This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Indiana including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Indiana which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: The Wednesday dances in July in Bloomington will be held at St Paul's Catholic Church 1413 E 17th St, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Battle Ground - Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering is a three-day acoustic music festival in late June featuring old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music. Tickets available in advance or at the gate. Web site: http://www.indianafiddlersgathering.org/.
Bloomington - Wednesday: The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group sponsors weekly Wednesday dances. Beginner Lesson at 7:30pm, dancing from 8:00pm to 10:15pm. Dances are at Harmony School, 909 E. 2d Street unless otherwise noted (In July and August dances will be at the Boys and Girls Club, 311 S. Lincoln (just south of Third St.)) During the non-summer months, the location is Harmony School at 909 E. 2d St. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for non-members, unless otherwise noted. [Admission change on September 1, 2017 - $4 for members and $5 for non-members.] Memberships are $12/year, pro-rated by the month. Discount for seniors and students. Please continue to help us protect the floor at our dances by bringing separate very clean shoes to dance in and being sure that no dirt is tracked in when you arrive. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Bloomington - 5th Saturday: The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group sponsors dances on the 5th Saturday of the month Saturday dances start promptly at 8:00pm and last until 11:00 or so. New-comer Instruction 7:45pm Saturdays. Dances are at Harmony School, 909 E. 2d Street unless otherwise noted. Admission is $3 for members and $4 for non-members, unless otherwise noted. [Admission change on September 1, 2017 - $4 for members and $5 for non-members.] Memberships are $12/year, pro-rated by the month. Discount for seniors and students. Please continue to help us protect the floor at our dances by bringing separate very clean shoes to dance in and being sure that no dirt is tracked in when you arrive. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Bloomington - Squares: The Second Saturday Seasonal Square Dance Series, co-sponsored by BOTMDG and Fiddle 'n' Feet occurs on the 2nd Saturday of every other month from October to April. This new series seeks to introduce a broad constituency to the joys of square dancing. The dance starts at 8:00pm and goes until 11:00pm. There is no early teaching, as every dance is taught. The dance is for all ages. Dances are at Harmony School, 909 E. 2d Street unless otherwise noted. The dance is $5 for everyone. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/monthly.html.
Bloomington - Squares - Extravaganza: Workshops plus an evening dance during this afternoon/evening event. Workshops at 2pm; dance from 8pm to 11pm. All events at the Harmony School, 909 E 2nd St, Bloomington, Indiana 47401. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1548507412088405/.
Bloomington - Sugar Hill: The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group sponsors the annual Sugar Hill dance weekend at Ransburg Boy Scout Camp on beautiful Lake Monroe in mid-late August. Register in advance for a discount. Programs run by volunteers. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/sugarhill/Sh-web.htm.
Bloomington - Swing Into Spring: Members of the Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group (but not the group itself) sponsor the annual Swing Into Spring dance weekend at Ransburg Boy Scout Camp on beautiful Lake Monroe in late April. Register in advance for choice of accommodations. Programs run by volunteers. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/SIS.html.
Bloomington - Pre-Gypsy Moon: Special Pre-Gypsy Moon (late October) dance sponsored by the Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group on the Friday just before the Gypsy Moon weekend. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Bloomington - Family: The Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group sponsors several family dances each year from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Harmony School, 909 E. 2d Street unless otherwise noted. $4/person, $15/family max. Please continue to help us protect the floor at our dances by bringing separate very clean shoes to dance in and being sure that no dirt is tracked in when you arrive. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Bloomington - Monroe County History Center: The Bloomington Old time Music and Dance Group will present an Exhibit on the history of our group at the Monroe County History Center, 202 E. 6th St. The Opening Reception will be from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm and will feature Refreshments and Contradancing. Contact Bill Baus (BausXXX@Alumni.indiana.edu (removed the XXX)) if you have photos, posters, musical instruments, etc. which might be used for the exhibit, or if can help organize & set up the exhibit and reception. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Bloomington - New Year's Eve: Dance held when it falls on a 5th Saturday in December. The dance will be at Harmony School and will start with waltzing (and maybe a polka or schottische) to live music from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and contradancing from 8:30 pm until after midnight. $4 Members, $5 non-members. There will be a party after the dance. Local dancers are encouraged to bring a snack to share at the break. Anyone who brings a home-made snack to share can get free admission. Dancers from outside of Bloomington who want to stay overnight can contact Bill Baus (see below) to arrange for accommodations. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Bloomington - Special: A special dance on a special night. Generally at Harmony School, 909 E 2nd St, 47401. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org.
