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.
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.
Save the date for the 2017 Pittsburgh Fall Dance Weekend!
November 10-12, 2017.
This year, as always, we have an amazing lineup of bands and callers. Lisa Greenleaf and Sarah VanNorstrand call to the music of the Stringrays and the Ripples!
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.
Fall Dance Weekend 2016 is November 11-13, 2016. The weekend will again be at St Nicholas Cathedral in Oakland.
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You can download an FDW save the date flyer! Feel free to print them out and distribute to anyone who might be interested!
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.
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!
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.
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Fall Dance Weekend. To those who couldn’t make it, we missed you and hope to see you next year!
We think the weekend was a great success. There were lots of moving parts, especially with the new venue. Thank you to everyone in the community who put in time and effort helping with snacks, decorations, publicity, venue set-up and clean-up, and everything else!
If you attended the weekend we want to know what you thought. You can fill out an online feedback form here.
We look forward to dancing with all of you at the weekly dances.
All are welcome at the family dance before the contra on Friday October 9! The dance will be at the Swisshelm Park Community Center (the same location as the contra) at 6pm. There will be a potluck at 7pm, and those who wish to are welcome to stay for the contra starting at 8.
The cost for the family dance is $5 per person, or $10 for the entire family.
Playspace will be available during the adult dance for parents who want to stay and share in the child care duties. No extra cost.