Thanks for dropping by! I'm Tavi Merrill, a contradance caller and choreographer, privileged to be part of a great dance community in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. Seasoned contrarian or organizer? Follow the links above for video samples of my calling and original dance sequences. ContraSkyline event details Want to get in touch? Send an email! Unfamiliar with contra? It is a community dance form that's been generating joy for more than two centuries, and it's still evolving today. Most dances feature live Celtic or folk-fusion music with diverse influences from jazz to rock. The only footwork required is a simple forward-and-back step called a "balance.” Contradance figures rely instead on hand or eye connection between dancers walking at the gently aerobic pace of roughly 60 strides per minute. Many dances are preceded by a beginner session teaching basic figures. It's okay to show up alone! When the dance begins, you'll find a partner, join a double line of dancers, and take hands in groups of four with your partner and a pair of "neighbors," ready to walk through a dance sequence. A caller teaches the sequence and prompts the figures until most dancers have internalized them. Each sequence lasts about 32 seconds, so it's easy to memorize; you'll repeat it with new neighbors each time through. After perhaps eight minutes, the dance will end, and dancers will find a new partners for the next one. Pictures are better than words at conveying what we do, and videos are worth even more: here are a few of my favorite YouTube links to show contradancers in action.