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 Oregon including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Oregon which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: No current notes.
Ashland: Dances on 3rd Saturdays sponsored by the Ashland Folk Music Club at The Grove, 1195 East Main Street. Our principle endeavor is to provide monthly contra dances on third Saturdays, September through May. Drop in contra techniques clinic for beginning to experienced 6:30-7:00. Beginners' instruction 7:00 PM, Main dance 7:30-10:30. Regular dance Admission $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, $6 for students high school and older, free to others. Clean bodies and clothing are encouraged; perfume scents are discouraged. email: info
Astoria: Dances at the Netel Grange, 90525 Logan Road south of Astoria. Dances are held from 8 until 11p.m. with a workshop at 7:30 to teach basics & improve style. No experience necessary - all dances are taught. Dances are easy to learn, vigorous and enjoyable. If you've never danced before, a Country Dance is a great way to start. All ages, singles, couples, families welcome. Admission: $8 (or pay what you can). Escorted children younger than 12 admitted free. Alcohol, smoke-free event. Refreshments are available. For more information call Craig Holt, 503-325-8207 Web site: http://www.bubbaguitar.com/netel/.
Baker City: Old-time Dancing at the Crossroads Art Center, 2020 Auburn Avenue Baker City from 7pm to 9pm. More info: Richard, 503-560-9005 (in Baker City). Web site: http://www.neofs.us.
Bend: Dances on the 2nd Saturday of the month, during the school year, at the The Boys & Girls Club of Central Oregon, 500 Northwest Wall Street, with a Beginner's Workshop at 7:00pm and a dance at 7:30pm. $7 per person at the door. Web site: http://www.bendcontradance.org.
Brookings: Community Contra Dances held the third Friday of each month at the Pistol River Friendship Hall, 24252 Carpenterville Road, Brookings, OR 97415. Potluck, a quick lesson, and then dancing 'til we drop! NO EXPERIENCE is necessary. There will be a quick lesson at the beginning of each dance to bring newbies up to speed. Dances are held with a live band the third Friday of each month starting with a potluck @ 6 p.m. There will be a lesson @ 6:30 p.m. and the dance will be held from 7-10 p.m. Inexpensive beverages will be sold throughout the event. $5 per person is the suggested donation to assist in covering expenses. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/PistolRiverContraDance.
Coos Bay: The South Coast Folk Society holds a monthly dance from September through May at 7pm. The Greenacres Grange is located off Hwy 42 between Coos Bay and Coquille near milepost 3 (93393 Greenacres Lane Coos Bay, OR 97420). The dance is fun for the whole family -- come alone or with friends, wear comfortable clothing. No partners or experience needed! Admission: Adults $7; Seniors (over 60) and full-time students with student ID card $6; SCFS members $5; Supervised children under 6 free. Web site: http://southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com/.
Coos Bay - Turn Off the TV: The Driftwood Reading Council invites you to a dance as part of Turn off the TV/Screen-Free Activities at Madison Elementary School. The Community Barn Dance will be from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Madison Elementary Gym. People of all ages will enjoy the invigorating music and exercise, as well as the chance to get to know their neighbors. The event is free, but food donations for the Charleston Food Bank will be gratefully accepted. Madison Elementary School is located at 400 Madison Ave. in the Empire district of Coos Bay. Questions? Contact Mary-Margaret Stockert at 888-1218. Web site: None.
Coos Bay - Madison Elementary School: The Madison Elementary School and the Driftwood Reading Council invite you to a Community Barn Dance at 6:30 pm at Madison Elementary School 400 Madison Street Coos Bay (in the Empire District). Every year in recognition of "screen free week" (formerly "Turn Off Your TV Week"), Madison Elementary holds activities EVERY night of this. On Thursday, we dance! You want to play? Please be at the school by 6:00 pm to set up and run through tunes. Playing for kids is GREAT fun! We usually do a break in the middle of the dance where we gather the kids around the band and introduce them to each of the instruments being played. It's great fun (did I already say that?). If you're planning on playing in the open band May 11 at the grange, this will be a super opportunity to practice. Even if you're not playing in the open band, come play! Web site: None.
Corbett - Squares: Dance at the Columbia Grange #267, 37493 Grange Hall Road, Corbett OR 97019 from 7pm to 9pm. Web site: None.
Corvallis: The Corvallis Folklore Society hosts a series of contra dances. All dances are open to the public and feature live music. Corvallis contra dances usually occur on the 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings of each month, September through June. (We take July and August off.) All CFS contra dance evenings feature live music (perhaps fiddle, guitar, bass, flute, drums, dulcimer, saxophone, accordion, concertina, bagpipes,...), begin with a "newcomer's session" at 7:30, run from 8 pm to 11 pm with an intermission, encourage newcomers to join the fun, draw dancers from teens to retirees, have a caller to "walk through" and call the dance sequences, charge $6 admission (Corvallis Folklore Society members, $1 more for non-members, "special" prices for some "special" dances). We suggest that dancers wear "cool, comfortable, casual clothes" and flat, soft-soled shoes. (Tennis or gym shoes are fine.) Please refrain from wearing fragrances, perfumes, and colognes. Some of our dancers have chemical sensitivities. Primary location is FCC Gatton Hall (First Congregational Church), 4515 West Hills Road, but other sites are used. Check site to confirm location. Web site: http://corvallisfolklore.org.
