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2016 - 2017
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: 7/20/16

.........................................For a printable copy of the dance calendar, click here.
Oct 1
Skippin' a Groove
Mark Matthews
Oct 15
Out of the Wood (Idaho)
Emily Faulkner
Oct 29
Second Wind (Whitefish)
Bev Young
Nov 5
Barley & Sage (Bozeman)
Derek Gallagher
Nov 19
Swing Away
Amy Letson


Dec 3
Skippin' a Groove
Morna Leonard
Dec 17
Sassafras Stomp (Maine)
Roy Curet
Dec 31
Sassafras Stomp (Maine)
Vicki Watson

First Night!

6-8 PM

Senior Citizens Center 705 S Higgins Ave, Missoula

Jan 7
Sandy Boys
Bev Young
Jan 21
Skippin' a Groove
Morna Leonard
Black & White
Feb 4
Second Wind
Mark Matthews

Union Hall - 2nd floor
208 E. Main

Feb 18
Skippin' a Groove
Derek Gallagher
Mar 4
Swing Away
Roy Curet
Mar 18
Basil and Sage
Julie Kahl
Apr 1
Skippin' a Groove
Morna Leonard
Apr 15
Sandy Boys
Roy Curet
Apr 29
Skippin' a Groove
Derek Gallagher
May 6
Out of the Wood (Idaho)
Bev Young
May 20
Skippin' a Groove
Round Robin


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Helena Contra Dances

(Note: This schedule has not been updated for 2016-2017 dance season)


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:

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)

Note: (This schedule has not been updated for 2016-2017 dance 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

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]



Shy Bear Farm Summer Contra Dances

Note: Shy Bear Farm dances are no longer happening. The former hosts of the dance have decided to sell Shy Bear Farm thus the venue is no longer available. However, there are dances occurring in Missoula in June, July & August of 2017. See Missoula Folklore Society's main page for details.

3rd Saturday of June, July, and August

June 18, July 16, August 20 (2016)

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, 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.

Click here for directions to Shy Bear Farm.

Square Dances

Note: (This schedule has not been updated for 2016-2017 dance season)

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

Missoula Events Calendar

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] -- 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....

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