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2014 - 2015 (30th Anniversary Year)
Missoula Contra Dances · 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Schedule may change; check back for updates.
Workshop at 7:30, dancing begins at 8:00 PM
Last updated: 1/19/15
.........................................For a printable copy of the dance calendar, click here.
Date Band Caller Theme Location Oct 4
Derek Gallagher Oct 18 Out of the Wood (Sandpoint) Janet Grove Nov 1 Skippin' a Groove Morna Leonard Nov 15 Boys In Burlap Bev Young Union Hall- 2nd floor
208 E. Main
Dec 6 Fadely & Joyner Roy Curet Union Hall- 2nd floor
208 E. Main
Dec 20 Skippin' a Groove Mark Matthews Dec 31 Celtic Knots (Hamilton) Vicki Watson First Night!
Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins
5:30 to 7:30 PM
Jan 3 Sassafras Stomp (Maine) Rab Cummings Jan 17 Sassafras Stomp (Maine)
Black & White Feb 7 Fadely & Joyner Mark Matthews
Union Hall - 2nd floor
208 E. Main
Feb 21 Skippin' a Groove Morna Leonard Mar 7 Celtic Knots Janet Grove Mar 21 Skippin' a Groove Bev Young Apr 4 Prince Phil & Princess Di Julie Kahl Apr 18
Skippin' a Groove
Derek Gallagher May 2 Out of the Wood Roy Curet May 16 Skippin' a Groove Morna Leonard Union Hall - 2nd Floor
208 E. Main
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Helena Contra Dances
Dates: 2nd Saturdays of most months, beginning October 2012.
Cost: $8 at the door. $1 off with membership card. Family rates available.
Location: Placer Hotel Lobby, 21 N Last Chance Gulch on the Walking Mall.
7:00 - 7:30 pm: Introductory Workshop (for newcomers)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Contra Dance
Check out our schedule at: http://lastchancesquares.org/helena-contra-dancers/
No partner or experience necessary. Singles and couples welcome. More info, call Amie at 495-0935.
Come join us for lively music and fun dancing. No partner or experience necessary. Beginners, singles, couples and families are welcome.
Kalispell Contra Dances (2013/2014 season)
Date Caller Band Location Dec. 1 Morna Leonard New Money
Kalispell Senior Center (403 2nd Ave. West)
Jan. 5 Kathy Neff Left Side Brains Kalispell Senior Center Feb. 2 TBA New Money Kalispell Senior Center Feb. 23 Mark Matthews Grin and Bear It Kalispell Senior Center Mar. 2 Kathy Neff Left Side Brains Kalispell Senior Center Mar. 23 TBA TBA Kalispell Senior Center Apr. 6 Bev Young Tra La Gael Kalispell Senior Center May 4 TBA TBA TBA
Times: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
7:30 - 8:15 PM: Beginners' lessons. All children are welcome to dance at this time.
8:15 -10:30 PM: More complex dances will be intermingled with easier ones. These dances are best suited for adults and children ages 10 & older.
Snacks: Feel free to bring snacks to share for any dance: sliced fruit, nuts, (banana, pumpkin, zucchini, whatever) bread, crackers, chips, whatever YOU like to eat!
Except for the April dance, swing dance music will be played for dancing purposes during the break.
Prices: $8 individuals; $5 high school and college students; $18 family
Questions: Call Joe at 406-752-7469, or e-mail him at fisherdogshot[at sign]live.com.
Shy Bear Farm Summer Contra Dances
3rd Saturday of June, July, and August
Dates: June 20, July 18, August 15 (2015)
Potluck: 5:30 pm
Dance: 7:00 pm
Sunday Breakfast: 9 am
Dance Cost: No charge - altho' donations are welcomed!
Breakfast: $4.00 person/$10.00 Family
Bring lawn chairs, water bottles, dance shoes, warm clothes, hiking shoes, dinner potluck food, swimsuit/towel (Big Knife Creek is nearby for those hot days) and camping gear if staying overnight. A flashlight comes in handy when trying to find your car or camp after the dance.
These dances are open band and open caller. If you have a hankerin' to try your hand at calling or love to play music with other musicians, this is the time and place to indulge yourself!
Please carpool. Parking is limited!
Dogs must be leashed.
Top Hat Lounge, 134 West Front, downtown Missoula
Free admission - no cover! Dancing starts at 7:30.
Date Band Caller December 2nd The Beet Tops Michelle Terwilliger January 6 Balled in Burlap Bev Young February 2 Sassafras Stomp TBD March 3 TBD TBD April 7 TBD TBD
It doesn't matter if you have ever square danced before.
All dances are taught and you'll learn as you go.
Bring a partner or find one there. Traditional square dancing
is about meeting folks and having a good time
Elsewhere in Montana and the Northwest
- Helena Contra Dances (Helena, MT)
- Kalispell Contra Dances (Kalispell, MT)
- Bozeman Folklore Society (Bozeman, MT)
- Wintergreen Dance Weekend (Bozeman, MT)
- Bitterroot Valley Bluegrass Festival (Hamilton, MT)
- Lady of the Lake Camps (Coeur d'Alene, ID)
- Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA)
- Centralia Old-Time Music Campout (Centralia, WA)
- Moab Folk Festival
Missoula Events Calendar
- Bear Hug Mountain Festival Dance Camp
- Venues (event locations)
- To list your event, contact gdecker[at-sign]shybearfarm.net
This page is maintained by Gary Decker. If you have MFS-related dances (including non-Missoula dances) that you would like to have listed here or if you have corrections/comments concerning this dance page, please e-mail -- gdecker[at sign]shybearfarm.net -- and now, did you hear about the three musicians and the accordion player who walked into a bar? And what's the difference between an accordion and a trampoline? You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline....