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 Michigan including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Michigan 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.
Ada - Breakin' Up Christmas: "Breakin' Up Christmas," a North Carolina tradition right here in Michigan! Held between Christmas and Ephphany, this party would move from house to house each night. The furniture moved, the carpets rolled up, the band playing in the doorway between rooms and plenty of dancing! Dancing will start at 7:00 but please join us for some southern-style cooking around 5:30. Location: Bob and Shelley Hudson's barn, 8405 Baileau Oaks Drive NE Ada, MI. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/522815804409148/permalink/522846127739449/.
Allegan - "1838" Community Barn Dance: The dance is part of a day long celebration of Allegan's 175th birthday. Events include craft demonstrations, a huge inflatable Obstacle Course, Massive Slide and a Bouncy Castle and Slide combo for the kids and a Jousting match for the adults and teens, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Horse Drawn Wagon rides, an Insane Balloon Artist. Dance is from 7pm to 11pm. Everyone is invited to dress in period and we have over $800 worth of Prizes for Best Historical Dress and Dancers. Any 1800's costume will do but not required… come as you are and enjoy the show. Web site: http://www.bakeralleganstudios.com.
Alpena: Dance at the Alpena Public Library, 211 N First Ave Alpena, MI 49707 at 6pm. Come teach your feet to do contra dancing, an easy-to-learn form of folk dancing a little like square dancing and a little like line dancing and simply pure fun. Dances will be taught before the music starts. Bring a partner, wear cool comfortable clothes and non-sticky shoes. The music will be live. $5 per person at the door. For more information about this event, call Dottie Haase at 989-727-8500. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Ann Arbor - 1st Saturday: The First-Saturday Contra Dance is for first-time and experienced contra dancers. The schedule offers a mix of high-quality callers and musicians. The dance runs year-round. Occasional special events or weekends are also organized around the first-Saturday event. Unless otherwise noted, the dance is from 8pm to 11pm. Admission is $5 for students, $8 for AACTMAD members, $9 for all others. The dance is held at the Pittsfield Grange Hall, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. First-timers: Please come a little early. Come alone or bring a friend. Anyone can ask anyone else to dance; experienced dancers are happy to help new people. It's a common practice to change partners after each dance sequence, and it works well while you're learning the basics; after that, it's up to you. Wear cool, comfortable clothes and flat shoes that aren't sticky. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - 2nd Saturday: All dances taught and prompted. Informal; no partner or experience needed. Wear cool, casual clothes and bring flat, smooth-soled shoes for dancing. Couple dancing during the contra dance break. $10/$5 students. At the Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor Saline Road (1/2 mile south of I94). Admission: $10/$5 students. - Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - 3rd Saturday: Dances from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Pittsfield Union Grange (3337 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - 4th Saturday: Come check out AACTMAD's newest dance series! Contras, squares, English, and couple dances. Great music by Debbie Jackson, Brad Battey, and Susie Lorand; caller(s) TBA. High-energy contras, older "chestnuts," some slow-groove tunes, contra-friendly English, extra couple dances, and more! Fun for all dancers, new and experienced. 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. 248-288-4737. Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Dawn Dance: Weekend dance festival held in late February at the Clague Middle School 2616 Nixon Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. Includes Contras, English country, Couple dancing, Workshops and Late Night Party! Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/ddw/.
Ann Arbor - Pittsfield: Dances at the Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Beginner's lesson 7:30. 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Special: Special dances on various dates, times and locations. Check web site for details. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/sa/special.html.
Ann Arbor - Squares: This new series of participatory dances is held (with some exceptions) on the afternoons of the second and fourth Sundays of each (non-summer) month. Drawn from various regional square-dance traditions, the dances are those that fit well to the "southern-style" old-time music that is featured in this series. In addition to four-couple squares, we will sprinkle in some big-set circle dances and Appalachian flatfoot (clogging) solo dancing. Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary, and you do not need to bring a partner with you. All dances are taught, although it is recommended that new dancers arrive early for the easiest dances and most complete instructions. No special attire is required; simply wear clothing that is comfortable for dancing. (Note that our hall is air-conditioned.) Please bring a pair of clean, non-marking shoes to help preserve our new dance floor. Location: AACTMAD's Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Admission: Adults $8 - Students $5 ($1 member discount).Children under 15 with parent: Free - For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://otsd.aactmad.info/.
