Monterey Country Dance Community

Contra Dancing (and much more) in Monterey, California

Monterey Country Dance Community (MCDC)

Upcoming Contra Dances: 

Sat, Dec 30th: Pre-New Year's Eve Dance
& Canned Food Drive 
with Continental Drift, Andy Shore Calling
(Eileen Nicholson Kalfass on fiddle and Eric Anderson on piano)
  • Beginner's orientation at 6:40pm
  • Contra Dance from 7pm to 10pm
  • Potluck Snack Break at about 8:30pm
  • Please bring non-perishable food donations
    for Food Bank for Monterey County!
 Sat, Jan 6th: Annual Bling Dance 
with BLAM! and Blier Dance

(Marta Lynch, Elizabeth Todd, and Bob Silberstein)
  • Beginner's orientation at 6:40pm
  • Contra Dance from 7pm to 10pm
  • Potluck Snack Break at about 8:30pm
Beginners are always welcome, and you don't need to bring a partner, just come dance with us 
Visit our Calendar Section for more dance dates!

 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

Sunday, Oct 15 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 21 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday Nov 3 - Sunday Nov 5
Saturday, Nov 18 at 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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