ABOUT US

In Berea, Kentucky, we enjoy live music and many traditional forms of community dance! On the fourth Saturday of every month except December, we hold a contra dance at the Russell Acton Folk Center. On the third Friday of most months we hold a smaller homestyle dance nearby. And we party!! 

Purpose

Contraire Dance Association (CDA) is a non-profit educational and cultural organization. The purpose of CDA is to introduce, promote, and advance traditional American contra, quadrille, and other social dance in Berea and surrounding areas. CDA is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society and supports the aims and goals of the CDSS. CDA is also a member group of the Berea Folk Circle Association.

Code of Conduct

Contraire Dance Association promotes a lively dance style that can be elegant and, most importantly, fun! We strive to create a culture of safety, respect and consent. To support this we teach and promote appropriate and safe dancing. Anyone and everyone who would like to attend is welcome.

Please be sensitive and respectful of other dancers, the band and caller. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Some examples might include:
  • Dancing too close or not respecting the personal space of others
  • Rough dancing, such as using too much strength, forcing a turn or swinging too fast
  • Dipping or lifting your partner without consent or consideration for others
  • Rudeness such as ordering people, or pushing them into place
  • Inappropriate touching or harassment of any sort (e.g. verbal, sexual)
As in all areas of life, you are the first person who should respond to inappropriate behavior.  Talk to the offender; he/she may not be aware of what they are doing.  If you have any concerns that you are not comfortable addressing yourself, then please speak directly with any dance committee member, who will all be wearing screaming green buttons.

Thank you for respecting this Code of Conduct and doing your part to maintain our joyful, safe, and respectful community.

 Borrowed heavily from the Ottawa Contra Dance Code of Conduct

Steering Committee Members

You can identify us at dances by our bright light green buttons!

Cliff
Cliff
Howard
Howard
Janie
Janie
Pat
Pat
Shirley
Shirley
Teresa
Teresa
Joe
Joe
John
John
Will
Will
Lexie
Lexie


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