Ann Arbor - Dancing in the Streets: Free event in early September from 2:00pm to 6:30pm in Downtown Ann Arbor at Main and Washington Streets. Dancing in the Streets is an annual free festival on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in downtown Ann Arbor. It offers local residents a chance to sample lots of different music and dance traditions, enjoy the downtown, and see some friends and neighbors in the process. Multiple stages offer visitors a chance to try many different styles of dancing, as well as enjoy mini-concerts and entertain their children with special activities. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/dits.html.
Ann Arbor - New Year's Eve: The Ann Arbor Community for sponsors New Year's Eve dance with Contra, English Country, and Couple Dancing! Appetizers and cocktails (BYOB) 6:30PM, Dinner 7PM, Dancing 8:30PM. Champagne and Dessert (11:30PM - midnight). Dinner and dessert are potluck. Appetizers, champagne and non-alcholic beverages are provided. Elegant/festive attire encouraged (but not required). December 31 at 6:30 pm to January 1 at 0:30 am. $20 In advance; $25 at the door. Bring a festive main dish or elegant dessert to share. 734-260-9027. Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Young Contra Dance: Contra dancing for young people (students/20s/30s). Beginner friendly, no partner necessary; all dances taught and prompted. Please bring clean, flat, non-marking shoes. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost: $9, $8 for AACTMAD members, $5 for students $4 off for new dancers with coupon (see new dancer section of this website). 248-417-7968. AACTMAD Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Dr, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Calling Class: Series of one-hour sessions for aspiring and novice callers. You can learn the art of calling, and, when you are ready, try out your new skill at the Dance Lab that follows. Advance registration is not required, but it would be helpful if you indicate your interest by emailing email@example.com. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Free admission. 734-994-6494. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pittsfield Grange (3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Dance Lab: Open stage for callers to try out new and new-to-them dances and for novice callers to practice in a supportive setting. Music by the Pittsfield Open Band. Admission is FREE for dancers. Best suited to dancers with some experience. For more information, to submit a dance you have composed, or if you would like to call a dance, please send an email to email@example.com. (However, advance notice by callers and choreographers is not required.) 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Free admission. 734-994-6494. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Tree Town Stomp: Dance weekend in Ann Arbor. Full Weekend only: $80 non-members, $75 AACTMAD member, $60 Student. Attendace will be limited due to the size of Concourse Hall. Location: Concourse Hall – 4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Check site for details. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Dearborn - Lovett Hall 75th Anniversary Celebration: Please hold the afternoon for a wonderful celebration of the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Henry Ford's Lovett Hall. Mostly contra dances with a delightful infusion of historical "Good Morning" dances. Watch this posting for more details as they are finalized. Web site: http://www.ruffwater.com.
Detroit - Contra Central: Contra dancing is a traditional American dancing done as couples in long lines. Refreshments provided. Free parking (tell the attendant you are going to the contra dance. 7:30 beginner's lessons, 8-11 dance. 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. $10 donation suggested, but nobody will be turned away due to inability to pay. 313-928-2950. Central United Methodist Church (23 E. Adams, Detroit, MI). Web site: http://www.centralumchurch.com/ or http://www.aactmad.org.
Dowling - Trillium Twirl: A weekend of good friends, fun dancing and fine music at the Outdoor Education Center of the Battle Creek Public Schools, on the shore of Clear Lake near Dowling Michigan (20 miles north of Battle Creek) in early April. Register in advance. Web site: http://trilliumtwirl.org/.
East Lansing - Great Lakes Folk Festival: This unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage is held in mid-August in downtown East Lansing. The Great Lakes Folk Festival showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. The festival encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers and craftspeople whose traditions are rooted in their communities. Web site: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/.
Evart - ODPC Funfest: Hammered dulcimer oriented festival with a contra dance and plenty of workshops. Held in mid-July. Location: The Osceola County Fairgrounds, Evart, Michigan. Web site: http://www.dulcimers.com/evartpage.html.
Farmington: Dances at the Groves-Walker Post 346, American Legion, 31775 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI. No partner is necessary, and for those who are new to the form, a beginner session is held half an hour before the start of each dance. Dancers should bring clean, smooth-soled shoes for dancing - no street shoes. The dances will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (12:30 p.m. for beginners). Admission donation requested is $10 per person, and $5 per student, with all funds going to local charities including Sweet Dreamzzz, Joy Southfield Development Authority, and American Legion veterans. For more information, contact Janet Newcomer at 248-478-5196. Web site: None although the American Legion post does have one.
Flint: Usually meet at Freeman School (4001 Ogema Rd, Flint, MI 48507 - two blocks off Atherton) on the second Sunday of each month from October to April. Dances usually run from 2-5 pm with new dancer instruction at 1:30 pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Contra-Dancers/225870290773094.
Flint - Folk Music Festival: One day event in July at Kearsley Park with jams, performances and a contra dance. Web site: http://www.flintfolkmusic.org.
Frankenmuth: This dance is being held during Frankenmuth's 'Zehnder SNOW FEST'. Come on over to Frankenmuth and enjoy a great Zehnder's dinner, ice sculpting competition, concerts, fireworks, petting zoo, pony rides, hot air balloon launch, chef's food competition and tasting, and a warming tent where snacks, hot drinks and fun abound. Then DANCE in historic Fischer Hall! This hall has a wonderful wooden floor!! Doors open at 1 pm. Dance 1:30-4:30 pm. 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. $10 for adults. $5 for young dancers 17 and under. Payable at the door. 50% of the gate goes to the Frankenmuth Historical Museum. 248-889-3013. Fischer Hall, Frankenmuth Historical Museum (613 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org or http://www.frankenmuthmuseum.org/.
Grand Rapids - 1st Friday: First Friday Contra Dance at the Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids. Live Music, no partner necessary. Admission - $9 General, $7 Folk/dance societies members, $20 family, $5 Student, $1 First Time Friend. Info: email@example.com - Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/grfolkarts/dance.
Grand Rapids - 4th Friday: Contra Dance/Jam - Contra dancing to live music led by Bruce Ling and Hawks and Owls. You are invited to dance, play in the band, or even call a dance! Contra dancing is basically like the square dancing your grandparents did, but to live music and in different formations. There are some basic moves that the caller teaches and then the dance is called out step by step. It is definitely aerobic and the swirling, intereactive dance is intoxicating, so it is best to show up with a clear head! Young, old, single, married, first timers and dance masters are all welcome. You don't need to bring a partner because everyone pairs off at random. Grab a couple friends and come on down for a great time: Dose do and an ocean wave! 7 PM lesson; 7:30pm dance on Fourth Fridays (except December, April and May): Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids. $ 9 General $ 7 Folk/dance societies members; $ 20 family; $ 5 Student; $ 1 First Time Friend. If calling or playing please call ahead 616 361 9219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/grfolkarts/dance.
Grand Rapids - Winter Wheat: A celebration of traditional music and dance held in early January. 13 bands, 12 hours, 2 stages. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. $10 with student ID. Call 989-967-8879 for more info. Location: 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org.
Grand Rapids - Festival of the Arts: Multi-venue, multi-event arts festival in early June including a contra dance. Dance is reported to be from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday. Web site: http://www.festivalgr.org.
Grand Rapids - Jam 'n' Bean: Dancing on the deck is a free event put on by Jam n Bean coffee house. So come on out to Jam N Bean between 7-9:00 on Wednesday July 18 and 25. 6860 Cascade Rd, Grand Rapids, MI, next to Sundaes at the Cottage. Web site: http://www.jamnbean.com.
Grand Rapids - Rosa Parks Circle: GROSS and GRafS sponsor a high powered old time dance at 7pm. Web site: None.
Grand Rapids - Valentine's Day Old Time Country Dance: ￼Valentine's Day Old Time Country Dance at Fountain Street Church 24 Fountain St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503. There will be Squares, Contras, Lines, and Waltzes. No experience necessary! Cost: $6, 12 and under FREE A family fun event! Dance starts at 7pm. Come for dinner at 6pm for an additional $5 per person/$15 per family Dinner proceeds support Fountain Street Church Youth Character School. Penne Pasta with Meat sauce and Tomato Bazil sauce, Tossed Salad, Assorted Breads. Contact email@example.com for more information. Web site: None.