Corvallis - Beavergrass Bluegrass Festival: Annual bluegrass festival held in mid-August in Central Park. A bit of dancing. Web site: http://www.beavergrass.net/.
Corvallis - Contra Dance Weekend: including dances, workshops (dancing and music), etc. in mid-February in Corvallis. Advance registration recommended. Web site: http://CorvallisFolklore.org/ccw.
Corvallis - Oregon State University: Dance at the MU Ballroom at Oregon State University, sponsored by the OSU Swing and Blues Club and the Corvallis Folklore Society. The dance is from 8pm to 10pm and free. Please bring your friends and lets show the OSU campus a great dance. Feel free to bring light refreshments or food to share if desired. Please note: There will be NO potluck prior to this dance. For more information, please call 541-231-0008. Web site: http://corvallisfolklore.org.
Creswell - Moveable Feet: Family and Community Dances in Creswell at various locations, days and times. Traditional and folk dances include international folk dances, circle dances, play-party dances, contra dances, mixers, and reels. Anyone with normal hearing and walking ability can do these dances. All ages are welcome (but 8-80 work out the best). Minors must be accompanied by an adult; they may not be dropped off and picked up later. No experience or partner is necessary. Our dances come from many world traditions. All dances are taught and prompted and we have a very high tolerance for mistakes, wrong turns, and general goof-ups! Having a good time is much more important than getting the steps right. Building community is at least as important as doing the dances. Quiet toys will be provided for young children, who will stay in the same room with the dancers. Some of our venues will be free, and others will charge rent. If the venue is free, the dance is free. If the venue charges rent, we will request (but not require) a small donation, probably $3/person or $7/family. When we have live music, we will also have a tip jar out for the musicians. Beyond those tips, they do not get paid. Web site: http://moveablefeet.weebly.com.
Enterprise: Wallowa County Old-time Dance with Live String Band and Caller will teach squares, circles, reels, contras, waltzes. No experience needed, beginners welcome and no partner or special clothing necessary. Finger foods/snacks welcome; coffee, tea and water provided. Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Where: Enterprise Oddfellows Hall, 105 NE First Street Enterprise. Cost: $3 per, $5 couple, $10 family and under 12 years free. More info: Laura, 541-398-0800. Web site: http://www.neofs.us.
Eugene: The Eugene Folklore Society hosts contradances at the Gym of the Dunn School (where Ridgeline Montessori School meets), 3411 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97405 usually on 2nd and 4th Saturdays through the school year. (Sept thru June) with a newcomers' session at 7:00pm and the dance running from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. All dances are open to the public. No Partner or experience needed! Families are Welcome! Please bring soft soled shoes that won't mark the floor. we have a sliding scale for admissions, $6 to $10 for members, $8 to $10 for non-members. Arrive by 7:00 PM and get $1 off admission. Students with ID get another $1 off. First time dancers can get a coupon for free admission to their next dance. When they turn in that coupon, they can receive a 50% off coupon for their next dance. Potluck dinners usually held at 6PM prior to most dances. Web site: http://eugenefolklore.org/index.php.
Eugene - Spencer Creek Grange: Join us for some frolicking foot-stomping fun this Fall when we kick off our second season of Barn Dances at the Grange. The enthusiastic response from folks attending last season's dances prompted us to extend this year's season from four dances to six. The dances are held every 3rd Saturday, beginning on October 16th at 7pm. Admission is $4 for adults, free for kids under 10, Live music is provided by the Old Time Fiddlers and our caller, Alan Ede, joins us from Corvallis for traditional square dancing, waltzes, and line dancing. The Grange is located at 86013 Lorane Highway at the corner of McBeth Road. Web site: http://spencercreekgrange.org/activities/barn-dances/.
Eugene - Squares - University of Oregon: Dance at the Fir Room of Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon, 1228 University St, Eugene, OR 97403. Students $5.00, Public $7.00. No partner needed. Lesson starts at 7:30. Event goes from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Web site: http://www.uoregon.edu.
Joseph: Come to an old-time community Barn Dance. Squares, Circles, Reels, Contras, Waltzes with live string band and caller. Beginners welcome, all dances will be taught, and no partner or special clothing necessary. Dance from 7:00- 10:30 PM at 63327 Tenderfoot Valley Rd., Joseph, OR. Tenderfoot Valley Road is on the LEFT about 4.5 miles out of Joseph (going east toward Imnaha, AFTER Liberty Rd. and BEFORE Daggett Lane). Go 1.2 miles to the 2nd ranch on the right, watch for signs and a BIG BLUE BARN. Admission $5/person, under age 12 FREE. Snacks/drinks provided. For info call Laura Skovlin 541-398-0800. Web site: http://wvmusicalliance.org/old-time-community-dance/.
Portland - Pickathon: Indie-Roots Music festival. More than 35 bands on 5 stages and thousands of neighborly festival goers. Camping, hiking and a sustainability ethic situated among Oregon's doug firs on an 80 acre wonderland just 20 minutes from Portland, OR. Happens in early August. Dancing is mostly, if not all, squares. Web site: http://www.pickathon.com.
