Contra Prom

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 ~ 7:30-10:30 PM

The 14th Annual Contra Prom

We are more than excited about our prom performers this year. The band will be Eloise & Co.: Becky Tracy, Rachel Bell and Andrew VanNorstrand. These three powerhouse musicians combine lyricism with punch to get your feet moving and your heart singing. Expect them to rock the hall!

Rachel BellAndrew VanNorstrand

Calling this year will be the reclusive, but ever so fascinating, Squash Family callers: Nick Squash, Doc Squash and Sadie Squash. You can expect fun, interesting and accessible dances, with plenty of pizzazz.

The 2017 Contra Prom will take place at our regular hall in Fayetteville. 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. We are glad to have you at the dance!

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


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. One of those young people was Sarah VanNorstrand, who is now a highly regarded dance caller, and a shaker and mover in our local dance community. (Check out Sarah’s 2010 article about the Prom in the CDSS News.)

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.

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

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