dancers enjoying the dance


Welcome to Lawrence Contra Dance, a folk community in Lawrence, Kansas, featuring live music and lively dancing on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Contra dance is a rediscovered form of folk dance deriving from 17th century English country dancing in which partnered couples arrange themselves in two facing lines, then exchange and return partners according to a called pattern. It is easier than many dance styles current today in that there are no steps to learn or cues to know in advance.

In Lawrence, contra dance began among friends living in and around Hashinger Hall at the University of Kansas. These dances continue in the local community today, more than thirty years later, through the efforts of the Lawrence Barn Dance Association and more recently, Uptown Hoedown.

The Lawrence Barn Dance Association is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization and an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS).