Contra Prom

Friday, May 8th, 2015 ~ 8-11 PM


The Contra Prom started in the spring of 2004 when some of our younger dancers wanted to create a “prom-alternative” and joined forces with the Syracuse Country Dancers to put together the world’s first Contra Prom. Unlike a normal high school prom, our Contra Prom has no age limit, although you can expect lots of youth involvement. No dates are required, there’s awesome live music, and we have cake! We bring out the decorations, and encourage dancers to dress up (goofy, elegant or anywhere in between) and be ready to party it up with fun dances, exciting music, and lots of energetic dancers.

We like to pull out all the stops when hiring musicians for the Prom. In past years we have featured such bands as Anadama, Matching OrangePerpetual e-MotionNor’easter, and Giant Robot Dance.

This Year’s Prom

The 2015 Contra Prom will again take place at the amazing Madison Hall in Morrisville, and we’re excited to welcome a new band for our Prom musicians that promises to get old Madison Hall rockin’ down to its very foundations! The band is Kanak Attack and features Tim Ball and Andrew VanNorstrand taking turns on guitar and fiddle, and Casey Murray on cello. You won’t want to miss these folks!

And, we’ve managed to coax the reclusive Squash Family callers out of hiding to lead the dancing. If you were unable to catch them at last year’s Phylla Mae Fall Fest, check them out at prom.

This being a “Cream of the Crop” event, our suggested admission prices are $10/regular admission and $7/students. As at our other events it is always fine to pay more to support the event, or less if you need to. And, if you are a CDSS member, bring your passport — Our Contra Prom is a “Passport to Joy” destination.

Hope you can be there — It’ll be a night to remember!

Contra Prom 2012 with Sarah VanNorstrand and Anadama: Video and Photos

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