Memphis Contra Dancers

Community Dance for All

Third Friday Waltz

Upcoming Dances

About Our Dances

Memphis Contra Dances are on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Fridays of the month. A learner's session at 7pm covers the basics of the dance. Live music and dancing starts at 7:30. Dance ends at approximately 9:40.


We do not charge admission at the door; we ask for a tip for the band. Pay what you can (most dances charge $7-$12).

Winter/Spring 2017


Friday // January 13

Reel McCoy

Caller Russell Johnson

Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm

Dance will be in the gym


Friday // January 20

Third Friday Waltz

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Friday // January 27
Reel McCoy
Caller Angela Schneider
Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm

Friday // February 10
Celtic World
Caller Jason Sullivan
Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm


Friday // February 17

Third Friday Waltz
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Friday // February 24
EarthQuakers
Caller Angela Schneider
Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm


Friday-Sunday // March 10-12

Memfest!

The Latter Day Lizards

with Lisa Greenleaf

Friday // March 17

Third Friday Waltz
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday // March 24
Reel McCoy
Caller Evie Gill
Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm

Friday // March 31
EarthQuakers
Caller Angela Schneider
Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm


Saturday // April 1

Down to Earth Festival at Shelby Farms Park

1:00-2:00 Music

2:00-4:30 Contra with Reel McCoy and caller Russell Johnson


No dance April 14

Friday // April 21
Third Friday Waltz
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday // April 28
Reel McCoy
Caller Russell Johnson
Lesson: 7:00 pm / Dance: 7:30 pm

Third Friday every month: We welcome individuals and couples. We waltz to some of the best recorded music, stopping to give informal lessons by request, in Idlewild's beautiful Fellowship Hall. It's free.

New to contra dance?


Catch a video of our 2014 Memfest dance weekend.

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