Hood River: The Mid-Columbia Folklore Society sponsors dances during the school year months at the Rockford Grange, 4262 Barrett Drive. Hood River is about an hour east of Portland in the scenic Columbia Gorge. Our dances are family-oriented, no smoking. Beginners are encouraged and dances are taught. Children are always welcome at MCFS dances and reciprocity is extended to members of other folklore societies. Season Starts in October - 7 PM. Web site: http://community.gorge.net/mcfs/.
Klamath Falls: Dances at at the upstairs ballroom at 1010 Pine Street from 2:30pm to 6:00pm. Admission is $10 or $8 for students and seniors. For first-timers, a 45-minute instruction session will precede the open dance at 2:30. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the facility and the instruction session and are asked to arrive by 2. For information or to volunteer, contact Robert or Gosha Sears at email@example.com. Web site: None.
La Grande - Saturday: The Northeast Oregon Folklore Society sponsors monthly community dances on the second Saturday of each month, September through June. Web site: http://www.neofs.us/.
La Grande - Friday: The Northeast Oregon Folklore Society sponsors monthly community dances on the third Friday of each month, September through June from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Art Center: At the Old Library, 1006 Penn Avenue. Web site: http://www.neofs.us/.
La Grande - Tuesday: The Northeast Oregon Folklore Society sponsors weekly folk dancing (Irish Set, International, Contra and English Country) every Tuesday evening at various locations, usually Art Center: At the Old Library, 1006 Penn Avenue, from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm. No charge, but donations to cover the cost of providing the hall are gratefully accepted. Web site: http://www.neofs.us/.
La Grande - Spring Thaw: A Celebration of Traditional Dance and Music at various venues in La Grande in April. We hope you will come and share with us and each other your love and interest in traditional dance and dance music. Unlike many other dance festivals, this event is based largely on the shared talents of the participants attending. Workshop leaders, dance callers and musicians are primarily event attendees who wish to share their special knowledge and enthusiasm on specific dance or music topics. Web site: http://springthaw.neofs.us/.
La Grande - Waltz: Musicians leisurely enjoy sight reading beautiful waltzes while dancers enjoy sweeping about the newly restored dance floor at the historic Union Hotel. Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Where: Union Hotel, 326 N Main Street Union. Cost: No charge, but donations for the hall graciously accepted. More info: Carla, 541-663-0776. Web site: http://www.neofs.us/.
La Grande - Hurricane Creek Grange Hall Squares, circles, reels, contras and waltzes. All Dances Taught – Beginners welcome – No partner or special clothing needed. Time: 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. at the Hurricane Creek Grange Hall on Hurricane Creek Road between Enterprise and Joseph. Please bring a snack, if possible. Admission $3 or $5/couple, under age 12, FREE. For info call Laura Skovlin 541-398-0800. Web site: http://18.104.22.168/~wvmusica/old-time-community-dance/.
La Grande - SpringAlive: Weekend of dances, workshops, etc. for adults, children and families. Location: Willow Elementary School Gym, 1305 N Willow, La Grande and Art Center: at the Old Library, 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. Web site: http://neofs.us.
La Grande - Country Folk School: Sessions on various topics at the Art Center in the Old Library, 1006 Penn Avenue La Grande. Cost: No charge; donations gratefully accepted. More info: Carla. 541-663-0776. Where: Art Center: At the Old Library, 1006 Penn Avenue La Grande. Cost: No charge; donations gratefully accepted. More info: Carla. 541-663-0776. Web site: http://neofs.us.
La Grande - New Year's Eve: New Year's Eve Party Join us to celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. Demonstrations and displays during the evening will highlight the efforts of the various Country Folk School classes. Time: 9:00 pm to midnight. Where: Art Center: At the Old Library, 1006 Penn Avenue La Grande. Cost: Free, but donations gratefully accepted. More info: Carla, 541-633-0776. Web site: http://neofs.us.
Lincoln City - Westwind Weekend Music and Dance Camp: Volunteer-led weekend. Expect two evenings of dance, including family dances, contra, Scandinavian, and swing. Expect a campers' concert Saturday night, music jams all day and into the night (Irish, old-time, swing and more). And take plenty of time to walk on the beach, dig in the sand, and hike to the high meadow. Register in advance. Web site: http://westwindweekend.org/.
Lostine: Dances at the South Fork Grange in Lostine, upstairs on Main St. (Hwy. 82). Soup Nook serving light dinner before the dance – Pies and other goodies for sale too! Squares – Circles – Reels – Contras – Waltzes; All dances taught – Beginners welcome! No partner or special clothing needed. Please bring a snack, if possible. Admission $3 or $5/couple, under age 12, FREE! For info call Laura at 541-398-0800. Web site: http://wvmusicalliance.org/old-time-community-dance/.
Medford: The Ashland Folk Music Club sponsors dances on first Saturdays at the Rogue Valley Square Dance Center, 3377 Table Rock Road. Beginners' instruction 7:00 PM. Main dance 7:30-10:30 PM. Admission: $6 AFMC members, $8 general public, $5 students high school and older. Younger children free. Annual membership $10 for singles, $15 for families. Dances are suitable for older children through seniors. All dances are taught. Come alone or with a partner. Wear soft soled, non-marking shoes and comfortable clothing. Perfume scents are discouraged. No smoking on school property. Non-dancing children must be supervised by a responsible teen or adult. For more information call Gordon at 541 488-0679, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.kluberg.com/ashland.html.
