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Contra Dancing

1538 Laurel Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916
1538 Laurel Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37916

(423) 592-1044

  • Date(s): April 29, 2019 to December 30, 2019
  • Event Time(s): 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
  • Price: $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Students
  • Location: Laurel Theater

Do you want to have a lot of fun, get some fantastic exercise, and meet new people? Let’s go Contra Dancing !!!

Contra dancing is a fun, social dance that one can attend without a partner. The dancers form couples, and the couples form sets of two couples in long lines in the dance hall. Contra dances are danced to live music. The music played includes, but is not limited to, Irish, Scottish, old-time and French-Canadian folk tunes. The fiddle is considered the core instrument. Callers describe the series of steps called "figures". So you just do whatever the caller says. Easy!

BEGINNERS: Show up for the 7:30 to 8pm beginner’s lesson to learn the basic figures. The dancing starts at 8pm and runs until about 10:30pm. More experienced dancers will gladly assist you as needed during the dances.

You can burn a lot of energy on the dance floor, so wear loose fitting comfortable clothing with layers that you can remove. To save yourself sometime in the water line, bring a couple of bottles of water with you.

To preserve the historic Laurel Theater dance floor, please wear or bring clean, non-marking, soft-soled or leather shoes for dancing. Non-stick easy sliding shoes are best (i.e. dance shoes, bowling shoes, etc), but not required.

You will receive a free second visit admission with your paid first visit. $5 for students and $8 for everyone else.


Contra Dancing
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  • Laurel Theater
  • $8.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Students