Upcoming Events

  • December 21, 2018 Dance with the Lone Prairie String Band with Don Stratton calling

    21st Dec 2018 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Mark your calendars- Nate Paine on fiddle, Brendan Taaffe on banjo and Mike Roberts on guitar with Don Stratton calling.  Should be a fun one!

  • January 18, 2019 Dance – Cloud Ten with Mary Wesley calling

    18th Jan 2019 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    This will be good, and should not be missed!  Yahooie!  See you in Tinmouth

  • February 15, 2019 Taking the month off

    15th Feb 2019 8:00:pm, at (Map)

    Consider going to Dance Flurry in Saratoga this month. No Tinmouth dance.

  • March 15, 2019 Dance-Cedar and Friends…caller TBD

    15th Mar 2019 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Cedar Stanistreet of Cloud Ten and some awesome musician friends will rock our hall. Be there.

  • April 19, 2019-Red Dog Riley with Luke Donforth calling

    19th Apr 2019 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    This will be fun-mark your calendars. Luke Donforth, one of our favorites, will be calling. Learn more here http://www.madrobincallers.org/collectivecallers/luke/ Red Dog Riley is

    • Kristin Bolton: bass, fiddle, clogging
    • Dave Guertin: guitar, mandolin
    • Andrew Munkres: banjo, piano
    • Romy Munkres: fiddle, flute, foot percussion
    • Don Stratton: fiddle, tenor guitar
    check out the band at reddogriley.com and listen to their tunes here http://www.reddogriley.com/listen/

  • May 17, 2019 Dance Brendan Taaffe & Aldo Lavaggi will craft us some tunes with Don Stratton calling

    17th May 2019 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Happy spring, mark your calendars-Brendan will bring us a band to close out our spring season, and Don Stratton will do the calling. See you in Tinmouth!

Our Dance

danceIn 2005, several members of the small town of Tinmouth joined together to provide an opportunity for live music, social dancing, and community building. Ten years later, the dance is a staple in the community, and people travel from near and far to attend. We work to create a welcoming, positive community for all dancers, and to bring fresh and new musical talent to the stage each month. 

Tinmouth Contra Dances occur on the 3rd Friday of each month from September-May. Check the Upcoming Events above for specifics. The dance lasts from 8-11pm, and we charge $8 for teens, $10-$12 for adults, and nothing for children 12 and under! We start the dance with a walk through for beginner dancers.  We also have a yummy bake sale with goodies and drinks which is paid for by donations which benefit the dance. Plan to bring a pair of soft-soled shoes (to protect the wood floor), money for admission and bake sale treats, and an open-minded attitude.  Be ready to laugh and smile!

New Dancers Always Welcome!

Contra dancing is a social dance form, and we are always looking for new people to join the community. All dances are taught, and our dance begins with a newcomer lesson at 8:00pm. We welcome adults, children, families, couples, and individuals. No partner necessary!

Contra Dance Basics

musiciansContra dancing is a type of traditional American folk dance in which dancers choose partners and create long parallel lines that run up and down the hall. Each dance consists of a sequence of figures and moves that allows couples to progress either up or down their line. The sequence is repeated multiple times, eventually allowing each couple to dance with every other couple in their line.

Contra dances are accompanied by live music, typically from the traditional Celtic and New England traditions. The instrumentation ranges from traditional fiddle and guitar back-up to saxophone, bombard, and even didgeridoo! Each dance is first taught by a caller without music, and then danced to music.

These dances offer a family-friendly, smoke-free, alcohol free environment that welcomes people of all ages and ability levels.