Contrabridge is a contra dance series in central Cambridge

Our next event is on at the Stoneyard Centre with Contrary Faeries with calling from Charlie Turner. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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When?

The dances happen on Saturday evenings. The main dancing usually happens from 8pm – 11pm in the Stoneyard Centre, with doors opening half an hour before. There is an introductory lesson before the main dancing starts. Occasionally, dances are in different venues with different timings, check the specific event details for venues and door times. Calling will be gender-free. Depending on the caller's preference, this will either be positionally (no role terms), or with the role terms Larks and Robins.

Where?

The dances are held in various venues in central Cambridge. If you're travelling by train, the venues are generally around 1 mile from the Cambridge station (CBG). You can walk, grab a taxi from the rank outside, or get the 1, 3 or 7 bus from station to Downing College. If you're coming by car, parking at Grand Arcade is free in the evenings and is a short walk from the venue. Queen Anne Terrace is an alternative car park that's slightly further away, but easier to find.

the Stoneyard Centre

The Stoneyard Centre is located at 43 St Andrew's St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR [Google Maps, openstreetmap]. The venue is just off St Andrew's Street, down a short passage next to St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church. The hall is upstairs, at the back of the building. If you arrive late, you may need to ring the bell and wait for someone to come down and let you in.

Entry to the Stoneyard Centre building is flat, via a heavy door, from St Andrew's Street. There is a lift to the hall on the first floor. An accessible toilet is available on the ground floor. We're happy to discuss your access needs!

Downing Place URC

Downing Place URC is located at 4 Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EL [Google Maps, openstreetmap]. To get to the Gibson Hall, go through the big gates on the left as you walk down Downing Place. Once you're in the building, the door to the hall is at the back-right of the social area.

How much?

Tickets are available on the door. The prices are £15 for supporters, £10 for standard and £7 for students or those who otherwise can't afford full price. Nobody turned away for lack of funds. You can pay with contactless or cash.

What's contra?

Contra dance is community folk dance similar to ceilidh or barn dance, and we will dance to live music! No partner is necessary, and new dancers are very welcome. As it is a community dance, you are welcome to ask anybody to dance, and everybody is supportive and friendly in enjoying the dance together.

A caller leads the dancers through a series of moves, they dance them with a partner and another pair of dancers, before progressing each time through the dance to meet the next people in the set. The caller teaches each dance before it is done with music, then leads the dances along with the music. Once the dancers have mastered a particular dance, the caller will stop calling, leaving the dancers to enjoy the movement with music alone.

What do I bring? What do I wear?

Bring a water bottle and wear comfy shoes (preferably not too grippy). Swirly skirts are also a lot of fun to wear for contra. You don't need to bring a partner.

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