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Contra Dances

Our contra dances are held on the 4th Saturday of most months at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center, 250 E. Center St., in Anaheim (in the heart of Orange County).  Free parking

Jams are now held on the second Saturday of the month from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Fullerton.  See our Jams page for additional details.

For general information about our dances, click Dance Overview

Recommended Donations

Unless otherwise noted, the recommended donation is $15 per person; $12 for Anaheim residents, Living Tradition members, seniors, and full-time students.  Children under 18 FREE with paid adult. 


For additional information, contact Michael Frey at mfrey4mando@gmail.com.

Contra Dance Video

You can see Robert Unetic's short video about The Living Tradition's 4th Saturday events on YouTube: 


 Attendees of our dances must be fully vaccinated and boosted and must wear KN95 or better masks while inside the dance hall.  See our Covid-19 policy below for additional details.

Our Covid-19 Policy for Dances

Our Covid protocols are intended to protect the health and safety of our community.  Our dances continue to require that every attendee have a full Covid vaccination and booster and wear a KN95 or better mask while in the hall.  We set these stricter Covid protocols due to the close proximity of the dancers to each other and the active nature of contra dancing.  Specifically, attendees of our dances must:

  • Be free of key Covid-19 symptoms.  Click here to view the CDC list of these symptoms. 
  • Wear either an N95, KN95, or KF94 mask that covers the nose, mouth, and chin Cloth or surgical masks alone will not be considered sufficient protection.  The mask must be worn at all times when indoors. 
  • Present proof of full Covid vaccination and booster.

Our Covid protocols at dances are consistent with the protocols of neighboring contra dance organizations. 


6:00 PM  Doors open
6:30 PM  Contra dance introduction lesson
7:00 to 9:20 PM  Contra dance
9:20 PM  Final Waltz
Clean-up. Volunteers welcome!


May 27, 2023

Caller:  Lindsay Verbil
Band:  Jeff Spero, Kira Ott, and
Liam Lewis


June 24, 2023

Caller:  Chris Page
Band:  The Moonlighters Trio consists of Evan Anderson (on bass, mandolin, and vocals), Patty McCollom (on banjo, fiddle, tinwhistle, and vocals), and Barbara Whitney (on fiddle, banjo, and vocals).


July 22, 2023

Caller:  Frannie Marr
Arroyo Seco String Band


Aug. 26, 2023

Caller:  Martha Wild    
Band:  Interfolk


Sept. 23, 2023

Caller:  Jeremy Korr   
Modal Tease with Belinda Thom and friends


Oct. 28, 2023

Caller:  TBA
Band:  TBA


Nov. 25, 2023

Caller:  Jacqui Grennan  


Dec. 23, 2023

No dance in December.  Happy Holidays!


Additional dance details will be added as info become available. 

The schedule is subject to change.