Practical Details

What Is Contra Dancing?

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. At the end of the sequence, each couple progresses on to meet new neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple.  (Thanks to Lisa Sieverts and the Peterborough Contra Dance website for this description.)

Time and Location:

Second Saturdays, monthly.  Starting 7:30 PM and running through 10:30 PM. Introductory lesson at 7:15 PM.

Williamstown Community Preschool, formerly the Methodist Church, 777 Main St., at the corner of Route 2 and Route 43.  Parking is available at the Mountain One Bank next door, though they request we leave the first five spaces for the bank’s ATM customers.

Please enter through the preschool door, which is easily accessible from the bank parking lot.


To protect the floor, please bring a pair of clean, comfortable shoes specifically for dancing.  (Grit from street shoes will damage the floor.)  Or dance in socks if you prefer.

Other Considerations:

Dancing can be strenuous.  It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle with you.  In warmer months,  a handkerchief or a change of shirt will help keep you and your partners comfortable. For the comfort of all our dancers, we would like this dance to be fragrance, smoke, and drug free.