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: Friday December 14

Location: Carrboro Century Center

Music: Rip the Calico; Gordon Arnold, cello; Mairead Brady, fiddle; Alison Arnold, flute; Tyler Johnson, tenor banjo; link

Caller: Kyle Johnston

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, 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!

Dance fun!

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:

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:

Contra dances are also scheduled at various times by these groups:

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.

Get involved!

Join the TCD Facebook group. Join the Triangle Contra Yahoo group. Your dance group is a volunteer organization. If you would like to get involved, 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