Our Last Contradance of the Season

Thank you to all who attended our March dinner and dance, with special thanks to Anna Witham and crew who put on a great feast for us. We had a record (for this venue) 88 folks join us on Saturday for our March contradance.

Be sure to put our next dance on your calendar, Saturday, April 14 with the wonderful Ric Goldman calling and our own High Country Dance Band supplying great music!

After the April dance we will take a break until October when we start up our dance series again. Our dancers (and board members) enjoy their outdoor activities in the summer.

Another dance activity happening throughout the year at the Pine Forest Grange is Modern Western Square Dance. Ron Bell-Roemer will be teaching Mainstream Square Dance lessons for the Bachelor Buttes square dance club starting in the first week of April, see the following flyer for more information. Learning square dance (contra’s close cousin) can help you with positioning, timing, and styling for the more intricate contra dancing done at weekend events in the Valley. Completing mainstream lessons also allows you to dance at any mainstream square dance club across the US.   Square dance links are here:  Central Oregon , State of Oregon , USA

Keep checking this webpage and our facebook page for late breaking info, sometimes we have impromptu events during the summer. The past two summers we’ve had basic level contras at Crow’s Feet Commons on Art Walk Fridays. One way to keep in the loop is to have us add you to our email reminder list – send us a line at bendcontra@gmail.com . Don’t forget to check our links page for other related Central Oregon music and dance.

Keep dancing!

-Ron

Contra Dance/Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser March 10

The time has come again for another contra dance–Hooray!  This Saturday, we will be holding our annual fundraiser and community-building dinner.
Please join us for a spaghetti dinner with all the fixings: meatballs, Caesar salad, garlic bread.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options available to keep this an everyone-friendly event. Dinner will be prepared by The Root Cellar, and served by some of our contra dance community.
The dance portion of our evening will be called by local favorites, David Stewart and Ron Bell-Roemer.  Grandview Ceili Band will we carrying us through the night with their sweet tunes.
Help make this event a success by coming, and maybe bring along someone who’s never attended one of our dances.  It’s as easy as forwarding this email.
Some details:
Where: The Pine Forest Grange 63214 Boyd Acres Road, Bend   MAP
When: Dinner service will begin at 6pm.  Instruction and warm-up at 7:00 pm. Dance ends at 9:30.
Cost: $20 dinner+dancing; $8/person for just dancing. We have sliding-scale options for families, students, and children as well.
Soft-soled, non-marking shoes are recommended.
We will have a tip jar where you can say thanks to our out-of-town musicians and callers. This helps with travel costs.
Please respect the mandate of the Pine Forest Grange to keep the property free from alcohol and other drugs, this helps to keep our dances a safe and supportive community gathering.
See you Saturday on the dance floor!
Anna Witham

-Ron

February Pre-Valentine’s Dance

Our next dance is Saturday, February 10th, time to dust off your dancing shoes and dig your swirly skirts out of the closet! This month’s dance will be called by David Stewart and Ron Bell-Roemer, accompanied by the “Trees and Delbar”. Won’t you invite a friend or two, and join us this Saturday?

Some details:
Where: The Pine Forest Grange 63214 Boyd Acres Road, Bend MAP
When: Instruction and warm-up at 7:00 pm, come a little early. Dance ends at 9:30.
Cost: $8/person; $6/students. Children 10 and under are free with a paying supervising adult.
Soft-soled, non-marking shoes are recommended.
We will have a tip jar where you can say thanks to our musicians and callers. This helps with costs.

Please respect the mandate of the Pine Forest Grange to keep the property free from alcohol and other drugs, this helps to keep our dances a safe and supportive community gathering.

See you Saturday on the dance floor!

P.S. On March 10th we will be having a dinner fundraiser put on by our own Anna Witham at 6pm at the dance hall right before the dance, so save the date!

Dance Lessons Coming

I often get asked if there are lessons available for contra dance besides the first half hour of the dance. I will be offering square dance lessons starting February 12th. Modern Western Square Dance includes a larger variety of figures than contra and will help with the styling and timing of your dancing. If interested let me know at ron.bellroemer@gmail or use the contact information on the attached flyer. Thanks -Ron

January Contra

Warm New Year’s Greetings, Dancers!

Our next dance is tonight Saturday, January 13th, time to dust off your dancing shoes and dig your swirly skirts out of the closet! This month’s dance will be called by two familiar faces: David Stewart and Ron Bell-Roemer, accompanied by the Grandview Ceili Bend. Won’t you invite a friend or two, and join us this Saturday?

Some details:
Where: The Pine Forest Grange 63214 Boyd Acres Road, Bend MAP
When: Instruction and warm-up at 7:00 pm, come a little early. Dance ends at 9:30.
Cost: $8/person; $6/students. Children 10 and under are free with a paying supervising adult.
Soft-soled, non-marking shoes are recommended.
We will have a tip jar where you can say thanks to our musicians and callers. This helps with costs.

Please respect the mandate of the Pine Forest Grange to keep the property free from alcohol and other drugs, this helps to keep our dances a safe and supportive community gathering.

See you Saturday on the dance floor!
Anna Witham

PS there will be a Contra Board meeting before the dance at 6pm at the hall, anyone interested in attending is welcome.

Dance this Saturday, December 9

Warm greetings, friends!
Another months has quickly passed and it’s time again to gather and dance. Our next dance is this Saturday, December 9 at the Pine Forest Grange Hall. The exemplary Rich Goss will be calling, accompanied by the High Country Dance Band.
Invite a friend and come join the fun.

Some details:
Where: The Pine Forest Grange 63214 Boyd Acres Road, Bend
When: Instruction and warm-up at 7:00 pm, come a little early. Dance ends at 9:30.
Cost: $8/person; $6/students. Children 10 and under are free with a paying supervising adult.
Soft-soled, non-marking shoes are recommended.
We will have a tip jar where you can say thanks to our out-of-town musicians and callers. This helps with travel costs.

Please respect the mandate of the Pine Forest Grange to keep the property free from alcohol and other drugs, this helps to keep our dances a safe and supportive community gathering.

See you Saturday on the dance floor!
Anna Witham