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Contra Dance and Waltz in Fort Collins

Contra Dances run most 1st and 3rd Saturdays. See schedule below.
next contra dance: June 3 - live music: From Arizona - Steam! w/Viki Lawrence

Free Lesson 6:10pm, Dance 7–10 p.m

$10–$20 sliding scale, $5 less for students
Public welcome. No tickets needed, just pay at door, cash or check please.

We dance at the fabulous Masonic Ballroom, with its gorgeous sprung wood dance floor.
225 W. Oak St., Fort Collins: Directions (google maps)

COVID Policy

  • Vaccination not required
  • Masks optional.
  • No dance when Larimer County COVID Dashboard level is "high."
  • Always check this website before coming to a dance

PLEASE stay home if you have symptoms of any contagious illness If you get sick or test positive for COVID within two weeks of attending a dance, contact us at board@fotd.org. Your name will not be shared.

Upcoming Events:

Check the CFOOTMAD.org calendar for upcoming dances throughout the Denver area.

  • April 15 - Royston Hunget (fiddle), Ben Cohen (keyboard) with Helle Hill
  • April 22 - Waltz Night (at Club Tico, 1599 City Park Dr.)
  • May 6 - Contra Dance: Barb Kirchner, Royston Hunget, Ed Secor w/Paul Somlo
  • May 20 - Contra Dance: Prairie Dog Picnic w/Ed Hall
  • June 3 - Contra Dance: Steam! w/Viki Lawrence
  • June 17 - Contra Dance: Live Music w/?
  • July 1 - Contra Dance: Rodney Sauer & Friends w/?
  • July 15 - Contra Dance: Avourneen w/Tina Fields
  • Oct 28 - Wild Goose Masquerade Ball at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder

Callers and bands: E-mail  FoTD@FoTD.org or call the FoTD hotline at 970-829-8689 with booking inquiries.

What is Contra Dancing?

Contra dancing is a form of American folk dancing, usually danced to live music of Celtic origin. Although it has been done since the eighteenth century, contra dancing is a living tradition. Thousands of people contra dance every week all over the country, and new contra dances are being written all the time. Contra dancers form an informal community locally, regionally, and nationally.

Check out this NPR story on Contra Dancing!

Here's what Contra dancing looks like:

Contra dancing is a very easy form of dance to learn, but the music is lively and the dancing is vigorous and aerobic. Each dance is taught by the caller, who cues the dancers through the moves in the dance. Contra dance moves are similar to square dance moves, but sets of couples dance in facing lines. Each time through the dance, each couple dances with the couple next to them, and ends by trading places with that couple. In the course of a dance, each couple dances with every other couple in the set. Contra dancing combines the pleasure of dancing with your partner with the pleasure of dancing with everybody in the room.

Contra dances are community events. At almost any contra dance you will find people of all ages and all dance skill levels, from young to old, beginner to expert. Contra dancers form a very open and welcoming group of people. And you don't have to come with a partner. At a contra dance, it is customary to dance with a variety of partners. It is perfectly acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone they haven't met before to dance. You will find contra dancing a great way to make new friends.

You may also want to check out some attempts by Gary D. Shapiro to answer the question, "What Is Contra Dance?"


Let us know if you have questions! We are thrilled to have beginners at all our Fort Collins dances.

email: board@fotd.org
phone: (970) 829-8689