The International Association of Contra Callers, Inc.
Updated June 10, 2014
(Please send updates for the Calendar.)






Energizer Dance pictures
NSDC-Detroit pictures
NSDC-Oklahoma City pictures


Contra Moves & Timing


Contra in Square Dances

Contra Dance 101



Where the Annual Events are:

Trail In Energizer Contra Dance - Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dance will begin at 7:30 with a local live band and callers from around the country who are members of CONTRALAB.
Location is Park Hill Presbyterian Church, which has a beautiful wood floor and fine acoustics. 3520 J.F.K. Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 72116
Directions from downtown Little Rock. Go north on I-30 across the Arkansas River staying in the left lane. A mile or two after the river, merge onto I-40 going west toward Fort Smith. Immediately, move to the right lane and exit right onto JFK Bvd. Go up the hill (this is the Parkhill neighborhood) and turn right on D street after 6 or seven blocks. Go one block and turn left, in 1.5 blocks you come to the parking lot for the church and the door to the hall is self-evident.

CONTRALAB Convention - Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Location will be in the Pope Hall (contra room) at the same location as the NSDC in Little Rock. Starting at 9:30 a.m. with a get-acquainted half hour, followed by an education session led by Lissa Bengtson on Squares of Texan Cultures and/or appropriate ethnic dances. Lunch will be on our own from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. will be for our general business meeting and the board meeting.

63rd National Square Dance Convention
Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
June 25 28, 2014


50th Anniversary for the Lloyd Shaw Foundation & Shaw Folk Rendezvous

July 11-12, 2014

This 1 1/2 day event begins on Friday, July 11th with an evening dance and after-party - 7-10 pm. On Saturday July 12th there are two morning workshops (10-11 and 11-12) and three afternoon workshops (2-3, 3-4, and 4-5). Attendees are on their own for breakfast and lunch on Saturday. There is a catered BBQ dinner from 6-7. Evening dance runs from 7 to 10 pm again with an after party of folksongs and stories. Bring your instruments to join in on the singing after the dance. There is a Facebook page for the event. It will be held at the "Outpost", 10101 E Colorado Ave, Denver, CO.

Cumberland Dance Week (annual)
Sunday, July 20, 2014 Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cumberland Dance Week is a family-friendly dance camp sponsored by the Lloyd Shaw Foundation. We are best known for our high-quality educational programming for all ages and top-notch live music. the lodge is nestled in a remote section of south-central Kentucky, surrounded by beautiful Lake Cumberland. Contra, English, Family, Square, Waltz Dance
Venue: Lake Cumberland Educational 4-H Center: 17500 Kentucky 196, Nancy, KY For more information: (Phone):
(888) 913-6013;


31st Illinois Square & Round Dance Convention

July 25-27, 2014

The Westin Chicago Northwest 400 Park Boulevard Itasca, IL Square, Round, Lines, Contra, Clogging


55th Wisconsin Square & Round Dance Convention
August 8, 9, 10, 2014
Patriot Center, 10101 Market St., Rothschild, WI 54474
Square, round, contra, lines


52nd Michigan Square and Round Dance Convention
August 15 & 16, 2014
Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan
5700 East 28th Street SE
Square, round, contra


English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods
August 23 - 30, 2014; Plymouth, Massachusetts


Where the Weekly/Monthly Action Is:


Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla (Las Cruces)
Contact (505) 521-7586 or


1st Friday, Kettering - City Folk; holds dances on the 1st Friday of the month from September to May (except December) with waltzing at 6:30pm, instruction at 7:30pm, and contra dancing at 8:00pm. The dances are held at the Michael Solomon Pavilion, 2917 Berkley Avenue (behind the Community Golf Course off Dorothy Lane). Web site:


For information on contra dances in Texas go to:
The link to the San Antonio website is:


2ndSaturday (September to May) 2:00 to 5:00 PM; CONTRAILS CONTRA DANCERS
Juanita Community Club, Kirkland, WA
Call 425-881-0691 or


1st Saturday (Sept. to May) 8:00 to 11:00 PM CONTRA TIME DANCERS
March 5, April 2, May 7, 2011
St. Matthias Church, corner of Chebucto & Windsor Streets, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Live Music, Prompter - Dottie Welch
Instruction as needed - new dancers welcome; $10.00 per person
Info: Dottie Welch (902) 435-4544 or email