When English/French/Irish/Scottish set dancing crossed the Atlantic to New England, it evolved into a new style called contra dancing. Recently, this style has evolved further, picking up speedand taking elements from swing and rock. In the U.S., contra dances attract hundreds of participants of all ages. While contra dancing has become popular in many parts of Europe, e.g. the UK, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, it has remained relatively unknown in France. Contra dancing is “called”, meaning that each dance is made up of basic elements and each is quickly taught, then danced. Contra dances are open to participants of all ages and of all dancing levels. Watch some videos here and come to the next American Contra Dance workshop and ball on Saturday, September 24.
Caller : Rachel Shapiro Wallace
Musicians : Edward Wallace, Robbie Thomas and Holly Norton from Cosmic Otters/Cruise Control/Stick Shift
Participation Fee : 10€ | Students 5€ Free for CiuP residents (upon the presentation of your resident card)
Shared meal (bring a dish or contribute 7€)