Minnesota
Contra Dance, Square Dance, and Waltz
Schedule

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 Minnesota which include contra dancing. 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.

April 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): David Kirchner; Band(s)/Musician(s): Contratopia (John Goodin, Pat O'Loughlin, Patrice Pakiz, Erik Sessions); Note:

Sunday, April 27, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

May 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Ted Hodapp; Band(s)/Musician(s): Greenwood Tree; Note:

Saturday, May 10, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Beau Farmer; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Gritpickers; Note:

Sunday, May 11, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Thursday, May 15, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN - Bluff Country Gathering Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Carlin, Deborah Clifford, Steve Hall, Vesta Johnson, Bruce Molsky, Henry Sapoznik, Emily Schaad, Eric Thompson and Suzy Thompson; Note: Music, dance and singing multi-day event; event ends on May 18, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN - Bluff Country Gathering Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Carlin, Deborah Clifford, Steve Hall, Vesta Johnson, Bruce Molsky, Henry Sapoznik, Emily Schaad, Eric Thompson and Suzy Thompson; Note: Music, dance and singing multi-day event; event ends on May 18, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014  Dance Series: Duluth Location: Duluth Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Mark Boggie and Bob Walser; Note: Dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm; techno contra from 10pm to midnight

Saturday, May 17, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN - Bluff Country Gathering Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Carlin, Deborah Clifford, Steve Hall, Vesta Johnson, Bruce Molsky, Henry Sapoznik, Emily Schaad, Eric Thompson and Suzy Thompson; Note: Music, dance and singing multi-day event; event ends on May 18, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Jim Brooks; Band(s)/Musician(s): Pat O'Loughlin and friends; Note:

Sunday, May 18, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN - Bluff Country Gathering Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Carlin, Deborah Clifford, Steve Hall, Vesta Johnson, Bruce Molsky, Henry Sapoznik, Emily Schaad, Eric Thompson and Suzy Thompson; Note: Music, dance and singing multi-day event; event ends on May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Bob Dalsemer; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Dance begins at 8pm at Lanesboro Community Center; part of the Bluff Country Gathering

Saturday, May 24, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Beau Farmer; Band(s)/Musician(s): Toss the Possum; Note:

Sunday, May 25, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, May 31, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): David Kirchner; Band(s)/Musician(s): Four Mile Portage (Brandy Forsmnan, Tom Maloney); Note:

June 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Robin Nelson; Band(s)/Musician(s): Pig's Eye Landing; Note:

Sunday, June 8, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Thursday, June 12, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Beau Farmer; Band(s)/Musician(s): DJ Anne-Marie Schwankl Hoolihan; Note: Techno contra from 7:00pm to 10:30pm

Saturday, June 14, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Robin Nelson; Band(s)/Musician(s): Light of the Moon; Note:

Friday, June 20, 2014  Dance Series: Grand Marais - Wooden Boat Show Location: Grand Marais Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Multi-activity show with emphasis on the wooden boat; contra dance usually included; event ends on June 22, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014  Dance Series: Grand Marais - Wooden Boat Show Location: Grand Marais Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Multi-activity show with emphasis on the wooden boat; contra dance usually included; event ends on June 22, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Shawn Glidden; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Bovee and Chirps Smith; Note: Dance begins at 8pm at the Sons of Norway Hall

Saturday, June 21, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): Ted Hodapp; Band(s)/Musician(s): Toss the Possum; Note:

Sunday, June 22, 2014  Dance Series: Grand Marais - Wooden Boat Show Location: Grand Marais Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Multi-activity show with emphasis on the wooden boat; contra dance usually included; event ends on June 22, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, June 28, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): David Kirchner; Band(s)/Musician(s): Toss the Possum; Note:

July 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, July 12, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, July 13, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Saturday, July 19, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, July 26, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, July 27, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

