What is Contra dance?, by Gary Shapiro. More on the New Dancer page

Check Barn/Community, Traditional Square & Old Time dances for related high energy events

North to South - Islands

Cortes Island

Semi-regular Contra dances with One Foot In The Groove and new caller Kari. Dances have been at the Gorge Hall, announcements on iDance (Island Dance mailing list)


Community/Contra Dance at the Merrville Hall - 1245 Fenwick Rd, Merrville, BC - Comox Valley   See entry at Community dance


Nanaimo Contra and Ceilidh Dances
hosted by the VIViD – Vancouver Island Vintage Dance Society

Saturdays at #256 Legion or Forest Park School from 1:30 p.m.
Schedule, dance program and other information
Need not bring a partner along. Each dance will be taught. Please be fragrance free

Live music with Graham and we welcome other musicians to join us. We have printed music available or musicians can play by ear. We are looking for violins (fiddles), bass instruments, simple percussion, clarinet, flute, guitar, banjo, piano, piano/button accordion. It is a drop-in “collective band” and nobody need feel pressure to attend except when they want to. It is not a paid gig. We play for the enjoyment of playing the music with other musicians and the pleasure of seeing the dancers dance to our playing. Our music has a “celtic” flavour

Mayne Island

Dance On Mayne (Island)
, hosts Contra dancing in it's mix (also ECD & SCD). Dances often held at the Ag(ricultural) Hall.


Victoria Contra Dance
series -- Two dance evenings per month
2nd Saturday
and Last Saturday of the month, Sept to June
Venues used:
St. Luke's Cedar Hill Anglican Church3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd, Victoria, BC V8P 2M6 (at Cedar Hill Rd., NW corner), [mostly as an alternate location], and
St. Matthais Anglican Church hall, 600 Richmond Av. (at Richardson), Victoria, BC, V8S 3Y7

Dancer intro session 7:00 p.m., Dance 7:30 - 10 p.m.  E-mail notification list
See site calendar to confirm venue (St. Matthais is used as much as possible, St. Luke's is a frequent fill in)
Both are bus accessible via Vic Regional Transit/BC Transit

St. Luke's is on Route 24, which is somewhat infrequent. Fortunately one run stops very near by, at the corner, at 6:47 p.m. Saturdays. Alternately one may arrive early using Route 25 (ask for Blekinsop & Cedar Hill Cross Rd ~6:18 p.m.) and walk east for about 12 minutes, or try for a 26 and walk south from west of University Heights shopping centre. To take the 27 or 28 means a slog up hill from Shelbourne. You have been warned

St. Matthais is on Route 7 with a stop @ Fairfield & Richmond, about two blocks south of the hall. Richmond is roughly between the two timing points (Fairfield at Moss & Foul Bay at Fort). The Douglas & View, eastbound ("UVic") departure at 1821, allows one to be at Richmond about 1835-40, at the hall before the workshop, with jacket off, shoes on. The westbound ("Downtown") departing UVic 1838 would have one there, hustling a bit, to be in time for the workshop

To avoid disappointment ALWAYS check for changes before heading out to any dance.
In poor weather don't assume a web site will be up to the minute, unless perhaps it already displays a cancellation notice

Regional Contra

Olympic Penninsula

Olympic Peninsula Dance | Serving the Olympic Peninsula Dance Community, a site similar to Island Dance

Port Angeles

Angles, Contra/Square Dance WA mostly 1st Saturday. Sept - May. Beginners' workshop at 7:30, dance 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. Black Diamond Community Center, 1942 Black Diamond Rd., Port Angeles, WA, 98362. $7 USD, under 18 $3 USD  Tom 360.457.5667 tom at shindler dot us

Port Townsend

Port Townsend Community Dances, Contra, Square, more! Mostly at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange. Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, WA 98368

Lower Mainland

Vancouver Country Dance
has a lively scene with two regular, monthly contra dance series and other occasional dances. First Saturday is hosted by house musicians, The Sybaritic String Band, and various callers; VCD with different musicians and callers is a mid-month Saturday
The Sybs & VCD dance series use the same venue at
St. James Community Square, 3214 West 10th Ave., Vancouver, BC

Dances organised by Russell Shumsky also take place at the False Creek Community Centre, on 1318 Cartwright Street (on Granville Island), Vancouver, BC

VCD publishes a calendar covering Contra & ECD for the Lower Mainland and uses an e-mail notification list for Contra dance (Vancouver ECD has their own mail list)

Bellingham Country Dance Soc. 2nd, 4th & 5th Sat, Sept-May or June, 7:30-10:30 p.m.. Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. Bellingham, WA. $8-10 USD suggested donation, Beginner's Workshop 7:00 p.m. E-mail notification list

Seattle and area Contra dances at Seattle hosts year 'round series on Thursday and Friday. A Seattle Open caller mic/Open band 2nd Sunday. Monthly dances Tacoma, Olympia, Yakima and in Seattle a new East Side & a Gender Free. Lively "Seattle Contra" Yahoo! Group/list effectively covers Puget Sound area and a bit more

Contra Camps, Weekends

Vancouver Country Dance hosts the Chehalis Contra Dance Camp each September. This year it's 20-22 September 2019 - two bands, two callers, residential camp.
Camp Luther on serene Hatzic Lake in Mission, BC - the Fraser Valley. This is a stunningly fun event, which fills rapidly (especially for women registering on their own). Get on their mailing list

Some video of two sessions of impromptu, midnight ECD, and some including what may be atypical Contra music! (from 2010). More images & videos

Raincoast Ruckus, was Vancouver's in-town Contra dance weekend in mid-winter. It ended about 2010.

Dancing Fool
, was an annual event in early February. It has ended and been replaced by a week called Supersonic Contra Dance Weekend. More on that shortly.

"Folklife" - A number of local dancers head to the North West Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center on the American Memorial Day Weekend in May. Many bands & callers appear in rotation throughout the weekend in the Fisher Pavilion decked out with a dance floor (the Folk Floor). On the weekend it is re-named The Roadhouse, now memorialises our dear friend Warren Argo, as Warren's Roadhouse