Monterey Country Dance Community

Contra Dancing (and much more) in Monterey, California

     Monterey Country Dance               Community (MCDC)

Upcoming Dance Schedule:

Contra Dance on Saturday, September 16th 
Band: Stringfire (James MacQueen, Annie Turano, Patti Cobb, and Erik Ievins)
Location: Carmel Youth Center, see directions below


4pm to 5:30pm First-Ever Youth-only Contra Bash

Dance to the music of the Celtoids, calling by Spyder Vetter

Open only to youth between the ages of 12 and 20

Admission to Contra Bash: $5, which includes admission to the evening contra dance!

Evening Contra Dance:

6:45pm Beginners' contra dance orientation (highly recommended!)

7 to 10:00pm Contra Dance

with a 15-minute break about 8:30pm with healthy potluck snacks 

Prices: $12 general / $10 sister org members / $8 MCDC members / $5 for full-time students and active military with ID

Remember, beginners and newcomers are always welcome. You don't need to bring a partner, just come and dance with us!  
Visit our Calendar Section for more dance dates!
Registration NOW for our fantastic
November 3rd - 5th
Dance to the amazing Stringrays, 
Wake Up Robin,
and BLAM!
with calling by
Sarah VanNordstrand
and our own Warren Blier
Don't miss out on all the fun, sign up today! 
 New Home for MCDC Dances & Events
Carmel Youth Center 
(4th Street, between Junipero & Torres)

Vista Lobos public parking 
around the corner on Torres 
(between 3rd & 4th Streets) 


MCDC holds contra dances most first and third Saturdays (in December, our dances may vary due to the holiday season) at the Carmel Youth Center, unless otherwise noted in our schedules and calendars.  Come alone or bring a friend – beginners are always welcome!  If you'd like to support MCDC, please consider becoming a Member (a minimum $20/year sponsorship helps us to continue these wonderful dances).

Dances begin at 7:00pm (unless otherwise specified), with a highly recommended newcomers' orientation 20 minutes before the dance begins. Admission for regular dances is: 

  • $12 for nonmembers (of any sister organization)
  • $10 for non-MCDC members (you must be a member in good standing of a sister organization, including CDSS)
  • $8 for MCDC members 
  • $5 for full-time students and active military (please have ID, in case)

 Check out our Calendar for details and dates. 

Not sure what Contra Dance is? See videos and learn more by checking out our About Contra Dance page. If you're feeling nervous about learning how to contra dance, we even have links to beginning dancers' training videos on YouTube – they are a wonderful help, though nothing replaces dancing as a way to learn.

Please be aware that some of our dancers are sensitive to fragrances – we respectfully request that everyone please be thoughtful about using products with fragrance prior to a contra dance.  Thank you!


Upcoming Events

Saturday, Sep 2 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, Sep 16 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 7 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, Oct 15 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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