This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Ohio including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Ohio which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: The October 21, November 18, and December 16 dances in Chagrin Falls will occur at the Gardiner Early Learning Center gymnasium (9421 Bainbridge Road; Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023.
Albany - Ohio Pawpaw Festival: The festival includes a contra dance along with plenty of music and celebrations of the Pawpaw. It takes place in mid-September each year. Web site: http://www.ohiopawpawfest.com/.
Alliance: Dance at the Jupiter Studios, 346 East Main Street, Alliance, OH starting at 7:30pm. For more information call Martha at 330-821-6020. Donation of $7-$10 requested. Web site: http://www.jupiterstudios.org/.
Ashland - Squares - County Fair: Dance at the County Fair (just listing the one day that there is a dance. Dance is at 7pm in the Byers Building. Web site: http://www.ashlandcountyfair.com.
Athens - 2nd Saturday: The Ohio University Traditional Dance Club and the Southeastern Traditional Dance Society host dances at the Baker University Center, One Park Place (the dance may be held at other locations during the summer months; check web site for details). Beginners are always welcome. We encourage you to take part in the beginner's instruction period at 7:30. The dance goes from 8:00pm to 11:00pm and it is generally on the 2nd Saturday of the month during the academic year. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for students, $15 for families, children 10 and under free. (For some dances, Ohio University students admitted free, compliments of the School of Recreation and Sports Sciences.) Web site: http://athenscontradance.googlepages.com/home.
Athens: The Ohio University Traditional Dance Club and the Southeastern Traditional Dance Society host dances, usually at The Shade Community Center, 2380 Old State Route 33, 45776 Shade, OH (the dance may be held at other locations; check web site for details). Beginners are always welcome. We encourage you to take part in the beginner's instruction period at 7:30. The dance goes from 8:00pm to 11:00pm and it is generally on the 2nd Saturday of the month during the academic year. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for students, $15 for families, children 10 and under free. (For some dances, Ohio University students admitted free, compliments of the School of Recreation and Sports Sciences.) Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/athenscontradance/home.
Athens - Tuesday: The Ohio University Traditional Dance Club sponsors a variety of traditional dancing on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:30pm at the Baker University Center, One Park Place. Free admission. Students, Community Members, Beginners & Experienced Dancers Welcome! Web site: http://athenscontradance.googlepages.com/home.
Athens - Country Dance Class: Ohio University holds a series of classes on Mondays and Wednesdays 7:10-8:00pm featuring traditional social dances from North America, Europe and othercultures, including: American contras, circles and short line dances; English and Scottish country dances; Irish ceilidh; Israeli folk dances; and maybe others. The class is held on the Ohio University campus in room E216 Grover Center (#89 on the campus map). Community members are invited to join us to learn, to teach, or both. No partner required. Web site: http://athenscontradance.googlepages.com/home.
Athens - Art of Ohio/ACEnet Festival: As part of the festival, the Southeast Ohio Traditional Dance Society will have a dance demonstration from noon to 12:30pm. The festival itself goes from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Richland Avenue Park (park at the corner of Richland Ave & Dairly Ln - visible from Richland). Web site: None.
Athens - My Sister's Place Benefit Dance: We are very excited to announce our new fundraiser! The Barn Dance and BBQ will take place at the new Kiser's location at the Eclipse Company Town Store in The Plains. The event starts at 6:00 with a full buffet Kiser's dinner. At 7:30, there will be a contra dance, set to live music. If you've never been to a contra dance--don't worry! They'll teach you some basic steps to this fun Applachian tradition. A cash bar will be available as well as an exciting silent auction. Tickets are available on-line at $45 per person. Tickets will also be sold at Fluff Bakery and Catering. Web site: http://www.mspathens.org/.
Avon Lake: Folknet will host a Contra dance at the Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake OH 44012. Beginners' lesson at 7:30 pm; Dancing from 8-10:30 pm dancing with potluck snacks at the break. $8 entry, $5 for Folknet members and students (with valid ID). Web site: http://www.folknet.org/.
Bentleyville - Caller Session: Callers and Dancers Meet at 7:30 pm at Sheila Spremuli's house, 35134 Cannon Dr., Bentleyville. Call Sheila Spremuli at 440-349-4654. All who like to dance or call, or just put in your own 2 cents worth are invited. We’ll go over new dances; new callers will go over old dances; etc. Web site: None.
Bowling Green - United Methodist Church: Northwest Ohio Traditional Music and Dance (NOTMAD) sponsors dances at the United Methodist Church ("BG First UMC"), 1526 E. Wooster, Bowling Green, on various 4th Saturdays of the month from September to May. Dances are from 6pm to 9pm. Admission fees of $7 (adults), $5 (students), $3 (children 14 & under) and $6 (members). Please join us! Web site: http://www.notmad.org/.
Bowling Green - Plain Congregational Church: Northwest Ohio Traditional Music and Dance (NOTMAD) sponsors dances at the Plain Congregational Church, 16011 West Poe Road, on various 4th Saturdays of the month from September to May. Dances are from 6pm to 9pm. Admission fees of $7 (adults), $5 (students (12 and over)) and $6 (members). Please join us! Web site: http://www.notmad.org/.
Bowling Green - City Park Veterans' Building: Northwest Ohio Traditional Music and Dance (NOTMAD) sponsors dances at the City Park Veteran's Building ("BG Park"), 520 Conneaut at N. Maple, Bowling Green, on various 4th Saturdays of the month from September to May. Dances are from 7pm to 10:30pm. Admission fees of $7 (adults), $5 (students), $3 (children 14 & under) and $6 (members). Please join us! Web site: http://www.notmad.org/.
