Come to the next TCD contra dance in NC's Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro) area!
Dances start at 8:00 PM with a lesson at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.
Date: Saturday December 15
Location: Binkley Baptist Church
Description: Community contra dances for kids, teens and grownups of all ages! Community dance page: link
5:30-6:30 Potluck supper for all - Please bring a generous dish to share. Drinks, plates, and utensils provided.
6:30-9:00 Dance, dance, dance!
Break for door prizes, a story or song, and some jokes. We'll have fun and easy circle and line dances earlier, simple contras and squares later. All dances are taught. No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. The cost is $5/person or $15/family.
Our community dances are run by volunteers. Please contact Ruth at 919-967-9917, or e-mail email@example.com, if you can help out.
Music: Carolina Cat Wranglers
Caller: Joy Greenwolfe
Here's a Look at Contra Dancing in the Triangle!
Check out this video of the TCD New Year's Eve dance. We like to say that if you can walk you can contra dance. There's a free lesson at 7:30 pm, and each dance is taught. Thanks to Dave Pokorney for this terrific video!
- Live music
- No partner necessary
- Beginners welcome
- All dances taught
- Free lesson at 7:30 pm
- Dance 8-11 pm
- Great exercise
- And a national magazine just said contra dancing was No. 1 on its list of awesome to do on a date (without alcohol)! Click here to see the article.
What is contra dance?
Read more about contra dancing.
Help at the Front Door, Get in Free!
If you volunteer to help for an hour or so checking people in at a dance, you get in free for that dance! The first shift runs from 7:15 p.m. to roughly 8:30, then the second shift runs into the break. And if you take both shifts, you’ll get a pass good for free admission to a regular dance in the future. To sign up, go here. And to find out more about volunteering, scroll down to "Get Involved".
When and where can you contra dance?
The regular TCD contra dances are held:
- Second Fridays at Carrboro Century Center [link to map]
- Fourth and fifth Fridays at Reality Center in Durham [link to map]
Check the TCD schedule for more details.
TCD also sponsors community dances some Saturdays at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. To find out more, check the community dance schedule.
Other regular contra dances in the Triangle include:
- First Saturdays at Carrboro Century Center -- Sponsored by Footloose/Contrazz
- Third Fridays at Carrboro Century Center -- Sponsored by Carolina Song and Dance Association
Contra dances are also scheduled at various times by these groups:
- Rushfest! -- Contra dances to recorded pop music at Carrboro Century Center
- Contra Dances with Wolves -- The student contra dance group at North Carolina State University
- UNC-CH Contra Dance Club -- Monthly contra dances at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus
Or to stay on top the entire Triangle contra dance scene, go to our Google calendar.
We would like your feedback!
Please tell us more about what you liked or didn't like at any TCD contra dances. Your experiences will help us make our dances a better experience for everyone! To send us your opinion (anonymously if you wish) just click here.
TCD is committed to providing a welcoming, fun and safe place for all people. We urge everyone taking part to treat each other with the greatest respect and attention to everyone's comfort and enjoyment. If, however, you have had an experience TCD needs to know about, please click here.
Become a member!
You can become a Triangle Country Dancers member and save on dance admission. Members save $2 on each dance! Another benefit of membership is our newsletter "The Hey!" which is published 6 times a year. Read more about membership.
Whoopin' It Up! Students at the Center for Documentary Studies interview Linda Cooper about contra dance
NPR's All Things Considered: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing : link
To see a PBS report on contra dancing in Maine, click here.
Carrboro Century Center videos.
Reality Center videos.
Pleasant Green videos.
CulBlu's contra dance videos created by Dequan Powell