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The dance is MOVING!

The Pittsburgh Contra Dance is MOVING! First dance at new location: Friday, July 21st (and all subsequent dances)

Location: Winchester Thurston School 555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Parking lot, more room to dance and grow as a community, air conditioned hall, and bus access (82, 77, 75, 71A, 71C, 71D, East Busway). Questions? Give us at call at (412) 945-0554

Family Dances Fall 2017

Our super-fun Pittsburgh Family Contra Dance welcomes people of all ages, no experience necessary!

Dates: Friday August 18, Friday September 29, Friday October 13, Saturday November 18, and Saturday December 16.

Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family

Time (New!): 6:30-7:30 p.m

Place (New!): Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Come learn contra while you dance to live music by the Music Makers and expert calling by Pittsburgh’s own Gaye Fifer. Have a snack after dancing. And if you’d like to stay, enjoy free admission to our regular weekly dance at 8. This is a great chance for older kids (and parents!) to try more challenging figures while little ones play.

Contra calling interest group

Do you want to know more about calling contra dances? Do you want to help people learn about calling contra dances?

This form is to collect interest in a callers group in Pittsburgh. This is not a fixed-length class, and there is no particular commitment required. Based on the people who respond, we will organize one or more introductory sessions, and the group can evolve from there based on people’s interests and goals.

If you want to learn more about calling, let us know. You don’t have to have any particular goal or commitment level. We’ll try to organize opportunities for people at any level. If you are a caller and want to offer to mentor folks or lead practice sessions or one-off workshops, let us know that too.

Bronwyn will be coordinating the initial collection of interest and the first meeting or two, and after that this will be a group effort and will go in whatever direction works for the people involved.

Family Dances Spring 2017

We’ve been organizing family dances through the school year, and they have been great fun! Doors open at 5:45pm, dancing runs from 6 to 7pm. There is an optional potluck at 7pm, and attendees are invited to stay for the evening contra dance afterward. This is a great chance for big kids (and parents!) to try more challenging dances.

The family dance welcomes people of all ages, no experience necessary! Family dances are listed on our main event calendar, or you can download this flyer to reference or print. We hope to see you and your family on the dance floor!

There are upcoming dances on January 6th, February 3rd, March 3rd, April 7th and May 5th.

Season passes now available for Spring 2016

We’d love for all of you to attend as many dances as possible. A full dance hall is great for everyone — the band, the caller, experienced dancers and brand-new beginners all benefit from a bunch of nice long lines full of people like you.

With that in mind, we are delighted to announce the Pittsburgh Contra Dance Season Pass! Sign up for a season pass and gain unfettered access to every weekly Friday contra dance in our spring season, January 1 through May 27. As a season pass holder, you’ll also receive two guest tickets (to help you spread the joy of contra), and (as soon as we can get them printed) a personalized “Seasoned Dancer” name-button.

You can sign up for the season pass on our website, or you can sign up at the Friday night dances.

Family Dance December 11

Family contra dance fall 2015 full

There will be a family dance before the normal Friday contra on Friday December 11, 2015. The doors open at 5:45, dancing starts at 6. There will be a potluck at 7pm, and everyone is welcome to stay for the adult dance at 8pm (play space available for the children, parents share in childcare). The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. We hope to see you there!

Fall Dance Weekend 2016 community meeting

We will be having a community meeting to brainstorm and guide the selection of bands and callers for the 2016 Fall Dance Weekend. Everyone is welcome! The meeting will be Monday December 7, at 7pm. The location is the Panera Bread at 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

We invite everyone to submit their ideas in advance so that we can compile a list before the meeting. We will make this list available so that people can do research about bands and callers they haven’t heard before. Please take a moment to give us your ideas on the form here.