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 Montana including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Montana 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.
Arlee: Dances at Shy Bear Farm, 72984 Shy Bear Lane on the 3rd Saturday of June, July, and August. Potluck: 5:30 pm. Dance: 7:00 pm. Sunday Breakfast: 9 am. Dance Cost: free, but donations welcome. Little ones free. Breakfast: $4.00 person/$10.00 Family. Bring lawn chairs, water bottles, dance shoes, warm clothes, swimsuit/towel, hiking shoes, dinner potluck food, and camping gear if staying overnight. A flashlight comes in handy when trying to find your car or camp after the dance. Please carpool. Parking is limited! Limited parking, car pooling strongly encouraged. Dogs must be leashed. Web site: http://www.missoulafolk.org.
Belgrade: Musicians' workshop (1:00pm to 4:30pm ($50/participant (includes evening dance)), potluck supper will be held from 5:30-7:00. Bring good food to share along with your own personal eating tools; dance ($7 BFS members, $9 non-members) from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Location: Wright's Dance Barn - 9466 Springhill Road. Questions? Call 406-209-0593. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org.
Boulder - Fall Fiddle Fest and Dance: At the Old Boulder Methodist Church and Boulder Hot Springs. We will provide lunch for the participating musicians from Noon to 1 pm., with informal jamming and music workshops from 1 to 3 pm in the Old Methodist Church and fellowship hall. We are currently scheduling public performances to be held in the old church form 3 to 6 pm. Followed by a no host Spaghetti dinner served in the fellowship hall from 6 to 7:00 pm. A dance will be held in the ballroom at the historic Boulder Hot Springs starting at 7:30 pm and ending at 10:30 pm. The public performances will be free and open to the public, with donations accepted for the historic old church. The dance would be open to the public: $7 adults, $5 students, children free. Performing musicians would receive a dinner pass. The Boulder Methodist Church is at 211 W. Centennial Drive and the Boulder Hot Springs is 2 miles south of town on Highway 69. Contact Dustin Farnum at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 465-7282. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org/ or http://www.montanafiddlers.org/.
Boulder: No details as of yet. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org.
Bozeman: The Bozeman Folklore Society sponsors contra dances (along with other types of dancing, concerts, etc.) with the dances usually (but not always) occurring on the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday of the month. Beginner's workshop 7:30pm - 8:00 pm. Regular dance from 8:00pm - 11:00 pm. Admission: $7 members, $9 non-members. Live music - all dances are taught - all ages are welcome and partners are not required. Please wear grit free, non-marking shoes to protect the dance floor. Most dances occur at the Eagles Lodge, 316 East Main Street. For more information regarding contra dances contact Ellen at 406-581-3444. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org/.
Bozeman - Fall Celebration: Afternoon and evening dancing (English, international, contra) at Weather Rock Barn in the beautiful Shields Valley along Flathead Creek, on state Highway 86. Newcomers and early arrivals welcome - orientation to the Weather Rock property - snacks and drinks available. Dress for weather changes and cool evenings -- soft soled clean shoes of course for the dance floor. Some non-dance activities available. Check site for details. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org.
Bozeman - New Year's Eve: The Bozeman Folklore Society sponsors a special New Year's Eve Dance. Live music - all dances are taught - all ages are welcome and partners are not required. Please wear grit free, non-marking shoes to protect the dance floor. Location: Eagles Lodge, 316 East Main Street. For more information regarding contra dances contact Ellen at 406-581-3444. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org/.
Bozeman - Wintergreen: The Bozeman Folklore Society sponsors the Wintergreen Contra Dance Weekend in late January at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, 111 South Grand Avenue, with dances and workshops. Register in advance, although you can register at the door for the Saturday workshops. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org/.
Bozeman - Family Dance: Dancing: 5 to 6 PM. Potluck: 6 to 7 PM. Bring a dish to share. Admission is $15 per family. (Pay for the evening dance seperately if you wish to stay.) All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Recorded music. Most dances occur at the Eagles Lodge, 316 East Main Street. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org/.
Bozeman - Annual Hoedown: We'll have a potluck starting at 6:00 PM, followed by a brief members' meeting, then music and dancing from 7:00 until 10:00 or so. We'll feature contra, Scottish, and international folk dance, plus a sampling of some types of music you might hear at our BFS concerts. Location: Lindley Center, 1102 East Curtiss Street, Bozeman. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org/.