Milton-Freewater - Timberrib - New Year's Eve: Special dance sponsored by the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music at The Timberrib, 84847 Winesap Rd., Milton-Freewater, Oregon. We will begin with a delicious POT LUCK DINNER at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a dish of your liking to share. CONTRA DANCING will follow at 8:30-ish. Join us for a toast to the old and departed and a bright new future for 2014 at midnight. Dress is what you will, although some do like to dress a little more formal than usual. Contras, squares, and other dances will be taught. Note: Please no lug boots or narrow heel shoes on the dance floor. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/.
Nehalem: Dances, usually on 4th Saturdays at the North County Recreation District Gym, 36155 9th St. (9th & B St.) . Lesson from 7:30pm to 8:00pm. Dance from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. All dance events are not-for-profit. Moneys go to making dances happen. All dances $5.00 unless otherwise noted. Moneys go to cover expenses and would not happen without the efforts contributed by many. Casual dress, light loose clothes are good; low or no heels, leather soled shoes (or basketball or jazz shoes). No partners needed. Bring a hankie, you'll need it. Scents, perfumes and deodorants are discouraged, out of respect to those with allergies and/or who are chemical-sensitive. Smoke- and alcohol-free. The contra dances are always to live music and with a caller. If you have not done these dances before, please make sure to come for the lessons! Web site: http://twowaltzers.com/Dance_Schedule.html.
Nehalem - Waltzes: Dances, usually on 2nd Saturdays at the North County Recreation District Gym, 36155 9th St. (9th & B St.) Lesson from 7:30pm to 8:00pm. Dance from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. The Wild Waltz dances are usually to recorded music and features waltzes, latin dances, rock'n'roll, zydeco and more. All dance events are not-for-profit. Moneys go to making dances happen. All dances $5.00 unless otherwise noted. Moneys go to cover expenses and would not happen without the efforts contributed by many. Casual dress, light loose clothes are good; low or no heels, leather soled shoes (or basketball or jazz shoes). No partners needed. Bring a hankie, you'll need it. Scents, perfumes and deodorants are discouraged, out of respect to those with allergies and/or who are chemical-sensitive. Smoke- and alcohol-free. The contra dances are always to live music and with a caller. If you have not done these dances before, please make sure to come for the lessons! Web site: http://twowaltzers.com/Dance_Schedule.html.
Nehalem - White Clover Grange: White Clover Grange is going to have an Old Fashioned Barn Dance from 6:00pm until 9:30pm. Address: 36585 Highway 53, Nehalem, Oregon. Bring a refreshing dish to share to fend off fatigue. Bring your own non alcohol drink (water is the best). Lesson at 6 p.m. with Basic Dance Steps Taught. Beginners Welcome. All Dances will be taught - No partner needed. Cost: $6, Under 10 years old: Free. Web site: http://www.whiteclovergrange.com/barndance.html.
NewbergNewberg: Dance at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 East Sheridan Street, Newberg, Oregon, 97132 with a lesson at 7pm; dance 7:30-10pm. General $8, Over 65 and Chehalem Cultural Center members $7, Students $5; Children under 12 free; $1 off general admission before 7:00pm. Web site: http://www.chehalemculturalcenter.org/ (check under performances and events.
Newport: The Corvallis Folklore Society hosts a series of contra dances in Newport at the Newport High School, West Gym, 322 NE Eads Street or the Senior Center, 20 SE Second Street (opposite the Rec. Center) on the 5th Saturday of the month (so, roughly four times a year). All CFS contra dance evenings feature live music (perhaps fiddle, guitar, bass, flute, drums, dulcimer, saxophone, accordion, concertina, bagpipes,...), begin with a "newcomer's session" at 7:30, run from 8 pm to 11 pm with an intermission, encourage newcomers to join the fun, draw dancers from teens to retirees, have a caller to "walk through" and call the dance sequences, charge $7 admission at the door ("special" prices for some "special" dances). We suggest that dancers wear "cool, comfortable, casual clothes" and flat, soft-soled shoes. (Tennis or gym shoes are fine.) Please refrain from wearing fragrances, perfumes, and colognes. Some of our dancers have chemical sensitivities. Check site to confirm location. Web site: http://cfs.peak.org/dance/.
North Bend - Musicians' Workshop: Workshop for all acoustic players; North Bend Public Library 2800 Sherman in North Bend at 3:30 pm. Learn a new tune and work on rhythm and musicality in this 90-minute workshop for all acoustic musicians. Suggested donation: $35–45 with all proceeds going to Tashina and Simon; Call 541-808-3507 to pre-register. Web site: http://southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com/.
Oakridge - West Cascades Fiddle Camp and Workshop: Jamming, classes, workshops, performances and a little dancing during this four day camp in July. Register in advance. Web site: http://fiddlecamp.org/.
