All Soles Contra Dance RETURNS TO First UU!!

This is great news!  One of the dearest things we have missed over the past two years has been contra dancing…the music, the moving feet, beautiful faces, and our great dance community.

In order to dance safely, we have some new protocols, based upon the success of other communities’ return to dancing:

  • Masks are required indoors.  We strongly suggest an N95 or KN95 mask, but will allow cloth masks, if that is what you prefer. 
  • Secondly, proof of vaccination (and boosting, if eligible) will be required.  To make this as easy as possible for dancers, All Soles and Big Scioty (hint…coming soon?) will be sharing dancer vaccination information.  That means that once you have shown/submitted your vaccination record to one of the dances, you’re okay for both venues.  To make the check-in process faster and easier, you may submit your vaccination info ahead of time by emailing a photo of your vaccination card to Marilyn Fais at  You may also show your vaccination record at the door.  
  • No child care provided


Cost: $10 ($5 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.

Weather permitting, we will have a snack table set up outside in the church courtyard.  Contributions to the snack table are welcome.

New to dancing?  A beginners’ session, from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, will get you started.  You will learn some basic figures that will be repeated in the evening’s dances.  All dances will be taught and no partner is needed. 

Dances are from 8:00 to 10:30. If you’re new to contra, come at 7:30 for the 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.

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Fall 2022 All Soles Contra & Square Dance Schedule


We dance (mostly) on the second Saturday evening of each month. Potlucks occur occasionally.



Saturday, October 8th
Caller: Margaret Goodman
Band: Carter Scratch Band

Saturday, November 12th
Caller: Richard Ades
Band: Old Grey Cats

Saturday, December 10th
Caller: David Mould
Band: The Pegheads


Contra Dances at First Unitarian Universalist Church

All Soles Contra & Square 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. Contras and squares are highly social and connecting forms of early American folk dance in which partners change frequently (no need to bring a partner), 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 this type of dancing that by the end of the evening, you will have danced with everyone in the room!

More information about contra dance:

If you’d like to know more about contra dance, follow this wonderful

NPR did a GREAT story: “Youth Flock to Contra Dancing

Central Ohio Dance Calendar : don’t miss any local contra dance events!

Questions: Contact/email Jan Phillips at

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