Social and Swing

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.

Photograph by Jeong Hyun Hwang

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