Cadiz - Harrison County Fair: A square dance is one of the activities at this mostly agricultural fair. Web site: http://www.harrisoncountyfair.org/Home.html.
Chagrin Falls: Come to downtown Chagrin Falls on 3rd Tuesdays and enjoy a contradance. Dancing from 8:00pm-10:30pm, but if youre a new dancer come early at 7:30 for a free lesson. Adm. $10 adults, 17 and under $8, and $25 for families. Web site: www.neohiocontradance.org.
Cincinnati - Monday: The Cincinnati Contra Dancers sponsor a dance just about every Monday night at the Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Ave. from 8:00pm to 10:00pm with a beginners' session at 7:30pm. Admission is $4. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/.
Cincinnati - 2nd Saturday: The Cincinnati Contra Dancers sponsor a dance on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Ave. from 8:00pm to 11:30pm. Admission is $7. For more information e-mail email@example.com. Web site: http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/.
Cincinnati - Special: The Cincinnati Contra Dancers occasionally host a special dance on a special day. Many of them are at the Center for the Arts 322 Wyoming Ave. Check listings and web site for details. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/.
Cincinnati - New Year's Eve: The New Year's Eve Dance. A variety of bands and callers. This annual New Year's party dance is preceded by a community pot luck at 6:00 pm. The dancing begins at 8 pm and ends around 1 am. The bands and callers rotate throughout the evening. Dress up if you like! A donation of $7 is suggested. Please note that this dance is similar to a Saturday dance in that it is valuable to have some Contra dance experience. If you're thinking about attending but have not participated in Contra dancing, please try to come to at least one Monday night training and dance prior to December 31st.Web site: http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/.
Cincinnati - Spring Grove: Dance hosted by the Spring Grove Village Community Council and happening at 646 E Epworth Avenue (Harmony House) from 2pm to 5pm (instruction at 1:30pm). The cost will be $5. It is a community fund raiser so there will be new people from the community and hopefully plenty of experienced people to make the dance run smoothly. Web site: http://www.springgrovevillage.org.
Cincinnati - Second Sunday on Main: A contra dance is one of several dances being held during this afternoon, sometime between noon and 5pm on Main Street between 13th and Liberty. Web site: http://secondsundayonmain.org/.
Cincinnati - Midwest Dance Leadership Conference: Information - Ryan Smith, email@example.com - Web site: None.
Cincinnati - Squares - Northside - 2nd Tuesdays: We hold dances -- traditional old-time squares only -- to live old-time music at the Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, in the Northside community of Cincinnati the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our usual band is an all-volunteer local group of old-time musicians we call the Northside Volunteers. Occasionally we feature a special "outside band." All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Donation only, $5-7. Beer on tap. Charming backroom bar with wooden floor and raised stage in a historic building. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214764448543889/.
Cincinnati - Squares - Northside - Various Saturdays: Northside Community Dances at the North Church, 4222 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati OH. 7:30-10:00pm. $7 adults. Traditional Squares. Web site: None.
Cincinnati - Squares - Northside Tavern: We hold dances -- traditional old-time squares only -- to live old-time music at the Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, in the Northside community of Cincinnati the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Our usual band is an all-volunteer local group of old-time musicians we call the Northside Volunteers. Occasionally we feature a special "outside band." All dances taught. Beginners welcome. Donation only, $5-7. Beer on tap. Charming backroom bar with wooden floor and raised stage in a historic building. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214764448543889/.
Cincinnati - Pigtown Fling: A dance weekend held in March and sponsored by the Cincinnati Contra Dancers. The event location is Purcell Marian High School, 2935 Hackberry St., Cincinnati, OH 45206. Register in advance for a discount. A la carte available. Web site: http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/pigtown.htm.
Cincinnati - Squares - Ringin' In Appalachian New Year: Old Time Music, Potluck, Pie Contest, Hog Calling Contest, Memory Quilt, Split the Pot, Square Dancing, Kids Crafts. Spend time with friends ringing in the new year. Admission cost: Free with a potluck dish to share. Sponsored by the Urban Appalachian Council. From 1pm to 5pm at the Holy Family Church, 3006 W 8th St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45205-2308. Web site: http://uacvoice.org/.
Cincinnati - Squares - Washington Park: Celebrate National Square Dance Month as callers will teach everybody the basics of America's old-time folk dance at the Washington Park Gazebo from 6-8pm on Thursdays Dance and enjoy traditional old-time bands. IT'S FREE!!! Sponsored by 3CDC. Location: Washington Park, 1230 Elm St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Web site: http://washingtonpark.org.
Cleveland - St. Paul's Community Fundraiser: Dance to raise funds for outreach programs. Dessert at 6:30pm, dancing at 7:00pm. Tickets are: $15 for adults, $5 for youth (6-18), 5 and under are FREE. Get more info by calling 216-651-6250. Dance will be held at the church at 4427 Franklin Boulevard. St. Paul's Community Outreach is a 501(c)(3) organization that is known for it's 50+ year history serving our community's most vulnerable citizens. Our mission is to encourage and assist people into entering the public and private system of services without pressure or prejudgment. We use a harm reduction approach and help people with their immediate needs of safety, food, clothing and shelter. This builds trust so that individuals return for more help, such as counseling, getting into a treatment center or finding safe housing. We operate a drop-in center and HIV prevention street outreach. For more information about programs at St. Paul's Community Church, please visit http://www.stpaulscleveland.org/.
