted Crane.


Festivals, Camps, & Weekends ~ Charlie Seelig’s list of festivals, camps, and weekends.

What is a Contra/English dance gypsy?

[definition: Contra/English Dance Gypsy - A contra or English dancer who will travel many hours, hundreds of miles, and cross state lines to attend contra dances while on vacation or not!]

Who are some local & national organizations affiliated with Contra & English dancing?

CDSS ~ The Country Dance and Song Society. An umbrella organization for most Contra & English dance organizations in the USA and Canada.


NEFFA ~ The New England Folk Festival Association.


The Lloyd Shaw Foundation ~ Dedicated to the preservation, restoration and teaching of the folk dances of America.


 National Folk Organization ~ ​Formed in 1986 to preserve, promote and provide opportunities in the folk arts.


 Lavender Country and Folk Dancers ~ An umbrella organization for gender role free dance clubs.


 The Irish Cultural Center ~ The goal of the Irish Cultural Center is to provide the public with the highest quality educational and cultural programming. The Center is owned by the City of Phoenix and is operated through public private partnership with the Irish Cultural and Learning Foundation.

What are some resources for Contra & English dance information?