Welcome!

It’s a new website and we’re still ironing out the wrinkles.

We’re glad your here and we welcome your comments. This is where you can get the Holland dance schedule and find links to other dance organizations for good dancing throughout the region. The gallery has some good photos, and we will add more as we go along. Let’s make this a conversation: please add your comments to the posts you read, and register to add your own post: Feedback on the website, on the dances in Holland, on subjects related to traditional dancing, questions, concerns and ideas.  Join the dance!

Volunteer Opportunities

Allegan Woods is a cooperative.

There are many tasks to be done in order to hold the dances.  You can support our on-going efforts by pitching in. Talk to Thom, Karin, or Marcia at the dances regarding any of these opportunities.

  1. Set-up & clean-up. Easy, and every bit helps.
    1. Setting up the chairs, folding them and putting them away.
    2. Attending to the snack table.
    3. Assisting with the sound system (work with sound tech to learn tasks.)
  2. Publicity. Not difficult, but done before, during & after the dances.
    1. Make flyers. Distribute flyers. Post flyers at your favorite places.
    2. Post messages on social network sites: Facebook, pinterest, twitter, meet-up.
      1. we have a Facebook group: “Contra Dancing in Holland Michigan.”
      2. but we need help on the others!
    3. Take photos! and share them.
  3. Literature & Events. Hear about dance-related activities? Maybe a dance weekend coming up? Attend a dance elsewhere? See something interesting on line? Share these on the website or bring info for the literature table. ( and check our links on line )

What is Contra Dance?

A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances.

A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures, or moves, with each other and with another couple for a short time. They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing. The figures are combined in different ways for each different dance.

The caller teaches each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect so the movements can be easily executed. The caller leads the dances while they are being done to music, so dancers are able to perform each movement to the music.

Most contra dance events will include a few dances of other kinds: traditional squares, waltz, polka, swing and other types of couple dance.

People of all ages and lifestyles, including children, are welcome. Contra dances are a place where people from many walks of life come together to dance and socialize. First-time dancers will likely find experienced dancers extremely friendly and helpful. Take a look at contras on You Tube–maybe starting with this one from folks in Georgia:  Why we dance.