Contra Dances

The Cal Dance Coop hosts several contra dance series, each held on a different night of the month.

All contra events are danced to live music, with a teacher (or caller) guiding the evening. Our monthly dances start with a beginner’s lesson, so no experience is needed. No need to bring a partner with you. Everyone is welcome to join the fun!

If you are new to contra dancing, check out our introduction to contra dancing.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturday contra dances are held at the Women’s Club of South Pasadena:
1424 Fremont Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030


The 5th Saturday advanced contra dance is held at Skandia Hall:
2031 E Villa St
Pasadena, CA 91107


Location and other details subject to change. Always check the individual event page to confirm the location and time of any given dance.

1st Saturday Contra

Women’s Club of South Pasadena
calling uses “gents/ladies”

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3rd Saturday Contra

Women’s Club of South Pasadena
calling uses “gents/ladies”

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California Twirl

Women’s Club of South Pasadena
• Second Saturdays

calling uses “larks/robins”
queer-friendly, role-switching welcomed

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5th Saturday Contra

Skandia Hall in Pasadena
calling uses “gents/ladies”
advanced dance–no beginner lesson, fewer walkthroughs
• 4 hours of dancing!

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Upcoming Dances