Intergenerational, beginner-friendly, welcoming contra dance. No partner needed! New dancers are welcome!
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.
NO DANCE IN APRIL -- due to scheduling conflicts
**Friday, May 12** -- CHANGE OF LOCATION [for May only] Barry Dupen of northern Indiana will call to Possum Spawn's fine old-time music. Dance will be held at Columbus Mennonite Church, 36 Oakland Park Avenue in Clintonville (just north of E. North Broadway).
Summer Schedule will be posted soon!
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 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.
If you'd like to know more about contra dance, follow this wonderful link: http://www.thecommonspace.org/2002/06/games.php
NPR did a GREAT story: "Youth Flock to Contra Dancing"
Central Ohio Contra Dance calendar: don't miss any local contra dance events!
Great video of festival contra dancing produced by Doug Plummer
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 http://www.powerkate.com
Questions: call or email Kate Power -- 614-430-9027
Directions to the Church
Photographs by Heather Morris (Morristowne Photography, Athens)