Oregon City - Jump for Joy Farm Barn Dance and Open House: Event from Noon to 4pm. This event is FREE, open to the public, and requires no registration. Location: Jump for Joy Farm, LLC, 15898A South Springwater Rd Oregon City, OR 97045. Dance is from 2pm to 4pm. All are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Web site: http://jump4joyfarm.com.
Oregon City - Farm to City: Tour the Wheeler Tree farm and stretch out in the yard with a yoga class and meditation accompanied by live traditional Kirtan music. Following yoga, nourish your body with a farm to fork meal grown by a collaboration of local farmers and tap your toes to local musicians! Events start at 3pm, dinner and dancing at 6pm. The Farm to Yoga Event will help raise funds for Soham Yoga. Funds will go toward a physical location (currently we co-share a space with the marvelous Denim Salvage), and starting community outreach programs at local hospitals, youth centers, transitional housing, the women’s shelter, etc. Location: Wheeler Tree Farm, 19566 Central Point Road, Oregon City, Oregon. Web site: http://www.sohamyogapdx.com.
Pendleton: Lovers of folk music are invited to get their dance on at the first Folk Night Contra Dance at 6:30 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. Admission is $3 per person or $5 for a couple. Web site: http://www.pendletonarts.org.
Portland - 2nd, 4th, 5th Saturday: The Portland Country Dance Community sponsors dances on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturday of the month at the Fulton Community Center, 68 SW Miles Street. Beginner's session 7:30-8:00pm; Dance 8:00-11:00pm. Must wear shoes in this venue. Admission: All regular PCDC-sponsored dances cost: $9 - Non-memnbers, $7 - Members, $6 - Students and Seniors, $1 discount on contra dances if you arrive before 7:30. Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - Family Dance: The Portland Country Dance Community sponsors family dances on various dates at the Fulton Community Center, 68 SW Miles Street. Dance usually goes from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a potluck after the dance. There may be a regular dance after the potluck. Must wear shoes in this venue. $6 per adult, $5 per child, $20 maximum per family. Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - 1st Saturday: Dances (not sponsored by the Portland County Dance Community) at the Fulton Community Center, 68 SW Miles Street. Beginner's session 7:30-8:00pm; Dance 8:00-11:00pm. Must wear shoes in this venue. Admission: Admission: $8, $6 - Students. Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - 3rd Saturday: Dances sponsored by band, Jigsaw at the Fulton Community Center, 68 SW Miles Street. Beginner's session 7:30-8:00pm; Dance 8:00-11:00pm. Must wear shoes in this venue. Admission: $8, $6 - Students and Seniors. Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - 1st Wednesday: The band, Joyride, sponsors dances on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave. (use side door), from 7:30pm to 10:00pm from September to June. Admission: $7 / $6 students. This is a fragrance-free event. Please avoid using perfumes, colognes, etc. Web site: http://www.kluberg.com/Joyride.html.
Portland - Pickathon: Indie-Roots Music festival. More than 35 bands on 5 stages and thousands of neighborly festival goers. Camping, hiking and a sustainability ethic situated among Oregon's doug firs on an 80 acre wonderland just 20 minutes from Portland, OR. Happens in early August. Dancing is mostly, if not all, squares. Web site: http://www.pickathon.com.
Portland - Raindance Weekend: An urban contra dance weekend in late April/early May. Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.portlandraindance.org/Portland_Raindance/Home.html.
Portland - Megaband Dance: Annual dance held in mid-March. The all-volunteer musicians of the Megaband come from all levels of skill - from near beginner to professional. The Megaband welcomes applications from anyone playing an acoustic instrument who is willing to attend all the rehearsals and play with enthusiasm. Proceeds of the Megaband Benefit Dance support scholarships for PCDC dancers and musicians. Web site: http://www.portlandmegaband.com/.
Portland - Old-Time Music Gathering: The Portland Oregon Old-Time Music Gathering is a grassroots volunteer-run festival that aims to celebrate and enrich the community of traditional old-time Appalachian style stringband musicians. We wish to create an environment where the music is as meaningful as it is when we gather to swap tunes and play in a friend's living room or meet to play at a campsite during a summer festival. As such, we feel that it is important to keep the event non-profit and volunteer run; whether we are taking tickets, sweeping the floor, organizing an event, or playing music for a concert; we are all volunteers contributing to make this thing happen. Occurs in mid-January at a number of venues including concerts and some dancing (mostly squares). Web site: http://www.bubbaguitar.com/festival/.
Portland - Post-Raindance: Location: 111 NE 11th Street, Portland OR Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - Dusk til Done: Dance going past midnight (not dawn) at the Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Street, Portland OR held in mid-June. Admission: $12 Gen, $10 PCDC/Affiliated, $8 Senior/Student. For more information, contact 503-327-6582 (phone). Web site: http://www.bairey.net/folkdance/.