August 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Thursday, August 7, 2014  Dance Series: Richmond - MN - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Location: Richmond Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Music (mostly) and dance festival; event ends on August 10, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014  Dance Series: Richmond - MN - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Location: Richmond Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Music (mostly) and dance festival; event ends on August 10, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, August 9, 2014  Dance Series: Richmond - MN - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Location: Richmond Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Music (mostly) and dance festival; event ends on August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Sunday, August 10, 2014  Dance Series: Richmond - MN - Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival Location: Richmond Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Music (mostly) and dance festival; event ends on August 10, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Pop Wagner; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Bovee and John Plomondon; Note: Dance begins at 8pm at the Sons of Norway Hall

Saturday, August 16, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, August 23, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, August 24, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, August 30, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

September 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014  Dance Series: Lanesboro - MN Location: Lanesboro Caller(s): Corey Mohan; Band(s)/Musician(s): Bob Bovee and Anni Spring; Note: Dance begins at 8pm at the Sons of Norway Hall

Saturday, September 6, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, September 13, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, September 14, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Saturday, September 20, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, September 27, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, September 28, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

October 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, October 11, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, October 12, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Saturday, October 18, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, October 25, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, October 26, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

November 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, November 8, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, November 9, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Saturday, November 15, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, November 22, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, November 23, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, November 29, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

December 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, December 13, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, December 14, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Saturday, December 20, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, December 27, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, December 28, 2014  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

January 2015
Saturday, January 3, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, January 10, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, January 11, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Saturday, January 17, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, January 24, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, January 25, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, January 31, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

February 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Sunday, February 22, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Tapestry - Waltz Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

March 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

April 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015  Dance Series: Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday Location: Minneapolis Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Venue and dance information

Bemidji: As part of the activities of the Sculpture Walk, there will be a meet and greet with the artists and a community potluck from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the Sculpture Walk artists, some of whom embellished fiberglass beavers or created original sculptures. The Beaver Sculpture Project is made possible by the GW Neilson Foundation and the Sculpture Walk is underwritten by local businesses in Bemidji and individuals. In addition, there will be a contra dance starting at 7pm. Admission to this event is on a sliding fee basis from $5-$10 to underwrite the cost of the band. For more information, contact Cate at kayakc2@me.com. Web site: None.

Brimson - New Year's Eve: Annual New Year's Eve Dance Party with a 5:30 PM Potluck Dinner and a 7:00 PM New England Town Hall Dance at Petrell Hall on County Road 353. Web site: http://www.friendsontherange.com/htmls/schedule.html.

Britt: Home On The Range has sponsored Community Dances and House Dances in the northern Minnesota communities of Ely, Tower, Cook, Virginia, International Falls, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and Aurora since 1998. Dancers of all ages are welcome at Home On The Range dances. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught. Admission at the door is $8 per adult for regularly scheduled dances and $10 per adult for Special Events. Children accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge to all Home On The Range dances. Web site: http://www.danceontherange.org/.

Detroit Lakes - MooseJaw: Music and dance weekend with a wide range of workshops and activities, including old-time, international, clogging, squares, contras, calling and more. Enjoy miles of beautiful cross country skiing, the sauna and hot tub, and of course, the bottomless cookie jar. This annual event occurs at the Maplelag Resort in mid-March. http://www.wildgoosechasecloggers.com/moosejaw.html/.

Duluth: The Tamarack Dance Association sponsors dances on various Saturday nights at various locations but generally (in 2013-2014) at the Avalon Educatinal Institute 404 W Superior St. Dances generally begin at 7:30pm. Beginners, singles and couples welcome. Smoke and alcohol free. All dances taught by the caller! Contras, reels, circles, jigs and squares. Bring clean shoes and a water bottle. For more information about Tamarack Dances, contact Terrence Smith at 218-728-1438. $8 Adults, $6 Members, $2 Children. Annual Membership $15 individual, $25 family. Reduced rates available for groups over 7. Web site: http://www.tamarackdance.org/.

