The Culture of Contra Dance


If you’ve lived in New England for some time, you’ve probably heard of contra dancing, and maybe you’ve even tried it out for yourself! Being from the suburbs of Philadelphia, I never heard of contra dance until I was a student at UMass. I decided to check it out to understand more about this folk-style dance. I went to the downtown contra dance to get a taste of this local culture.


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