Are you a new dancer? Are you interested in coming to an English Country Dance, or a Contra Dance, and not sure what to do?
How do I know what to do?
Each and every dance features a beginner lesson. For English Country Dancing, the Beginner Lessons run from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Contra dances have Beginner Lessons from roughly 7:30 to 8 p.m. These lessons are great, are included with price of admission, and will acquaint you with the figures for the evening. And every dance, in both English country and contra dancing, is taught by the caller before it begins. In contra especially you can pick up most of what you need just from listening to the caller throughout the dance, and keeping your eyes open to see what your partner and other dancers are doing. If you are brand new, ask an experienced dancer to be your partner! They will not only be glad to dance with you, but this is one of the best ways to learn.
Do I need to come with a partner?
Absolutely not. Even though you will dance with a partner for each dance, it is customary (and expected) to have a different partner for each dance. If you are brand new, ask an experienced dancer to be your partner! They will not only be glad to dance with you, but you will have an experienced dancer guiding you.
Do I have to dance each and every dance?
You may dance as many or as little dances as you like. Some people never sit down, others take breaks between dances.
What do I wear?
Be comfortable, first and foremost! We are mostly concerned with what is on your feet. At each dance, you will be asked if you have dance shoes, and if you decide to dance in your street shoes, you will be handed a brush to thoroughly clean off your shoes. You can also dance barefoot or in socks.
Please do not wear spiked heels, they damage the dance floor.