Harbor Springs - Blissfest: Weekend music festival held in early-mid July at Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. It is a celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring a world of diverse and innovative folk and roots music and dance at the Festival Farm in picturesque rural northern Michigan. The annual event is a showcase of the many musical styles that define American roots and world music. Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic, World music and dance all share the stage. Includes a contra dance. Web site: http://www.blissfest.org/index.html.
Harrisville: Dances at the Harrisville Township Hall 114 S. Poor Farm Road, Harrisville, MI 48740 at 7pm. What's a contra dance, you ask? It's a dance popular in rural New England in the early 1800s that combines elements of line and square dances, and usually accompanied by traditional instruments playing Americana music. But mostly it's just plain fun, and a nice social night out. Sponsored by Inspiration Alcona, Inc. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Harrisville - State Park: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Harrisville State Park, 248 State Park Rd, Harrisville, MI 48740 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $5. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Holland - Allegan Woods Contra Dances: Dances on Third and fifth Fridays, 7:15-10:00 p.m. $8 admission - ages 5 and under: free. $5 full-time students. Bring a friend! $20 family (all in the same household). Sometimes our dance is cancelled due to severe weather. Call Thom at 616/402-6434 if you need to verify. Dances are held at the Park Township Community Hall, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. It's on Ottawa Beach Road directly across from the Park Township airport, on the way to Holland State Park. Free parking near the building. 1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424. Comfortable casual clothing and soft-soled shoes recommended (check the pictures for ideas). You might want to wear layers, as this is a vigorous activity. You'll find singles, couples, family groups, seniors, students, and happy folks of all ages at our dances. (By yourself? C'mon down--we'll set you up with dance partners and new friends!) The event is non-smoking and alcohol-free. Please bring a snack to share. And please arrive early, or linger afterwards, to help load in, set up, then clean up and pack out!Web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~hollandcontra/hollandcontra.htm.
Holland - Allegan Woods Contra Dances - New Year's Eve: Special New Year's Eve Dance. Sometimes our dance is cancelled due to severe weather. Call Thom at 616/402-6434 if you need to verify. Dances are held at the Park Township Community Hall, at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds. It's on Ottawa Beach Road directly across from the Park Township airport, on the way to Holland State Park. Free parking near the building. 1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424. Comfortable casual clothing and soft-soled shoes recommended (check the pictures for ideas). You might want to wear layers, as this is a vigorous activity. You'll find singles, couples, family groups, seniors, students, and happy folks of all ages at our dances. (By yourself? C'mon down--we'll set you up with dance partners and new friends!) The event is non-smoking and alcohol-free. Please bring a snack to share. And please arrive early, or linger afterwards, to help load in, set up, then clean up and pack out!Web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~hollandcontra/hollandcontra.htm.
Holland - Civil War Muster Community Dance: In conjunction with the Holland Museum and the Van Raalte Farms Civil War Muster, Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative sponsors this Community Dance. Live music and featuring authentic period dances taught and called, this will be a fun-filled and educational event for the whole family. Historical clothing invited, but not required. No partner needed. Come one, come all! $5.00. Location: Holland Armory (16 W. 9th St. (between River and Central) Holland, MI). Web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~hollandcontra/hollandcontra.htm.
Howell: All dances taught and walked through. No partner required bring 5 friends if you can. Dance in this grand Opera House wood floor mood lighting snacks available wow! Doors open at 6:30 pm. Dance is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $5 donation at the door. 517-540-0065. Howell Opera House (123 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Kalamazoo: Country Dancing in Kalamazoo sponsors great American and English traditional dancing to live music. Local callers are at some dances, out-of-town callers at others. All dances are taught. New dancers (singles and couples) are always welcome and should come early; dances get more challenging during the evening. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for energetic dancing. No smoking, no alcohol. A snack or beverage to share during the break is always welcome. At the Oshtemo Grange, corner of 3rd Street and H Avenue, 3234 N 3rd Street, west of Kalamazoo. Dance skills workshop at 7:00pm. For more information, call Mike at 269-372-7613. Web site: http://people.albion.edu/ram/cdk/.