Portland - New Year's Eve: PCDC, along with Dance Eclectic will be taking over the entire Norse Hall for an extremely varied and affordable New Year's Eve celebration. PCDC will have contra dancing in the main ballroom while Dance Eclectic will be playing a mix of waltz, swing, two-steps and latin in the upstairs ballroom and a special mix of Blues in the Basement. Contra Dancing to Live Music In the Main Ballroom. Dessert potluck. 7:30 pm to 12:30 am. Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St, Portland. $15 General, $12 PCDC Members, $9 Students and Seniors. One admission allows you to move freely between dances. Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - Portland State University: Smith Ballroom, PSU. Lesson at 6:30, dance 7-9). Cost: Free to all. (NOTE: The parking structure across the street is $3.00 per hour until 7pm; free after 7pm.) Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - Sellwood Masonic Lodge: Special dances at the Sellwood Masonic Lodge, 7126 SE Milwaukie Ave. Times and admission rates vary. For more information, contact 503-327-6582 (phone) or e-mail. Web site: http://www.bairey.net/folkdance/.
Portland - Techno Contra: Dance held at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232 from 7:30pm-11:00pm. Price: $12 General, $10 Members, $8 Students/Seniors. Web site: http://technocontra.wordpress.com/.
Portland - Lewis and Clark College: Dance at the College at 615 Southwest Palatine Hill Road. Time: 8:00pm-11:30pm. Web site: http://www.portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - Callers' Workshop: New callers workshop. Come learn to call or to dance. Event goes from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Discussion 2-3, dance 3-5). For more information, contact Rich Goss at 503-327-6582 or via e-mail. Free. Web site: http://www.bairey.net/folkdance/.
Portland - Callers' Workshop (2012): Learn how to call contra dances! If you've wanted to learn to call but need a bit of encouragement and guidance, this caller's workshop and roundtable discussion are for you. If you're an experienced caller and you'd like to discuss something in particular with your fellow callers, this is also for you. The last hour of the workshop will be a practice dance session with live music. Practice dances will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up in advance for that evening’s open mic dance. Where: Kim and Christine Appleberry's house, 7017 SW 7th Ave., Portland/ When: 2-5 PM. How much: Totally free!! Web site: None.
Portland - Squares - In Other Words - Queer: Monthly Queer Square Dances in Portland, Oregon - Every first Wednesday at In Other Words (Killingsworth @ Williams) from 7-9 pm. Dancers can get wild and silly in a warm setting that ain't heteronormative. No experience necessary. All dances and moves are taught gradually through the night. It is a good idea for your first dance or two come within the first hour, as the night progresses the review of previously taught moves becomes brief. No need to get dressed up...but please feel free to get gussied up in your favorite western wear, vintage items, boots or dancing shoes. Web site: http://facebook.com/q.sq.dance.
Portland - Squares - Gender Free: No experience necessary! All dances are taught right before dancing. Please consider coming early if this is your first Square Dance. $7 (Sliding scale available/No Maximum). All Ages. Beverages For Sale. Portland is one of a handful of cities that support a Weekly Square Dance and is Mixing it up with a "Gender Free Night". The Portland Old-Time Square Dance scene has long time been a queer friendly community, this dance night will be a more explicit night to have the weekly dance even more comfortable for our LGBTQIA etc. community. Most dances will be free from "gents" and "ladies" language. I hope it is a fun night for everyone! Location: Village Ballroom, 700 Northeast Dekum Street, Portland, OR 97211. Time: 7pm-9pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/q.sq.dance.
Portland - Squares - Sundays: We are a volunteer-organized weekly square dance in Portland, OR. This is not your grandparents' square dance! You don't need special training or fancy clothes. Just come on out to meet people, dance, enjoy great music, and have a drink. The cost is an affordable $7: sliding scale, no maximum. All ages welcome, no experience required. The dance is usually held the Village Ballroom, 700 NE Dekum Street from 7pm to 9pm, but occasionally moves to Velo Cult. On the last Sunday of every month, the dance callers use gender-neutral instructions, avoiding words like "ladies" and "gents." But the dance is always friendly and welcoming to all. Web site: http://bubbaguitar.com/essd/.
Portland - Sauvie Island Center Benefit: Benefit is 5:30pm - 8:00pm at the Sauvie Island Center, 13605 NW Howell Park Road (Sauvie Island) Portland, OR. Our annual summer bash is going to be bigger and better than ever! Guests will enjoy a summer barbecue with all the fixins' courtesy of our sponsor Bon Appetit. Back by popular demand, a bluegrass band and square dance caller will be on hand for a lively evening of do-si-do fun. Our silent auction will feature gift certificates from Portland's favorite businesses and restaurants. So grab your checkbook and a picnic blanket and get ready for a beautiful summer evening at the Sauvie Island Center. Tickets are $15 for individuals and $40 for families, but increase to $20 for individuals and $50 for families the week of the event. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit. Web site: http://www.sauvieislandcenter.org.
Portland - Special: Dances on various nights, venues, etc. Web site: None.
Portland - Squares - Books 2 Prisoners Benefit: Live Music! And food! All for a great cause - PDX Books to Prisoners. PDX Books To Prisoners is an all-volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to prisoners. We are dedicated to offering people behind bars the opportunities for self-empowerment, ...education, and entertainment that reading provides. Right now we have dozens of packages of books wrapped and addressed, but no money for postage :( - So come on down and get wild and silly in a warm setting that ain't heternormative. Everyone invited - queers, non-queers and the like. No experience necessary. All dances and moves are taught gradually through the night. $5-$10 suggested donation! no one turned away for lack of funds. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/258466774213415/.
