Contra events

July 2024
Sat 20–Sat 27 American Dance & Music Week Plymouth, MA, USA W contra
Lisa Greenleaf Will Mentor
Mon 22 4:00 pm–Fri 26 10:00 am Summer Country Dancing £240-£430 Halsway, UK W contra ECD
Ali, Jane & Meg Mark Elvins
Thu 25 7:30 pm–Sun 28 11:55 pm Warwick Folk Festival £75-£190 Warwick, UK English ceilidh contra
Thu 25 7:00 pm–10:00 pm Lake City Contra Dance $10-$20 Seattle, WA, USA W contra
Thu 25 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Thursday Contra Dance $5-$20 Philadelphia, PA, USA W contra
Thu 25 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Rochester Thursday Night Contras $5-$10 Rochester, NY, USA contra
Fri 26–Sun 28 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Goshen, CT, USA W contra
Fri 26 6:15 pm– 9:30 pm Flint Hills Contra Dance $10 Manhattan, KS, USA W contra
Fri 26 7:30 pm–10:30 pm ContraATL Weekly Dance $7-$15 Decatur, GA, USA W contra
Fri 26 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Friday Night Contra at Glen Echo $15 Glen Echo, MD, USA W contra
Playing with Fyre Timothy Klein
Fri 26 8:00 pm–11:15 pm Experienced Contra at Guiding Star Grange $12-$20 Greenfield, MA, USA contra
River Road Liz Nelson
Sat 27–Mon 5 August Harmony of Song & Dance Plymouth, MA, USA W contra
Lisa Greenleaf Brooke Friendly
Sat 27 6:30 pm–10:00 pm NACDS Contra Dance $15 Huntsville, AL, USA W contra
Sat 27 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Jax Contra Dance $5-$10 Jacksonville, FL, USA contra
Sat 27 7:00 pm–10:30 pm CDK Contra & Square Dance $5-$20 Kalamazoo, MI, USA contra
Sat 27 7:00 pm–10:00 pm San Antonio Contra Dance $10 San Antonio, TX, USA contra
Lone Star Pirates
Sat 27 5:30 pm– 9:30 pm Anaheim Contra Dance $12-$18 Anaheim, CA, USA W contra
Sat 27 6:30 pm–10:00 pm Sacramento Contra Dance $5-$12 Sacramento, CA, USA contra
The Community Band Mark Goodwin
Sat 27 7:00 pm–10:30 pm 4th Saturdays Contra Dance $6-$20 Portland, OR, USA W contra
Ric Goldman
August 2024
Fri 2–Fri 9 Sidmouth Folk Festival £197-£549 Sidmouth, UK W English ceilidh contra ECD SCD balfolk scandi Irish set Irish céilí
3sticks Barber Band Bedlam Brown Boots Boogie Band Cock and Bull Band Folk Camps Party Band Granny's Attic Jigfoot Melrose Quintet Monster Ceilidh Band Mrs Midnight's Old Swan Band Oyster Ceilidh Band Polkaworks Step Ceilidh Party Tickled Pink Chris Wood & Andy Cutting Double Dichotomy Folkus Poljus 3D Vertical Expression WillPower Hoik Oscina Nicky McConkey Eglamore Alison Rowley Barry Goodman Erin Mansfield Emma Wooders Fee Lock Gordon Potts Hannah Moore Ian Nichols Jane Bird Nick Walden Nancy Potts Adam Hughes Bridget Flett Daisy Black Lynne Render Bob Morgan Frances Richardson Bridget Flett Kevin Monaghan Carol Monaghan Sam Tetley-Smith
Fri 2 5:00 pm–Sun 4 4:00 pm Good Life Gallop $30-$75 Omaha, NE, USA W contra
Kaw Creek Kate McBride
Fri 2 7:30 pm–10:30 pm CFOOTMAD Community Contra Dance $12-$19 Boulder, CO, USA W contra
Sat 3 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm AberACED £3 Aberystwyth, UK W contra ECD
Fri 9–Sun 11 Susquehanna Folk Festival York, PA, USA W contra
The Contra Rebels Dead Sea Squirrels Janine Smith Bob Nicholson
Fri 9–Fri 16 Broadstairs Folk Week £164-£330 Broadstairs, UK W English ceilidh contra
