About Hamilton Contra Dances
Hamilton Contra Dances is a volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to organizing and promoting contra dances in Hamilton. HCD sponsors contra dances from October to May each year. All dances are open to the public.
HCD is also a community of dancers, dance organizers, callers, and musicians. When you come to a dance, you are welcomed into that community.
We charge an admission price so that we can pay the hall rent and give a token amount to the musicians and callers who make our dances possible; otherwise the dances would be free.
As with most if not all contra dance groups, HCD is an organization of volunteers. There are many jobs, both large and small, that need to be done in order for HCD to function, and we can always use a few more helping hands. If you've enjoyed dancing with us, please consider helping out however you can. Talk to an organizer at a dance or
- Hamilton Contra Dances was founded as Hamilton Country Dancers in 1987 by Stephen Fuller, a well-known Hamilton traditional fiddler, and Eldon Cooper, a caller from Port Dover, ON
- our current home is HARRRP in east Hamilton, and previous homes have been Erskine Presbyterian Church, Westdale United Church, and All Saints' Church at the corner of King and Queen in downtown Hamilton
No partner needed
All dances taught and prompted by the caller
Always live music!
Fun and friendly
No experience necessary