Welcome to the Orlando Contra Dance! We feature high-tempo, gender-neutral dancing. We are Florida’s only gender-neutral contra series. Dancing is open to EVERYONE and FREE FOR STUDENTS and RETURNING BEGINNERS (2nd dance is FREE)!

New? Curious? Check out the video below or our What’s Contra? page!

We dance on 2nd and 4th Fridays. Scroll down for details on our next few dances. Holidays, semester breaks, and regional events happen, so CHECK THE SCHEDULE before going!

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Here’s the first dance we did at UCF in Fall 2022. Almost nobody here knew how to dance 90 minutes earlier. You can do it, too!

We’re beginner-friendly and we’ll teach you everything you need to know. If you can walk, you can dance! No partner or experience needed. There are more videos on our What’s Contra? page and there’s an FAQ, too.

Visit our Dances and Events page for the full schedule.

NEXT ORLANDO CONTRA DANCE:

WHOEveryone! Contra is intergenerational. We have dancers from 7 to 70+!
WHENFRIDAY MAY 24
6:30 Door opens
6:40 Intermediate workshop – for those who have come at least once
7:00 sharp! Beginner lesson!
7:30 – 10:30 Dance
10:30 Dessert at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
WHEREWinter Park Ballroom Dance Co., 6904 Aloma Ave (click for map)., Winter Park, Florida (next to Jeremiah’s Ice Cream). The floor is suspended hardwood with a poly finish.
PARKINGPlenty! Free!
CALLERJoe Harrington (Orlando) – Calling is gender-neutral.
MUSICJoe Harrington will DJ a mix of Pop-Rock, Celtic Rock, and Contra Fusion tunes.
LEVELBeginner/intermediate. Dances start easy and get more complex later. First-timers should be ready to dance for the lesson at 7:00.
COST$15. Students and job seekers: FREE! Your second contra ever: FREE!
ATTIREWear what’s comfortable, see videos. This is athletic, so you will sweat. Hopefully a lot! Dress lightly and bring a water bottle. No perfumes, please. Stilettos and very high heels discouraged!
BRINGBringing snacks is encouraged! This is an alcohol-free event.

THE DANCE AFTER THAT:

WHOEveryone! Contra is intergenerational. We have dancers from 7 to 70+!
WHENFRIDAY June 14
6:30 Door opens
6:40 Intermediate workshop – for those who have come at least once
7:00 sharp! Beginner lesson!
7:30 – 10:30 Dance
10:30 Dessert at Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
WHEREWinter Park Ballroom Dance Co., 6904 Aloma Ave (click for map)., Winter Park, Florida (next to Jeremiah’s Ice Cream). The floor is suspended hardwood with a poly finish.
PARKINGPlenty! Free!
CALLERTBD – Calling is gender-neutral.
MUSICTBD
LEVELBeginner/intermediate. Dances start easy and get more complex later. First-timers should be ready to dance for the lesson at 7:00.
COST$15. Students and job seekers: FREE! Your second contra ever: FREE!
ATTIREWear what’s comfortable, see videos. This is athletic, so you will sweat. Hopefully a lot! Dress lightly and bring a water bottle. No perfumes, please. Stilettos and very high heels discouraged!
BRINGBringing snacks is encouraged! This is an alcohol-free event.

CONTRA KNIGHTS (STUDENT) DANCES:

Contra Knights is UCF’s student contra dancing club, sponsored by Orlando Contra Dance. We are seeking UCF student officers to restart on-campus dances. If interested, email info@orlandocontra.org. Meanwhile, come to our Winter Park dances, where students dance FREE!