Welcome to Contra Knights, the contra dance club at the University of Central Florida in Orlando! We target a young audience with high-tempo, gender-neutral dancing done to both modern and traditional music. What’s contra? Check out the video below or our What’s Contra? page!

Social media: Our student conversation is on Discord. Community conversation is on Facebook. See our photos and videos on Instagram and YouTube. #contraknights when you post about our events! You can sign up for email announcements. We use MeetUp, Reddit, and TikTok to bring people here!

We dance weekly on Fridays:

  • In-town events: Open to everyone, some dancers visit from Cocoa, Gainesville, and farther!
  • UCF campus dances: For students and under-30s. You don’t have to be a student or attend UCF.
  • Plus occasional road trips to nearby cities.

Scroll down for details on our next few dances. Visit our Dances and Events page for the full schedule. Holidays and UCF exams will disrupt our schedule through January! We’ll be back to our regular sequence soon.

Here’s our first dance of the school year. Almost nobody here knew how to dance 90 minutes earlier!

We’re beginner-oriented and we’ll teach you everything you need to know. If you can walk, you can dance! No partner or experience needed. There are more videos on our What’s Contra? page and there’s an FAQ, too.

(Scroll down a section for our next community dance on December 9!)

NEXT STUDENT/UNDER-30 DANCE:

FEATURECelebrate the LAST DAY OF CLASSES!!
WHOStudents and under-30s (roughly, we’re not checking) are invited. UCF affiliation NOT required!
WHENFRIDAY DECEMBER 2, 7:00 – 10:30 pm. Door opens at 6:30. Beginner-friendly contra lesson at 7:00 sharp! Dancing until 10:30, cleanup, then IHOP run!
WHEREUCF Engineering Building Atrium. Map from lot C2 to ENG Atrium.
PARKINGParking Lot C2. Our circular campus is confusing. Please note where your car is and map the walk in your favorite smartphone map app.
CALLERJoe Harrington – calling is gender-neutral
MUSICJoe Harrington will DJ a mix of contemporary contra, pop, and dance club music
LEVELIntermediate. Dances start easy and get more complex later. First-timers should be ready to dance for the lesson at 7:00.
COSTFREE!
ATTIREWear what’s comfortable, see videos. This is athletic, so you will sweat. Hopefully a lot! Dress lightly and bring a water bottle. No perfumes, please. Stilettos and very high heels discouraged!

NEXT OPEN DANCE:

FEATUREIntermediate workshop at 9pm!
WHOEverybody! (Dance is not restricted to students and under-30s.)
WHENFRIDAY DECEMBER 9, 7:00 – 10:30 pm. Door opens at 6:30 pm. Beginner lesson at 7:00 sharp! Dance until 10:30, cleanup, then taco run!
WHEREThe Zebra Room, 2609 Gowen St., Orlando, Florida (Map link is “Zouk Army Orlando”, which is the parking lot). If you’re in a residential neighborhood and can’t see any businesses, you’re in the right place! The floor is wood.
PARKINGOn site, entrance on East Jersey St. Park close to fit more cars, please! If you must park on street, be considerate of neighbors.
CALLERJoe Harrington – calling is gender-neutral
MUSICJoe Harrington will DJ a mix of contemporary contra, pop, and dance club music
LEVELIntermediate. Dances start easy and get more complex later. First-timers should be ready to dance for the lesson at 7:00.
COST$15. Students and job seekers FREE!
ATTIREWear what’s comfortable, see videos. This is athletic, so you will sweat. Hopefully a lot! Dress lightly and bring a water bottle. No perfumes, please. Stilettos and very high heels discouraged!

Contra is an aerobic activity done very close to many partners. We strongly advise COVID vaccines for everyone’s safety (not just your own). Masks are encouraged!