Contra dancing is a friendly and social form of folk dancing, with roots in English and French traditions that blossomed in New England settings. Dances are already choreographed, with a person both teaching and calling the sequence of figures used for the dance. The figures are mainly danced at a walking pace to live music. For a given song you'll be staying with one partner, but the figures also involve dancing with other people in two lines; you and your partner will be dancing with a different couple each time you progress through the figures of the dance. You will find many partners over the course of an event, and they will find you. In a contra dance the caller, the band, and everyone in your lines are working together to have fun, to create something beautiful and satisfying, and to share joy with one another.
In the video here you can watch some of the members of our community dancing at one of the regular Peninsula dance evenings.