Cleveland - St. Paul's Community Fundraiser for the Roof: Event to help repair the leaky roof. Family activities from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Chili supper with chili cook-off from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Contradance from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Family Activities include face painting, pumpkin patch decorating, mask making, story telling & music making. Do you make the best chili on the near west side? Put your chili to the test. $10 entry fee. Prizes awarded. Dinner and dance: $10 adults, $5 children. St. Paul's Community Church, 4427 Franklin Blvd. 216-651-6250. Web site: http://www.stpaulscleveland.org/.
Cleveland Heights - Advanced: There are advanced dances (some experience is helpful for these dances) at the Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, on the 2nd Saturday of each month from September to June. The dance begins at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm and admission is $8, students $5. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Cleveland Heights - 3rd Saturday: There are dances at the Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, on the 3rd Saturday of each month from September to May. The dance begins at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm with a beginners' session (beginners are always welcome) at 7:30pm. Admission is $7. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Cleveland Heights - Special: A special dance on a special night at the Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road. Web site: None.
Cleveland Heights - Waltz: There is waltzing at the Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, generally on the 2nd Sunday of the winter months from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. There is a half-hour lesson for those with beginner to skills and the more experienced are invited to help out. Information: 440-891-9901. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Cleveland Heights - Summer Solstice: Dancing from 8pm to 11pm. Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Rd. Cleveland Heights. Info: 216.749.5869 - Cost: $8. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org/.
Columbus - Big Scioty: Dances are held from 8:00 to 11:00 PM at First Congregational Church, 444 East Broad St. in downtown Columbus except during Summer. Beginners' Contra Dance Instruction at 7:30 PM. Walk-ins $8.00, Members $7.00, Ages 12-24 $4.00, Children under 12 - Free. Please bring clean non-marking shoes to protect the floor. Web site: http://www.bigscioty.com/index.html.
Columbus - All Soles: The All Soles Columbus Contra Dances are held once a month on various Fridays at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 93 West Weisheimer. A suggested donation of $8 ($4 for those age 12-24) will be asked to fairly compensate our talented bands and callers. There is a teaching session at 7:30, dance begins at 8:00pm. Homebaked snacks, free childcare, and warm, welcoming dancers. No partner needed! Web site: http://firstuucolumbus.org/AllSoles/.
Columbus - Ohio Folklife Festival is an annual festival of folk, ethnic, and traditional arts of Ohio and the Midwest through music, food, art, dance, and stories at Ohio Village, I-71 and 17th Ave., Exit 111 in mid-September. Web site: http://ohsweb.ohiohistory.org/ohiofolklife/index.shtml.
Columbus - Country Dance Weekend: is a weekend of English, American and Scottish dancing in October. Web site: http://recfolkdancecolumbus.org/RecCalendar.htm.
Columbus - Community Festival: is a three day weekend festival with a wide variety of activities. There is a 40 minute contra dance on Sunday, June 29, but plenty to do that day and the other two. Web site: http://www.comfest.com/.
Columbus - Whetstone Recreation Center: We need people who love contra to come dance and demo! Seasoned dancers, come and show new dancers "the ropes!". Come One Come All to a group-style dance fun for the whole family. The Big Scioty Contra Dancers of Columbus will be demonstrating the art and joy of contra dance to homeschoolers and friends. After the demo, there will be a trial for everyone ages 8 and up--to try their feet at it. ALSO, preceeding the contra demo, we will have a demonstration of Argentine Tango at 2:30!Location: Whetstone Recreation Center Auditorium, 3923 North High Street. Time: 2:30 - Argentine Tango Demonstration; 3-5 - Contra Demonstration and Trial. Details: For more information pleas contact Portia@firstname.lastname@example.org or Martha Shaw at email@example.com - Web site: None.
Columbus - Midwinter Dance Party: The Recreational Folk Dancers of Columbus sponsor the party in January each year at the Fourth Avenue Christian Church, 296 W. 4th Ave. The party features American Contra + English Country + International Folk + Scottish Country+ Welsh Country dances + Scandinavian from 7:30pm to 10:00pm in the first half of January. Web site: http://www.recfolkdancers.webs.com.
Columbus - Midsummer Dance Party: The Recreational Folk Dancers of Columbus sponsor the party in June each year at Christ United Methodist Church, 1480 Zettler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43227. The party features American Contra + English Country + International Folk + Scottish Country+ Welsh Country dances + Scandinavian from 2pm to 9pm and you should bring a Casserole, salad, dessert to share at the potluck dinner. Web site: http://www.recfolkdancers.webs.com.
Columbus - Clintonville - Farmers' Market: Flash dance at 9:15 in front of Donato's Pizza at the corner of North High and Old Orchard Lane. Web site: None.
Columbus - Clintonville - Lutheran Church: Clintonville Contra Dances are held from 7:30-10:30 PM at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus, OH. Admission is $5.00. Please bring clean non-marking shoes to protect the floor. Web site: http://www.bigscioty.com/index.html.
Columbus - Squares - SqUUares: All SqUUares at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus Ohio. A series of six weekly square dance workshops. Thursdays 7:30-9:00 PM. No set fee. Free will donations accepted. Web site: http://www.bigscioty.com/index.html.
