Mt. Airy Contra Dance Speaker Series

Every few months, come to hear a noteworthy speaker present and discuss the history and social context for contra dancing and related forms of dance and music.

Upcoming speakers

Registration info: Invitations to our online events are sent to the Mt. Airy Contra Dance email list on Monday or Tuesday before the event. To be added to our email list, send email to with your full name and the location of your local contra dance.

When you get the email announcement, click the link in the email to register. Register by 6:00pm the night of the event to assure that you will be admitted promptly. You will get a confirmation email that includes a link and a password to join the event.

Susan Kevra
June 10
A Crash Course on the History of American Social Dance
Susan presents an overview of her Vanderbilt University course which charts dance history in America from Native American Dance through Hip Hop with a chance to see amazing footage of dance from across the centuries.

Our past speakers include:

Tony Parkes
Mar 25 2021
Diversity in Square Dancing
David Millstone
Jan 14 2021
Country Dance in Modern Times: Squares, ECD and Contras in Post-WWII America
Phil Jamison
Aug 27 2020
Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance

Click the link on each talk for additional details and to view recordings of each talk.