Duluth - Contra Dance Workshop: Spend three Wednesdays contra dancing while enjoying live old-time music. Class will be gauged to support the absolute beginner on the first week and graduate to complicated figures at the end. All dances taught by the caller. Coming with a partner is not necessary. Location: Avalon Educational Institute, 404 W. Superior Street. Workshops are from 6pm to 8pm with a cost of $20 per person ($15 with TDA membership) if postmarked by March 1. $30 at the door, ($25 with TDA membership). Minimum registration is 12 people or workshop will be canceled. Daycare available. Info: tombrandy@clearwire.net or Tom at 464-3808. Web site: http://tamarackdance.org.

Duluth - Squares: Dances at the All American Club, 1931 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55806-2134. Drinks at 7pm, dancing from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Suggested donation: $5. Web site: http://allamericanclub.org/.

Duluth - Waltz: Last Fog City Waltz series: $8 adults, no tamarack member discount. All Dances begin at 7:30 pm at Avalon Educatinal Institute 404 W Superior St. Beginner-friendly dances more likely to occur early. Web site: http://tamarackdance.org.

East Grand Forks: Dances (and sometimes concerts and dances) at the East Grand Forks Eagles Club, 227 10th Street NW, East Grand Forks. Advance tickets-$8.00, day of show- $10.00, teens-$4.00, under 12- free. Info Phone: 800-635-3037. All dances will be taught, including squares, contras, reels, circle and round dances. No previous experience is needed for the dance,and all are welcome! Web site: None.

East Grand Forks - Whitey's Cafe: Dances at Whitey's Cafe, 121 DeMers Avenue. Donations welcome at the door to the banquet room. All dances will be taught, including squares, contras, reels, circle and round dances. No previous experience is needed for the dance,and all are welcome! Dance goes from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Web site: None.

Ely: Home On The Range has sponsored Community Dances and House Dances in the northern Minnesota communities of Ely, Tower, Cook, Virginia, International Falls, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and Aurora since 1998. Dancers of all ages are welcome at Home On The Range dances. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught. Admission at the door is $8 per adult for regularly scheduled dances and $10 per adult for Special Events. Children accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge to all Home On The Range dances. Web site: http://www.danceontherange.org/.

Ely - House Dance: 6:00 PM Potluck Dinner; 7:00 PM House Dance. Public Welcome - Donations At The Door. Hill Residence. 2164 Bear Island River Road. Web site: http://www.friendsontherange.com.

Grand Marais - Wooden Boat Show: North House Folk School invites you to its campus for the biggest celebration of the year (held in mid-June). Try your hand at a workshop or course. Be inspired by the stories of boat builders, sailors and travelers, and plan you next adventure. Meet the artisans and craftspeople who teach and see their work in action. A fun, family-oriented educational event. Curiosity welcome. Member-supported and volunteer-hosted. Generally, a contra dance is included as part of the programming. Web site: http://www.northhouse.org/programs/events/woodenboatshow.htm.

Lanesboro: Dances are held at the Sons of Norway Hall, Parkway Avenue in Lanesboro (except the May dance) through the summer months, always with live music and calling (including teaching). It's air-conditioned, too! Dancers need not have prior experience, nor do they need to come with a partner. Admission is generally $7 or $8. Web site: http://www.boveeheil.com/Lanesboro%20Barn%20Dance.htm.