Columbus - Fair Trade Valentine Ball: Dance at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, OH, 43214. Sponsored by the Enlightened Hippogriffs. Wizards and muggles of all ages invited. Event starts at 6:30pm. Please bring a potluck dish to share. Suggested $5 donation per family. Web site: http://hpacolumbus.blogspot.com/.
Columbus - Ohio State Fair: There is a contra dance on one day of the State Fair from 6pm to 8pm in the Lausche Building. The closest entrance to the Lausche building is off 17-th westbound. Web site: http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.
Columbus - Wedding Dance (Camp Orton): Wedding dance at Camp Mary Orton, 7925 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43235. All are invited, free, no gift, no RSVP. 7pm - Social; 7:30pm - Beginners' lesson; 8pm to 11pm - dancing. Web site: None.
Coshocton - River Rendezvous: is an annual dance weekend in mid-July at Lake Park in Coshocton. Pre-registration is required and this weekend sells out fast, so register early. Web site: http://www.riverrendezvous.com.
Dayton - CityFolk Festival: is an annual multi-faceted festival of music, dance, food and culture at the RiverScape MetroPark in July. Free admission. Web site: http://www.cityfolk.org/festival/festival.html.
Defiance - Buckeye TrailFest: Buckeye TrailFest presents an evening of music and contra dancing. No previous experience is required. Instruction will be offered as needed throughout the evening. From 7-10pm at the Camp Lakota in Defiance. Admission $5/person, $10/family, $4/Seniors, Ages 10 and under free. This is part of an overall outdoor recreation weekend. Web site: http://www.buckeyetrailfest.org/.
Dublin - Celtic Festival: is a three day celebration of Celtic culture, arts and recreation and includes a 75 minute contra dance on Sunday, August 3. Web site: http://www.dublinirishfestival.org/.
Dublin - Irish Festival: is a three day celebration of Celtic culture, arts and recreation and includes one contra dance Web site: http://www.dublinirishfestival.org/.
Euclid - Shore Folk Festival: One day festival held in February at the Shore Cultural Centre with music events and a square dance. Web site: http://www.shoreculturalcentre.com.
Gambier - Kenyon College - Introduction: Some of the Mount Vernon contra dance group are trying to introduce Kenyon College students to contra dancing. Recently they obtained grant funds to hold an "Introduction to Contra Dance" at Kenyon on Saturday, September 12th, 1:30-5:00 pm, sponsored by the Kenyon College Campus Community Development Fund. We hope some of you might be interested in attending. It's always helpful to have veteran dancers on hand to guide the beginners!Time: 1:30 - 5:00 Location: Gund Ballroom. Web site (specific to this date): http://calendar.kenyon.edu/main.php?view=event&eventid=1248877500150.
Gambier - Kenyon College - Series: Dance at the Kenyon Athletic Center (KAC) in the Dance Rehearsal Space (2nd floor), Duff Street, Gambier OH (off St. Rt. 229). Lesson at 6:30 PM; Dance, 7:00-10:00 PM. Cost: $7.00 for community members. Web site: None.
Gambier - Kenyon College - Gund Commons: Contra dances at Gund Commons 101 East Brooklyn Street, Gambier, OH 43022 from 7pm to 10pm. All levels of contra dance experience welcome! A How-To will be taught starting at 7 and the official dancing will begin at 7:30 and go until 10:00. Don't miss the chance to dance with professors, community members, and peers! Free for Kenyon students. $7 for adults; $5 for non-Kenyon students. Web site: http://www.kenyon.edu.
Garrettsville - Canoe, Contra, Canter: Canoe from Camp Hi in Hiram. Potluck, Camp at Kool Lakes in Garrettsville. Dance at Parkman Comm. House. Canter - Horseback Riding near Nelson Ledges State Park. Info-Patti-RSVP for Food Planning Riding, Camping. 216-844-3482 day. 216-749-5869 eve. Web site: http://neohiocontradance.org/.
Granville - Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Annual Conference is held each year in February and includes a contra dance. Web site: http://www.oeffa.org/.
Granville - Denison University: Schedule - Open to all! 3:30 - 4:30 Beginner's Waltz Workshop]; 4:45 - 6:00 A) Musicians Workshop - How do you play music for dances?; B) Contra Dance Cram Session - Steps toward more advanced moves; 6:00 - 7:00 Community Dinner Discussion - Topics: Organizing dances, contra calling and writing, playing music, dance gypsying; 7:30 Brief beginner's lesson for those who missed the workshops! 8:00pm Evening Contra Dance with Michael Hamilton and Gallimaufry Location: Welsh Hills Room in the Burton D. Morgan Center at Denison University. To find the space, park in the parking garage on Denison's campus. Burton Morgan is on the east side of the garage and we will have sign in the elevator and in the stairwells. Here is a map: http://www.denison.edu/admissions/denison_campus_map.pdf (Section B). For GPS, use this address: 200 Ridge Drive, Granville, Ohio 43023. For more information, please contact Denison Contra Dance Club. President, Annelise Thompson: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Greentown: On the 2nd Saturday of each month from September to May, there are contra dances at the Greentown Community Park Building, 9845 Cashner Road. The beginners' session starts at 7:00pm and the dancing begins at 7:30pm with an end time of 10:30pm. This dance is welcoming to dancers of all ages. Dancers under 18 pay half price! For more information, contact Dennis at 303-823-5480. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Hiram - Canoe Canter Contra: Canoe on the upper Cuyahoga River near Hiram from 1pm Saturday - group leaves for 2 to 4 hour trip; $18. Saturday workshops from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Potluck (bring mains, sides, salads, desserts (please: no nuts or sesame). from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Concert at 6pm. Contra at the Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Street (US 422) from 7pm-10pm (teaching session at 6:30pm). Canter - Horseback riding on Sunday morning, one hour guided walking trail ride in the woods $35. Camping available at Kool Lakes Family Campground, 3 miles from Parkman Community House. Rates and reservations, 400-548-8436 www.koollakes.com. For detailed informatin or to register for canoeing or horseback riding (by July 15) please call Patti 216-749-5869 (day of event 216-406-6626). Web site: https://www.sites.google.com/site/finvindance/.