Bloomington - Squares - Dandelion Village: Dance at Dandelion Village, 1710 W. 8th Street, Bloomington, Indiana, starting at 8:00pm. All dances will be taught with instructions given during the dance. If you would like further instruction, Danny will be there at 7:30 to show you the basics. Web site: http://dandelionvillage.org.
Bloomington - Squares - Co-Housing: Dance at 2005 South Maxwell Street from 6pm to 8pm. Web site: http://bloomingtoncohousing.org/blog/.
Bloomington - Waltz/Contra: Event from 1pm to 5pm at The Lodge, 101 E 6th St, Bloomington, Indiana 47408. An hour of waltzing from 1-2 pm then a lively contra dance. Dance on a nice, large, wood floor with a view overlooking the Courthouse square. Open calling. Bring dance shoes and calling cards! Free parking downtown on Sundays! No need to feed the meters. 4th St Parking Garage also free. Donations for the hall rental and the band gratefully accepted. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1688433401383298/.
Bloomington - Bishop: Dance at The Bishop, 123 S Walnut St, Bloomington, Indiana 47404 at 9pm. No partner or experience necessary and all dances taught! $5 for a night of great music and exuberant dancing! Web site: None.
Bloomington - Squares - Player's Pub: Dance at the Players Pub, 424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 from 8:00pm - 11:00pm. You don't need to bring a partner, and you don't need previous experience. You are guaranteed to have a ton of fun! What do you need? You need to bring your friends! We want to show the pub that we can make it worth their while. Good beer, great food and snacks, and it's even kid-friendly! What's not to love. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1691241941090024/.
Bloomington - Old-Time Music and Dance in Bloomington: Past and Present: The Bloomington Early Music Festival will bring together leading instrumentalists, singers, dancers and speakers in a concert, May 20, to celebrate old-time, rural-style folk music and dance traditions in the community. Time: 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bloomington, 2120 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408. No participatory dance scheduled. Web site: http://www.blemf.org/.
Bristol - Appleseed Allemande: One-day dance event (workshops and dances) at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W Vistula St, Bristol, Indiana 46507 Sponsored by the Goshen Community Contra Dancing (GO Dancing) and the Fort Wayne Traditional Music & Dance Society. Web site: http://www.contrafortwayne.org.
Chesterton - Valparaiso Dances : The dances sponsored by the Valparaiso Oldtime Dance Society. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the dance will start at 7:00. We encourage new dancers to arrive at the beginning of the dance for basic instructions. Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and drinking water are recommended. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. The dance is free to college students with ID. The dances are held at the Methodist Activity Center (2nd and Lincoln) in Chesterton. Please help us protect the floor by carrying in clean-soled, non-scuffing shoes to dance with. For more information: email@example.com - Web site: http://valpo.chicagobarndance.com/.
Columbus - Empty Bowls: Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St. in Columbus. All-you-can-eat soup, bread and drink for $12. Children 12 and younger eat for $3. Desserts are $2. Advance tickets are available at Viewpoint Books. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Empty-Bowls-Columbus-Indiana-246840656168/.
Darmstadt: Dance at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 1403 W. Boonville-New Harmony Road in Darmstadt, IN (on the western outskirts of Evansville) from 6pm to 9pm. Web site: None.
English - Squares - Indiana Forest Alliance: The IFA a member meeting, potluck and square dance at 3875 S County Rd 50 W, English, IN. Dance cost: $10 for non-IFA members; free for members. Web site: http://www.indianaforestalliance.org/.
Fort Wayne: The Fort Wayne Traditional Music and Dance Society sponsors dances on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from September to May, at the Fort Wayne Dance Collective, 427 East Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. It's in the same building as Cinema Center, on the second floor. Park in the gravel lot to the east, across Clay St. Enter on the south side of the building along Berry St. and proceed up the stairs to the second floor. Dances feature caller Barry Dupen with the Spy Run String Band, plus Special Guest Callers and Bands. Dances run from 8 to 11 pm, with a Beginner's Workshop at 7:30 pm. Admission is $9 adults; $6 students; $2 newcomers (first time contra dancing); free for children under 12; family maximum $20. Member rates: $7 adults; $4 students. Please carry in soft-soled, nonmarking shoes to protect the highly polished floor. Street shoes are NOT ALLOWED on the dance floor. Web site: http://www.contrafortwayne.org.
