Contra Dance, Square Dance, and Waltz

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 Kansas including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Kansas 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: No current schedule notes.

October 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017  Dance Series: Lawrence - Barn Dance Location: Lawrence Caller(s): Lisa Harris; Band(s)/Musician(s): Dire Ducks Unlimited; Note: Location: Stony Point Barn, 1514 N 600 Road; potluck at 6pm - no kitchen facilities

November 2017
Saturday, November 4, 2017  Dance Series: Wichita Location: Wichita Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Costume party!

Saturday, November 11, 2017  Dance Series: Fort Scott - 1800's Grand Ball Location: Fort Scott Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Friday, November 17, 2017  Dance Series: Lawrence - Pilgrim's Progression Weekend Location: Lawrence Caller(s): Beth Molaro; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Mean Lids (Miriam Larson, Ben Smith, Matt Turino); Note: Dance weekend; event ends on November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017  Dance Series: Lawrence - Pilgrim's Progression Weekend Location: Lawrence Caller(s): Beth Molaro; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Mean Lids (Miriam Larson, Ben Smith, Matt Turino); Note: Dance weekend; event ends on November 19, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017  Dance Series: Lawrence - Pilgrim's Progression Weekend Location: Lawrence Caller(s): Beth Molaro; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Mean Lids (Miriam Larson, Ben Smith, Matt Turino); Note: Dance weekend; event ends on November 19, 2017

December 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017  Dance Series: Wichita Location: Wichita Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

September 2018
Friday, September 28, 2018  Dance Series: Salina - Prairie Festival Location: Salina Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: One dance on Friday night as part of the Prairie Festival; event ends on September 30, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018  Dance Series: Salina - Prairie Festival Location: Salina Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: One dance on Friday night as part of the Prairie Festival; event ends on September 30, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018  Dance Series: Salina - Prairie Festival Location: Salina Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: One dance on Friday night as part of the Prairie Festival; event ends on September 30, 2018

Venue and dance information

Abilene - Statehood Ball: Abilene will again be the site for the Kansas Statehood Ball, sponsored by the Dickinson County Historical Society. The Ball is at Sterl Hall in Eisenhower Park, from 7 – 10 p.m. This will be the 19th annual event. This event is geared toward the entire family. There are no age barriers in learning dances of our ancestors. The public is invited to come in period clothing, but is not mandatory. Cost of the dance is $5 for adults, $3 for members of the local historical society and $2 for children 3-12 years of age. The evening begins with the traditional Grand March, followed by a waltz. The Statehood Ball is an educational program provided by the Dickinson County Historical Society. Refreshments will be provided. Web site: http://www.abilenecityhall.com.

Abilene - 5 Star Arts Festival: A dance on Saturday is one of the events at this festival (music, arts, Taste of Abilene, youth activities, etc.). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/5StarArts.

Arlington: Dances at the Arlington Community Center, 900 W Main St, Arlington, Kansas 67514 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Contra dance, also known as 'barn dancing' is similar to square dancing and is a great way to meet people and have a great time! We will open with a short lesson for all to learn or brush up on their skills. We will have concessions available, and all ages are welcome! Adults are $6, ages 16 and under are free! Email arlingtoncontradance@gmail.com for more information. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Arlington-Community-Center-294213400697513/.

Clonmel - Civil War Ball: Event sponsored by the 8th Kansas Company A and held in March. Web site: http://www.8thkansas.org.

Cottonwood Falls: The Chase County Contra Society hosts a contra dance in Cottonwood Falls at 220 1/2 Broadway (the municipal building) on the 4th Saturday of every month starting in 2010. The dance will begin at 7 p.m. - beginners welcome at 6:30. Unfamiliar with contra dancing? We welcome everyone, both beginners and experienced dancers, of all ages, to our family-friendly dances. Come alone or with all your friends --- it's easy to learn. Mark your calendars to join us for a delightful evening of very lively music and dance! More questions? Call me, Lucy Smith (620) 273-6970. Admission $7. Students and listeners $5. Age 12 and under Free. Time: Beginners be sure to come at 6:30 p.m. for basic instruction. Dance is 7 to 9:30. Contact: Jerry Schwilling, leadernews@ccleadernews.com Lucy Smith (620) 273-6970. Web site: http://www.chasecountychamber.org/.

Cottonwood Falls - Christmas Ball: Dance at Prairie PastTimes, 220 1/2 Broadway St, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas 66845. Come join us for a contra dance during the Chase County Country Christmas in downtown Cottonwood Falls! As usual, we will have an open band for this dance. So anyone who wants to play is welcome; all ages all skill levels. Mix of circles and contras! Admission is $8 for adults, half price for teens and children 12 and under free. Beginner or refresher instruction at 7:30. Make sure to arrive early for a march! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/298768470313860/.

Cottonwood Falls - Flint Hills FolkLife Festival: Weekend festival with historical presenters in period dress demonstrate the skills necessary for pioneers to live and work in the mid-1800s plus music and a contra dance. Items produced at the festival will be for sale. For further information, contact Sue Smith at the Emma Chase Cafe (620) 273-6020 or prairie-maid@sbcglobal.net - There is no admission charge to the grounds. An opportunity for gratuity will be in place. with historic presenters, music and a contra dance. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/FlintHillsFolkLifeFestival.

