As a child I remember parties both inside and outdoors, weaving between the grownups legs chasing my cousins and friends. Making a dash for the snack table, and catching my friend draining an alcoholic “drink” left unsupervised on a side table …. But most of all singing, music and laughter, performing “skits” for the grownups.

What can we do now many of our families are scattered and largely “too busy” to gather like we did in THE GOOD OLD DAYS.

Well, maybe we can make opportunities around the music and laughter. Both Hamilton Contra Dances and the Scottish Country Dance Society host All-Ages events.

Hamilton Contra Dances

705 Main Street East
(near the corner of Sherman)
Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1K8
No partner needed
All dances taught and prompted by the caller
Always live music!
Casual dress
Fun and friendly
Smoke/alcohol/fragrance free
No experience necessary
Newcomers welcome!


Hamilton Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Come & dance Scottish with us in Hamilton!

Bring a friend and make new friends!

Have Fun!  Challenge yourself!

Great mental and physical exercise!

Singles welcome – no partner required!

Everyone welcome – Scottish heritage optional!

Scottish Country Dancing is a “Social Mixer”. Although everyone dances in couples, it isn’t necessary to attend as a couple to join Scottish Country Dancing. Singles are welcome and it doesn’t matter which side of the line you dance on, male or female. Traditional Scottish Country Dancing competitions were historically often men only, so there is no reason not to join if you don’t have a partner to attend with. Not only that, even if you do attend as a couple, the general unspoken rule it to dance the first and last dance with your partner, and after that, change partners every dance. That’s part of the social joy and benefit of Scottish Country Dancing – it is an inherently inclusive “social mixer”, regardless of age, gender or cultural background.


Hamilton Irish Arts is a non-profit organization committed to bringing to Hamilton the Music, Dance and Language of Ireland. HIA is a Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (pronounced coal-tis kyol-tory air-in) Join us at one of our many Céilí dances, Concerts, Music workshops, Irish events, Irish language Lessons, at our weekly Traditional Irish Music session from 8:30pm to midnight at the Corktown Irish Pub Tuesdays).

CCÉ is an international organization dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of traditional Irish music, dance, language and culture. Founded in 1951 in Ireland, Comhaltas has grown to encompass four continents, with over 400 branches worldwide (over 60 in North America), CCÉ has no political or religious agenda and you do not have to be Irish to join or attend our events. The organization offers a wide variety of activities that include céilís (dances with live traditional music), music sessions, Irish dance workshops, celebrity concerts, music lessons and Irish language classes.