Intro to contra! All are welcome. Join us as we do-si-do, swing, and circle to the music. Contra is an American folk dance that is done in long lines with a partner, is taught and called by a caller, and is always danced to live music. We will get dancers of all levels moving to the music. Alexandra will cover basic figures and patterns, and what to do when mistakes happen! Driving fiddle tunes from Audrey Knuth and friends will keep your feet tapping!
Alexandra Deis-Lauby is a NYC-based caller, dancer and organizer. She is happy to call to crowds of experienced dancers, new dancers and everything in between! She calls local dances, weekends, and festivals all over the country. When she is not calling, she can be found on the dance floor.
Audrey Knuth is a classically trained violinist with B.A. in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in New England for school, Audrey explored other musical genres and made a name for herself primarily as a world folk musician. Having recently moved to the Bay Area, Audrey continues to tour the US in several bands (Wake Up Robin, The Gaslight Tinkers, Free Raisins) and spends the summers teaching at several dance and music camps.