Friendship - Squares - Whistling Beard Festival: Music weekend with a square dance. Location: 1st Street and Friendship Road, Friendship, IN, 47021. Web site: http://www.whisperingbeard.com/festival/.
Goshen: GO Dancing/Goshen Community Contra Dancing sponsor evenings of Contras, Squares, Circles, Waltzes, etc. All dances taught. No experience or partner required. Dances led by experienced callers. Live music provided by local and regional bands. Dances are first Saturdays of the month. Beginners' workshop: 7 - 7:30 pm EST; Contra Dance: 7:30 - 10:30 pm EST. Note: This portion of Indiana participates in the Eastern Time Zone (Standard and Daylight Savings Time). If you're coming from the Central Time Zone, add one hour to your time and that's ours (7:00 p.m CDT = 8:00 p.m. EDT). Dances are held at the First United Methodist Church, 215 South 5th Street, NE corner of S. 5th and E. Jefferson in Beautiful downtown Goshen. General Public: $8. Members $6. Students: $5. Student members $3. Children under 12: free. Family maximum cost: $18. Wear layers of comfortable, lightweight clothing and shoes for active movement. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 574-533-3836 for more information. Web site: http://godancing.org/.
Gosport - Squares - Danny's Birthday Dance: We will have a potluck dinner at 6pm followed by dancing at about 8pm. There is ample room to camp and a big pond for swimming. BYOB or donation. Please feel free to invite anyone you wish. Location: 7260 W Wampler Rd, Gosport, IN 47433-9569, United States. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/527568634117567/.
Greencastle: Dance at DePauw University's Lilly Center (the Center is under construction out front, so instead of the address shown on http://www.depauw.edu/athletics/facilities/lilly-center/ head for the back, 700 S. Indiana St. We're in the Aux. gym upstairs. The dance is being called using gender neutral terms, and it's beginner focused. It's 8 -11 *EASTERN* pm, and free. Bring clean shoes and enthusiasm for new dancers. (Homemade snacks to supplement the institutional fare are of course welcome.) Just let me know of any questions, I'm (https://www.facebook.com/kathryn.c.millis) glad to answer. Web site: None.
Indianapolis - Tuesdays: Our weekly dance is from 7:45 pm-10:00 pm ET on Tuesday nights with a introductory lesson at 7:30pm. We dance at Grove Haus (Fountain Square), 1001 Hosbrook St., Indianapolis, IN 46203. Wear comfortable clothes, since this is an aerobic activity and you will get warm! Typical dress ranges from shorts and t-shirts to twirly dresses. To protect the wooden floor, we ask our dancers to bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes that will not damage or mark the floor. Please, please, please, carry in a pair of dance shoes, and do not dance in the shoes you walked in wearing. Admission is generally $7, $5/members, $5/under 25. When the band and/or caller travel from more than an hour away we ask for $1 more per person to help cover their extra travel costs. All events are "more if you can, less if you can't" meaning we won't turn away people who need to pay less than the stated cost (and won’t refuse extra money from those who want to contribute). We offer free admission to those who help with several tasks like setup and cleanup; please talk to any board member if you can help! New dancers will benefit by attending the introductory workshop held about 7:30 before the dance begins to learn the basic moves. Web site: http://www.indycontra.org.
Indianapolis - Gypsy Moon Ball: Annual dance weekend in late October/early November at the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ. Register in advance for discount; not required, not balanced. Web site: http://www.indycontra.org.
Indianapolis - Special: Dances on special dates and times, generally at Grove Haus (Fountain Square), 1001 Hosbrook St., Indianapolis, IN 46203. Check site for prices. Web site: http://www.indycontra.org.
Indianapolis - Sunday: Dances on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm, generally at Grove Haus (Fountain Square), 1001 Hosbrook St., Indianapolis, IN 46203. Admission: $10 (25 and up), $5 (15 – 24), or free (14 and under). Web site: http://www.indycontra.org.
