Sierra Contra Dance Society

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Thanks for visiting the home page of the Sierra Contra Dance Society, located in Reno, Nevada.  Contra dancing is an old dance form combining elements of line and square dancing, done to 8/8 music.  Contra dancing is fun, sociable, aerobic, and is always done to LIVE music!  Check out our photos with the Photos link on the left and also other sites under Links showing real clips of contra dancing.  We have recently added links to a great series of instructional videos on contra dancing.
We now have a page at Meetup; please feel free to check it out!

Click here to watch a two-minute excerpt of our May 2014 dance!

Watch an animation of the dance, "Hay in the Barn." (Note: May not display correctly in all browsers (Chrome & IE confirmed working))

DANCE SCHEDULE (every 2nd Saturday, except July and August).

Mar 14 (Sat), 7:30-10:30 PM
Music: Elko Band
Caller: Bob O'Brien
Dance Manager: TBD

Apr 11 (Sat), 7:30-10:30 PM
Music: InStride
Caller: Taleb Huff
Dance Manager: TBD

May 9 (Sat), 7:30-10:30 PM
Music: Mountain People
Caller: Mike Fynan
Dance Manager: TBD

June 13 (Sat), 7:30-10:30 PM
Music: TBD
Caller: Mavis McGaugh
Dance Manager: TBD


Rich Albanese has scheduled a series of 5 Waltz Workshops starting April 17, 2015. The complete details and registration info can be found at Rich's website:

The Sierra Contra Dance Society supports and encourages all forms of dancing, but we are not the sponsors or promoters of Rich's workshop series.

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WHERE:  Your local contra dance is at the Southside Cultural Center, 190 E. Liberty, 2 blocks east of Virginia Street.  Park in the lot surrounding the building.  Enter by rear door.  Dance is on the second floor.  The dance fee is $10.00, but SCDS members get a $2.00 discount.

Contra dances are occasionally held at other sites in Carson City, Virginia City, and elsewhere locally.  Check out the acoustic music website for lots more activities with old-time dancing, singing, and music.

New to contra dancing?  Please come at 7:15 PM for a beginners' session.