Contra dancing is easy to learn, friendly to beginners, and welcoming to people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations. And it’s enormously, boisterously, ecstatically fun. It’s grand DIY non-corporate fun, a natural anti-depressant, a chance to meet and mingle with folks of all ages and genders and sexual orientations, in a friendly, attitude-resistant environment, with no alcohol or flashing lights or thumpa-thumpa house music.
At least, it is the way we do it at the SF Bay Queer Contra. The last dance of this season is coming up tomorrow (Saturday June 30), so this is your last chance until the fall to come check it out. All the dances are taught and called, and typically a good half of the people on the dance floor are beginners; so if you’ve never done it before, you’ll be in good company and you’ll be well taken care of. We dance to lively live music, which makes it all even better; and you don’t need to bring a partner, as changing partners promiscuously throughout the evening is a traditional part of the fun. Cheap, too — admission is $10 or pay what you can. And while the dance is aimed at the queer community, we genuinely welcome queer-friendly folks of all orientations.
The June 30 dance will be at the Women’s Building in San Francisco, 3543 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero in San Francisco, near the 16th Street BART station. There’s a parking lot on 21st Street between Valencia and Mission that usually has parking in the early evening. The doors open at 7:30 and the dance starts at 8:00; beginners are encouraged to arrive early, since that’s when most of the teaching happens. For more info about who we are and what exactly we do, or to see more photos of it, visit our Website. Hope to see you there!