Indianapolis - Circles and Swirls: A mix of Israeli dancing, folk dancing and contras and squares from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ Gymnasium, 416 E North St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 as part of the Spirit and Place Festival. Non-marking, soft-soled shoes required. Presented by the Israeli Folk Dancers, Indy Contra, Indy Folk Dancers. Cost: Free. OPTIONAL: Bring new children's athletic shoes (sizes 10-4) and help Spirit & Place support Samaritan's Feet. Participate in a variety of cross-cultural community dances led by three local folk dance groups. Build community and promote wellness while having fun! No experience or partner necessary. Indy Folk Dancers, Indy Contra, and the Israeli Folk Dancers invite participants to learn, try, and discuss different dances from America, Eastern Europe, Israel, and more. An experienced dance leader from each dance community will teach and lead beginner-level dances, followed by a moderator-led discussion. How does folk dancing create community? How does connection through dance differ from other forms of human connection? What do we learn about histories and cultures through dance? How does community dance differ from competition or performance dancing? Time will be allotted for Q & A. Wear comfortable clothing and non-marking, soft-soled shoes! Presented by Indianapolis Traditional Music & Dance Group (dba Indy Contra); Indy Folk Dancers; Israeli Folk Dancing; and Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ. Questions? Call 317-488-7751 or email email@example.com. - Web site: http://www.spiritandplace.org.
Indianapolis - State Fair Grounds: A special second dance this week! At the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Dance for Health stage (or whatever it's called now, southeast corner of the fairground), 7 - 9 pm. Web site: http://www.indycontra.org.
Indianapolis - Squares - The Oilwick: Square dance at The Oilwick, 1604 Deloss St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203 at 7pm. Old Time music and dancing, including fiddles and banjos, traditional square dances, and other forms of social partner dancing. The Oilwick will have some art up for your viewing pleasure! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1694260217458903/.
Indianapolis - Calling Party: A calling party is where people come and hang out, learn how to call a dance, musicians play music, people dance, you eat food and drink drinks, and a good time is had. We dance, we talk, it's a party! There will be live music for everyone there to dance and for people to try out calling in a fun, relaxing environment. No pressure!! Usually it's nice to bring a snack or drinks to share if it's easy, though such tidbits are usually provided by the host. Various locations (see site for information). 7pm to 9pm. Web site: http://www.indycontra.org.
Lafayette - Squares - Duncan Hall: Concert from 6pm to 7pm; informal contra/square dance from 7pm to 10pm at Duncan Hall, 619 Ferry Street, Lafayette, IN 47901. All ages, no dance experience necessary. Admission is $5. Web site: http://www.indianafiddlersgathering.org/.
Manchester - Appleseed Allemande: One-day dance event (workshops and dances) at the Town Life Center, 603 Bond St., North Manchester, IN, 46962. Sponsored by the Goshen Community Contra Dancing (GO Dancing) and the Fort Wayne Traditional Music & Dance Society. Web site: http://www.contrafortwayne.org.
Morgantown - Mad Robin Romp: Members of the Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group (but not the group itself) sponsor the annual Mad Robin Romp dance weekend at Camp Pyoca near Brownstown in April. Register in advance for choice of accommodations. Programs run by volunteers. Web site: http://bloomingtoncontra.org/mad-robin-romp/.
Nashville - Indiana Forest Alliance Barn Dance: Benefit barn dance sponsored by the Indiana Forest Alliance and Bloomington Old Time Music and Dance at Mike's Music and Dance Barn, 2277 SR 46, W, Nashville, IN. Dance admission: ? - At Mike'sDance Barn in co-operation with the Indiana Forest Alliance. Festivities start at 6:30pm with Mike's buffet dinner and regular menu and bar available. Instruction and simple dances for novice contradancers start at 7:00 pm. Regular contradances start at 8:00 pm. Web site: https://indianaforestalliance.org or http://bloomingtoncontra.org/.
Nashville - Squares - Percussive Dance Extravaganza: Percussive Dance Extravaganza and square dance at Mike's Dance Barn (2277 State Rd 46), between Bloomington and Nashville, IN. The hour and 15 minute performance by the Foot Squad will be followed by a two hour square dance, so there'll be plenty to enjoy, for everyone. Doors open at 7:00pm. Advance tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 14 and under, and may be purchased at Bloomingfoods East or West, or by calling 812-219-1890. Tickets at the door are $18/$12. This event is co-sponsored by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Bloomingfoods, Bloomington Old Time Music and Dance Group, and WFHB. Web site: http://www.lotusfest.org.
