Thursday Contras


Photos by Doug Plummer
The members of the Thursday Night Dance Committee of NEFFA are pleased with the high vaccination rate in New England and with the declining numbers of positive COVID-19 cases here and across the country. These indicators are making us hopeful that we’ll be able to start dancing together again.

Contra dancing provides one of the best environments for this virus to spread, and it is one of the last things on the list of activities to resume safely as this pandemic slows and comes to an end. Even though we are all eager to hold hands and swing our partners, it just isn't safe for everyone yet.

At this time, the Thursday Night Dance Committee is not considering hosting events just for vaccinated dancers. Once we resume, everyone will be invited. We will consider starting face-to-face, in-person dances as soon as it is low-risk for the general public, regardless of individual vaccination status. Meanwhile, the more people who get their shots, the closer we get to the end of the pandemic and the restart of contra dancing. Please get a vaccine yourself and encourage others to do the same.

Our committee will revisit this issue periodically. We can’t wait to dance with you again!

Thanks to the folks at the Portland Intown Contra Dance whose thoughtful statement was the inspiration for our own.

Location: The Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MA
NEW! Introductory pre-dance workshop at 7:10pm
7:30pm-10:30pm -- $10 ($5 for people 22 and under)
Info: (617) 299-1590 (leave a message; we'll call back)
Please bring soft-soled shoes!

This dance is sponsored by NEFFA. We are a diverse community of friendly people who enjoy and promote the lively tradition of contra dance. Please read our code of conduct: Dance Etiquette and Safety.

Watch contra dance videos! Video #1 Video #2
We will cancel the dance if we feel that weather conditions would make for unsafe travel.
No animals (other than service animals) are allowed in the building.

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Dance History
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Lost and Found - All Thursday Lost and Found items will be retained at the Concord Scout House for a period of time.
Bookings (contact Lisa Greenleaf laleaf AT gmail DAHT com)

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The NOB: Come make a big sound with the NEFFA open band!
Let’s fill the stage with musicians and the hall with music. All musicians and levels encouraged to come, and a NOB tunes list is available now Bring your own music stand. Please no percussion instruments or amplifiers.