Thursday, May 9, 2024

Our next dance!

  • Date: Saturday, May 25, 2024
  • Music: Sherlock's Meow
  • Caller: Kenny Greer
  • 5:30pm All request DJ music
  • 6:30pm New Dancers' Workshop
  • 7:00pm First contra
  • 10:00pm End
Where: Bill's Music Shop and Pickin' Parlor. See details in our short list of dance locations, below.
Price: $10 (details below)

Contra dancing is a great way to get some exercise, meet new people, and enjoy live music in a family-friendly environment. No partner necessary. Every dance is taught before you do it and has only a few, easily learned movements. If you can walk, you can contra dance!

Build Our Community

We are always grateful for all our dancers and would love to grow our community! Please bring a friend (or three) and your whole family! We welcome everyone; we love having young dancers, young-at-heart dancers, all dancers! We have a beautiful safe space for dancing and fun. Let's Contra!

Dance Format

  • Please note: When the dance is held at Bill's Music Shop & Pickin'Parlor, the times below get shifted to be a half-hour earlier.
  • New Dancers' Workshop from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Learn Contra dance basics for a more enjoyable experience.
  • Dance from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Please bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Thanks!


Admission is $10 per dancer - pay by cash or check. Or use Venmo and pay $10.50 to @contracola-sc. Children age 12 and under, accompanied by a paying adult, dance for free.

Children 12 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Children who are not participating in the dance must stay off the dance floor.

Dance Locations

We currently dance at one of several dance locations, depending on hall availability:
Bill's Music Shop & Pickin' Parlor
710 Meeting St., West Columbia, SC 29169
Columbia Music Festival Association ("CMFA")
914 Pulaski Street, Columbia, SC 29201
LMLake Murray Contra Dance Hall ("Lake Murray")
640 Devil's Backbone Rd., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29070

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