Kalamazoo - Callers' Workshop: Three Sunday afternoon-long meetings, from 1:00 to 5:00-ish, at the Oshtemo Grange, 3234 N 3rd St, (corner of 3rd St. and H Ave., northwest of Kalamazoo). What will the workshop include? - the structure of dance tunes - timing of calls and exploring your calling style - working with a band and speaking into a microphone - finding and figuring out new dances - evaluating and choosing dances, and putting together a fun and interesting program - teaching moves and beginner lessons - making walk-throughs concise and spotting potential points of confusion - how to teach flow and style in dances - and more! For beginning and novice callers along with those with more experience. Web site: http://people.albion.edu/ram/cdk/.
Kalamazoo - Callers' Workshop Dance: The callers are the participants in the dance callers' workshop being sponsored this coming fall by CDK and a number of other Michigan dance organizations (principal sponsor AWFAC). This is the callers' first opportunity to call at a public dance. Everyone is welcome to come and dance! Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. $6 for members of CDK, AWFAC, and other sponsoring organizations. $4 for students (13 and up). $8 for others. Location: Oshtemo Grange, corner of 3rd Street and H Avenue, west of Kalamazoo. Web site: http://people.albion.edu/ram/cdk/.
Kalamazoo - Dance for Fun: An afternoon of variety in couple dances and set dances, for example waltz, contra, English, squares, etc. Singles and couples welcome. Learn style and skill in a relaxed atmosphere. It's a workshop and a party! Local callers. Recorded music. 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. $4 for students, $5 for others. Location: Oshtemo Grange, corner of 3rd Street and H Avenue, west of Kalamazoo. Web site: http://people.albion.edu/ram/cdk/.
Kalamazoo - Squares: Dance at the Bells Brewery, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3807. Just $5 - 21+ - Lesson: 7:30 pm. Dance: 8-11 pm. Web site: http://www.squaredancekalamazoo.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/squaredancekalamazoo.
Kalamazoo - Squares - Wesley Foundation: Thats Right! Finally a square dance for all ages that you can bike too! Come one come all to to dance your pants off for this special all ages Square Dance. Lessons at 7:30pm, dancing 8-11pm. Location: Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006. $5. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/KalamazoolaginConcertPosse.
Kalamazoo - Squares - Peace House Benefit: The first annual Peace House Stomp will be held at St. Mary’s Social Hall, 939 Charlotte Avenue in Kalamazoo. An hour of family-friendly dancing will open the event, from 7-8pm, and the square dancing will continue until 10pm. Advance tickets are available at select locations throughout Kalamazoo (People’s Food Co-op, Bookbug, Broughton Music) for a suggested donation of $10 per individual or $20 per family, and tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/478883372179602/.
Lansing - 1st Saturday: Dances presented by Ten Pound Fiddle. Our monthly contra and square dances are held on the first Saturday of the month October through June at the Central United Methodist Church, 215 North Capitol Ave, Lansing, at 8 pm with basic figures taught prior to the dance at 7:30 pm. All dances are taught and callers cue the figures. Both beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. Come alone or as a couple. Dress is informal. A dance evening is an opportunity to meet new people, flirt with your partner, enjoy Michigan's finest dance music, exercise your muscles, relax and have a wonderful time. Web site: http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org.
Lansing - 3rd Saturday: Dances presented by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association. Unless otherwise noted, all dances take place at the Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol, in Lansing on the third Saturday of the month. Beginner's workshops start at 7:30 p.m.; the dance is from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, cost is $8 for Looking Glass Members (and members of other traditional dance groups) , $9 for the public, and $4 for students (high school, college) with ID. Children under 15 are admitted for free! [Beginning Fall 2012 Dance prices will be as follows: $10 for the public, $8 for members (including members of other dance groups) and $5 for students- students begin paying to dance when they reach age 15.} Web site: http://lgmaa.org/index.html.
Lansing - Looking Glass Festival: Annual weekend dance festival at the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan, sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association in mid-October. Web site: http://lgmaa.org/festintro.htm.
