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We dance many different styles. These videos give you a sample of the types of dances we do.

Please note: We don't wear period dress at our dances - but we can help you find some dances where they do if that interests you.
The stepping is optional and you choose how much energy you want to put into your dancing.

Contra Dance at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina
Contra Dance
Country Dancers of Westchester dance Newcastle
17th Century
The Hole in the Wall
18th Century
Exeter FolkSoc Display IVFDF 2008
eCeilidh
Six Pass Thru square dance
Square Dance
2008 Youth Dance Weekend Techno Contra
Techno Contra
Oxford 2011 The Serendipity Band The Willow Tree
eCeilidh
Contra dancing in Glenside, Pennsylvania
Contra Dance
Newcastle English country dancers - Mage on a Cree
Zesty 17th Century
Postie's Jig
Scottish Ceilidh
Contra Dance Kaleidoscope - Bird's-Eye View
Contra - Bird's Eye View
New England Squares - Deer Park Lancers
Square Dance

Contra Dance at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina


Modern American contra dancing - long lines, flowing choreography, constant movement.

Newcastle (1650)


The Country Dancers of Westchester dance Newcastle. The dance, reconstructed by Cecil Sharp from Playford's Dancing Master (1650), has the classic Playford format of leading, siding, and arming, each followed by a unique chorus.

Lady Gresham's Ball - The Hole in the Wall (Hornpipe from Henry Purcell's 'Abdelazer')


From the film "Becoming Jane", an interpretation of The Hole in the Wall, first published in Playford's Dancing Master in 1698.

Exeter FolkSoc Display IVFDF 2008


This display shows many dance sequences from lots of different dances.

Six Pass Thru Square Dance


Tony Parkes calling at "Dare To Be Square" in North Carolina.

2008 Youth Dance Weekend Techno Contra

For the full story behind the one below, please see http://vimeo.com/1786406. This is an extract from that page: "While the progression is based on contra, a kind of folk dancing, the music is Swedish hiphop and the dancers pull from swing, hiphop, sexy, tango, dirty... anything goes really, as long as it is on the rhythm. Mixmashing cultures and styles to our whim is what we are all about. The basic progression is agreed upon, and every thing else is improv around it."

While we are not planning to use this type of music initially, we do hope to achieve some of the styling used by these dancers. And in the future, who knows...

2008 YDW Techno Contra from Forrest O. on Vimeo.


Oxfolk on Tour: Folk Weekend Oxford 2011 The Serendipity Band #2 + caller Barry Goodman


eCeildih is short for English Ceilidh - barn dances with style and stepping. This is The Willow Tree: A great dance written by Hugh Rippon in the 1960s, with two Strip the Willows at the same time.

Contra dancing in Glenside, Pennsylvania


Another modern American contra dance.

Newcastle English Country Dancers - Mage on a Cree


A dance from the 1665 edition of Playford's Dancing Master - performed with lots of energy and flair.

Postie's Jig


A Scottish ceilidh dance, very popular in England.

Contra Dance Kaleidoscope - Bird's-Eye View



New England Squares - Deer Park Lancers



Fiddlegang playing at a Contra Dance in Cecil Sharp House, London



Asheville (North Carolina) Contra Dance - Dancing to Crowfoot



Contra Dance at the Concord (Massachusetts) Scout House



Montpelier (Vermont) Contra Dance