Sun 11–Sat 17 Family Week Poland, ME, USA W contra
Mary Wesley
Mon 12–Sun 18 Cascade of Music & Dance Cascade, MD, USA W contra
Wendy Graham Settle Gaye Fifer
Fri 16–Sun 18 Mentone Mentone, AL, USA W contra
The Mean Lids The Yellow Dandies Cis Hinkle
Sat 17–Sat 24 Campers’ Week Plymouth, MA, USA W contra
Sue Rosen
Fri 16 7:00 pm–Sun 18 5:00 pm Balance the Bay San Francisco, CA, USA W contra
Riptide Countercurrent Jacqui Grennan Maia McCormick
Sat 17 3:00 pm–Fri 23 11:59 pm Whitby Folk Week £70-£365 Whitby, UK W English ceilidh contra ECD Irish set
Whapweasel Bedlam No Lazy Dancing Dance Band Relentless Steamchicken Bellamira Melrose Ceilidh Band The Hedgehog's Skin Frog on a Bike Contrasaurus Contrary Faeries Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer Albireo The Falconers Stradivarious Tina Morris & Graham Lee Erin Mansfield Nick Walden Pete Coe Martyn Harvey Bob Morgan Alison Rowley Joey Oliver Sue Coe Andrew Swaine Daisy Black Charlotte Rich-Griffin Rhodri Davies Orly Krasner Jerry O'Reilly Annabel Sharp Nigel Sharp
Fri 23–Sun 25 Sugar Hill Dance Weekend Bloomington, IN, USA W contra
Fri 23–Mon 26 Towersey Festival £94.97-£224.72 Middle Claydon, UK W English ceilidh contra
Blackbeard's Tea Party Whapweasel Banter Cock and Bull Band Folk Camps Party Band Bristol Ceilidh Quartet Trip Hazard Climax Ceilidh Band Out of Hand Urban Folk Theory
Fri 23 2:00 pm–Mon 26 6:00 pm Shrewsbury Folk Festival £116-£222.53 Shrewsbury, UK W balfolk contra English ceilidh
Banter Club Débris Cri du Canard Crowdy-Kit EFDSS Workshop Ceilidh Band James Delarre, Saul Rose & Dave Delarre Monster Ceilidh Band Spiers & Boden Moore & Moss Steamchicken Oakstone Trio Sheena Masson Rhodri Davies Tom Kitching Prue Reilly Annie Bolt Phil Bassindale Ian Nichols Daisy Black Andrew Swaine
Sat 24 3:00 pm–Fri 30 10:00 am TradMaD $980 Plymouth, MA, USA W contra
Alex Cumming
Fri 30–Mon 2 September Rendezvous Dance Weekend Boulder, CO, USA W contra
Nova The Dam Beavers Gaye Fifer Will Mentor
Fri 30–Mon 2 September Dance Camp North Fairbanks, AK, USA W contra
Eloise & Co. Susan Petrick
Fri 30–Mon 2 September Pinewoods Labor Day Weekend $365-$415 Plymouth, MA, USA W contra ECD
Ben Sachs-Hamilton
Sat 31 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Contrabridge £7-£15 Cambridge, UK contra
Box of Frogs Lauren Catlin Sally Vernon
September 2024
Thu 5–Sun 8 Bromyard Folk Festival Bromyard, UK W contra English ceilidh
Fri 6–Sun 8 Youth Dance Weekend $105-$285 Weston, VT, USA W contra
Calico Alex Deis-Lauby Lindsey Dono
Fri 6 7:00 pm–Sat 7 9:00 pm Dancing Fish Melrose, FL, USA W contra
Kingfisher Dereck Kalish
Fri 6 6:00 pm–Sun 8 12:45 pm Bear Hug Dance Camp $130-$295 Rollins, MT, USA W contra
Contra Sutra Swiftcurrent Susan Petrick Christa Torrens
Sat 7 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm AberACED £3 Aberystwyth, UK W contra ECD
Sun 8 2:30 pm– 5:30 pm Englefield Green contra dance Egham, UK contra
Linda Game Band Ivan Aitken
Wed 11 8:00 pm–10:30 pm Solent Contra Dance £5 Shawford, UK contra
Fri 13–Sun 15 Echo Summit Sacramento, CA, USA W contra
The Figments Toss the Possum Jesse Edgerton Wendy Graham
Fri 13 7:45 pm–10:45 pm Alcester Contra £4-£10 Alcester, UK contra
Bearded Dragons Louise Siddons
