So you have friends who say they’d like to try contradancing, but never seem to make it?
Remember to bring those first-time dancers!
Pick them up; bring them with you!
They will thank you in the end......

First Saturday Contradances:
Refreshment contributions are always welcome.

Welshfield, Ohio  ( Troy Town Hall ) ....
Bring friends and smiles. Enjoy our friendly, welcoming dance community. All steps are easy and are taught by the caller; no need to bring a partner because you'll dance with almost everyone in the hall. The  caller is Kenny Wilson,  and features music by the Mr. Haney Band members include: Laura Lewis(fiddle),  Ken Roby (fiddle), Jim Richards (guitar), Jim Eisenberg (clawhammer banjo), Nancy Toser (bass) & Will Craig sits in on dombek and shakers. This dance is at the Troy Community Hall, Rt. 422, just east of Rt. 700. Snacks are pot-luck and always delicious. New dancers show up for the teaching at 6:30 till 7:30pm, dancing from 7:30 till 10:30pm.
For info: 216-316-0068; adm. is $8.00

Lakewood, Ohio  ....

The band  Mud in Yer Eye with caller Carol Kopp  do the contradance at the Lakewood Masonic Temple,  15300 Detroit Ave. Cleveland. Program include a Schottische couples dance. Dancing from 8 till 11pm with teaching for beginners at 7pm. Adm is $7

Wooster, Ohio ....

The band Pocketfull o' Gimmick is doing a contradance  at the Valley College Grange, 2411 Shreve Rd, Rt. 226 just south of Rt. 3, from 7:30 till 10:30. The callers are Susan English. Teaching is at 7:15 for new dancers, and adm. is $6, $5 student, $15 for family. 


Second Saturday Contradances
Refreshment contributions are always welcome.

Cleveland Heights
Advanced Contra Dance
Communion of Saints Parish/St. Ann Church
2175 Coventry Rd.
8 - 11pm ~ Adm. 10.00 /$5.00 Students
Info:  216.502.1269
Lesson from 7:30 til 8pm

September 12thGirls Gone Mild
October 10thReal Deal Stringband
November 14thMagic Feet
December 12thCoracree (from Philly)
January 9thThe Three D's
February 13thTBA
March 12thZeke's Fancy (from Athens)
April 9thTBA



Third Saturday Contradances,

Communion of Saints Church (St. Ann's)
2175 Coventry Rd, 
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Rhubarb Pie Band
Refreshment contributions are always welcome.

The Rhubarb Pie Band  features a good mix of contradance tunes ranging from French-Canadian to Old-time Appalachian music:  Bob Glenn is on fiddle & feet percussion,  Jan Pavlinak plays piano,   Dale Shirer is on guitar & whistle, and   Margie O'Conner on bodhran. Callers vary month to month.

The dance starts at 8:00 and goes until 11:00pm,  Beginners are always welcome,  and, if you have never danced before or are bringing a rookie friend, we encourage you to take part in the beginner's instruction period at 7:30. Admission is $7.00.


Third Tuesdays
Chagrin Falls Township Hall
83 N. Main St.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

8 to 10:30 pm
 Free lesson at 7:30

This is a easy to learn dance that’s great exercise. Come to downtown Chagrin Falls and enjoy a family friendly contradance in a relaxed social atmosphere. All ages and levels are welcome and well represented. Wear "layers" of clothing including summer clothing as you'll get toasty warm. Wholesome live music provided by Paul (fiddle,mandolin,banjo); Bill (guitar); Caroline (piano); Will (percussion). The caller is Kenny Wilson.  Please help get the word out,   Adm. $10 adults, 17 & under $8, and $25 for families.  For info.: Will Craig  216.316.0068


First & Third Wednesday Contras
Refreshment contributions are always welcome.

New Contradance
St. Pat's Church
3602 Bridge Ave
7:30 - 10:30pm ~ Adm. $8.00 /$6.00 Students
Info:  440.890.9901
Lesson 7:00

September 16thCarol Kopp
October 7thGaye Fifer
October 21stDale Shirer


Fourth Saturday Contradances

Boston Township Schoolhouse
1775 Main St., Rt. 303 & Riverview Rd
Peninsula, Ohio

Carol Kopp usually calls for this dance which features a group, called Band Behind the Curtain,  known for their foot-tappin' Old-Time Style of music. The band members include: Dave Rice on harmonica and fiddle; Susan Goehring on guitar,  and Lynn Frederick, who plays banjo & fiddle. New dancers should plan on arriving at 7pm to learn a few steps before taking the floor! Dancing starts at 8pm and goes till 11pm. Admission is $8.00.


2nd & 4th Thursday Contradances

    Our year-round weekday Peninsula Dance, Ohio

    EverettCoveredBridge02features the caller Carol Kopp, with the band Hu$hmoney, and rekindles the cultural heritage of contra dancing in the Cuyahoga Valley. About every other month Ranger Rebecca Jones of the National Park Service presents a "Contra Conversation." These are an on-going series of short, interactive talks on some facet of our dance experience. Several are published on the site, viewable via the "Contra Conversations" tab at the beginning. The June dance is the annual bridge dance held at Everett Road covered bridge, otherwise the dance is at the Boston Township Schoolhouse, 1775 Main St., (Rt. 303 & Riverview Rd.),  Peninsula Lesson at 7pm, Dance Starts at 8pm.


    More and more of our events are finding their way [with a little help from their friends] to Ted Crane's Database for the North Coast Contra Community. The North-Central Ohio (Marshallville/Wooster/Ashland) Dances schedule is separate

    SWING DANCERS may wish to check out http://www.clevelandswings.org.

    We try to keep this site current but the only way you'll find the latest news here is by going to this page and looking. Contact Kenny@neohiocontradance.org or Dale@neohiocontradance.org for any additions or ideas about this website. 

    In April 2001 part of the Sun chain had an article on the new Thursday dance site and contra in general. Likewise the 3/7/01 Cleveland Plain Dealer. The 12/17/00 Akron Beacon Journal had a major article on contra dance. The Lorain Morning Journal published an article on contra dance and the Oberlin dances on their website.

    Becky Hill led a ~Caller's Workshop at Oberlin.

The Credits: Thanks to Carol Kopp, Paul Koret, and Lindsay Adams for encouragement to start this website. And also thanks to Jan C. Snow for text on many of the callers and bands.
Thanks also to Ted Crane and his national database, to Bob Stein (of PA vs. MI), Kiran Wagle and the other dance indexers, and to Folknet and Day-in-the-Valley all of whom send traffic our way.
We gratefully appreciate our partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in general, to help us hold the Thursday dances, and specifically with Park Ranger Rebecca Jones.
And thanks especially to you, the current and next generation of dancers, without whom there would be no need for this site.

MORE INFO about NE Ohio Dances...

Karl or Carol 330/626-2129

Since July 28, 2000 (5,000 on July 20, 2001; 10,000 on May 24, 2002):