Jackson - May Apple Stomp is a two-day dance weekend sponsored by the Big Scioty Barn Dance and the Southeastern Ohio Traditional Dance Society in mid-to-late May in Jackson. Open mic, workshops, People's Choice Awards at the potluck. Register in advance for savings. Web site: http://www.bigscioty.com/may-appl.htm.
Kent - Squares: Dance at the Roy Smith Shelter House, Fred Fuller Park, 497 Middlebury Rd., Kent, OH from 1pm to 4pm. Admission: $7. Web site: None.
Kent - Community Dinners Dance: Started as a traditional potluck in the 1970's, the Dinners were revitalized in 2005 by All Together Now, Inc.. Focused on celebrating the diversity Kent State University attracts to town, the Dinners have become a great place to get to know people from around the world, who happen to be neighbors in Kent. The Dinners are another expression of Kent's resurgent town and gown partnership. This month the Kent community is invited to put on its dancing shoes for a Spring Fling! Here it can get "Connected through Contra Dance". Meeting begins at 5:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 South Water Street. Please bring a dish to share, something you've made yourself, or something you've bought. For more information call 330-678-8760. Web site: None.
Kent State - Folk Festival: The Festival is multi-day, multi-event, mostly music with some dancing, in the first part of November at a variety of venues. Web site: http://www.kentstatefolkfestival.org/.
Kettering - Flight of Fancy: is an annual day of dance in September at the Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkley Avenue (behind the Community Golf Course off Dorothy Lane) featuring classes in waltzing, squares and contras along with an evening dance. You can register in advance or at the door. Web site: http://www.cityfolk.org/flightoffancy.htm.
Kettering holds dances on the 1st Friday of the month from September to May (except December) with waltzing at 6:30pm, instruction at 7:30pm, and contra dancing at 8:00pm. The dances are held at the Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkley Avenue (behind the Community Golf Course off Dorothy Lane). Admission is at the Door: $7 adults, $5 students with a valid I.D., children 12 and under free. No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome and you don't need to bring a partner. The caller teaches all dances before they start. Web site: http://www.daytoncontra.org/.
Lakewood: There are contra dances at the Lakewood Masonic Temple at 15300 Detroit in Lakewood on the 1st Saturday of the month. Dancing begins at 8pm and goes until 11pm with teaching for beginners at 7pm. Admission is $7. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Lakewood - Try Out Dances: Event for callers and dancers - Are you interested in trying out a new dance you wrote or are you interested in learning to call dances - event at George Coder and Nancy Lineburgh's home at 1309 Cranford Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107 starting at 7:30pm. They have consented to for us to use their home for new dance tryouts. Come to this if you want to dance in a small atmosphere, if you write dances or if you want learn to call dances. In case you get lost call (216) 221-0084 (land phone) or (330) 618-0892 (cell phone). Web site: None.
Lakewood - Waltz: Waltz around the world on the beautiful 3500 square foot wood dance floor at Lakewood Masonic Temple Ballroom. 15300 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107-3888. Our program will include Viennese and other waltzes, polka, schottische, gallop, and a Maypole. $10 at the door. Light refreshments will be served. Fine attire is encouraged but not required. For information, call Patti at 216-406-6626. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org/.
Logan - Buckeye TrailFest: Buckeye TrailFest presents an evening of music and contra dancing. No previous experience is required. Instruction will be offered as needed throughout the evening. From 7-10pm at the Camp Akita Lodge, 29746 Logan-Hornsmill Road, Logan, Ohio 43138. Admission $5/person, $10/family, $4/Seniors, Ages 10 and under free. This is part of an overall outdoor recreation weekend. Web site: http://www.buckeyetrailfest.org/.
Lucas - Squares: Barn Dance at Malabar Farm, 4050 Bromfield Road. Lucas, OH 44843. $1.00 admission fee at the door. Live music and caller. Round and Square dancing. Beginners welcome! Food available. 7PM-10PM at the Main Barn Web site: http://malabarfarm.org/.
Lucas - Contras and Squares: Dance from 7:00-10:00 p.m. (including 30 minutes of instruction for beginners). Longways set dances plus fun mixers and squares. $5 at the door. It's aerobic and social; no partner necessary. Recommended for ages 8 to 80. No air conditioning - please bring a water bottle Concession open for purchase of refreshments. Location: Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, OH 44843. Phone: 419-892-2784. For more information, contact: Susan English, 330-347-8155 or email@example.com or http://www.balance-and-swing.com - Web site: http://www.malabarfarm.org.
Lucas - Michigan Sailing Club: Dance at the Michigan Sailing Club on Charles Mills Lake, 2187 Mifflin Township Road 1265, Lucas, OH 44843. Contact: Joe Murr at 330-465-8692 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Enjoy natural ventilation and a beautiful wooden dance floor. $6 donation at the door. Dance from 7:00-10:00 p.m. including 30-minute orientation for first-timers. It's aerobic and social; no partner necessary. No air conditioning - please bring a water bottle. Recommended for ages 8 to 80. Camping available on Charles Mills Lake. For more contra dance information, contact: Susan English at 330-347-8155 or email@example.com - Web site: None.