Sat 14 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Harrogate Contra £6-£10 Harrogate, UK contra
Philip & Benjamin Charlie Turner
Sat 14 8:00 pm–11:00 pm London Barndance £5-£15 London, UK contra
Linda Game Band Adam Hughes
Fri 20–Sun 22 Squirrel Moon Contra Dance weekend Dodgeville, WI, USA W contra
Hillbilly Diaspora Alex Deis-Lauby
Fri 20–Sun 22 Chehalis Dance Weekend Surrey, BC, Canada W contra
The Syncopaths Countercurrent Will Mentor Koren Wake
Fri 27–Sun 29 Michigan Dance Heritage Fall Weekend Lexington, MI, USA W contra
Susan Kevra
Fri 27–Sun 29 Adirondack Dance Weekend Silver Bay, NY, USA W balfolk contra ECD
Stomp Rocket The Moving Violations Mary Wesley
Fri 27–Sun 29 Cascade Contras Dance Camp Springfield, OR, USA W contra
Engine Room Contra Sutra Cis Hinkle Laurel Thomas
Sat 28 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Sytchampton Saturday dance £8 Sytchampton, UK ECD contra
Chris & Julie Dewhurst Mike Courthold
Sat 28 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Contrabridge £7-£15 Cambridge, UK contra
Nozzy Nicola Scott
Sat 28 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Leeds Contra £10 Leeds, UK contra
Philip & Joshua Rowe Diane Silver
Sat 28 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Nottingham Contra Dance £10 Nottingham, UK contra
Mon 30 4:00 pm–Fri 4 October 10:00 am Autumn American Contra Dance Week £240-£430 Halsway, UK W contra
Will Allen, Rowan Pigott & Gareth Kiddier Diane Silver
October 2024
Fri 4–Sun 6 Moondance Dance Weekend Pickens, SC, USA W contra
Lighthouse Good & Plenty Bob Isaacs Seth Tepfer
Fri 4–Sun 6 Lady of the Lake Fall Camp Harrison, ID, USA W contra
3 Wheel Drive Jesse Partridge
Fri 4–Sun 6 Harvest Moon Dance Festival Santa Barbara, CA, USA W contra
The Latter Day Lizards Wild Asparagus Lisa Greenleaf George Marshall
Fri 4 7:45 pm–10:45 pm Alcester Contra £4-£10 Alcester, UK contra
Old Time Contra Band Diane Silver
Fri 4 6:30 pm–Sun 6 9:30 pm Harvest Moon $70-$185 Santa Barbara, CA, USA contra
The Latter Day Lizards Wild Asparagus Lisa Greenleaf George Marshall
Sat 5 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Paris Contra Dance Paris, France W contra
Bearded Dragons Charlie Turner
Fri 11 6:00 pm–Sun 13 12:30 pm Jasan Bonuš Country Dance Weekend 890 CZK Prague, Czechia W contra
Bev Bernbaum Carol David-Blackman Meike Beyen Marcus Igla Gerhard Kamm Jörg Mehlhase David Dvořák Jitka Bonušová Jan Pumpr
Sat 12 8:00 pm–11:00 pm London Barndance £5-£15 London, UK contra
Old Time Contra Band Diane Silver
Sun 13 2:30 pm– 5:30 pm Englefield Green contra dance Egham, UK contra
Old Time Contra Band Diane Silver
Thu 17–Sun 20 Lake Eden Arts Festival - Fall Black Mountain, NC, USA W contra
Red Dog Spintuition Bob Isaacs Sarah Kaiser
Fri 18–Sun 20 Gender-Free Dance Camp Olivebridge, NY, USA W contra
Sat 19 Electric Folk Dance Party Hope, UK balfolk contra English ceilidh
Bearded Dragons Apolkalypse Portmanteau Charlie Turner Lisa Heywood
Sat 19 8:00 pm–11:00 pm Exeter Contra Exeter, UK contra
Sun 20 ContraStock Glen Echo, MD, USA W contra
Fri 25–Sun 27 Boo Camp Jemez Springs, NM, USA W contra
Panda Stomp The Cheap Shots Jacqui Grennan
Fri 25–Sun 27 Music City Masquerade Nashville, TN, USA W contra