Lanesboro - Bluff Country Gathering: The Bluff Country Gathering, held in late-mid May is a four-day event presenting traditional American music, dance and singing styles. Workshops, conducted by a staff of nationally acclaimed musicians, singers, dancers and folklorists, are designed to pass along the traditions of old-time music to participants at all levels of experience. Web site: http://www.boveeheil.com/Bluff%20Country%20Gathering.htm.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center: New England-style Contra Dances on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of the month from 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Cost: $9 / $7. Basics are taught at 7:30pm, and all dances are called to live music starting at 8pm. These dances are lively social, easy to learn, and because each dance may last 5min, they can be aerobic. Although you will dance with a partner, it isn't necessary to come with one. All dances are taught and are usually done in "long-way sets" (partners facing in long lines down the hall). New dancers should arrive promptly at 7:30pm to learn the basics! Dance is in the large dance hall, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Barn Dance: Come out for an old-fashioned Barn Dance! Folk dancing events are often also referred to as "barn dances" despite being held in locations other than barns. The term "barn dance" is usually associated with family-oriented, community-oriented events. OK so we don't have a barn-but we do have the best sprung hardwood floors around! Join us from 7:30 to 11:00pm. You're sure to have a good ol' time Admission: $10 general, $8 members, $7 students, free admission to kids 13 and under New dancers should arrive promptly at 7:30pm to learn the basics! Dance is in the large dance hall, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Challenge Dances: New England-style Contra Dances on 3rd Sundays from 2pm to 5pm. Dances are intricate and a strong familiarity with Contra Dancing is recommended. These dances are lively, social, and because each dance may last 5min, they can be aerobic. Although you will dance with a partner, it isn't necessary to come with one. All dances are taught and are usually done in "long-way sets" (partners facing in long lines down the hall). Cost: $9 / $7. Dance is in the large dance hall, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - New Year's Eve: Bring in the New Year at Tapestry! There will be a Contra Dance with live music as well as an International Dance in the small studio. Both groups will meet up at the end of the night to count down to 2014. Come join us! Price: Contra+International: $15 general, $12 members; International Only: $8 general, $6 members, $5 students; (No free passes). Location: Tapestry Folkdance Center - 3748 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Benefit Dance: An evening of Swing, Cajun, International, Contra, Scandinavian, Latin, Waltz (lessons, too) and more including a silent auction to benefit the Tapestry Center. Time: 6:30pm to 12 midnight. Location: 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Waltz: Dance one of the world's most popular dances. Learn one of the world's most accessible couple dances. Move with grace to some astonishingly beautiful music. Enjoy the subtle but blissful pleasures that the waltz has to offer. Indulge your inner romantic. Embrace both elegance and edginess. Socialize with like-minded people. Eschew Lethargy. Have fun. Get down and dirty...if you must! If any of the above appeal to you then get dressed up (or not) and join us for an afternoon of waltz dancing to some of the best waltz music ever recorded. 4th Sunday of the month from 4pm to 6pm. Beginning waltz lesson offered, from 3:30 to 4:00pm. Cost: $5 Location: 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Halloween: Special dance (near or on Halloween) of New England-style Contra Dances from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Cost: $9 / $7. Basics are taught at 7:30pm, and all dances are called to live music starting at 8pm. These dances are lively social, easy to learn, and because each dance may last 5min, they can be aerobic. Although you will dance with a partner, it isn't necessary to come with one. All dances are taught and are usually done in "long-way sets" (partners facing in long lines down the hall). New dancers should arrive promptly at 7:30pm to learn the basics! Dance is in the large dance hall, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Call of the Loon: Weekend of contra dances and workshops plus a variety of workshops and dances in others forms. Events are held in the large dance hall, 3748 Minnehaha Avenue South. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Squares: On 1st and 3rd Mondays at the Eagles Club at 2507 E. 25th St. in south Minneapolis (25th Ave. S. and 25th St., half way between Franklin Ave. and Lake St.) from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m. Excellent dance floor and smoke-free. No partner or experience needed. Questions? Call Lee at 715-386-7790, send email to guthriel {at} spacestar.com or just show up. Web site: None.

