Beginner-friendly dances start the evening, with more challenging dances as the evening continues. No partner necessary.
4th Saturdays (usually), 7:30-10:00 PM
September–May (except December)
At the Munson Memorial Library
1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA 01002, less than a mile from Rt 116
Admission $10 (reduced income: $5 – $10, sliding scale) or $25 per family
This is a dance for newcomers learning to contra dance, folks who’ve been dancing for decades, and everybody in between. Suggested ages 10 and up. No partner or experience needed. Please refrain from wearing scented products
If you’re coming for the first time, please arrive by 7:30. Our superb callers will do a great job orienting you to the basics of contra dancing.
It is also a dance for musicians looking to learn more about traditional dance music. Musicians of all levels are welcome to take a seat onstage and join in. Please see our page for sit-in musicians.
During the break we have time for socializing and potluck snacks. Feel free to bring something to share if you’d like.
In addition to contras, our callers liven up the evening with an occasional square, circle, mixer, or couple dance.