Contra Dancing

Montpelier Contra Dance at the Capital City Grange
Presented by the Contra Dance Umbrella


Contra dancing brings joy and laughter and friends into your life. It is fun beyond words. Contra dancing is done to live music – guitar and fiddle and other instruments, playing jigs and reels. A caller teaches each dance, and tells you what to do. You just need to know how to walk! No need to bring a partner.

Contra dances are 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturdays at 8 PM at the Capital City Grange in Montpelier (located on Northfield Street/Route 12 just south of the I-89 overpass), 8–11 p.m. Admission is $9; bring soft-soled shoes, please!

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We are a friendly and open dance community! Beginners, singles, and all ages are welcome; all dances are taught. Whoever you are, we invite you to come share the joy of dancing with us!

Dances are done in lines of couples. All ages -from 5 to 105. Each couple follows the calls, dancing with another couple. After you and your partner have done the dance figures with one couple you do them with the next couple in line. By the end of the dance you have danced with everyone in your set. There are about 9 or 10 dances in an evening. The convention is to ask a different partner for each dance and to ask people you don’t know to dance. You get to hear lively music, enjoy some exercise, meet your neighbors, and build our community. What more could you want!

Please help us preserve our dance floor! Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes, and change into them downstairs before joining the dance on the main floor.

For more information about the dance, call 802-744-2851 (Todd).
For information about booking bands and callers, contact Dana Dwinell-Yardley at

The dance is organized by the Contra Dance Umbrella, a group of Montpelier dancers. If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or want to know more about the Montpelier dance at any time, feel free to talk with one of these lovely people or call 802-744-2851.

• Dana Dwinell-Yardley
• Kurt Giavara
• Patty Giavara
• Jody Pettersen
• Merry Shernock
• Tim Swartz
• Todd Taska
• Cindy Taska
• Thomas Weiss

If you’re interested in other dances nearby, visit the Dance Gypsy website (, which has lots of local listings for dancing of all kinds!

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