This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Alabama including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Alabama which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Anniston - Georgy Alabam Square Dance Weekend: The weekend is held in mid-January in the historic 1930s ballroom at the Bald Rock Lodge, in Cheaha State Park (the highest point in Alabama), 25 miles south of Anniston, Alabama. Register in advance. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/georgy-alabam.
Birmingham - Saturday : The Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, formerly the Birmingham Country Dance Society hold dances on the second Saturday of each month at the YWCA, 309 23rd St N in downtown Birmingham. Admission: $8 ($6 for members and students), $3 for children ages 3-15. Saturday night dances begin with warm-ups and teaching at 7:00 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. For more info call 205-822-0505. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/.
Birmingham - Sunday: The Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance, formerly the Birmingham Country Dance Society hold dances at the YWCA, 309 23rd St N in downtown Birmingham on 4th Sunday afternoons (except May-August). Admission: $8 ($6 for members and students), $3 for children ages 3-15. Sunday dances start at 4 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. For more info call 205-822-0505. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/.
Birmingham - New Year's Eve: The Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance holds a New Year's Eve dance from 9:00pm to 12:30am at the YWCA, 309 23rd St N in downtown Birmingham. Foodmad volunteers go all out transforming the YWCA ballroom into a snazzy uptown dance palace for our New Year's Eve Dance. There's food (we love it when you bring your favorites, too). Adults (Over 18): $15 for non-members, $13 for members; Children (13-18): $6; Children (12 and under): Free. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/.
Birmingham - City Stages: A weekend of music performances in a variety of genres, along with a dance track, again in a variety of genres, but generally with a contra dance at some point. Held in mid-June in downtown Birmingham. Web site: http://www.citystages.org.
Birmingham - Callers' Workshop: The Birmingham Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance will offer two callers' workshops for folks who would like to try their hands at calling dances. In the first session Rob Harper will give out dances that beginning callers will enjoy and explain how to teach and call them. In the second session Chrissy Davis-Camp will give attendees a chance to call the dances they practiced during the month, and possibly give some a chance to call theirs in the Sunday afternoon dance that follows. Cost: $15 per session; this includes admission to the Sunday afternoon dance, 4:00-6:30 p.m. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/.
Birmingham - Pepper Place Market: Dance at Pepper Place Market, 29th and 2nd Avenue North from 6pm to 8pm. Pepper Place will will have farmers and vendors from the farmers' market there, along with four or five food trucks. Easy, fun dances that everyone will enjoy! Web site: http://www.pepperplacemarket.com/.
Birmingham - Squares - Matthew's Bar and Grill: Square dance at Matthew's Bar and Grill, 2208 Morris Avenue, Birmingham, AL, 35203. 21 and up. No experience necessary. 50 cents per dance, first hour free. Web site: http://www.matthewsbarandgrill.com/.
Huntsville: On the first and third Saturdays of the month you'll find us at Faith Presbyterian Church at 5003 Whitesburg Drive. Beginners' contra workshop at 7:00 p.m. Contra dance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7/person for adults, $4/person for full time students, and free for children under 13. Wear shoes that won't damage a wooden gym floor, but will turn freely. Leather flats or hard rubber soles are fine. Avoid high heels or tennis shoes with treads. Bowling shoes and most dance shoes are great. Wear comfortable clothing you can move in, and won't get too hot. Contra dancing is vigorous; you will work up a sweat! Web site: http://huntsvillecontra.dance/nacds/.
Huntsville - Blue Moon: Dance weekend held in mid-May. Register in advance (?). Web site: http://bluemoonweekend.com/BlueMoon/.
Independence - Peach Bottom Farm Fiddle & Strings Camp: Mostly music camp (provides a fun-filled yet intensive musical environment for all ages and abilities) for five days in June with a little dancing. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.peachbottomfarm.com/peachbottomfarm.com/Fiddle_Strings.html.
Loachapoka - Lee County Gathering: Multi-day old time music festival with music performances and workshops, storytelling plus a contra dance. Held at the Lee County Historical Society and Museum, 6500 Stage Road, Highway 14 in late April. Web site: http://www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org/leecountygathering/main.html.
Mentone - Music and Dance Weekend: The Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance sponsor this annual music and dance weekend in mid-Augustat Camp Riverview in Mentone. Register in advance. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/.
Montgomery: Dances on First and Third Friday nights, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person, $15 max per family. Location: Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 5260 Vaughn Road, Montgomery, Alabama. Web site: http://riverregioncontradance.com/ContraDance/index.htm.
Montgomery - Central Alabama Contra Dancers: Dance at the Montgomery Area Square Dance Association "MASDA" Building, 2200 Poplar Street (near the Ann Street Exit, take Exit # 3 off of I-85) from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the North Hall. Cost: $5 Person - $15 per family maximum. Currently our plan is to dance to recorded music rather than the conventional live music. We warmly welcome new dancers at every event. No special skills are required, just an ability to walk to the beat and a willingness to smile. Children are most welcome to dance (or not) but must be supervised. Please dress comfortably for vigorous physical activity and bring comfortable shoes suitable for hardwood floors. Contact us for more information or to be added to our mailing list Info@Contralines.com - Web site: http://contralines.com.
Montgomery - Squares: Old time traditional square dances at Masda Center, 2200 Poplar Street, Montgomery, AL from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Cost is $5 per person. Info: 334-281-0863 or 334-313-0843. Web site: None.
Nauvoo - Dance from Scratch Weekend: Learn how to dance old-timey American folk dances. We'll teach you everything you need to know to enjoy traditional Southern and Western squares, Appalachian circle dances, and easy contras. An opportunity to practice teaching and calling dances suitable for community groups will be offered for those interested. Previous dancing experience is not required, just a willingness to learn and have fun and the ability to move around the dance floor. Singles and couples welcome-- no need to register with a partner. Web site: http://folkschool.dioala.org.
Nauvoo - From Scratch Weekend: No dancing listed. Ever wanted to learn a musical instrument or pick up a new craft, but had no idea where to start? Well, then this workshop is perfect for you! Each class will be taught so that you can pick up a new hobby from scratch. No prior experience necessary! Web site: http://folkschool.dioala.org.
North Birmingham - Dance for Red Mountain Community School: Dance at the YWCA at 309 23rd Street North Birmingham, AL 35203 from 8pm to 11pm. "Contra for a Cause" benefit dance for the Red Mountain Community School. Join us as we dance to support the school. All proceeds will go to the school to help them in their move to Avondale this summer. Suggested donation: $10 per individual, $20 per family. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/.
Tuscaloosa: Our contra dances are generally on the 4th Saturday of every month. Swing dances are usually on the 1st Saturday. Both at various locations. Beginner's lesson: 7:15 - 8:00 p.m. Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Web site: http://www.contradancers.org/.
Tuscaloosa - University of Alabama: The University of Alabama's Creative Campus, Natural History Museum, and Residence Hall Association are pleased to present a College Night Contra Dance at Smith Hall from 7:30 pm-10:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public and additionally sponsored by New College and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative. For more information call 205-348-7884 or visit www.creativecampus.ua.edu. Contradance is a form of music and dance that involves a caller, and blends traditional styles with new twists, drawing new audiences. Web site: http://www.uacreativecampus.org/.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.