Eloise & Co. Cis Hinkle
Fri 25–Sun 27 Pittsburgh Fall Dance Weekend Pittsburgh, PA, USA W contra
Engine Room Hot Coffee Breakdown Gaye Fifer River Rainbowface Abel
Sat 26 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Contrabridge £7-£15 Cambridge, UK contra
King Kontra Rob Humphrey
Sat 26 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Leeds Contra £10 Leeds, UK contra
Linda Game Band Andrew Swaine
November 2024
Fri 1–Sun 3 Foggy Moon Dance Weekend Monterey, CA, USA W contra
Joyride Stomp Rocket Will Mentor Jacqui Grennan
Fri 1–Sun 3 Hey Fever Dance Weekend Ottawa, Ontario, Canada W contra
Elixir Peach Jam Alex Deis-Lauby Nils Fredland
Fri 8–Sun 10 Fire Ant Frolic Austin, TX, USA W contra
Lake Effect Koren Wake Rich Goss
Fri 8–Sun 10 Dance in the Desert Oracle, AZ, USA W contra
Playing with Fyre Stomp Rocket Lisa Greenleaf Susan Petrick
Fri 8–Mon 11 Head for the Hills Dance Weekend $140-$240 Kresgeville, PA, USA W contra ECD
Fri 8–Sun 10 Atlanta Dance Weekend Atlanta, GA, USA W contra
The Faux Paws Drive Train Will Mentor Seth Tepfer
Sat 9 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Nottingham Mixed Dance £10 Nottingham, UK contra ECD
Colin Hume
Sat 9 8:00 pm–11:00 pm London Barndance £5-£15 London, UK contra
Contrasaurus Jake Wood
Sun 10 2:30 pm– 5:30 pm Englefield Green contra dance Egham, UK contra
Box of Frogs Mark Elvins
Fri 15–Sun 17 ContraShock New York, NY, USA W contra
Fri 15–Sun 17 Catalina Dance Weekend Catalina Island, CA, USA W contra
The Faux Paws Engine Room Countercurrent Alex Deis-Lauby Gaye Fifer
Fri 15 4:00 pm–Sun 17 4:00 pm Zesty Contra Weekend £190-£310 Halsway, UK W contra
Ali & Mollie Rhodri Davies Mark Elvins
Fri 15 8:00 pm–Sun 17 10:30 pm Rose City Dance-a-Rama Portland, OR, USA W contra
Wild Asparagus Joyride Lindsey Dono George Marshall
Sat 16 1:30 pm– 4:45 pm Lancaster Contra £10-£15 Lancaster, UK contra
Edward Wallace & Heather McAslan Lisa Heywood
Fri 22 7:45 pm–10:45 pm Alcester Contra £4-£10 Alcester, UK contra
Vertical Expression Liam Binley
Fri 29–Sun 1 December Breaking Up Thanksgiving Evanston, IL, USA W contra
Sat 30 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Paris Contra Dance Paris, France W contra
Sat 30 2:00 pm–11:00 pm ContraCopia $25-$35 Philadelphia, PA, USA W contra
Ice Cream Truckers Stove Dragon Millserati Gaye Fifer Alex Deis-Lauby Ben Sachs Hamilton
Sat 30 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Contrabridge £7-£15 Cambridge, UK contra
Fiddlechicks Adam Hughes
Sat 30 7:30 pm–11:00 pm Leeds Contra £10 Leeds, UK contra
Vertical Expression Rhodri Davies
December 2024
Fri 6–Sun 8 Winter Warmup Dance Weekend Worthington, OH, USA W contra
Notorious The Hollertones Will Mentor Liz Burkhart
Sat 7 Portland Duo in St. Ippolyts St. Ippolyts, UK contra
Portland Duo Lynne Render
Sun 8 2:30 pm– 5:30 pm Englefield Green contra dance Egham, UK contra
Linda Game Band Charlie Turner
Sat 14 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Sytchampton Saturday dance £8 Sytchampton, UK ECD contra
The Falconers Geoff Cubitt
Sat 14 8:00 pm–11:00 pm London Barndance £5-£15 London, UK contra
King Kontra String Band Lynne Render
Fri 20 7:00 pm–11:00 pm Joint Christmas Twmp £2 Aberystwyth, UK W Irish set balfolk ECD contra