Butte - Montana Folk Dance: Mostly music (eclectic) festival, crafts, with a little dancing, held in the first part of July in "Uptown" Butte. Web site: http://montanafolkfestival.com/.
East Helena - Montana Wild West: A Frontier Ball, which includes contra dancing, is part of this multi-faceted event sponsored by Montana Living History in mid-August. Web site: http://www.montanalivinghistory.org.
Hamilton: Dance at the Rocky Mountain Grange, South 1st Street, 2 miles south of Hamilton. Dance goes from 7:00pm to 10:00pm with a beginners' workshop at 6:30pm. Cost $5/person, $10/family. Web site: None.
Hamilton - Bitterroot Scottish Irish Festival: Contra dance labeled as a ceilidh happens during the festival on the Friday of the festival from 6pm to 9pm at the Marcus Daly Mansion. Web site: http://www.bitterrootscottishirishfestival.org/.
Helena: Contra Dances on the second Saturday (mostly) of each month from October to April. Cost: $8 with $1 off with membership card. Family rates available. Location: Placer Lobby on the Walking Mall, 21 North Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT. Beginners Workshop at 7:00 pm; Main Dance: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Contact: For directions or information, call 406-495-0935. Come join us for lively music and fun dancing. No partner or experience necessary; beginners and singles welcome. Web site: http://lastchancesquares.org/helena-contra-dancers/.
Helena - Squash-a-palooza: Dance is part of Squash-a-palooza. Beginners, experts and everyone in between are welcome. Location: Pioneer Park (downtown Helena) Event time: 3-7pm. Web site: http://www.squashapalooza.org.
Helena - Squares - Placer: Dance begins at 7pm at the Placer Hotel (21 Last Chance Gulch). Admission $5. Email email@example.com for more info. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/430559847072774/.
Kalispell: Dances on various Saturdays of the month from October to May at (generally). Kalispell Senior Center (403 2nd Ave. West). Time: 7:30 - 8:15 PM: Beginners' lessons. All children are welcome to dance at this time. 8:15 -10:30 PM: More complex dances will be intermingled with easier ones. These dances are best suited for adults and children ages 10 and older. Prices: $8 individuals; $5 high school and college students; $18 family. Snacks: Feel free to bring snacks to share for any dance: sliced fruit, nuts, (banana, pumpkin, zucchini, whatever) bread, crackers, chips, whatever YOU like to eat!Contact: For directions or info on band/callers, please call Joe at 406-752-7469 or e-mail him at fisherdogshots[at-sign]live.com. Web site: http://www.missoulafolk.org.
Missoula: The Missoula Folklore Society sponsors dances on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from October to May, generally on the second floor of The Union Hall, 208 East Main Street, in Missoula. There is a beginner's (or newcomer's) workshop at 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. Cost is $6 for MFS members (bring your membership card!) and students and $9 for all others. All dances are taught from scratch. Everyone is welcome including singles, couples, groups, and families. Web site: http://www.missoulafolk.org.
Missoula - Complex Contra Dances: Roy Curet is sponsoring a short series of dances. He writes: "Over the years I have collected many fine dances at dance camps. I do not get to call these on a regular basis because they are to complex to teach at a regular Saturday night contra dance. I want some experience leading these dances and I hope you will help me by attending this series. I'll be trying out some new things so there may be some flubs but I think I can guarantee that a good time will be had by all. This series is not for new dancers. In fact, aside from some rare and esoteric figures there will be no teaching. You can expect some good recorded music and six to eight dances in an hour and a half session. The series will occur from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at The Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third West (down the alley in the middle of the block across from Hawthorne School). There is a map here: http://sites.google.com/site/thebarnllc/ Bring dancing shoes. NO STREET SHOES will be allowed in the hall. Bring your own water bottle, there is no water available at the hall. This series is primarily for my own benefit so I will not be charging any admission fee. Donations will be happily accepted. Web site: None.
