11 Reasons Why You Should Go Contra Dancing

11 Reasons Why You Should Go Contra Dancing

"It's like square dancing but in lines, AND SO MUCH COOLER"

"Sorry, I'm busy. I'm going contra dancing tonight. "

"You're going what?"

"Contra dancing. It's like square dancing except in lines."

"Oh."

"Do YOU want to come."

"Uh..."

"Oh, do come! It's so much fun"

"I'm not good at dancing"

"You don't have to be, it's American folk dancing, for goodness' sake. It's all stomping and hollering, no gracefulness required Please come..."

"Ok?"

"YAY!"

Here's 11 reasons why I love to go contra dancing and why everyone should try this awesome dance form.

1. It’s easy.

Every dance is walked through before the music starts. You're taught everything right before you have to do it so it's easy to jump into as a beginning.

2. It's an obscure hobby!

So you can seem like a edgy, hipster without trying lol. Speaking from experience, people will think you the coolest person if you enjoy doing something they've never heard of.

3. Doesn’t need gracefulness/poise/dancing talent.

Can you get good at this? Of course. But as a beginner, you can literally just walk around in patterns and actually be considered a good dancer.

4. Doesn't require special shoes/clothes.

There isn't an official contra dance shoe, some dancers have shoes from other disciplines others just wear clean sneakers that haven't been outside.

5. It's social without extensive commitment.

Since partners are switched frequently (in mixer dances, it happens multiple times a dance) contra dancing is great for the socially awkward.

6. Historical Connections!

Don't you want to dance the dance that was done at Washington's inaugural ball?

7. Creating art with your body is fun.

All the contra dances patterns are so pretty in a mathematical way. People just logically twist and turn around each others and it comes out looking awesome. If you mess the pattern up the first few times, you gratitude will be even greater when this pattern perfection occurs!

8. There's live music!

Now who doesn't enjoy that!

9. Cheap fun!

It's waay more affordable than a nice dinner out or a trip to the movies. And it totally counts as exercise to boot!

10. Meeting the nicest people.

Contra dancers tend to be a group of happy nerds (a noun I use in the most loving way possible). If you make a mistake, everybody just giggles and helps you fix the figure.

11. It's a built-in community all over New England.

People love having new faces both experienced and beginners at their dances; you should try going to a new dance sometime.

Finally here's an example from the New England Folk Festival to show you how awesome contra is!


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My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was a big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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