Welcome to the Pittsburgh Contra Dance community web page. We dance Fridays at the Swisshelm Park Community Center. See the schedule and directions pages for more details. If you need help getting to or from the dance, we can help connect you with a ride. Please contact our ride coordinator.
Contra dance is a fun, social activity. We welcome all ages and experience levels from absolute beginners to long-time dancers. Our dances feature live music and all dances are taught. Bring yourselves, bring your friends, join the fun. Dances start at 8pm, with a beginner’s lesson at 7:30pm. The cost is generally $10 for adults and $7 for students.
Still have questions? Wondering what to expect when you show up at a dance? See our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Social Media Presence
Help spread the word about our dance! Like us on Facebook, or join our Meetup.com group. You can also RSVP to dances on these sites to help organize with other dancers for shared rides or coordination with your friends.
If you are interested in how the dance runs, or in how you can volunteer to make it happen, see our volunteer wiki (experimental, and under development).
At the dance on January 16, 2015 the community voted to approve a set of bylaws for the dance. The bylaws are accessible here (bylaws in pdf format). They establish an elected contra council to do the work of running the dance. We are currently seeking nominations for people to be on the council. If you are interested, e-mail Gaye or Bronwyn
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In addition to the news posted to this site, we have mailing lists maintained as google groups. Enter your email below to subscribe or follow the links to view the groups and manage your subscription.
The Weekly Reminder list sends weekly reminders about dances and occasional announcements of special events. Enter your e-mail below to subscribe, or visit this group.
The Volunteers list is for communication between people who want to volunteer in our community. Enter your e-mail below to subscribe or visit this group.
Our Upcoming DancesJanuary 30, 2015Ron Buchanan with Hu$hmoney8:00 pm to 11:00 pmFebruary 6, 2015Kristin Seibert with Contraption8:00 pm to 11:00 pmFebruary 13, 2015Bob Frederking with Devilish Merry8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
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Unless otherwise noted, the following is true for our Friday dances. (Other local dances will have different details, which may be available in the event description on the schedule page.)
Dances run from 8-11pm with a beginner's lesson at 7:30pm.
Dances cost $10 for adults and $7 for students.
Dances are held at Swisshelm Park Community Center (1050 Windermere Drive).