Welcome to the Orlando Contra Dance! We feature high-tempo, gender-neutral dancing. We are Florida’s only gender-neutral contra series.

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

Scroll down for details on our next few dances.

We dance:

  • 2nd and 4th Fridays: Orlando Contra Dance, open to EVERYONE! FREE FOR STUDENTS!
  • Holidays, semester breaks, and regional events happen, so CHECK THE SCHEDULE before going!

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Here’s the first dance of our first school year. 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:

FEATUREDance honoring Kim “Mama Bear” Yerton
WHENFRIDAY February 23, 7:00 – 10:30 pm. Door opens at 6:30 pm. Beginner lesson at 7:00 sharp! Dance 7:30 – 10:30.
WHEREWinter Park Ballroom Dance Co., 6904 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, Florida (next to Jeremiah’s Ice Cream). The floor is suspended hardwood with a poly finish.
PARKINGPlenty!
CALLERJoe Harrington (Orlando) – Calling is gender-neutral.
MUSICJoe Harrington will DJ a mix of Pop-Rock and Contra Fusion tunes, featuring tunes by Great Bear and pop and rock music mixes from Claire Wright, Grant Yost, and Emily Rush!
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!
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!
WHENFRIDAY MARCH 8, 7:00 – 10:30 pm. Door opens at 6:30 pm. Beginner lesson at 7:00 sharp! Dance 7:30 – 10:30.
WHEREWinter Park Ballroom Dance Co., 6904 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, Florida (next to Jeremiah’s Ice Cream). The floor is suspended hardwood with a poly finish.
PARKINGPlenty!
CALLERTBD
MUSICMcIntyre (Orlando): Lisa McIntyre – guitar, George Houston – percussion, Terry Henson – bass, Sharon Hartmann – fiddle
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!
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 contradancerjoe@gmail.com. Meanwhile, come to our Winter Park dances, where students dance FREE!