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All Soles Contra & Square Dancing - Please Join Us! PDF Print E-mail

Intergenerational, beginner-friendly, welcoming contra dance. No partner needed! New dancers are welcome!AllSoles5-29-09pic6_opt

Cost: $8 ($4 for age 12-25). All money goes to pay musicians and callers.

Please bring your own refillable water bottle, and dress in lightweight, loose clothing. 'Potluck' snack table, free childcare, and warm, welcoming dancers. Children who are able to join in the dancing are welcome.

Dances are from 8:00 to 10:30. If you're new to contra, come at 7:30 for a brief introductory group session. All dances are walked-through and cued by the caller. No experience needed, you will be warmly welcomed into our dance community.

*Fall 2018 All Soles Contra & Square Dance Schedule*

During fall, winter and spring we dance (mostly) on the second Friday evening of each month. In summer months we dance one Saturday evening of each month; the annual summer potluck is held before the July dance.

OCTOBER -- instead of a 2nd Friday dance in October, we will hold a special Halloween Contra and Square Dance on October 26. See details below. . . .

Friday, October 26 -- Halloween Contras & Squares featuring callers Liz Burkhart and Sean Fen, with old time music by the Timbre Wolves. Costumes are encouraged! After party followng the dance at Jan and Frank's house (details at the dance).

Friday, November 24 -- Talented Ohio band Trillium will take the stage featuring Zeke Hutchison on mandolin, Mark Barsamian on fiddle, and Mark Delozier on piano, as we open the mic to callers for creative contras and squares, sure to delight! This is Thanksgiving weekend, and it's a great weekend to bring friends and family to try out contra and square dancing at All Soles!


All Soles Contra & Square Dances are sponsored by First Unitarian Universalist Church, and attract from between 40 to 90 dancers of varying experience and skill levels -- new dancers are ALWAYS welcomed. Contras and squares are highly social and connecting forms of early American folk dance in which partners change frequently (no need to bring a partner), no special dress is required (but wear lightweight clothing since things will heat up!). Please wear clean, non-marking shoes to protect the wooden dance floor. Almost all ages can learn. It is said about this type of dancing that by the end of the evening, you will have danced with everyone in the room!

No partner is required, and all dances will be taught -- no special dance skill or background needed.

AllSoles5-29-09pic1_optIf you'd like to know more about contra dance, follow this wonderful link:

NPR did a GREAT story: "Youth Flock to Contra Dancing"

Central Ohio Dance Calendar : don't miss any local contra dance events!

For more information on contra dancing, and a nice tribute to the First UU leadership for supporting the creation of All Soles in 2001, visit the website of First UU's own Kate Power at

Questions: Call Jan Phillips at 614.886.2166 or email Jan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Photographs by Heather Morris (Morristowne Photography, Athens)