Contra Dancing in North Georgia

I know.  You’ve never heard of “contra dancing,” right?  Makes you think of what happens when guerrilla warriors and/or banditos get ripped and party.

It’s okay.  Contra dancers understand.

Here’s the deal: A contra dance is the most fun you can have in public without getting arrested.

I know.  You think you can’t dance.  Yes, you can.  (Trust me.  If I can learn to contra dance, so can your pet hamster.)

These wonderful friends have welcomed me many times over the years and I’m still smiling from all the fun we’ve had.

Contra dancing is so family oriented that, in my humble opinion, families should be legally required to attend.

The fun begins with a Potluck Supper at 6:30 (please bring a dish to share).

At 7:30 there’s a free Welcome Lesson, even though it’s worth a million bucks simply for the laughter.  Put on your soft-soled dancing shoes and take a whirl.  You don’t need any dancing experience and you don’t need to drag anyone along with you.  There are plenty of fun people to share, but bring all your friends, if you’d like.

At 8 PM … they commence to dancin’ and laughin’ and havin’ fun.

You’re free to dance or watch, but if you sit too long somebody will definitely ask to twirl you around the floor to some of the coolest fiddle music you’ve ever tapped a toe to.

On Saturday, May 19th, Pine Top Revival provides the music and Rob Harper will do the calling.

Find a way to cancel the boring plans you have for Saturday night and have some real fun … contra dancing.


Cost: $8/adults ($7/SNCA member), $4/students.  Free for children 7 and younger, when accompanied by a supervising adult.

Where: Sautee-Nacoochee Center, near Helen, GA.  Click Here for Directions

Click Here for Sautee Community Contra Dance’s Website

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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