Northeast Ohio Contra Dance Utopia

Here you can find information about contra dancing in the Northeast Ohio area!

Dances in July and August

Please visit the full schedule page for more details on any of these dances. Contra dances are indicated like this, and all other dances are indicated like this.

July Calendar

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August Calendar

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News

March 18th: River Rendezvous registration is now open! River Rendezvous is a dance weekend organized by members of our dance community, and it is held in Coshocton, Ohio. This is the 20th year for River Rendezvous. This year the dance will be held from July 14th through the 16th; our bands will be Wizard Walk and Hotpoint Stringband, and our callers will be Sarah VanNorstrand, Gaye Fifer, and Carol Kopp.

So, what is contra dancing?

Contra dancing is a friendly and social form of folk dancing, with roots in English and French traditions that blossomed in New England settings. Dances are already choreographed, with a person both teaching and calling the sequence of figures used for the dance. The figures are mainly danced at a walking pace to live music. For a given song you'll be staying with one partner, but the figures also involve dancing with other people in two lines; you and your partner will be dancing with a different couple each time you progress through the figures of the dance. You will find many partners over the course of an event, and they will find you. In a contra dance the caller, the band, and everyone in your lines are working together to have fun, to create something beautiful and satisfying, and to share joy with one another.

Monthly dance locations

Many dances are held in regular locations at regular times each month. Here's a summary of when and where you can join these dances. See the "Regular dances" page for more details, including addresses and prices, and check here and with dancers for updates about exceptions to this general dance rhythm.

First Saturdays

Second and fourth Tuesdays

Cuyahoga Falls (at the Quirk Cultural Center): lesson at 7pm, dance starts at 8pm

Second Saturdays (but not during the summer)

Cleveland Heights (at St. Ann's Church): lesson at 7:30pm, dance starts at 8pm

Third Tuesdays

Chagrin Falls (at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall): lesson at 7:30pm, dance starts at 8pm

Third Saturdays (but not during the summer)

Cleveland Heights (at St. Ann's Church): lesson at 7pm, dance starts at 8pm

Fourth Saturdays

Kent (at Trinity Lutheran Church): lesson at 7pm, dance starts at 8pm

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