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All Soles Contra 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.

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

*Spring Contra 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.

Friday, March 9 -- Timbre Wolves with Jan Phillips calling

Friday, April 13 -- Barry Dupen, of northern Indiana, calls with Three Rivers String Band

Friday, May 11 -- Canadian caller/band duo Relative Harmony with caller Judy Greenhill

All Soles Contra 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. Contra dance is a highly social and connecting form 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 a contra dance 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 or email Kate Power -- 614-430-9027 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)