Minneapolis - Scandinavian - 2nd Sunday: Join the fun! The glorious dance and music of the Scandinavian countries will be celebrated each 2nd Sunday of the month. Dances will cost $5. We will dance the whole range of Scandinavian dances to include the vals, polka, schottis, hambo, snoa, mazurka, polska, springar, and more. The music is awesomely beautiful and the dances are both wonderful and accessible. Beginning lessons will enable all levels of dancers access to this beautiful and fun dance form. Gammaldans Lesson 5:30pm – 6:00pm. Dancing 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Regional Dance Lesson 7:30pm – 8:00pm. Dancing 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Web site: http://tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Scandinavian - Annual Nordic Celebration and Marketplace: Location: Minneapolis Marriott Southwest. Nordic Marketplace from 3pm to 6pm, Gala Dinner at 6pm, Dance with Scandinavian-American dance band Foot-Nots at 8pm. $10 at the door for the Foot-Notes dance. $60 for the marketplace, dinner and dance (reservations required). Bring the whole family! For info, contact Stephanie Johnson at snjohnson@vesterheim.org, or 563-382-9681, ext. 103, or check vesterheim.org. Proceeds benefit Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. Web site: http://www.vesterheim.org.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Waltz - Workshop: Weekend of waltz workshops. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Minneapolis - Tapestry Center - Hambo Series: Series of hambo workshops from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on various Saturdays. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/.

Northfield - Winter Stomp:Everyone is invited to the 7th annual Northfield Winter Stomp contra dance, featuring music by Contratopia. The event will take place at the Northfield Armory (519 Division Street), beginning at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults, $6 for students ($25 for families). Festive attire is encouraged and comfortable shoes are recommended. No prior dance experience is required to participate (and no partner is needed). Participation is recommended for age 10 and older. Contra dance instruction -- recommended for all participants -- will begin at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Northfield Community Contra Dance Association. For more information about this dance contact northfieldcontradance@gmail.com. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143597728428/.

Northfield - Warmup for Winter Stomp: Come warm-up for the Winter Stomp with community contra dance lessons from 7-9pm at the Carleton Weitz Center for the Arts, 213 Union Street (and 3rd Street East) in Northfield) Come to one or both: these informal dance evenings will offer a great chance to learn how to contra dance, or to brush up your dance skills for the upcoming Stomp!. All are welcome. These lesson nights are free and open to everyone, thanks to a generous underwriting grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). (Free Winter Stomp admission will be offered to the first 15 high school students who attend one or more of these dance evenings). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143597728428/.

Northfield - Warmup for Winter Stomp - Arcadia Charter School: Come warm-up for the Winter Stomp with community contra dance lessons from 7-8:30pm at the Arcadia Charter School Gymnasium, 1719 Cannon Road (behind Perkins Restaurant off of Highway 3). Enter through the double doors in the back of the school. This informal dance evening will offer a great chance to learn how to contra dance, or to brush up your dance skills for the upcoming Stomp!. All are welcome. This lesson night is free and open to everyone, thanks to a generous underwriting grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143597728428/.

Northfield - Harvest Stomp: Held at the Northfield Armory, 519 Division Street in October. How much: $9 adults, $6 students; Family Cap $25. Free admission to this Harvest dance will be provided to all Northfield-area farmers and small scale producers of food, in appreciation for their contribution the health of our community! Free admission for Stolaf students, courtesy of Stolaf SAC (and free admission is also in the works for Carls – decision pending this week) No contra dance experience needed: dance lesson provided from 7:00 - 7:30, and dance instructions are called throughout each dance. Dances are easy to learn and a great deal of fun ... if you can walk fast to music, you can contra dance. No dance partner required. Contra dances sweep everyone into the one great dance of community. All are welcome, but participation in the dance is recommended for Ages 10 and older. For more information about this dance contact northfieldcontradance@gmail.com. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/NorthfieldContraDance.

Northfield - Earth Day: Held at the Northfield Armory, West Gym, Carleton College Highway 19/Division Street, just north of 2nd Street East in Northfield. Non-student general admission is $9 per adult/ and $6 students (other than Oles and Carls) $25 family cap. Newly accepted students especially welcome. To preserve the (excellent) wood floor in West Gym, please dance this dance in your bare feet or bring along a pair of soft-soled, non-marking shoes or sneakers (no street shoes allowed in the gym). Festive Spring attire (swing skirts!) also encouraged.. No contra dance experience needed: dance lesson provided from 7:00 - 7:30, dancing from 7:30pm to 10:30pm and dance instructions are called throughout each dance. Dances are easy to learn and a great deal of fun ... if you can walk fast to music, you can contra dance. No dance partner required. Contra dances sweep everyone into the one great dance of community. All are welcome, but participation in the dance is recommended for Ages 10 and older. For more information about this dance contact northfieldcontradance@gmail.com. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/NorthfieldContraDance or http://northfield.org/ (search listings).

