Sierra Contra Dance Society

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Dancers in action!

Thanks for visiting the home page of the Sierra Contra Dance Society, located in Reno, Nevada.

Contra is an American traditional social dance, related to but different than western square dance, Scottish country dance, and English country dance.  Contra is not historic re-enactment, but a living, evolving tradition, where an evening's dancing may include Henry Ford's or George Washington's favorites alongside freshly minted modern dances.
And it's 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!

Dance Art Clip

For the 2019-2020 season, everything is ALL NEW! Smiley  New dates!  New location!  New new new!  See below for details!

DANCE SCHEDULE (every 3rd Saturday, except July and August):

Sept 21 2019 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: The Reeling Banshees
Caller: George Grover

Oct 19 2019 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: Reno Ceilidh Band
Caller: Mike Fynan

Nov 16 2019 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: The Quincy Band
Caller: Bob O'Brien

Dec 21 2019 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: Sierra Sweethearts
Caller: Steve Recchia and Jennifer Brand

Jan 18 2020 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: The Reeling Banshees
Caller: George Grover

Feb 15 2020 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: Sierra Sweethearts
Caller: Bob O'Brien

Mar 21 2020 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: Reno Ceilidh Band
Caller: Talib Huff
Due to current world health concerns, at this time (3/11) it has been decided that we will not hold the March 21 dance, out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with medical professionals.  Please be sure to keep checking this website; as new information becomes available regarding our schedule, it will be posted here.

Apr 18 2020 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: Reno Ceilidh Band
Caller: Celia Ramsey

May 16 2020 (Sat), 7:15-9:30 PM
Music: The Reeling Banshees
Caller: Mavis McGaugh
Sadly, things did not improve and we weren't able to continue the 2020 season.  We hope that you are all well and staying safe, and look forward to seeing you all for the 2021 season!

Your membership in SCDS is important to our continued stability.  Click here for the 2019-2020 membership form and renew or join today.

There are drinking fountains in the auditorium, and you encouraged to bring your own water bottle to fill from them, so you have water conveniently located to you.

Please note that all our events are alcohol-free and nut-free due to some of our regular members having nut allergies.  Snacks are always welcome if you wish to bring some, but please ensure that any snacks you bring (whether to share or just for yourself) do not contain nuts of any kind.

WHERE:  The auditorium of the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr, Reno NV.  The auditorium is located in the north wing of the former McKinley Park School.  PLEASE NOTE:  Even though the street address is on Riverside Dr, the actual entrance to the parking lot is from the north of the facility, on Jones St.

The dance fee is $10.00, but SCDS members get a $2.00 discount.

Doors open at 6:30pm-ish.  New to contra dancing or just need a refresher?  Please come at 7:00PM for a beginners' session.  Dancing starts around 7:15pm & goes to about 9:30pm, with a short break in the middle.

Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes.  Be prepared to get some fun, aerobic excersise!