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.)


Second Saturdays, monthly.  Starts with a brief introductory lesson at 7:30 PM and ends by 10 PM.

Preregistration (optional):

Location (new): starting January, 2023 we will dance in the community hall of the First Congregational Church, which is at 906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA. This is the iconic white church in the center of town, roughly opposite Spring Street.  Parking is behind the church, though the lot is small, so you may also wish to park at in the public lot at the bottom of Spring Street. Please enter using the side door off the driveway, behind the main church building.


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.