Contra dancing is an American social dance tradition dating back to the colonial period. It's fun, interactive, easy to learn, great exercise, and has nothing to do with Nicarauga. Some say that if you can walk, you can contra dance, because there is no fancy footwork involved. Contra dance is not country line dancing, nor is it square dancing, though we may occasionally dance a square. Contra is square's Yankee cousin and, like square dancing, is always prompted by a caller. No experience needed. All dances are taught. Live music will be performed by Heliotrop and dances called by Valerie Cohen. This dance will be part of the Cascade Promenade, a 5-day Pacific Northwest dance party. Wear comfortable shoes. It will be held monthly on the first of every month at Hazel Dell Grange: 7509 NE. Hazel Dell Ave. in Vancouver. Go to www.contrainthecouve.org.