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Welcome to the Missoula Folklore Society's Contra Dance Page!
Last Updated: 3/2/2012
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. Questions about contra dancing? Check out this site. Need more info? Check out contra dancing.
All MFS events are smoke-free. Be sure to show your membership card at all MFS events to get your MFS discount. If you would like to join MFS click here.
Missoula 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 below. 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 (bring your membership card!) and $9 for all others. All dances are taught from scratch. Everyone is welcome including singles, couples, groups, and families. Summer dances in June, July, August will be held on the third Saturday only at Shy Bear Farm's Dance Pavilion.
MFS dances are put on by volunteers who get into dances free. If you can help, contact Rita Cheek (rcheek[at sign]q.com).
2012 - 2013 (28th Anniversary Year)
Missoula Contra Dances · 1st and 3rd Saturdays
Schedule may change; check back for updates.
Date Band Caller Theme Location Oct 6
Strawberry Ridge (Msla)
Derek Gallagher Oct 20 Usual Suspects (Kalispell) Janet Grove Nov 3 Out of the Wood (Sandpoint, Idaho) Roy Curet Nov 17 Skippin' a Groove (Msla) Bev Young Union Hall- 2nd floor
208 E. Main
Dec 1 Sleeping Child String Band (Hamilton) Mark Matthews Union Hall- 2nd floor
208 E. Main
Dec 15 Skippin' a Groove (Msla) Morna Leonard Dec 31 Celtic Knots (Hamilton) Elves First Night!
3:30 to 5:30 PM
Jan 5 Sassafras Stomp (Maine) Rab Cummings Jan 19 Skippin a Groove (Msla) Mitchell Frey Black & White Feb 2 Sassafras Stomp (Maine) Roy Curet Feb 16 Skippin' a Groove (Msla) Mark Matthews Mar 2 Balled in Burlap Bev Young Mar 16 Skippin' a Groove Morna Leonard Apr 6 Sleeping Child String Band Derek Gallagher Apr 20
Skippin' a Groove
Janet Grove May 4 Out of the Wood Morna Leonard May 18 Skippin' a Groove Round Robin Calling Union Hall - 2nd Floor
208 E. Main
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.
7:0 - 7:30 pm: Introductory Workshop (for newcomers)
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm: Contra Dance
Date Caller Band Jan. 19 Rab Cummings Sassafras Stomp Feb. 23 Rosanna Finley Sassafras Stomp Mar. 16 Cedron Jones Helena Handbasket Apr. 13 Bev Young Balled and Burlap
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
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.
Hamilton Contra Dances have been cancelled until further notice:(
Shy Bear Farm Summer Contra Dances
3rd Saturday of June, July, and August
Dates: June 15, July 20, August 17 (2013)
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.
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....