Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we hope you are following pandemic precautions and staying safe.

We hope you have been well and enjoying some music and dance via zoom (https://www.cdss.org/community/events-calendar), moving to music, planning to go to camp (https://www.cdss.org/), or keeping active in the great outdoors.

It is our hope to be dancing together again soon! Many of us are interested in ways we can re-invigorate our local contra dance scene. You are an important part of our planning, organizing, and ongoing efforts to stay connected with one another during these unusual COVID times. We want to make sure your voice is heard as we plan to provide the safest environment possible. What would you like to see as our dance resumes? We welcome your unique contributions, feedback, and participation.

SURVEY: The Lancaster Contra Dance Planners want to hear from you! Survey responses will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your name. To access the survey, please click this survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5K1PHLiGVXt0rb83tAtg6NHMfHbXn68_MezeRMal55kfQ6g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0

You can reach us by email at outreach [at] lancastercontra [dot] org)


Lancaster Contra Dance planners*

*We welcome new members to join our planning meetings! Step right up and join in the fun! You can email us at outreach [at] lancastercontra [dot] org) with any comments, questions, suggestions, and interest in becoming involved in the planning.

Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching.

- Satchel Paige

Click on the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxmSElVZcMc for an INSPIRATIONAL video from Swingin' Tern dance an in-person dance at E. Hanover, NJ July 17, 2021 all attending were vaccinated.

Next Dance:

Due to pandemic precautions our usual schedule of every 3rd Saturday (except July) is on hold. Please keep dancing at home! There are zoom Dance events with live music and caller **See below for links**! May you find time to listen to music, and stay in touch with friends until we can meet again.


Spring gathering of local dance community for a picnic, socialization, sharing of ideas. Details TBA


September 25, 2021 Gathering of local dance community for a picnic, socialization, sharing of ideas. Live music will be provided by Shane Knudsen (fiddle) and Brenna Hogan (fiddle), and John Sauer (guitar) at the Lancaster County Park, pavilion from 5-7p.m . This is a free event (donations accepted for band). Please bring your own food and drink. I hope you can join us!

All ages are welcome! Bring the whole family, or come on your own! No partner or prior dance experience necessary!


Adults: $10.00

Students: $6.00

Children (under 16): FREE

(Please bring cash, we can't

accept check or credit card)

Bringing a water bottle is encouraged. Other tips and information can be found on our "About the Lancaster Contra Dance" tab above.

FREE dance lessons! A New Dancers practice lesson takes place before each dance. If you can count to 4 and walk, you can do this dance!

Contra Dance is a social dance with roots in English country dancing. We dance to live music that has influences from bluegrass to old-time Appalachian and from Irish to French Canadian and swing.

Upcoming Online Dance Opportunities, check back for updates...