Hub Bub hosts contra dance night

An Evening of Joy, Laughter, and Community 

People from the community having fun contra dancing at the Showroom, in downtown Spartanburg, while enjoying the live band, Hey for Four. Photo taken by Esther-Irene Egan.

People from the community having fun contra dancing at the Showroom, in downtown Spartanburg, while enjoying the live band, Hey for Four. Photo taken by Esther-Irene Egan.

Many people may not have heard of contra dancing, but it can be described as a hippy, folk version of square dancing. Contra is a highly interactive dance; a caller… that is characterized by a fast tempo. Within the past couple of years, the closest venue to the Spartanburg area for contra dancing was in Asheville, NC; however, Greenville, SC has recently become a host for weekly contra dancing as well.  Erica Cousins, a senior at Wofford, stated that she has “loved contra for years and would love for Spartanburg to have a regular dance, because Travelers Rest is too far to travel on a weekly basis.” HUB-BUB, a non-profit organization which can be considered the zenith of art appreciation in Spartanburg, SC, hosted a trial run of contra dance on Thursday, April 24th at the Showroom in downtown Spartanburg.

Hey for Four, a folk band, provided live, upbeat music for the event. The cost was $4 for students and $7 for general admission. The cost included a training lesson at 7:00 pm with an extra two hours of dancing from 8:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Even if one walked in alone to the Showroom at 7:30 pm and felt out of place, people were very welcoming and willing to help a first timer stumble through the steps.  At 8:00 pm, more people started showing up and energy started to fill the room while the band was playing.

Natalie Davis, left, a junior at USC Upstate  majoring in Psychology and Kayla Canham (right) a Converse College  Psychology major work on their contra steps in the Showroom. Photo taken by Esther-Irene Egan.

Natalie Davis, left, a junior at USC Upstate majoring in Psychology and Kayla Canham (right) a Converse College Psychology major work on their contra steps in the Showroom. Photo taken by Esther-Irene Egan.

Laurann Gallitto, a Converse grad student, was sitting down for a rest while enjoying others having fun on the dance floor. She was full of the energy that surrounded the place as she shared how she “thought it to be an incredibly fun opportunity and a wonderful way to connect with the community. I am not a very good dancer, but I like to laugh and if you like laughter and joy, you should come out. Oh, and don’t forget spinning; the laughter, joy, and spinning are the best!” The live music of Hey for Four added to the casual, fun atmosphere and provided entertainment to those dancers who took a break sitting on the sofa or chairs, leaning against the side wall or taking a cool off break outside.  Contra dancing is a fun way for people to intermingle from all generations. Professor Ben Montgomery of Biology at Upstate danced very well and finds the event a “fun way to meet people, relieve stress while also getting some exercise.”

Dancing brings people together in a fun energetic environment. If you wish to join such a joyful evening then go to hub-bub.com and check out their event page. Find out when they will hold another evening of fellowship and dance.