Hywel Jones Nigel Hardy Keith Ffloyd Ian Hughes John Blanchfield
Thu 26–Wed 1 January Contradancers Delight Holiday Morgantown, WV, USA W contra
Toss the Possum Buzz Band George Paul Terry Doyle Warren Doyle
Sun 29–Wed 1 January Bash on Vashon Vashon Island, WA, USA W contra
January 2025
Fri 17–Sun 19 Contra Carnivale San Luis Obispo, CA, USA W contra
Stringrays The Gaslight Tinkers Nova Lisa Greenleaf Frannie Marr Jeremy Korr
Fri 17–Mon 20 Stellar Days and Nights Buena Vista, CO, USA W contra
Countercurrent Harken! Seth Tepfer Wendy Graham
Fri 17 1:00 pm–Mon 20 1:00 pm Rocky Mountain Ranch Dance Buena Vista, CO, USA contra ECD
Sat 18 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Sytchampton Saturday dance £8 Sytchampton, UK ECD contra
Chis & Julie Dewhurst Dave Wright Kathryn Wright
Sat 18 8:00 pm–11:00 pm Exeter Contra Exeter, UK contra
Fri 24–Sun 26 Florida Snow Ball Gulfport, FL, USA W contra
Elixir Playing with Fyre Nils Fredland Beth Molaro
February 2025
Sat 1 1:30 pm– 4:45 pm Lancaster Contra £10-£15 Lancaster, UK contra
Chris Dixon & Arthur Capelier-Mourguy Rhodri Davies
Wed 5–Wed 12 Tropical Dance Vacation St Croix, US Virgin Islands W contra
Wild Asparagus George Marshall Lisa Greenleaf
Fri 7–Sat 8 Phoenix Winter Frolic Mesa, AZ, USA W contra
Sat 8 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Paris Contra Dance Paris, France W contra
Fri 21–Sun 23 Bayou Bedlam Houston, TX, USA W contra
Stringrays Lisa Greenleaf
Fri 21–Sun 23 Fiddling Frog Dance Festival Pasadena, CA, USA W contra
The Syncopaths River Road Susan Petrick Lindsey Dono
Fri 21–Sun 23 Galhalla St Louis, MO, USA W contra
Sarah Kaiser Lo Peckman
Fri 28–Sun 2 March IVFDF 2025 Sheffield, UK W balfolk contra English ceilidh ECD Scottish cèilidh SCD
March 2025
Fri 21–Sun 23 Carolina Meltdown Lake Wylie, SC, USA W contra
Sat 22 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Sytchampton Saturday dance £8 Sytchampton, UK ECD contra
Nozzy Nicola Scott
Sat 22 8:00 pm–11:00 pm Exeter Contra Exeter, UK contra
April 2025
Wed 2 10:00 am–Wed 9 8:00 am Contra Holiday in Medieval England $1450 Ely, UK contra
Wild Asparagus Contrasaurus George Marshall Janet Shepherd Terry Doyle Charlie Turner
Sat 5 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Harrogate Contra £6-£10 Harrogate, UK contra
Heather & Philip Rachel Shapiro-Wallace
Sat 26 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Paris Contra Dance Paris, France W contra
Celtiqua Seth Tepfer
July 2025
Sat 5 1:30 pm– 4:45 pm Lancaster Contra £10-£15 Lancaster, UK contra
Contrary Faeries Andrew Swaine
September 2025
Sat 27 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Sytchampton Saturday dance £8 Sytchampton, UK ECD contra
The Falconers Rhodri Davies
October 2025
Sat 18 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Harrogate Contra £6-£10 Harrogate, UK contra
Linda & Philip Louise Siddons
November 2025
Sat 1 1:30 pm– 4:45 pm Lancaster Contra £10-£15 Lancaster, UK contra
Ben Farmer, Chris Dixon & Arthur Capelier-Mourguy Rhodri Davies
December 2025
Sat 13 7:30 pm–10:30 pm Sytchampton Saturday dance £8 Sytchampton, UK ECD contra
Vicky Swan & Jonny Dyer Ivan Aitken

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