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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 - check the schedule regularly or sign up for occasional email reminders

When:

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

Cost: Sliding scale $10-20 ($5 for under 18). 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.

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.

COVID: We recognize that contra dancing is a high-risk activity for spreading covid and we care deeply about the health, safety, and joy of this community. For now, proof of vaccinations, booster (if eligible), and well-fitting masks are required. These protocols align with the practices of other active contra dance communities in the PNW. Review our full covid protocols below.

Who: For now, these contra dances are being hosted by the South Bay Grange, rather than the Olympia Contra Dance Community (OCDC). In order to stay connected, sign up for our new email list or join the group on Facebook.

We'd love to hear from you. Share your thoughts on dancing at the Grange during covid on this survey.


Upcoming Dances

July 9th, 2022: Contra dance! Live music by Noah VanNordstrom and Alex Sturbaum with Isaac Banner calling (robins/larks)!

July 23rd, 2022: Contra dance! Live music by Riffraff and Susan Michaels calling (robins/larks)!


Past Dances

June 25th, 2022: Contra dance! Live music by Riffraff (Lindon Toney, Jesse Partridge, and WB Reid) with Lindsey Dono calling (robins/larks) All attendees showed proof of vaccination, booster, wore masks, and were asked by email to report if they developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID 19.

June 11th, 2022: no dance

May 28th, 2022: No Olympia dance Contra dancing (and so much more) at the 51st Annual Northwest Folklife Festival May 27-30. https://nwfolklife.org/

May 14th, 2022: Noah VanNorstrand (of The Faux Paws / Great Bear) with Craig Wolfe calling (larks/robins) All attendees were asked by email to report if they developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID 19. No dancers reported positive COVID results.

April 23rd, 2022: Riffraff! (Lindon Toney, Evo Toney, Dante Faulk, Jesse Partridge) with Eric Curl calling (larks/robins) -- One dancer developed mild symptoms on 4/27 and later tested positive for COVID-19. All attendees were notified by email and asked to report if they developed symptoms or tested positive. No other dancers reported positive COVID results. Many dancers reported negative test results (one with mild / unrelated symptoms).

April 9th, 2022: No dance Mas Uda Dancers 7:00 pm Benefit Performance proceeds support the South Bay Grange - Tickets & Info at www.mas-uda.com

March 26, 2022: Riffraff (Lindon Toney, Jesse Partridge, River Scheurerell) with William Watson calling (larks/robins) All attendees were fully vaccinated and wore well fitting masks. Everyone was sent a follow up email asking to report if they developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID. There were NO reported cases of COVID or similar symptoms.

March 13, 2022 (Sunday): No dance, but supported the Portland Roadhouse Film Festival: films celebrating what we all love so much about folk music and dance.

February 26, 2022: Riffraff (Lindon Toney, Evo Solkoloff-Toney, WB Reid) with Joe Michaels calling (ladies/gents)! One dancer tested positive for COVID on 2/28. All attendees were notified by email and asked to report if they developed symptoms or tested positive. No other dancers reported COVID or similar symptoms. Many dancers reported negative test results.

December 20th, 2021: Riffraff! No cases of COVID were reported after the dance.


Covid protocols

To mitigate some of the risks, we are doing the following: 1) require well fitting masks - we will supply KN-95s at the door for those who need them, 2) require proof of full covid vaccination (including boosters, when eligible), 3) collect emails of attendees for contact tracing purposes, 4) open doors and windows for better ventilation. Out of concern for our community and the health care system, we ask that those at higher risk or in regular contact with higher risk individuals not attend at this time (including unvaccinated housemates and young children). We will all dance together again one day.

Please bring your ID and proof of vaccination, and be prepared to fill out a registration form at the door. We ask that if you have symptoms or test positive (or negative) within 3-7 days of the dance that you let us know. We will contact dancers if another dancer reports symptoms or a positive covid test. Once you have verified your vaccination status, you will need to check in at the door for future dances, but no longer need to show proof of vaccination.

If you have any questions, please contact SBGrangeEvents@gmail.com.

Of course, all of this is subject to change with the fluctuating status of COVID-19.

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