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. Feel free to ask the folks here to dance with you- that’s why we come.
If you’ve never been to an evening of contra dancing, we strongly recommend the dancers’ warm-up at 7:00pm when we run through most of the basic moves you’ll need to know. Each individual 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 live music will be provided by great local talent from Bend or the Pacific Northwest, playing celtic jigs and reels, old-time Southern fiddle tunes, or newer compositions by talented contra musicians. Bands usually consist of a fiddle, mandolin, and guitar or piano. It’s guaranteed to make you want to move your feet!
The location for our dances: Pine Forest Grange 63214 Boyd Acres Road, Bend, OR MAP
Just off the parkway at the Empire exit, turn north on Boyd Acres Road, go about three blocks, it’s on the right. The dancing hall has good acoustics and ample parking (no stairs to navigate).
Our dances are alcohol and smoke-free, clean soft-soled shoes are appreciated.
Admission is $8 per person/$6 student rate/$20 families. Children 10 and under are free, but must be accompanied and supervised by a paying adult. Dances are held autumn through spring on Second Saturdays 7 pm to 9:30 pm, beginners instruction and warm up starts at 7:00pm, so please come a little early. Our events are open to everyone- invite a friend or two, it’s an effective way to spread the word about our dances.
Special thanks to all the volunteers, and this year’s sponsors of the dance – you help make it all happen and we appreciate you!
We need volunteers to accomplish what we do, can you…
Come at 6:45 to help set up or help clean up afterwards
Become a board member of Bend Community Contra Dance
Organize a fund-raiser
Sponsor a caller or band
Help advertise. Put up posters around town or at COCC to promote contra dancing on this website to download and print off.