Contra Prom

Friday, May 9th, 2014 ~ 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-Motion, and Nor’easter.

This Year’s Prom

The 2014 Contra Prom will again take place at the lovely Madison Hall in Morrisville, and we’re delighted that our Prom musicians will be the incomparable Giant Robot Dance, on their 10th anniversary, world-wide tour! What is “Giant Robot Dance”? Well, many theories abound, but we can tell you that it includes: Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar and fiddle; Noah VanNorstrand on drums; Andrew Marcus on accordion; Aaron Marcus on piano, banjo, and concertina; as well as Michael Ferguson and Alex Ferguson on trombone. We are sure that you won’t be able to sit out a dance when the stage is overrun by robots!

Calling will be provided by the originator of the Syracuse Country Dancers’ Contra Prom, Sarah VanNorstrand.

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.

Click here to check see videos of Giant Robot Dance. It’ll be a night to remember!

Contra Prom 2012 Photos

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