Dandelion Romp, Oberlin’s annual, student-run contra dance festival attracts more than 300 dancers from across the country. Contra dancing is a form of social dance in which couples stand opposite each other in two lines and the caller, usually working with a band of musicians, guides new and experienced dancers through a series of moves. The Oberlin Contra Dance Club hosts beginners workshops and dances every month of the academic year.
The emphasis in contra dancing is on fun and community rather than technical footwork. The social dance community, which includes contra, swing, and blues, welcomes dancers of every skill level. The club hosts a dance during Orientation and beginner lessons before its monthly dances.
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35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE
9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year