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.
Sound System Fundraiser
The sound equipment we use at our dances is nearly 30 years old, and it’s time for an upgrade. A new mixer will be easier to operate, substantially easier to move around and set up, and more reliable. New speakers will provide richer sound to everyone dancing, making the bands sound even more amazing. New monitors will allow the bands to more accurately and pleasantly hear themselves and enjoy performing for us.
We are running a fundraiser to raise the money necessary to replace these components of the sound system, as well as a few odds and ends that bands frequently request that we can’t currently supply. We need to raise $3000 for this project. If you would like to contribute using a credit card, donate securely through Stripe and Donorbox by clicking the donate button below. You can also donate at the dances during the month of May.
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).
Please feel free to contact us at the emails linked below if you have any questions about the dance. For general questions, contact the current Contra Council coordinator who can either answer or find the people who can.
General Questions: Contra Council contact (currently Bronwyn Woods)
Pittsburgh Contradance Hotline: (412) 945-0554
Join our Mailing List
In addition to the news posted to this site, we have a mailing list maintained as a google group. Enter your email below to subscribe or follow the links to view the group 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.
Our Upcoming DancesMay 29, 2015Michael Young with Smash the Windows8:00 pm to 11:00 pmJune 5, 2015Janine Smith with Rachel Bell & Karen Axelrod8:00 pm to 11:00 pmJune 19, 2015Gaye Fifer with Rachel Eddy & Friends8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Other Upcoming Local Contra DancesNo events to display.
Like us on Facebook
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).