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"Serving the South Bay area..." Olympia Contra Dance

What is Contra Dancing?

Contra is community-oriented social folk dancing to live music. It's lively, joyful, welcoming, modern, traditional, and fun! No partner or experience is needed to have a great time, so we hope to see you on the dance floor!

The Details


Our dances are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

  • Lesson: for new dancers: 7:00 pm.
  • Dance: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Ways to stay connected and learn about upcoming dances:

Cost: Sliding scale $10-25 (NOTAFLOF). We prefer cash (so we can easily pass it along to the performers), but also accept checks and online payment forms using your smart phone.

Role terms: Our callers typically use non-gendered role terms (larks and robins) to identify the two dance roles. There are many resources describing these role terms; here is one collection of Q&As on role terms gathered by another dance organization.

Health: Well-fitting masks are encouraged and provided, but not required. We strongly encourage dancers to do all that they can to take care of their own health and the health of those around them. For those who can, this could mean staying up to date on all available vaccinations (Influenza, COVID, etc.), wearing masks, and staying home when sick. Full COVID protocols here.

Where: Dances are held at the South Bay Grange at 3918 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506. There is a gravel parking lot just to the south of the building along Sleater Kinney and you are welcome to use the school parking lot across the street.

What to bring: Bring a water bottle & wear comfortable clothes - keeping in mind that you may get a little hot or even sweaty. To protect the floor please wear clean, soft-soled shoes (no taps, spike heels, etc).

Community: contra dancing is not just about dancing to great music, it's also about being part of a safe, supportive, and inclusive community. Check out our community standards and code of conduct. Use our feedback form to share any suggestions or requests, or to let us know if something happened that made you feel uncomfortable.

Who: Since dancing restarting in 2021, these contra dances have been hosted by a committee of the South Bay Grange and countless volunteers. Questions or concerns: email us SBGrangeEvents@gmail.com or use our feedback form.

Upcoming Dances

Note: 2nd Saturday dances will be pausing during July, August, and September. 4th Saturday (Riffraff) dances will continue!

July 27, 2024: Riffraff with Kelsey Hartman calling! The band is Evo Toney (fiddle), Elise Snoey (fiddle), and Joe Micheals (guitar).

Aug 24, 2024: Riffraff! Band members and caller TBD.

Sept 28, 2024: Riffraff! Band members and caller TBD.

Add our upcoming dances to your Google Calendar (you must be logged into a Google account)

Past Dances

2024 contra dances

2023 contra dances

2022 contra dances

2021 contra dances

COVID exposure tracking results

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