I decided to go a different way with the Top Ten Tuesday this week and instead of books or movies, I’m going to talk about dancing, specifically contra dancing. According to Wikipedia, Contra dance (also contradance, contra-dance and other variant spellings) refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines or a square.
Here are the top ten reasons why you should try contra dancing:
1) It’s not hard to learn — there are about 10 basic steps that you need to know and after that, the dances are simply combinations of those and most events offer a “class” before the dancing starts to get newcomers acquainted with the moves.
2) It’s fun — I was almost completely sold on the idea but from the moment I stepped out onto the dance floor, I knew that I would be hooked. It’s better than clubbing because people aren’t drunk messes and you get the opportunity to dance with experienced partners which enhances your adventure.
3) It’s social — you can meet a bunch of new people, even if you only remember a couple of names, laugh, and have a good time.
4) It’s interesting — it’s the same series of moves for one song and each new song is a new dance, which they go thru once or twice slowly so you can learn it, allowing the night to maintain it’s level of awesome.
5) It’s a workout! — wear loose comfortable bottoms and a more fitted top, be prepared to sweat and don’t be afraid of it! (and also remember to hydrate)
6) It has music – who doesn’t love to listen to live music? It’s a little bit down home country but that just makes it more authentic and even better. Fiddles? Yes, please.
7) It feels like you’re in a Jane Austen movie — and haven’t you always wanted to be in one of those? Twirling dresses, men who know how to dance, and laughter with your girlfriends.
8) It’s inexpensive — on average, it will put you back about $10 plus whatever gas you used to get there. Definitely cheaper than a night out in a club or even going to a movie.
9) It’s different — movies, dinner, and clubbing can be great but is that really what you want to be doing every weekend? Probably not, especially if you’re more introverted or in the 25-45 age range. Sure there are nights to sit at home and Netflix binge or cuddle with your dog/cat but it’s nice to get out too.
10) There are few restrictions — you can customize the dance to your preference and skill level, add you own twist and flavor to make the dance yours, an experiences partner can help with this.
So what are you waiting for? Check out the links below (or search for your own) to locations of contra dancing near you!