Lucas - Mohican Sailing Club: Dance at the Mohican Sailing Club on Charles Mills Lake, 2187 Mifflin Township Road 1265, Lucas, OH 44843. Contact: Joe Murr at 330-465-8692 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Enjoy natural ventilation and a beautiful wooden dance floor. $6 donation at the door. Dance from 7:00-10:00 p.m. including 30-minute orientation for first-timers. It's aerobic and social; no partner necessary. No air conditioning - please bring a water bottle. Recommended for ages 8 to 80. Camping available on Charles Mills Lake. For more contra dance information, contact: Susan English at 330-347-8155 or email@example.com - Web site: None.
Marblehead: Dance at St. John Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 117 Stone Street, Marblehead, Ohio. Potluck at 6, teaching at 7, and dance from 7:30 to 9:30. Bring a side dish or dessert for the potluck. Web site: None.
Martinsburg - Squares: Dances on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, September to May. Time: 8-11 pm. No need to worry if you don't know how to square dance, our dancers love to help new comers learn how to enjoy the fun of square dancing!!! Square dancing is a great place to have fun with the whole family. Our dancers range in age from infants to elderly. We have reasonable prices on our food and beverages. Come join us and have a great time! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Martinsburg-Activity-Center/272951459489149.
Millfield - Squares: Dance is from 7pm to 11pm. No experience is necessary to participate in this Appalachain style square dance. There will be square and circle dances (similiar to ones done at contra dances), plus some waltzing. The dance takes place at the Russell building - from Athens take the first exit into Millfield, cross over the railroad tracks and the Russell building is an old church on the right. There's no admission fee for the dance, but they do pass the hat. For more information contact Eric Bingman at 740-448-7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Mount Vernon - Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival: celebrates the music of Mount Vernon's own Daniel Decatur Emmett with events ranging from music to dance to a farmers' market, quilt and flower shows and an antique and classic car show. Web site: http://www.danemmettfestival.org.
Mount Vernon: Dances are held at St. Paul's Parish House, 100 E. High St., one block E. of the central square in Mount Vernon. 2:00 - 5:00 PM, 1:30 Lesson for beginners. Plan to warm up with a friendly dancing community, a great band and caller, and an after-dance gathering. Some dances have potlucks after the dance. For details, call Mike at 740-392-3018. Admission: $7 adults, $5 students, $15 per family. Web site: None
Mount Vernon - Knox County Renaissance Foundation: A barn dance and family fall festival benefit will be held at the barn owned by John and Peggy Curtis at Round Hill Farms, 504 North McKenzie Street in Mount Vernon from 3-7 p.m. Ticket sales at Sips Coffee House and the driveway the day of the event will be $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12 years. Any profits from the festival will go to the Knox County Renaissance Foundation which is sponsoring the event for the restoration of the Odd Fellows Building at 114 South Main Street. The caller will be providing instructions in contra and square dancing from 4-5 p.m. for beginners or anyone just wishing to join in at that point. The formal dancing will start at 5 p.m. Even if one doesn't want to dance the music can be enjoyed by all. There will be a pumpkin sale, a hayride and llamas to view, and crafters set up outside the barn. Jeph's Barnyard Bundles Bar-B-Q will be available for purchase. The Knox County Renaissance Foundation (KCRF) hopes to make this the first of a growing recurring event to be held on the years in between the summer Barn Tour that it hosts with the Owl Creek Conservancy. More information about KCRF can be found at Web site: http://www.kcrf.wordpress.com/.
Mount Vernon - Squares - Round Hill Alpaca Farm: There will be a square dance at 6:30pm at the Round Hill Alpaca Farm in Mount Vernon. There is no charge but donations benefit the Knox County Barn Tour earlier in the day. The barn is located at 508 North McKenzie Street behind the house. Web site: http://kcrf.wordpress.com/.
New Richmond - Dance Party: Mike Boerschig is once again hosting a party for the community at his house. The party kicks off with a potluck dinner, so bring food to share. Since it's the summer, don't forget to also pack plenty of liquid to drink. There will be dancing in the outdoor pavilion with live music and volunteer callers. You can cool off in the pond if you wish and even pitch a tent in the field for the night (check ahead to confirm this). Web site: http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org.
North Olmsted - Cedar Valley Settlers Celebration & Music Festival: at the Frostville Museum & Rocky River Nature Center in the Rocky River Reservation. Celebrate Ohio's yesteryear and hear great Americana music at Cleveland Metroparks annual fall event. Visitors can relive the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Ohio's frontier days with a cornucopia of pioneer crafts and life skills, storytelling, toe-tapping music and food sampling along the connecting trail between Rocky River Nature Center and Frostville Museum to explore a cornucopia of old-fashioned crafts, food, and hands-on activities for all ages. Web site: http://www.clemetparks.com/events/cedar%20valley.asp.
Oberlin: Dances at Oberlin College are held throughout the time that school is in session, generally on the 1st Friday of the month. The dances are held in a variety of places on campus including Wilder Main and the Hales Gym. All dances, unless otherwise noted are free for Oberlin students, $2 for other students and $5 for non-students. There is a beginners' workshop at 7:30pm and the dance begins at 8:00pm Web site: http://www.oberlin.edu/stuorg/contra/.
