Contra Prom

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 ~ 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. You are not required to bring a date, 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 hear tell that there are other Contra Proms here and there — but ours was the first ever. Accept no substitutes!

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: The 13th Annual Contra Prom

We’re very excited about the band this year! Tempest — a collaboration of Tim Ball and Chuck Abell (along with others that they bring in) — was formed in 2009. Tempest artfully blends contra dance tunes with a variety of musical styles, including jazz, Irish and Latin influences. Since the release of their CD “Equilibrium” in 2014, the band has been been in great demand and touring more and more. Expect them to play up a storm!

Our caller will be Sarah VanNorstrand, creator of the first ever Contra Prom. Check out Sarah’s 2010 article about the Prom in the CDSS News. Sarah calls regularly at our dances in Syracuse and serves on our Board. She has also become a very popular caller throughout the US, and is closely associated with the Contra Prom since the first one in 2004.

The 2016 Contra Prom will again take place at the amazing Madison Hall in Morrisville. This being a “Cream of the Crop” event, our suggested admission prices are $15/regular admission and $10/students. As at our other events it is always fine to pay more to support the event, or less if you need to.

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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