Post # 1
So my FI and I booked a band and caller to do a contra dance at our wedding instead of a DJ’ed dance.
A contra dance is a traditional new england folk dance – think the virginia reel in gone with the wind. Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9L0dz3qmsc
I’m just worried that guests won’t be into it and the whole thing will flop. As a guest would you be into getting up and dancing??
Our crowd is older – lotts of aunts and uncles – only 100 guests. And at most of my cousin’s weddings that had a traditional dance there were two camps – the few young people dancing and tonnes of aunts and uncles complaining about how loud the music is and leaving at 9pm. So I have a feeling a traditional dance would be a flop as well…
Also our venue is a pioneer village so I thought it would be really appropriate given the setting! Also this will be the onyl kind of dance and will last for 3 hours hopefully!
Post # 3
I would happily participate in one, but otherwise I would expect to just be able to dance (with maybe the YMCA, chicken dance, line dances, etc thrown in). I don’t know how quickly I would catch onto the cues.
You know your guests though and it does fit in with your venue!
Post # 4
I went to a community dinner recently when visiting some relatives in Maine. And they had contra dancing. It was a lot of fun, I am usually not a dancer but found it easy and fun to join in.
I do think it depends on your crowd but with the right group I think it could be a really great activity!
Post # 5
I’ve done a lot of contra dancing and I think it’s super fun. It’s exhausting though and I think it only works if at least 50% of your guests know what to do. A bunch of first timers probably would have no clue what to do even if the steps are called out. I learned from watching more experienced people. I also wear special shoes when I dance to spin better.
Maybe you could have a few traditional dances? Even older people who aren’t big dancers will dance to a few slow romantic songs.
Post # 6
I think it’s a great idea, but I also hope you’re going to a bit more of a “teaching” session, rather than just “jump in and follow the caller!” (I’m really bad at coordinated dances, and I’m sure that I would give up very easily if I didn’t have a good teacher!)
Post # 7
Ya, there will be a little lesson at the beginning. My FI and I will be the only ones who have done it before. The band seems to think it will be fine to do with people who have never done it before… I hope it doesn’t flop!