But what is it? Who's there? What do you wear? There are lots of answers in this high-energy mix of contra sights and sounds by Steph Hodge of the Concord, Mass dance.
Gender-free contra dancing in Seattle
The Rainbow Contra shows us the basic figures and infectious good humor of contra dancing in this video by Doug Plummer.
Queer Contra in motion
Here's a glimpse of our first dance camp in 2008. It's Saturday morning, and beginning and experienced dancers are getting into the groove. That's Chris Ricciotti you hear calling to the live music of Bag o' Tricks.
Queer Contra TV
Arcadia was interviewed for our 5th anniversary, answering multitudinous contra questions. She includes a plug for swirly skirts!
An introduction to contra dancing
Caller George Marshall adeptly covers "the rule of 8," giving weight and swinging. At Queer Contra, you can dance either role, so as you watch, forget about gender and remember: "gents" = armbands and "women" = barearms.
"Like a rhythmic swirl of . . . twirly awesomeness. . . . (A) kaleidoscope, a weaving, a quilting with humans. Then there's the music . . ." Take a listen to Youth Flock to Contra Dancing on National Public Radio.
Contra dancing is the grandmother of all dance in the United States
Here's an interview with Susan Michaels (caller and friend of Queer Contra) about the history, influence, mechanics, magic and community found in contra dancing. Susan and several dancers explain what it all means to the spunky public radio reporter from KPCC in Southern California.