Series End

Over the past 17 months of Montpelier Contra Exchange dances, we've brought together musicians, callers and community to dance waltz, swing, blues, Cajun, English, schottische, French balfolk, slangpolska, and, of course, contra! We've had a great time organizing these dances, learning and teaching new skills, and dancing with all of you.

However, as many of you may know, we haven't managed to become financially sustainable. We have decided that June 10 will be our last Contra Exchange. Come dance to Nova and Dugan Murphy and celebrate our series!

After June, the Contra Exchange organizers will put our energy into supporting the first, third and fifth Saturday dances run by the Contra Dance Umbrella. There are also other second Saturday dances you might enjoy, in Norwich and elsewhere.

We deeply appreciate all the energy and insight you all have brought. We hope you'll bring forward the ideals of Contra Exchange to other dances!

If you have any questions, or feedback, or ideas, please come talk to us or email us at

So long and thanks for all the fish!

Contra Exchange

A contradance series on second Saturdays at the Capital City Grange in Montpelier. We are an inclusive, welcoming dance community that fosters consent, communication, and learning new dance skills.

Why Exchange?

In addition to contra, we offer a different featured dance at the end of each night, with a mini workshop before the break. Featured dances have included blues, swing, English, waltz, Cajun, techno contra, and challenging contra.

The Exchange is an inclusive, intentional community for all. Our dance is a creative, informal, and accessible space for contradancers to learn and practice new dance skills together. We strive to foster a welcoming, respectful, comfortable and vibrant dance atmosphere.

$12–$6 sliding scale.

The dance needs 91 dancers at an average of $10 each, or 107 dancers at an average of $8.50 each, to break even.


8–9:45 pm: Contras
9:45–10 pm: Featured dance workshop
10:15–11 pm: Featured dance


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We dance in the Capital City Grange on Northfield Street/Route 12 just south of Montpelier. Want to carpool? Email us and we can connect you with other dancers.

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