Cottonwood Falls - Statehood Ball: The Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society cordially invites you to attend our annual Statehood Ball honoring Kansas' admission to the Union. Arrive early so you don't miss the opening march which begins promptly at 8. Beginner instruction starts at 7:30. Adults $10.00; Students $4.00; Children under 12 - Free. Period attire is encouraged and please remember your gloves! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365225166843493/.

Fort Scott - 1800s Grand Ball: Salute to Veterans: 1800’s Grand Ball from 7:00 to 10:30 PM at Historic Memorial Hall 1 E 3rd Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. Doors open at 6 PM Dancing begins promptly at 7 PM. To Honor Veterans, Veterans in Uniform will be admitted Free! Dress: 1800’s Period Dress Highly Encouraged OR Semi-Formal Party Wear. Gloves are required and will be available. Tickets: General Public- $20 in advance/$25 at the door per person or two for $30 in advance/$40 at the door; Friends members- $15 in advance/$20 at the door; and Children 12 and Under/Dance Observers- $5. All proceeds go to the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site. Tickets will be available at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce and the Country Cupboard in Fort Scott or by mail. A Free Dance Class will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 10am-1pm in the Grand Hall on the grounds of Fort Scott NHS. Street clothes, please. For Information contact Dee at: 913-557-1632 or 913-269-1632 or waynedeeyoung@hughes.net - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Fort-Scott-NHS-Friends-Grand-Ball-1701277753529973/.

Haysville - Indian Wars Rendevous Dance: Dance is at Riggs Park in Haysville from 8:00pm to 10:00pm as part of the Indian Wars Rendezvous. This event is sponsored by the Buffalo Soldier Association of Wichita, Haysville Library and Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society. Free admission, but donations will be gratefully accepted for the musicians. Beginner dance instruction will be available at 7:30 and the dance begins at 8:00. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/424305767687736.

Kingman - Raise the Roof: Benefit dance for roof repair at the Kingman County Museum. Dance is at the VFW Hall, 126 North Main Street, Kingman. 6:30pm - lessons for beginners and dancing from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Ages 8 to 99 and beginners welcome. Teaching provided. Good will donation (suggested $5 for adults; $1 for children). Prizes donated to the silent auction appreciated. Contact Sue Harris and Ron Pulsifer at 620-532-5563. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/kingmancountymuseum/.

Lawrence: Dances are held at the New York School, 936 New York Street Lawrence on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Time: 6:45 p.m. Beginner's Lesson; 7:30-10:00 p.m. Dance $9 ($4 student). We accept payment by cash or check. Learn the basic steps and movement patterns you will be using that evening. Even if you can't attend the workshops, beginners are always welcome. Please come early in the evening as we begin with comfortable dances for newcomers. No Partner Necessary. Please wear soft-soled shoes! All dances are taught and prompted and feature live music. Dress cool and casual - dancing is energetic activity! Web site: http://www.lawrencebarndance.org.

Lawrence - Bloo Moon Advanced Dance: Dances are held at the New York School, 936 New York Street Lawrence on the 5th Saturday of the month. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (60+), $4 for students with ID, $2 children under 16. We accept payment by cash or check. Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m (in winter and spring). [During the summer of 2014, dances will be at the Woodlawn School, 508 Elm Street, Lawrence] Are you ready for an advanced dance? Are you comfortable with contra corners, heys for fours, and can you keep the dance going after the caller has stopped calling? Advanced dances are held on the fifth Saturday when months have them, and feature faster, more complex dances with minimal walkthroughs and no beginner instruction. Beginners, please come to the regular dances first. Web site: http://www.lawrencebarndance.org.

Lawrence - Uptown Hoedown: Traditional barn dance featuring contras and squares and hot old time music. Dances are September through May, first Saturday of the month. Dance 7:30-10:00 pm - beginner's class at 7:10pm. Location: Pinckney Elementary School, 810 West 6th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Admission: $8 regular, $3 students, $6 seniors- 60 and up. Web site: http://www.uptownhoedown.org/.

Lawrence - Midwinter Meltdown: Join us for this special weekend of dance (and music) on February 15-17, 2013. This dance weekend is co-presented by the Uptown Hoedown, the English Country Dancers, the Lawrence Barn Dance and the Kaw Valley Shape Note Singing Association. There will be dances Friday and Saturday night, workshops Saturday afternoon, and a potluck brunch, shape note sing, and English country dancing on Sunday, Feb 17. Web site: http://www.uptownhoedown.org/.

Lawrence - Pilgrim's Progression Dance Weekend: Dance weekend held in mid-November. Web site: http://www.lawrencebarndance.org.

Lawrence - Brushy Run: Barn dances at Brushy Run, 16919 27th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. Potluck at 5pm, beginners lesson at 5:45, dance at 6:30. Suggested donation, $8. Outdoor dance pavilion with sprung dance floor. Check site to confirm dance. Alternate dates posted on web site. Web site: http://www.brushyrun.farm/.