Oberlin - Dandelion Romp: is a three-day dance weekend at Oberlin College in mid-April. Register in advance, but tickets for evening dances are available at the door. Web site: http://www.dandelionromp.com/home.html.
Oberlin - Calling Workshop: Cleveland area caller Beck Hill will come to Oberlin to teach interested students how to call. Session goes from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. If you would like to attend, email us at email@example.com. Students who attend will get to call at Oberlin dances! Fun! Web site http://www.oberlin.edu/stuorg/contra/.
Oxford - Squares - Community Arts Center: Dances at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Avenue, Oxford, OH, 45056. Potluck at 6:30pm. Beginners' lesson at 7:30pm, dance at 8:00pm. $7 Admission 15 and under FREE. Web site: http://www.oxarts.org.
Parkman - Windhorse Solstice Dance: at the Parkman Comm. House, 16295 Main Market St. (US 422). Free Activities 1:00pm to 5:00pm, Potluck Dinner from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Teaching from 6:30pm to 7:00pm, contra from 7:00pm to 10:0pm and swing from 10:00pm to 11:00pm. Cost is $6. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Parkman - Conoe Contra Canter: Canoe on the upper Cuyahoga River near Hiram from 1pm Saturday - group leaves for 2 to 4 hour trip; $18. Contra at the Parkman Community House, 16295 Main Market Street (US 422). 5pm-6:30pm, potluck - pasta, iced tea, lemonade provided. Please bring other mains, sides, salads, dessert (please no nuts or sesame). Contra from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, swing from 10:00pm to 11:00pm. Canter - Horseback riding on Sunday morning, one hour guided walking trail ride in the woods $35. Camping available at Kool Lakes Family Campground, 3 miles from Parkman Community House. Rates and reservations, 400-548-8436 www.koollakes.com. For detailed informatin or to register for canoeing or horseback riding (by July 15) please call Patti 216-749-5869 (day of event 216-406-6626). Web site: None.
Peninsula - Saturday: There are dances on the 4th Saturday of the month at the Boston Township Schoolhouse, 1775 Main Street, Route 303 & Riverview Road in Peninsula. There is a beginners' session at 7:00pm and the dance starts at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm. Admission is $8. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Peninsula - Thursday: There are dances on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Boston Township Schoolhouse, 1775 Main Street, Route 303 & Riverview Road in Peninsula. There is a beginners' session at 7:00pm and the dance starts at 8:00pm and ends at 10:30pm. Admission is $7. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Peninsula - Bridge Dance: There is an annual dance on the 2nd Thursday of July at the Everett Road covered bridge. There is a beginners' session at 7:00pm and the dance starts at 8:00pm and ends at 11:00pm. Admission is $7. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Reedsville - Friends of Fork Run State Park: The Friends are sponsoring a evening of square dancing, line dancing and more at Fork Run State Park, 63300 State Route 124, Reedsville, Ohio 45772 from 7pm to 10pm. All ages and experience levels are welcome. 50/50, cakewalk, food and more. Campsites also available. Please bring a chair. Admission will be by donation. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Forked-Run-State-Park/377365588956398.
Rittman - Gish Barn: Barn dances at the Gish Barn, 530 Gish Road in Rittman, Ohio 44270. Saturdays 7:00 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-927-9559. Web site: http://gishbarn.com/.
Rocky River - New Year's Eve: The North Coast Contra Community New Year's Eve Dance is held at the Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Road. An colorful tropical dress theme this year. Festive costumes encouraged but totally optional. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Dessert Potluck. Dancing from 8:00 pm until 12:30 am. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org/.
Rocky River - New Year's Day - Waltz: Fireside Brunch with Waltzing & Couples dances beginning at 10:30am. Elmwood Cabin, Elmwood Park, 660 Elmwood Road. Free! Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org/.
Rocky River - Summer: The North Coast Contra Community summer dances in Rocky River are held at the Rocky River's Civic Center (Don Umerley Civic Center), 21016 Hilliard Road. All dances are taught and walked through, so this dance is open to all from beginners to the most experienced. Adm. is $9:00-- For more info: 216.321.6258. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org/.
Rossford: Northwest Ohio Traditional Music and Dance (NOTMAD) sponsors dances at the Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Highway, generally on the 2nd Saturday of the month from September to May. Dances begin 7:30 PM, with instruction at 7:00pm. Admission fees of $7 (adults), $5 (students (12 and over)) and $6 (members). Please join us! Web site: http://www.notmad.org/.
Shade: Dance at the Shade Community Center (located on 33A-Pomeroy Road 7 miles southeast of Athens). No partner necessary. All levels and ages welcome. First timer's lesson at 7:30 and then dance from 8pm till 11pm. $7 admission, $3 students, $15 families. For more information or directions, call 740-696-1157. Web site: http://www.athenscontradance.org.
Stewart - Squares: Dance at the Rome-Canaan School Auditorium, Federal Valley Resources Center, 8225 State Route 329, Stewart, OH, 45778 from 7pm to 10pm. Squares, line dancing, waltzes and more. No experience necessary; all dances will be taught. Admission: $5/person, $10/family, $4 seniors; ages 10 and under free. For more information call 740-448-7454 or visit the web site: https://www.facebook.com/dancehalldesperados.
Troy: Contra Dance at the Troy Townships Community House. Admission is free. It's a Homecoming Celebration for there Bicentennial. There will be a beginners lesson taught by Will Craig at 6:00 pm and the dance will start at 7:00 pm and go until 10 pm. For Further Question please call Will Craig at 216-316-0068. Web site: None.
