In This Website: Resources for Musicians
- Community Band Playlist. In PDF format; revised July 3, 2015.
- Printable Sheet Music. An index of 90 items in PDF format that you can download and print for use with the Community Band. Watch for new tunes to be added to this index in the coming months.
Please Note: The resources shown below are quite comprehensive, and contain links to numerous other resources for dance callers. Therefore, duplications will be inevitable.
- Contraculture: An Introduction to Contradancing by Steven Nagy of Hamilton Contra Dances in Ontario, Canada. An excellent summary addressing new dancers for whom just jumping in and doing contra dance isn't enough, and who need a more analytical perspective. A logical next step after reading our What Is Contra Dance? page.
- Wikipedia’s Entry on Contra Dance. A worthwhile general resource that goes into even greater depth, and contains numerous references to primary sources of information on contra dance history, formations, etc.
- Contra Dance Form. Another Wikipedia entry that describes the arrangement of dancers into contra dance sets and minor sets, such as proper, improper, Becket, and less common formations such as four-face-four (Mescolanza), "indecent," etc.
- Contra Dance Choreography. Another Wikipedia entry that describes the basic figures of contra dancing, and provides excellent diagrams of complex figures such as the hey for four and contra corners.
- Contra Dance Basics. This is a seven-part series of short instructional videos produced by the Chattahoochie Country Dancers of Atlanta, Georgia to benefit new contra dancers. As they indicate in their own promotional description, however, "The best place to learn to dance is on the dance floor. These videos are the next best place to learn how to contra dance."
- No More Dizziness When Contra Dancing! Another instructional video with numerous tips to help newer dancers control their dizziness, then eliminate it for good. Highly recommended here, as it is clear and graphically presented.
- Definitions and Explanations. A comprehensive, annotated set of links to numerous other resources that may be helpful for new contra dancers.
Dance Databases and Dance Directories
Dance Festivals in California and Arizona
Neighboring Dance Organizations