Contra Dance Music

Contra Dance Music

Ever wanted to play for a contra dance but didn’t know the tunes? Have you wondered how to spice up your existing contra music, how to communicate with the caller, or how to communicate across the stage without words? Come learn some of the classic “chestnuts” and modern hits of New England contra dance repertoire. We’ll discuss style, phrasing, tricks, and tips – with an added bonus of a chance to play for a dance or two. We’ll study what techniques make dancers joyously whoop and holler – what a band does to increase the excitement of the dance. All instruments are welcome!

Outdoor Dance Floor
Karina Wilson
New England and North America
All Instruments
Advanced and Intermediate