Upper Arlington - Amelita Mirolo Barn: Harvest Square and Contra Dance from 8pm to 10pm at 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington OH 43220. The cost of this event is $8.00 for individuals or $10 for related couples. Web site: None.
Welshfield: There are contra dances at the Troy Community Hall, Rt 422 east of Rt 700, in Welshfield on the 1st Saturday of the month with a summer break and dances beginning again in October. Dancing begins at 7:30pm and goes until 10:30pm with teaching for beginners at 6:30pm. Admission is $8, students $5, under 7 years - free. Web site: http://www.neohiocontradance.org.
Welshfield - Homecoming: Dance at the pavilion behind the Troy Community Hall, Main Market Rd. (Rt.422 just east of Rt. 700). Admission is free. It's part of the Homecoming Celebration. There will be a beginners lesson at 5:30pm and the dance will go from 6pm to 8pm. Information: 440-834-6774. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/TroyHomecoming.
Wilmot - The Wilderness Center: Civil War Contradance from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Cost: $8/TWC member, $10/nonmember; children 15 and younger are half price if accompanied by an adult. $2 discount if you come in period attire, civilian or military. There's a saying in the dance community, "If you can walk, you can dance." These slower-paced line and circle dances are geared for the era of hoop skirts. "Contradance" comes from the country dances of England and Scotland from the 1600s to the present day. You don't need a partner, so come by yourself if you wish. You don't need experience, as all dances are taught on the spot and prompted by the Dance Mistress throughout the dance. If you don't want to dance, just come to enjoy the music and watch. Location: The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave.S.W., Wilmot, Ohio 44689. Web site: http://www.wildernesscenter.org
Wooster: The Valley College Grange sponsors dances at the Grange (2411 Shreve Road (Route 226) in Wooster) on 1st Saturdays from October to May. The dances begin at 7:30pm and end at 10:30pm with instruction at 7:00pm. Admission is $6 at the door; students $5; family $15. Call (330) 345-7308 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. Web site: http://www.balance-and-swing.com/.
Wooster - Local Roots: Dance at the Local Roots Market and Cafe, 140 S. Walnut. Wooster, Ohio 44691 - Suggested donation: $5 per adult, children free. 7:00-8:00pm FAMILY DANCE - everybody welcome. 8:00-10:00pm CONTRA DANCE for ages 8 to 88 It's aerobic and social; no partner necessary. More information: 330-347-8155. Web site: http://www.localrootswooster.com/.
Wooster - Talls and Smalls: Ages six and above are invited to the Talls and Smalls Old-Time Dance, Sundays 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County. Every young person needs at least one teenage or adult partner for admission. Information: Susan English and Bill Alkire 330-345-7308. Web site: None.
Wooster - Cajun - Bayou Rhythms: Cajun Dance, traditional two steps and waltzes, at Valley College Grange-2411 Shreve Rd.(Rt. 226 just south of Rt. 3) Wooster, OH. 3-5pm $5, Basic instruction at 2:45pm, info: Bayou_Rhythms@yahoo.com - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/BayouRhythms.
Wooster - Wayne Center for the Arts: Contra dance classes at the Center, 237 S Walnut St, Wooster, OH 44691, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Contra dance is a fun and aerobic American dance style done in longways sets. This class is for both beginning and experienced dancers. As we learn figures, we will emphasize timing and how to move smoothly from one figure to the next. Ages Ages 8-Adult. Members $48 for the series, non-members $68. Web site: http://www.wayneartscenter.org.
Wooster - Waltz - Class: Classes for Ages 14-adult on Thursdays 7:00-8:00 pm. Learn steps and figures for traveling, box, and turning waltz. Move safely and confidently across the floor with the music. Enjoy the rewards of maintaining a strong frame and being a desirable partner. Partner required. Web site: http://www.balance-and-swing.com/.
Worthington - Winter Warmup is a three-day dance and music weekend in late November/early December sponsored by the Big Scioty Barn Dance at the Worthington Community Center. Advanced registration recommended but not required. Web site: http://www.bigscioty.com/warmup.html.
Yellow Springs - Tecumseh Land Trust Benefit Dance: is an annual dance held in February to benefit the land trust at the Mills Lawn Elementary School, 200 S. Walnut Street. Cost: $10.00/adult, children free. $5.00 per child for babysitting. Contact: ThomasWalkey@sbcglobal.net. Web site: http://www.tecumsehlandtrust.org/.
Yellow Springs - Bryan Center: Admission: FREE. Dance is from 7:00-10:00 P.M. at the Bryan Center, Room A+B, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs, Ohio. There is also an open mic for callers, so if you have a dance to call, bring it along! If you play contra music, bring an instrument! Web site: http://yscontra.wordpress.com/.
Yellow Springs - Sontag-Fels: Dance is from 2-5 P.M. at the Sontag-Fels building at 800 Livermore Street. (Head downstairs and to the left.) There is also an open mic for callers, so if you have a dance to call, bring it along! If you play contra music, bring an instrument!. We hope to see you there! Suggested donation: $7. Antioch students: free. Web site: http://yscontra.wordpress.com/.
Youngstown - Covered Bridge: Dance is from 4:00 -7:00 pm. Location: Millcreek Metro Park, Lanterman’s Mill, 980 Canfield Rd, Youngstown. $7. Call Dennis Kempthorne 330-823-5840. Web site: None.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.