Lawrence - Fiddle Tune Jam Dance: Potluck and contra dance tonight at the shelter in Centennial Park (on 9th St just west of Iowa St). Potluck at 6:15 pm, dance from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The group has been getting together for pot luck and fiddle tunes for over 20 years. Tonight's event is to give the musicians more experience playing for dancers. So come share a meal and a free dance, and help build our music and dance community. Web site: None.

Manhattan - Grapevine International Dancers: The Grapevine International Dancers of Manhattan Kansas are featuring contra dancing with an event starting at 7:30 PM at the Douglass Community Center Annex 901 Yuma Street - Manhattan, KS. Demo lesson at 7pm. Admission is $8.00; students and limited income $5.00. For more information please contact Ana Franklin at 785-341-9908 yogaconnection@gmail.com - Web site: http://grapeviner.com/home.html.

Manhattan - ECM: The Flint Hills Contra Dance and Music Society presents contra dances at the ECM Building, 904 Sunset Avenue, Manhattan, KS. How much: $8 adults, $5 students/limited income. Questions? 785-477-9054. Dance every 2nd Saturday of the month. EVERYONE welcome! including beginners. New to contra? or need a refresher? come to the lesson at 7 pm. Come alone or with friends—no need to bring a partner. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water bottle. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/anafranklin/.

Manhattan - New Year's Eve: Dance from 8:30pm to 12:30am at the City Auditorium, 1101 East Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/anafranklin/.

Matfield Green: The Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society and Pioneer Bluffs will be hosting an old-fashioned barn dance at Pioneer Bluffs. Our theme for this dance will be 1930s, so ladies get out your gingham and gents launder your collar! Come join us for an afternoon of dance and live music! We will be dancing on a newly restored floor in a 100 year old barn. Excellent space and ambiance for dancing, you won't want to miss! Contras, circles and perhaps some squares as well. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a suggested donation of $10. Active military are free admittance in honor of Armed Forces Day. Proceeds to benefit Pioneer Bluffs (a nonprofit organization) and the band and caller. Come early (1:00) for beginner instruction and walk through. Dance begins at 1:30pm Location: Pioneer Bluffs 695 KS-177, Matfield Green, Kansas 66862. No experience is necessary, if you can walk, you can dance! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/flinthillsvictoriandancesociety/.

Salina - Prairie Festival: The Festival, sponsored by The Land Institute, celebrates the prairie and includes numerous programs on its various aspects. There is one dance as part of the programming. Usually held in late September. Web site: http://www.landinstitute.org.

Strong City: The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the Flint Hills Victorian Dance Society are teaming up to have a Labor Day weekend dance in the stone barn! Dance is from 1pm to 4pm. This dance is open to the public and the best part is... it's free! A good mix of contras, squares and circles. Web site: http://www.nps.gov/tapr/index.htm.

Viola - Eighth Kansas: Eighth Kansas Civil War Ball at 7pm. Location: Clonmel Hall, 18402 W 71st St South (Intersection of K-42 Highway & 71st St South), Viola, KS. Attire: Period clothing is fun but not required. Cost: $5/person; children 12 and under are free. Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided. Questions: Please contact Jonathon Goering at 316-305-2769 or jpgoering@gmail.com. Bring friends, family, neighbors and anyone else who might be interested in participating! Web site: http://8thkansas.org/Home.php.

Wichita: Not-so-old-fashioned barn dance, generally on 1st Saturdays, with live music and caller at the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton, Wichita, KS 67216. Beginner's Class at 6:30. Dance at 7:00-9:30 pm. No experience needed, no partner needed. Please wear comfortable, casual clothing and soft soled shoes. Admission: Adults — $5 members, $7 non-members; Students with ID and Seniors (over 60) — $3 members, $5 non-members; Under 16 or just watching — Free. Web site: http://www.kansasfolk.org/contra/wichita.html.

Wichita - Museum of World Treasures: Contra Demonstration at The Museum of World Treasures, 835 E. 1st St. N., Wichita from 1:00-3:00 p.m. All dancers are asked to participate! See the Facebook event for more details. Web site: http://www.kansasfolk.org/contra/wichita.html.

Wichita - Eighth Kansas: Eighth Kansas Civil War Ball at 6pm. Location: Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, Kansas 67203. Attire: Period clothing is fun but not required. Cost:There is no admission fee, but a hat will be passed for the musicians. The public in invited! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/flinthillsvictoriandancesociety/ or http://8thkansas.org/Home.php.

Wichita - Open Streets ITC: Contra dance from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in front of the Visual Fusion Graphic Design Studio as part of this afternoon event featuring a number of other activities. Web site: http://openstreetsict.com/.

Winfield - Walnut Valley Festival: Multi-day, mostly music festival with a little dancing at the Cowley County Fairgrounds in mid-September. Web site: http://www.wvfest.com/.

Winfield: Dance at 6:45pm at the Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church, 3725 East 9th St, Winfield, KS. Please consider a donation to help cover the cost of the band and the callers. Web site: None.

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Produced by Charlie Seelig
Last updated on October 20, 2017