Portland - Squares - Velo Cult: Dance at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave, 503-922-2012, starting at 7pm. $7/sliding scale. Web site: http://velocult.com.
Portland - Scandinavian - Lessons: Lessons are from 7:30 to 8:30 most Mondays. Exceptions are parties with live music and holidays, when we don't dance. Warm-up dancing or informal review is from 7 to 7:30. Dancing and requests from 8:30 to 10 with frequent mixers and easy dances. Admission is $4 per person or yearly membership is $50 for the 2013-2014 dance year - a great deal! We dance at the Polish Hall, 3832 N Interstate Avenue, Portland. Web site: http://www.norskerunddansere.org.
Portland - Scandinavian - Sno-Ball: Annual winter event in December at Mazama Lodge (Government Camp). Web site: http://www.norskerunddansere.org.
Portland - Scandinavian - Knut Dance: Fiddle the old tree out at this nnual dance at the Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR, 97227 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. $8 NR and Leikarringen members, $12 non-members. Folk costumes welcome. Bring finger-foods to share. Everyone is welcome. Web site: http://www.norskerunddansere.org.
Portland - Waltz - Monday: Dancing every Monday night at Lenoras Ballroom (615 SE Alder, Portland, OR). This is a friendly and informal event. The floor is not too crowded. The money jar ($5) is up front by the water jug. There are usually snacks (and snack contributions are most welcome). Doors open at 8:30, and the last waltz is at 10:30. Recorded music (quite varied) except for the last Monday of the month, when we get live music courtesy of the Waltz Jam. Web site: http://randomwaltz.org/.
Portland - Waltz - Tuesday: Dancing every Tuesday night at Dance With Joy Studios (7981 SE 17th Ave). This is a friendly and informal event. The floor is not too crowded. The money jar ($5) is up front. There are usually snacks (and snack contributions are most welcome). Doors open at 7:30, and the last waltz is at 10:00. Recorded music (quite varied). Web site: http://randomwaltz.org/.
Portland - Waltz - Monday - Waltz Jam: Dancing every Monday night at Lenoras Ballroom (615 SE Alder, Portland, OR), but with the Waltz Jam: A chance to get together and play waltzes (and some other music). It's the last Monday of every month, in conjunction with the Monday Night Waltz: same place (Lenora’s Ballroom (615 SE Alder)), same time (doors open 8:30), same $5 (money jar up front). A friendly group - everyone is very welcome. Or dance! Authentic live music (not that polished recorded stuff). Doors open at 8:30, and the last waltz is at 10:30. Web site: http://randomwaltz.org/.
Portland - Waltz - Rhonda's Waltz Practica: Every Thursday, 5:30-7:00 pm at the Fulton Park Community Center, in the Gym (68 Southwest Miles Street). How Much: $5. Thursday Waltz Practica is a place to develop skill, build confidence and connect with other dancers of all levels. The cross step mixer is our template for learning many variations that are then transitioned to the social dance floor. There will be sweet and savory snacks as well. Doors open at 5:30 for practice time, with mixers from 6:00-7:00pm. Contact Rhonda McFaddin (email@example.com) for more details. Web site: http://randomwaltz.org/.
Portland - Waltz - Sunday - Scandiecletic: We have had the Norse Hall Ballroom pretty much every sunday at about the same hours as waltzeclectic--10am to 2pm, unless a waltzeclectic event conflicts with it, or some major dancing event takes over Norse Hall for the weekend--such as the tangofest. The scheduling policy is pretty straightforward: the plan is to make sure we can do some kind of vintage waltz at Norse Hall every sunday in the early afternoon, if possible, from now on. Catering to beginning waltzers from 10am to 11am, open practicum or specialized workshops from 11am to 2:30pm. Cost is free for members of Grieg Lodge, 4 dollars otherwise. Because of the new security arrangements at Norse Hall, to get in for the practicum, call 503-724-3097. Ringing the doorbell has a low probability of being heard. Web site: http://scandieclectic.pbworks.com/w/page/60027219/Scandi-eclectic.
Portland - Waltz - Thursday - Waltz Eclectic: Every Thursday from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at Fulton Park C. C., 68 SW Miles. Cost: $7. All styles of waltz plus an eclectic mix of other dance music. All ages, all levels. Everyone welcome. Web site: http://portlanddanceeclectic.com/.
Portland - Waltz - Sunday - Waltz and Brunch: Location: Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St. Cost: $12 for lesson and dance, $10- Dance only. Lesson: 10:30 - 11:30 am. Dance: 11:30-2:30 pm/ Sunday Waltz Brunch and Dance. 10:30 to 11:30 Beginners Lesson. 11:30 to 2:30pm: Eclectic Dance music djed. The music we play is a ballroom-like mix of contemporary dance styles: a number of varieties waltz and waltz tempos, swing both east and west coast, two steps, latin and music that you can do both blues and tango style dancing to. Web site: http://portlanddanceeclectic.com/.
Portland - Waltz - Ball: Lesson: 7:30; Dance: 8:30 - 11:30pm Live Music, breaks DJ'ed music. Cost: $20 dance and lesson, $15 for dance only,. Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland. Main Ballroom with open bar and lounge. Web site: http://portlanddanceeclectic.com/.