Lansing - New Year's Eve Dance: Sponsored by Ten Pound Fiddle. Web site: http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org.
Lansing - New Year's Eve Dance - Looking Glass: Pot luck at 6:30, Dance 8- til just after midnight (yummy desserts about 9:45!). Location: Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave in downtown Lansing, MI. Admission: $18 for non-members, $15 for members of Traditional Dance Groups (usually just Michigan, but on New Year's we often offer member prices to the few out of state dancers who visit us), $8 for Students. Toast (non-alc) at midnight. Web site: http://lgmaa.org/index.html.
Lansing - Mid-Winder Grand Ball: Annual event hosted by the 8th Arkansas/22nd Michigan. Refreshments (light supper), door prizes, 50-50 raffle, rifle raffle. Victorian parlour games along with period dances. Huge open wooden dance floor, plenty of space for hoopskirts and mingling. Preceded by a CW swap meet 10 am-3 pm. Swap meet info from Silas, firstname.lastname@example.org - Doors open 6 pm, Grand March 6:30 pm. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. $15/person at the door. 248/628-9212. Central United Methodist Church (215 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI). Web site: None.
Lansing - Harvest Ball: A Grande Ball, featuring 19th century dancing. Beautiful ballroom setting with dancers in Civil War period clothing. The Ball is limited to the first 100 participants. The 7th Michigan's creates a ball so incredibly authentic that the only way to experience a more authentic Civil War ball... would be to actually travel back in time. Refreshments and snacks. The 7th Michigan contact person is Linda Williams. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. $15 in advance/$30 after October 8th. Admission is limited. Register early. Sells out. 517-484-2496 or 517-393-3475. Central United Methodist Church (215 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI). Web site: http://www.7thmichigan.us.
Lansing - Dance Party to Celebrate Glen and Judi Morningstar: Event is from 5pm to 11pm. Please join CDSS and the Michigan song and dance community for a special dance party to celebrate the recipients of the 2013 CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award, Glen & Judi Morningstar. 5pm Potluck and singing; 7pm Grand March, Historic and English Dances; 8pm Presentations & Recognitions; 8:30-11pm Contras & Squares & Waltzes & Hugs. For housing requests contact Laura: email@example.com - Admission: Admission is Free. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 734-260-9027. Location: Central Methodist Church – 215 N. Capital Ave., Lansing, MI 48933. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Lansing - Squares - Two-Story: Dance at The Avenue Cafe, 2021 Michigan Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48912 at 8pm. Suggested donation of $5. Web site: None.
Leslie - 175th Anniversary Dance: As part of its 175th anniversary celebration, Leslie will hold a old-fashioned dance from 3pm to 6pm in downtown Leslie, near the events center. Come as you are or wear a historical costume. Web site: http://www.leslie175.org/.
Lexington - Michigan Dance Heritage Fall Camp: A weekend of good friends, delightful dancing, merry music, and sweet song at Camp Cavell on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron near Lexington, Michigan. Held in mid-September. Register in advance. Web site: http://mdh-online.org/Fall/.
Lexington - Thumbfest: The Bluewater Folk Society sponsors this fee all-day music festival for the entire family with music stages spread throughout downtown Lexington in early September. Thumbfest spotlights acoustic music from traditions as diverse as New Orleans brass to Celtic, PanWorld to blues, Eastern European to Americana. There are multiple stages, workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny at the end of the night. Be sure to bring your instrument, lawn chairs AND your singing voice so you can participate in the events. Web site: http://www.thumbfest.org/.
Lincoln - Alcona County Fair: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Alcona County Fairgrounds, 854 N Barlow Rd, Lincoln, MI 48742 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $5. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Lincoln - Lost Lake Woods Club: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Lost Lake Woods Club, 4243 Lost Lake Trail, Lincoln, MI 48742 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $5. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Lincoln - Senior Center: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Lincoln Senior Center, 207 Church St Lincoln, MI 48740 at 7pm. Admission: $5. Bring a partner, wear cool comfortable clothes and non-sticky shoes. The music will be live. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Lincoln - Alcona Arts Retreat: Weekend of art and music workshops inspired by the waters and woods of northeast Michigan. Web site: http://www.inspirationalcona.org.
