“Contra dancers rely on the music for three things:

  • To tell them when to take steps (108-120 times per minute)
  • To tell them when to start figures (every eight steps)
  • To tell them where they are in the dance (including that after 64 steps they need to start it over)”

The Minimum Requirements For Contra Dance Music

Contra tunes are generally played at 120bpm but could go as slow as 110 or as fast as 132. More interesting reading is in the links below:

Local(ish) and useful folk links