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Dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts, and skills of contemporary and traditional cultures and generally having a pretty good time.


Upcoming Events:

4/20-22/17 Missoula Old Time Social, April 20-22 presented by the Missoula Folklore Society! Check this website out for more info including schedule of events. All activities are FREE!

5/13-14/17 F.L.U.M.C. work weekend. This is the camp where the Bear Hug Mountain Dance & Music Festival is held every Fall. In exchange for our labors, MFS receives a discount on the camp rental.

Contra Dances
1st and 3rd Saturdays October - May

Click here for full schedule


Check here for dances elsewhere in Montana

Bear Hug

Sept. 8- 10, 2017


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The Missoula Folklore Society is a Montana 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The activities of the Missoula Folklore Society rely on our dedicated membership. Members donate thousands of volunteer hours each year to help produce our events and enrich our cultural community.

MFS events include contra dances, square dancing, concerts, music jam sessions, shape-note singing, international dances and most anything within our mission in which members are interested and willing to organize. We welcome singles and couples to our bi-weekly Contra Dances, October through May. All dances are taught from scratch, no experience (or partner) is necessary, although it's helpful to know your "right" from your "left." But if you don't, come anyway! Contra dances feature live music and are held regularly on the first and third Saturday of each month, October through May, on the second floor of  The Union Hall in Missoula, unless otherwise noted in the calendar.  There is a beginner's (or newcomer's) workshop at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.  Cost is $6 for MFS members and students and $9 for all others

The Missoula Folklore Society co-sponsors occassional dances with the University of Montana Folklore Society.
The UM Folklore Society's faculty advisor is Vicki Watson who can be reached at 406-243-5153.

What is Contra Dancing? Contra Dancing evolved from English Country Dancing. Couples form long parallel lines and dance a series of figures. All dances are taught from scratch. It is fun, great exercise, and easy to learn. Check out this article about contra dancing to learn more.

Photos: (Missoula contra dances)

All MFS events are smoke-free and fragrance free.

Join us and get discounts on all dances and other events, and meet a great group of folks! Membership is inexpensive and easy. Click here for more information.

MFS dances are put on by volunteers who get into dances free. If you can help, contact Rita Cheek (rcheek[at sign]q.com).

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The Missoula Folklore Society is an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Last Update: 11/19/14
This page is maintained by Gary Decker. Please e-mail corrections to gdecker[at-sign]shybearfarm.net.