Contra Dance is New England-style folk dance, similar to Square Dancing. It is partner dancing in a set, is "called" by someone who teaches the dances and then prompts to live music. IT IS SO MUCH FUN!
Celia Ramsay has been calling Contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. Celia chooses dances that fit the people in the room, uses clarity and brevity in teaching, and has a warm personality that makes the dancers happy.
BACDS is the Bay Area Country Dance Society, and their website will show you when and where there are dances, and who is calling or playing for those dances, in the greater Bay Area, basically from Palo Alto to San Francisco. The site includes information for Contras, English Country Dance and Morris Dancing.
TDOGS Dance host dances in Hayward and the East Bay; contact them for more information.
NBCDS is the North Bay Country Dance Society, and their site provides similar information as the BACDS site, but for the area that extends from San Rafael to Ukiah.
Here's a beautiful video by Doug Plummer that really catches the joy of community dance:
Do you want to host a dance? Book me to call a Contra Dance for you; I'll find the right band, and make recommendations on sound and location needs. If you are considering a dance for your special event, please talk to me first, because I have valuable experience about how to make your dance a success; if I'm unavailable I have other callers to recommend.