Queen City Contra Dancers Buffalo NY

Upcoming Dance






July 12, 2024

(Contra basics at 7:00pm)


New to Buffalo caller

Rainbow Riverface

Hailing from Ohio they call there, Pittsburgh and other great venues.  They have been on tour with Contraforce and brings fresh, fun calling to our dance floor. 



Joey Dorwart : percussion/sax
Andrae Raffield: violin&tenor guitar
Jimi Peirano: guitar&bass
Karin Mcquade: fiddle&vocals

Contraforce comes to us from Charleston, SC, bringing a new world beat and contemporary sound to music solidly grounded in tradition 



Back at last to our “home”

the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo

695 Elmwood Ave.  Buffalo


at the corner of West Ferry St. & Elmwood Ave.

We are back & dancing!!! Come join us!


The Queen City Contra Dancers’ board has determined that our dances are now open to everyone regardless of your vaccination status.  No testing required; masking is optional.


Snacks and drinks are provided by volunteers – bring and share as you can!

As always, you dance at your own risk.

General Information


Dance locations:

UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

St. John’s Lutheran, 55 Pleasant Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086 

* Dances run from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

* No experience required. Beginners welcome!

* Contra-basics for newcomer friends at 7:00 PM

* No partner required. Come with friends, family, a significant other, or independently! This is a social dance and partners change regularly.

All dances are taught and walked through before the music plays.

*  No special outfits required. We recommend loose, breathable      clothing and clean, flat, soft-soled shoes. Sneakers and Hush Puppies are good. Cowboy boots and high heels are NOT good; not only do those shoes damage wooden dance floors, but they are difficult to move around in, and we do move around!

*  Windows will be open and fans in place to aid in ventilation.

*  Parking is available street side; additional parking is at Parish Commons located on the opposite West Ferry and Elmwood Corners. The limited parking in the lot next to the church is for the band, caller and set up/take down crew. Please DO NOT park in the bank lot, you most likely will be towed.

*  All Queen City dances are smoke-free and alcohol-free.
*  You are dancing at your own risk at all times.


General admission: $10.00 (Pay more if you can, less if you cannot.)
Members: $8.00 
Spectators: A donation to help compensate the band

Join QCCD and get $2 off admission


Courtesy Turns at the Contra Dance
by Robert Reynolds Hewitt, (C)2003, used by permission.

Take a Look at the Contra Dancing Fun!

Contra Dance Bibliography

A Queen City exclusive. Way back in 1993, while in library school, our co-founder compiled a bibliography on contra dance research sources. Here it is in original, unimproved form.

“The Fine Print”

Dancing is done at your own risk and self-evaluation of your physical health and ability.   Contra dancing, while low impact, is still exercise and you will become warm.

Dancing Gems or “Heard on the Floor”

Contra Dance is to …”walk around to music and act friendly…” – Andy Davis, caller, organizer, musician

“Go forward with purpose!” – Nils Fredland, caller, musician

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