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!).
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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 ContraDanceLinks.com is another national directory of contra dance links.
Uptown Hoedown community square and contra dances in Lawrence
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.
Tuesday Concert songwriter showcase series in Lawrence.
West Side Folk presenting folk concerts in Lawrence.