Welcome to Halifax Contra Dances

Photo of people holding hands and dancing

Next Dance:

Saturday April 1, 2023, 7-10pm

 All Nations church hall, 2535 Robie St, Halifax

$15 or pay what you can

Beginners come at 7pm, experienced dancers come at 8:15 at the earliest

for most updated info – check our FB here

Last dance for 2022-2023 season is May 13

(We dance about once a month September to May,
Check back in August for our Fall 2023 dancing dates)

Hi, welcome to Halifax Contra Dances’ website.

We are a volunteer-run community group that organizes monthly folks dances to awesome live music on the Halifax peninsula, from September through May each year.

Our non-gendered dances are welcoming to beginners and experienced dancers alike.  No need to come with a dance partner. Our goal is that everyone has fun, and enjoys the movement, music, and sense of community that contra creates.

All dances are held at All Nations church hall, 2535 Robie St, Halifax, unless otherwise noted.

At 7:30 we run through the following sequence: spiral dance, mixer dance, sicilian circle dance – short break
At 8:00(ish) we introduce contra lines, and dance our first (and easiest) “real” contra dance.
By 8:20 we are increasing the difficulty, introducing new figures with each dance.
If you are an experienced dancer who prefers to avoid the introductory stuff, aim to come around 8:15 at the earliest, and you’ll be ready to jump in to our more involved dances.

Dances generally run about 7-10pm.
Dancing difficulty increases steadily so beginners should come early!

More details about our dances (including what to bring and what to wear) can be found here.

For the most current info:

You can sign up for our e-news list here, to get notifications for each dance.

Check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/halifaxcontradances.

Contact us any time with questions at info@halifaxcontra.ca.

We also occasionally hold special event dancesĀ – email for details info@halifaxcontra.ca

Hope to see you soon!