Mt. Airy Contra Dance Speaker Series

The speaker series was active in 2020 and 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"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

(More speakers will be announced!)

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.

Our past speakers include:

Leslie Barr
Sept 23
The Contra Dancer's Guide to French Dancing: from Bal to Balfolk
Susan Kevra
June 10
A Crash Course on the History of American Social Dance
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.