Madison Heights - Snow Ball: Join us for an evening of music, dance and merriment. Many homeschoolers and homeschool alumni gather here. Family and friends all welcome. Contras, reels & squares. No dance experience necessary. Historic or semi-formal attire appreciated. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Dance 7-10 pm. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. $8 per person or $25 a family, at the door. 248.546.2814. Club Venetian (29310 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Marquette - Hiawatha Music Festival: Mostly music festival with a contra dance held in late July at the Tourist Park. Each year's event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites. The Festival also has special areas for children and teens with organized activities and performances designed for those age groups. Web site: http://www.hiawathamusic.org/.
Mecosta - Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp: Week-long mostly music camp at the beautiful School Section Lake Youth Camp, (at 90th Avenue and 9 Mile Rd., Mecosta, MI). Register in advance. Held in late June. Web site: http://www.earfuloffiddle.com/index.html.
Midland: The Folklore Society of Midland sponsors on 2nd Saturdays from September to May and advanced dances on various 4th Saturdays. All Dances and Workshops held in the Mirror Room on the lower level - Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue, Midland, MI 48640. Warm up/Pre-dance Lesson 6:30 p.m. Dancing 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Admission is $6 per dance or $60 for a season pass (includes all 16 dances (both regular and advanced)). All ages, beginners and experienced dancers, singles, couples, and families welcome! We suggest cool, casual dress and comfortable shoes for energetic dancing. Water provided. Web site: http://www.folkmusicsociety.org/dances.
Midland - Advanced: The Folklore Society of Midland sponsors on 2nd Saturdays from September to May and advanced dances on various 4th Saturdays. All Dances and Workshops held in the Mirror Room on the lower level - Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue, Midland, MI 48640. Warm up/Pre-dance Lesson 6:30 p.m. Dancing 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Admission is $6 per dance or $60 for a season pass (includes all 16 dances (both regular and advanced)). All ages, beginners and experienced dancers, singles, couples, and families welcome! We suggest cool, casual dress and comfortable shoes for energetic dancing. Water provided. Web site: http://www.folkmusicsociety.org/dances.
Midland - Folk Festival: Held at the Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640, North of US-10, four tenths of a mile on the West, Across the street from Midland Mall in late August. The Midland Folk Music Festival is a complete "folk music experience" and an opportunity to enjoy some wonderful music with other musicians and dancers from near and far in a safe, family-friendly environment. Audience members are always welcome! Mostly music with at least one dance and jam. Web site: http://www.folkmusicsociety.org/festival.
Petosky: The Bliss Fest Music Organization sponsors dances at the Carnegie Building in Petoskey at 7:30pm. The Country Dance Series is a great way to experience an evening of old-Time fun for the whole family. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. The Blissfest Music Organization continues to present this series as part of our commitment to sharing cultural heritage and providing a great way to socialize like folks used to do. All Dances $3/person, $5/couple or $7/family and are held on the first Saturday of the month. Call 348-7047 for more information. All dances are taught and children are welcome. Dance beging at 7:30pm and sometimes there is also a jam session for new players at 6:30. Please call ahead regarding the jam session. Web site: http://www.blissfest.org/old-time-country-dances.
Remus - Wheatland Music Festival: Each year thousands of people converge on the 160-acre festival site to enjoy a wide variety of activities, as well as the star-studded lineup on the main stage. There is a juried arts and crafts show, a raffle, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food, fellowship and fun. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long. The annual Wheatland Music Festival is held the first weekend after Labor day in September. Tickets are sold in advance only and are discounted for paid members. Sunday only tickets are available at the gate. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/home.asp.
Remus - Traditional Arts Weekend: Come for the weekend, the day, an individual workshop or for the evening. Traditional Arts Weekend (formerly known as Dance Camp) is an annual event held over the Memorial Day weekend on the Wheatland Festival grounds near Remus, Michigan. The Community Education committee provides over 80 workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal, and instrument instruction that participants might not otherwise be exposed to. A silent auction is also held during the weekend. Free primitive camping for participants. Food is available to purchase on site. Traditional Arts Weekend has become a very popular Wheatland event for those seeking more personal instruction. Participants can register for the entire weekend or a single day. A flyer with performers, classes, schedule and registration information is mailed in the spring. Contact the Wheatland office at 989-967-8879 for a copy. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/home.asp.
