October Contra Dance

Greetings Dancers!

We have the line-up for the 2018-19 dance season, kicking it off with our own Grandview Céilí Band! Join us for an evening of fun dancing with live music and calling from Ron Bell-Roemer on October 13th, 7pm at the Pine Forest Grange.

We’ll have a 1/2 hour lesson/warm-up starting at 7pm. It’s a great idea to arrive a little early, especially if it’s your first time dancing with us.

Cost: $8/person – $6/students-  $20 families – children 10 and under are free with a paying supervising adult.Soft-soled, non-marking shoes are recommended. Pine Forest Grange  is located at 63214 Boyd Acres Road, Bend, OR.

Our dances are on the second Saturday of each month, October thru April. No partner or experience is neccessary, invite your friends and let’s make it a party!

Be sure to view the other pages on this website for more information.

Ron B-R

Dance opportunities for September

Hello dancers, as we head into Fall there are a few things happening that you should be aware of.

Mark your calendars, our first dance of the season is October 13th and we will again be dancing at the Pine Forest Grange.

In the mean-time, there will be square dance lessons (very similar to contradance) starting in September taught by Ron Bell-Roemer, with an introductory Beginner Sampler Series three-class session that introduces fundamental moves used at almost every square dance. Classes meet Sun/Thur, 6:15 to 8:15 pm, at the Pine Forest Grange. Cost is just $20 per person for the three-class series. Please see the attached flyer. For more square dance class info, please contact Kay Bithell 541-382-7014 or email Kaybithell@centurylink.net

Free Community Square Dance and Benefit 6/30/18

The local square dance community is holding a free beginner dance this Saturday (6/30) 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Pine Forest Grange where we hold our contra dances during the school year. Come out and meet the dance community that helps us by hosting our contra dances, and if you can bring donations to help support the Bethlehem Inn & Neighbor Impact.

From the Central Oregon Square and Round Dance Council-

“PLEASE come for the community dance sampler starting at 6:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce friends or family to square dancing, and we also need angels — so bring friends and yourselves, too.

There is no door fee to attend, as this dance is sponsored by the Grange in appreciation for the area square dance and round dance clubs that rent and make great use of the Grange.

Donations will be accepted for the Bethlehem Inn and/or for Neighbor Impact. The latest word is that cash/check donations are best for both. They use cash donations to purchase the food and supplies most needed and can use their bulk buying contracts to buy the most for the least. Thank you in advance for your generous support of these local non-profit community organizations.”

Hope to see you on the dance floor Saturday night!

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!


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


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