Community contra dances

for kids, teens and grownups of all ages!

For more information please contact Ruth at 967-9917, or e-mail us here.

Our community dances are an all-volunteer effort. We especially need your help at the dance with set-up, staffing the greeting table, and clean-up; and in advance with gathering door prizes and spreading the word through flyers, e-mails, etc. If you can help out, please contact Ruth at 967-9917, or e-mail us here.

When Where What
December 20
Binkley Baptist Church Come to the next community dance on SATURDAY, December 20! And mark your calendar for future dances on Jan. 31, Feb. 21, and Mar. 21. Dancing returns to our usual location, Binkley Baptist Church, at 15-501 and Willow Drive behind University Mall in Chapel Hill (details at
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. For more information, call Ruth at 967-9917, or e-mail
Music: Live traditional music by Bob Taylor, Sue Taylor, and Dean Herington
Caller: Calling by Ruth Pershing and Laurie Siegel
January 31
Binkley Baptist Church TBD
February 21
Binkley Baptist Church TBD
March 21
Binkley Baptist Church TBD

couple dancing

Teens, tweens, and kids of all ages enjoy dancing to live music and callers including circle dances, square dances, contra dances and just plain playful dances. This series is designed for us all to build a community together—young people, older people and our families. Our regular "community/family contra dances" welcome all ages, and our "community/youth contra dances" are geared a little older, especially for tweens, teens and up.

No experience is necessary because each dance is taught and figures are called throughout the dance. Beginners are celebrated!  Bring your family, your friends, even your grandparents!

Live Music * Prizes * Food * Games * Singing * Fun !

Taking Food Together

Community dances often feature potlucks or special snacks and refreshments as a way to refresh our bodies and get to know one another. If a dance features a potluck, please bring a generous amount of healthy food to keep our energy high. Drinks are provided. Check the schedule to see what is planned for each dance.