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Useful Links

Contra dance is a folk art form spread throughout the state and surrounding region. Many dancers look for area dances as they plan their travels, or even design vacations around dance weekends. These people are known as “Dance Gypsies”. Surf the web resources below to find contra dancing opportunities outside of Lawrence, or to plan a contra dancing road trip with friends (just a hint-you can look for rideshare possibilities via our Facebook page. Be sure to “like” it!). 

Other Regional Dances:

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National Contra Dance Resources:

The Country Dance and Song Society is a national organization dedicated to contra and other related traditional dance and music forms.

The Dance Gypsy Pages are full of information on contra dance weekends and events nationwide.

Ted Crane's DanceDB has information on dances, callers, and dance musicians nationwide. Hear a caller and want to know where else they call? Check here.

Charlie Seelig's is another national directory of contra dance links.

Other Local Folk Activities of interest:

English Country Dance in Lawrence

English Country Dance in Kansas City

International Folk Dancing

Kansas City area contra dances

Kansas City area Scottish country dances

Manhattan, Kansas International Folk Dance

The Kansas Folk Music and Dance Resource Center
with links to other folk dance and music activities and resources in Lawrence and Kansas.

Kaw Valley Shape Note Singing Association
Shape Note (Sacred Harp) singing is to music as contra dance is to dance – community-centered.

Scandinavian Dance and Music

Tuesday Concert songwriter showcase series in Lawrence.

West Side Folk presenting folk concerts in Lawrence.