Contra dancing, or barn dancing, consists of familiar square dance type moves done in longways sets, some circles and even a few traditional squares. It is fun and people of all ages find it easy to learn. This dance features live calling and live music that is absolutely energizing and, while fairly fast moving, is very forgiving. An American traditional dance form that originated from English and French roots in the 1600’s, contra dance thrived through the early 1900’s, survived in small pockets of the northeast, resurfaced in the 1950’s and by the 1970’s had experienced a renaissance, spreading across the country and growing in popularity. Contra dancing is an excellent way to unite both friends and strangers in a lighthearted, FUN, and engaging manner. If you’ve never danced before, a Country Dance is a great way to start.