Spring Dance Romance, a dancing event focused on contra dancing, hopes to bring the community together with their social dancing event that runs April 26 through 28 at Northside Elementary School.
Contra dancing is a style of community folk dance originating in North America that was seen as a way to create an environment for those in the community to meet and talk to each other. It's a partner-style dance much like square dancing, but is freer because of the way people are able to express themselves and the dancers' are able to dance with any partner on the floor.
Spring Dance Romance is an event that keeps the contra dance tradition alive with the help of workshops and a fun and safe space. The event is run by the Triangle Country Dancers, who started the weekend event back in 1988.
“People who share that love and joy of dancing come together and dance together as a community,” Linda Cooper, who is part of the booking committee at Triangle Country Dancers, said. “And the energy level and the excitement is just an order of magnitude or more higher than it is at just a regular local weekly dance.”
As well as contra dancing, Spring Dance Romance features many different workshops on other forms of dances that add to the contra dance form along with specific lessons to improve contra dancing. The workshops include gender free dancing, blues dancing, and Irish set dancing.