New Harmony - New Harmony Music Festival: Dance at the The Rapp-Owen Granary, 413 Granary Street, New Harmony, IN 47631. Doors open at 6:45pm and dance starts at 7:00pm. Adults amd Children 13 and older: $10.00. An all-ages family event featuring music and dances from New Harmony in 1826. Festival school students and faculty perform music from the Fontleroy Manuscript from the collection at The Workingmen’s Institute library. Dances are easy and will be taught as we go along thru the evening by our expert dance caller. Non-marking, flat-soled shoes are recommended. Refreshments will be available at the event. Kids 12 and under FREE! Web site: http://newharmonymusicfest.com.
Paoli - Squares - Indiana Forest Alliance: The IFA hosts our first Square Dance! 7-11pm; *potluck at 6:30, dancing at 8*. Location: Lazy Black Bear, 3875 S. Co Rd. 50 W., Paoli, IN 47454. Some food, some drink (bring some if ya like!), amazing music, lots of fun! **We ask for a $10 suggested donation, to help us keep up our mission of protecting Indiana's beautiful forests.** Web site: http://www.indianaforestalliance.org/.
Richmond: Dances are held at the Common Grounds Coffeehouse, which is located at West Richmond Friends Meeting, 609 West Main Street. Admission: $5. Web site: http://www.westrichmondfriends.org/ or http://twic.esr.earlham.edu/.
Richmond - Stout Meetinghouse: Contra dance from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Stout Meetinghouse. Beginners are more than welcome to attend. Feel free to contact Eliza Balch at
Rocky Ripple - Squares - White Pine Wilderness Academy: Dance from 8pm to midnight at the White Pine Wilderness Academy, 841 W 53rd St, Rocky Ripple, Indiana 46208. No experience necessary!! All dances taught!! Come get to know your neighbors! It's fun!!! Doors and beginner lesson at 8:00! Dance at 8:30!! $5-$10 sliding scale suggested donation. Don't have it?! Come anyways!! Web site: https://whitepinewilderness.com.
South Bend - Contra Dancers: Come and enjoy contra dances for all ages and skill levels, beginner to advanced. All dances are walked through first. Admission: $6.00/member; $8.00/regular; $10.00/supporter; $5.00/student and unwaged; $4.00 for under 12; $20/family. Dance is from 7:30-10:30 pm, introductory lesson at 7. Location: St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church, 1001 W Colfax Avenue South Bend, IN 46616. Web site: http://www.sbcontras.org/.
South Bend - First Friday: As part of “Dance Downtown,” Downtown South Bend’s First Friday in March there will be dancing from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Music Village (301 South Michigan), Traditional dances from America and various European countries, ranging from Brittany, in France, to Bulgaria. Web site: https://downtownsouthbend.com/downtown-south-bend-first-fridays.
Valparaiso: The dances sponsored by the Valparaiso Oldtime Dance Society. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the dance will start at 7:00. We encourage new dancers to arrive at the beginning of the dance for basic instructions. Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and drinking water are recommended. The cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. The dance is free to college students with ID. The dances are held at the Valparaiso Technical Institute building, 1150 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN. [Moving to the Methodist Activity Center in Chesterton in February 2016]. Please help us protect the floor by carrying in clean-soled, non-scuffing shoes to dance with. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://valpo.chicagobarndance.com/.
Vernon - Squares: Square dancing on Brown Street from 7pm to 9pm. Bring your dancing shoes, a friend and a lawn chair. We will provide the music, caller, snacks and drinks. Dancing ability is optional. All ages are welcome. Web site: None.
Vincennes: Dances are held at the Old Town Players Theatre and Arts Center, 432 Broadway. Practice at 7:00pm with dancing from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Admission is free. Come as singles or with a partner. Call Ron at (812) 735-1003 or mailto:email@example.com. Web site: http://www.vincennesdancers.com/.
Vincennes - Old Town Players: Dances at 7pm at the Old Town Players Theatre, 5th and Broadway in Vincennes. Contras and other forms. Music will be a wide range of hit music along with good contra dance music. Admission is free! Come as singles, couples or the whole family. Web site: http://www.johnrstanczak.com/taxonomy/term/1.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.