Missoula - Dance Camp Dances: Roy Curet is sponsoring a series of dances during the non-summer months. He writes: "The format this year will be a little different. Instead of the focus being on me learning to teach complex dances it will be on me leading workshops. Each session will start with a short dance skills workshop followed by six to eight dances. If you've been to these sessions in the past you can expect the same level of dancing. If you've never been, please come. A monthly series of Contra Dance workshops and dances for dancers of all levels. Each Friday Night session will start with a short dance skills workshop followed by dances chosen to emphasize those skills. New dancers will become better dancers. Experienced dancers will not be disappointed. You can expect some good recorded music and about six dances in an hour and a half session. These sessions will be on the Friday before the regularly scheduled Missoula Folklore Society Third Saturday Contra Dance. If you are coming from out of town you can go to two dances. Time: 7 (sharp) to (about) 8:30 PM. Location: The Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third West, Missoula, MT. You'll find it down the alley in the middle of the block across from HawthorneSchool. There is a small sign by the mailbox. If the lot is full you can park across Third on Hiberta next to the school. There is a map here: http://sites.google.com/site/thebarnllc/ Bring your dancing shoes. NO STREET SHOES will be allowed in the hall. Socks are fine. Bring your own water bottle, there is no drinking water available at the hall. I will not be charging any admission fee. Donations will be happily accepted. Web site: None.
Missoula - New Year's Eve: Dance is a part of Missoula's first night celebration. Location: Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins from 6:30 to 8:45 PM. Web site: http://www.missoulafolk.org.
Missoula - Caller's Night Out: Missoula is fortunate to have a rich potpourri of callers. For new callers it is sometimes difficult to jump right on the expressway. You would just like to build your confidence by driving the back roads for a bit. This is that opportunity. Our goal is to provide a lovely evening of dancing and give new callers a chance to find their voice. It might not always be pretty, but it will be fun. You can expect some good recorded music and six or more dances during the two-hour session. This is also a good chance for those new to contra dancing to hone their dance skills. Please join us. Bring dancing, indoor-only, or virgin shoes. NO STREET SHOES OR BOOTS will be allowed in the hall. Bring your own water bottle, there is no drinking water available at the hall. Various Fridays March 2012 thru May 2012. From 7 - 9 PM at The Barn Movement Studio, 2926 S. Third West, Missoula, MT. You'll find it down the alley in the middle of the block across from Hawthorne School. There is a small sign by the mailbox. Please park your vehicle in the Hawthorne School parking lot. Web site: None.
Missoula - Montana Wild West: A Frontier Ball, which includes contra dancing, is part of this multi-faceted event sponsored by Montana Living History in mid-August. Web site: http://www.westernlivinghistory.org.
Missoula - Squares: Join us for a special Missoula Folklore Society treat this holiday season with a square dance at the Barn Studio on Saturday, Dec. 28 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Directions: The Barn studio is located at 2962 S. 3rd. St. W. While heading west on 3rd out of Missoula cross S. Reserve, pass Caras Nursery and look for the driveway to the barn on your right opposite Hawthorne Elementary School. If the parking lot is full, park in a lot across 3rd. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/495717053876003/.
Monarch - Montana Fiddle Camp - Week 1: Week long camp (multi-instrumental) at the St. Thomas Church Camp. Held in the first part of June. A little dancing (much of the time). Register in advance. Web site: http://www.montanafiddlers.org/camp.html.
Monarch - Montana Fiddle Camp - Week 2: Week long camp (multi-instrumental) at the St. Thomas Church Camp. Held in the first part of June. A little dancing (much of the time). Register in advance. Web site: http://www.montanafiddlers.org/camp.html.
Rollins - Bear Hug Mountain Festival: Weekend of music, dancing and storytelling at the Flathead Lake United Methodist Camp, held in mid-September. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.missoulafolk.org/bearhug/Current_Bear_Hug.htm.
Weather Rock Farm - Scottish Contra Dance and Music Festival: For musicians and dancers who are eager to learn about Scottish traditions and the connection with American dance. A fantastic opportunity for string players of all levels to learn about playing for dancers. The music workshop will focus on Scottish music, while the concepts can be applied to Contra dancing as well as Scottish Country Dancing. There will be a lively and exciting Contra Dance on Friday night! Register in advance for music workshops. Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.org.
Wilsall - Dancing in the Country: Weekend dance event including international and contra. Includes a potluck on Saturday. Location: Weather Rock Barn, 678 Flathead Creek Rd. (aka Highway 86) between mile markers 30 and 31, exactly at the Park Co./Gallatin Co. line. Turn north onto a short gravel road which goes down a hill to the homestead. Located near but west of Wilsall, MT toward the Bridger mountains. Contact: Hallie Rugheimer - ph. 406 578-2353 firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.bozemanfolklore.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 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.