Remus - 3rd Saturday: These dances will feature live old-time traditional acoustic music provided by local musicians and callers. Dances (cajun, contras, squares, depending on the night) will begin at 7:30 PM in the Gladys Wernette building on the Wheatland Music site near Remus, MI, and are open to the public. All dances are taught and beginners are welcome. No partner is required. $6 per person at the door. For those dances with a potluck prior to the dance, please bring your own table service. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org.
St. Clair Shores: Dance from 7:00pm until 10:00pm at the Bon Brae Center, 22300 Bon Brae St., St. Clair Shores, MI. (near 11 Mile Rd. and I-94). All dances taught. No partner required. $10. pre-registration, $15. at the door. For pre-registration: 1-800-633-7377 For more information: 1-586-779-7900. Web site: None.
Saline - Celtic Festival: Join us for one of the most anticipated Celtic festivals in southeast Michigan! Just 45 minutes from downtown Detroit, Saline Michigan hosts 2 days of Celtic music and dance entertainment, workshops, sporting events, and much more for the whole family! Includes a barn dance and a ceili. Web site: http://www.salineceltic.org.
South Haven - Squares: Dance at the Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle Street from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Admission: $7, $5 members. Web site: http://www.foundryhall.org.
South Lyon - Squares: Traditional Square Dancing - Old Time Square Dances, specifically geared for those who have never square danced before, and for those who can only square dance occasionally. Traditional square dances are those dances which were in common use before 1954. They are simple dances, yet a lot of fun for both necomers and old-hands alike. Traditional Square Dances are the perfect square dance for those who can only come occasionally, and cannot make a committment to come on a weekly basis. All of these dances are walked through and taught thouroughly so that people who have never square danced before can easily join in! First Tuesday of every Month, 7:00-9:30 pm (except July, August and September)(new beginners welcome to these dances any night!) Location: VFW Hall, 125 E. McHattie St. South Lyon, MI 48148. Cost: $4 per person. No experience necessary. Dress casual. Couples and singles welcome. Families Welcomed! Web site: http://squaredancemichigan.tripod.com/oldtyme.html.
Traverse City: The BAYSIDE TRAVELLERS DANCE SOCIETY promotes traditional music and dance. Our goals are education, increased community awareness and participation in traditional and folk music and dance. All ages, skills, and interest levels are welcome to participate. Contra and Square dances are held on the second Saturday of the month, October through June. Bands provide live music. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. Clean shoes are requested and a smooth bottom to the shoe is helpful for ease of movement. With our newdance floor installed it is important that we have clean shoes to change into once you have arrived at the hall. All dances start with a workshop from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. Dances start at 8:00 p.m Our dances are held at Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes Camp located at 6800 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684 unless otherwise noted. Admission costs: $8.00 members; $10.00 general public; $6.00 Students ages 13-college with ID FREE ages 12 and under; $12.00 individual membership (annual); $17.00 family membership (annual). Web site: http://www.dancetc.com/Bayside%20homepage.htm.
Troy: The Oakland County Traditional Dance Society sponsors dances on the 4th Saturday of the month (except December and February (it is in mid-February)) from 8pm to 11pm with a beginners' lesson at 7:30pm. Normal admission prices - General public: $10; Students or OCTDS members: $8; children under 12: Free! Note: as a courtesy, we offer a $2 discount to members of AACTMAD, CDSS and other traditional dance organizations OR bring a dessert or refreshment for the break and get $3 off! Location: First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098. Web site: http://www.octds.org/.
Troy - Summer Festival: Special day (afternoon - advanced; evening - for everyone) of dancing. All sessions are $12, bring some snacks for the dance and get $3 off! OCTDS, FUMC and members of other dance organizations get $2 off for the evening session only. Location: First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098. Web site: http://www.octds.org/.
Troy - New Year's Eve: The Oakland County Traditional Dance Society sponsors a New Year's Eve dinner and dance. Location: First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098. Web site: http://www.octds.org/.
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 Iowa link will bring you to the Central Iowa Barn Dance Association. 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.