Northfield - Dancing on Bridge Square: Dance as part of the Taste of Northfield Festival from 8:00pm to 10:00pm in mid-June. Admission is free. Web site: http://nddc.org/.

Northfield - Daly Barn: Barn dance beginning at 7:30pm at the Daly Barn, 10163 Cates Avenue, just outside of Northfield. Web site: None.

Plymouth - Winter Bluegrass Festival: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music and Dance. held in early March. The Showcase of Bands features over forty groups running continuously on two stages; the Old-Time Music & Dance Hall is host to old-time concerts and dances; a national band is featured in two Saturday night Headline Concerts. Plus workshops, vendors, the Gathering Place, jam sessions, and more. Held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Plymouth. Web site: http://minnesotabluegrass.org/.

Prior Lake: Dances as part of the Danceteria series. Danceteria is a partnership between the Scott County Library System and the City of Prior Lake/Club Prior, and is free and open to the public. Dances are from 7pm to 9pm. Dances are held on the inviting hardwood dance floor of Club Prior (adjacent to the Prior Lake Library) 16210 Eagle Creek Ave. SE., Prior Lake. Library phone: 952.447.3375 - Note: Additional parking lots are located north of the library on Dakota Street. Web site: http://www.scott.lib.mn.us/.

Rhinelander - White Pine Jamboree: Annual White Pine Jamboree in early February. Doors open at 3pm for an open jam session - all acoustic musicians are welcome to join in! Then, fiddlers of all ages compete for cash prizes in the fiddle contest, beginning at 5pm. After the contest, join us for a dance with The Mastodon String Band. They will call and teach each dance - no experience is necessary to join in! Tickets are available at the door; for more information, call WXPR at 715-362-6000. Where: Taj Mahall. Starts at 3:00pm. Ticket Info: Adults $15, Kids $5: Available at the door. Contact Person: Jessie Dick. Info by e-mail: jessie@wxpr.org. Web site: http://www.wxpr.org.

Richmond - Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival: There will be over thirty-five hours of concerts along with dance and entertainment events, special talent showcases, real hands-on workshops, family friendly shows and activities and plenty of good food and fun in the Marketplace. Held in mid-August at the El Rancho Manana. Web site: http://www.minnesotabluegrass.org/.

St. Paul: First Friday New England Contra Dance at The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul. Instruction begins at 6:30pm and the dance begins at 7pm. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors. Web site: http://www.thecelticjunction.com/.

St. Paul - Minnesota Country Dance Weekend: The Minnesota Country Dance Weekend features workshops and three big dances at beautiful Sokol hall in St.Paul. Kick up your heels at a contra dance on Friday night, a gala English country dance on Saturday night and a community dance on Sunday morning. Gain English country dance skill and technique at two Saturday workshops. All dances feature live music. Held in early October. Web site: http://www.tapestryfolkdance.org/mncoop/mncoopcdw.htm.

St. Paul - Squares - Midway: Family square dances from 6 to 8:30 pm at Hamline United Methodist Church in Midway area, St. Paul. All ages welcome, no experience necessary. Held Saturdays Feb. 16 and March 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the midway neighborhood at the Hamline Church, United Methodist, at 1514 Englewood Drive (alley entrance), St. Paul, MN 55104. Cost is $5 individual; $15 family. A pay-what-you-will dinner is offered from 6 to 6:30 at the same location. Web site: None.

Wrenshall - Barn Dance Weekend: Gathering of old-time music and dance including workshops, performances, dances, farm tour. Web site: http://tamarackdance.org/WBDW.html.


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*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.


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Last updated on April 21, 2014