Bring your friends and join us for our next dance on Saturday, January 10th
Admission is $9 a person $25 maximum for families. Children 10 and under are free but must be accompanied and supervised by a paying adult.
Our dances are located at The Boys & Girls Club of Central Oregon 500 Northwest Wall Street.
This is an alcohol and smoke-free venue. Clean, soft-soled shoes are appreciated. Dances in Bend are held on 2nd Saturdays autumn through spring.
Contra dancing comes to us from New England where it’s been popular since the 1800’s. In a contra dance, couples dance in lines with moves prompted by a caller. If you’ve ever done square dancing you may recognize some of the moves.
What you need to know about our dances:
Beginners of all ages are welcome – Come with a partner, with friends, or by yourself. Contra dance is a social dance and you will be dancing with a partner and others around you. Don’t be afraid to ask people to dance- people may ask you to dance also. If you’ve never been to a contra dance (many of the dancers on any night are beginners), we STRONGLY recommend the beginners warm-up at 7:00pm when we run through most of the basic moves you’ll need to know. The regular dancing starts at 7:30pm.
Each dance is taught with a walk-through before the music starts. During the evening we’ll do several contras, a circle mixer, a waltz or two, there may even be a square dance thrown into the mix. The music will be provided by a live band – great local talent from Bend or from the greater Pacific Northwest area playing celtic jigs and reels, old-time Southern fiddle tunes, and newer compositions by talented contra musicians, bands usually consisting of a fiddle, mandolin, and guitar or piano. It’s guaranteed to make you want to move your feet!
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If you’re more visually oriented check out the following contra dance videos!