Events: Contra Dance This Saturday

Story from staff reports. Photos by Patrick Smyth.

What happens when symphony musicians put down their violins, then pick them up again and call them fiddles?

Come and see on Saturday evening, February 25 when the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association (RCSA) sponsors a contra dance to benefit the Orchestras of NC State University.

Contra Dancing

Imagine an early version of line dancing or square dancing with English or Celtic music and you have an idea of what contra dancing is.  Think of the line dancing in any movie you’ve seen that was set in historical England or involved Jane Austen.  In facing lines, listening to a caller, dancers move through sets and figures.  It’s good exercise and they have a really good time!

Contra dancing is growing in popularity all around the country and particularly here in the Triangle area.  Contra dancing (even for beginners) is active, family friendly and fun.


In a unique partnership between community musicians and university students, the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association works with NC State University to support two orchestras – a 65 member symphony orchestra and a 35 member chamber orchestra.  Many of the community musicians are Cary citizens.

The orchestras perform multiple concerts each year and are a vital part of both the university and the local area community.

Event Details

Live Celtic dance music.  All ages welcome.  No experience necessary.  No partner required.  Comfortable clothes and shoes recommended.

Contra Dance to Benefit RCSA
Saturday, February 25 from 7-10pm
West Raleigh Presbyterian Church
27 Horne Street (near the Bell Tower)
Raleigh, NC  27607

Students $5, Non-Students $10
Tickets available at the door or call 919 782 1628

Sponsored by the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association.  Proceeds benefit NC State University orchestras.

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