Upcoming Events

  • December Dance with the Cabin Hunters and Don Stratton calling

    15th Dec 2017 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Dance to the old timey tunes of the Cabin Hunters with Don Stratton calling. The Cabin Hunters old timey tunes will make you smile-Brendan Taaffe, Nate Paine and Mike Roberts.  Beginner's workshop at 7:45.  Bring your soft-soled shoes and your smile.

  • January Dance Shindy with Adina Gordon calling

    20th Jan 2018 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Join us this month with Shindy with calling by Adina Gordon.  Dance to the hard driving tunes of Shindy and favorite Vermont based caller, Adina Gordon.  oBeginner's workshop at 7:45.  Bring your soft-soled shoes and your smile.

  • February Dance – Lausanne Allen and local favorite the Cold River Band

    17th Feb 2018 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Join us this month to dance to one of our most local favorites, the Cold River Band with Lausanne Allen calling.

  • March Dance Dugan Murphy calling with a romp stomping band made up of Cedar and Friends

    17th Mar 2018 8:00:pm, at (Map)

    Dugan Murphy who hails from Portland Maine will join us for a romp stomping excellent dance featuring an amazing band that will consist of Cedar Stanistreet and friends - not to be missed. See you in Tinmouth. Come at 7:45 for a beginner session if you are new to contra dancing. No partner needed as long as you will ask a friendly stranger to dance with you.  See you in Tinmouth!

  • April Dance – Luke Donforth calling with Cloud Ten

    21st Apr 2018 8:00:pm, at (Map)

    Cloud Ten is Cedar Stanistreet, Donal Sheets and friends - join us with Luke Donforth calling at the Community Center. Beginner's session at 7:45.  Yes- you want to be there!

  • May Dance – the Dam Beavers from California with Ron Blechner calling

    19th May 2018 8:00:pm, at Tinmouth Community Center (Map)

    Join us for a dance with traveling bank the Dam Beavers (check them out at thedambeavers.band) and Ron Blechner calling.  A great evening to end our season. We will be back in September.  Come at 7:45 for a beginner's session.

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.