Portland - Waltz - Evenings: Events are at the Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th St, Portland. Cost: $12 for dance. Various hours Web site: http://portlanddanceeclectic.com/.
Portland - Waltz - Dancing Under the Stars: Dance is from 7pm to 10pm at Director Park, SW Park and Yamhill. Web site: http://portlanddanceeclectic.com/.
Portland - Waltz - New Year's Eve: Details to come. Web site: http://portlanddanceeclectic.com/.
Portland - Square and Contra Dance Callers Workshops: Workshops on Saturday April 5 at Pacific Crest School:
10-12 Contra dance calling for square dance callers workshop - this workshop idea follows up on a series of informal sessions that Bill led to encourage square dance callers to learn New England contras; 12-1 Brown bag lunch, bring a treat to share; 1-3 Square dance calling repertoire workshop - Susan will help callers extend their repertoire of figures that are easy to learn and fun to dance. Sunday April 6 at the Village Ballroom: 4-6 Beginning square dance calling workshop - absolutely no experience necessary! 6-7 Dinner break at Woodlawn eatery of your choice; 7-9 Every Sunday Square Dance with Susan Michaels calling and the Pork Belly Futures playing. Costs for participants: Cost for each 2-hour workshop is $10-30 on a sliding scale with no one turned away for lack of funds, no prepayment necessary. Participating as a "guinea pig" dancer is free - that is, free of charge and dancers are free to come and go for any part or all of the workshops. Contras are $9 ($7 for PCDC members). The Every Sunday Square Dance is $7 sliding scale (no maximum). RSVP for workshops here. Contact Amy Hofer
Portland - Contra Melodies by Ear: Music workshops at 1014 SE 50th from 7pm to 9pm. Web site: http://portlandcountrydance.org.
Portland - Hambo Fest: Join us for our quarterly Hambo Fest - a night of Hambo lessons - Sweden's National folk dance! We will also teach variations on the Hambo, plus easy mixers for everyone to enjoy. Sponsored by Norske Runddansere, Scandinavian Folkdance, Portland. Location: Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Ave, Portland. Warm-up 7:00-7:30pm, 7:30-8:30pm Hambo lessons, 8:30-10:00pm Open dance with lots of Hambos and easy mixers. Everyone is welcome! No partner necessary. $4 drop-ins, Under 30 free. Conveniently located on the Yellow Max line. Web site: http://www.norskerunddansere.org/.
Portland - Norse Runddansere Birthday Ball: Norske Runddansere's annual Birthday Ball. A festive occasion with live music and spirited Scandinavian folk dance! Featuring live music. Time: 7:30-10:00 pm. Location: Polish Hall, 3832 N. Interstate Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97227. Please bring finger foods to share, folk costumes encouraged but not required. No partner necessary. Conveniently located on the Max Yellow Line. Entry: $8 for NR/Leikarringen members, $12 for nonmembers, 2 fees = family entry, $5 listening. Web site: http://www.norskerunddansere.org/.
Portland - Squares - Sewing Seeds: Gender neutral square dance as part of this two-day event. Location: Annares Infoshop and Community Space, 7515 North Alma Blvd. 7-9 pm. Web site: http://anarresinfoshop.tumblr.com/.
Reedsport: Community Contra Dance will be held 7-9 p.m. at the Smith River Grange, 9500 Lower Smith River Road, Reedsport. To get to the grange, take the first right turn (Lower Smith River Road) after crossing the historic bridge north out of Reedsport. Stay on the road until you get to milepost 9. The grange will be on your left. family friendly event costs $5. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult. For more information, call 541-271-0219. Web site: None.
Reedsport - South Coast Folk Society Summer Campout: Campout to socialize, play tunes and have a dance. $20/ night RV's & $10/night tents. We will offer workshops and host a dance at the Smith River Grange Hall on Saturday night. Paddle around in our kayaks during the day... tunes by the campfire at night. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/257034030986470/.
Rhododendron - Northwest Passage: Come join the Portland Country Dance Community in the Oregon woods for an extra-long weekend full of high-energy Contradancing and English Country Dancing. Northwest Passage, PCDC's Labor Day dance and music weekend, at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp. Located near Rhododendron, an easy 53-mile drive from Portland, Kiwanis features a great dance hall and a variety of accommodations in a beautiful forest setting. Held in early September. Advance registration recommended. Web site: http://www.nwpassagedancecamp.org/.
Roseburg: Irish Creme Contra Dance from 7pm to 10pm at the Melrose Grange Hall, 3811 Melrose Road. Open invitational to Oregon Musicians. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Suggested donation at the door $4. Potluck held for musicians before the doors open. Refreshments available during the dance. For more information: contact Aleta McGee 541.672.4621. Web site: http://www.irishcremeband.blogspot.com/.
Roseburg - Umpqua Community College: School wide contra dance from 6:30-9:00 pm in the cafeteria! Contra dancing is a fun way to unwind and hang out after a stressful day at school. If you can follow directions then you can contra! All you have to do is listen to the caller and move your feet. Still aren't convinced? Come at 6:30 for the workshop and learn the moves. This is an all age and abilities and FREE event, so bring your family, friends and get ready to dance! Web site: http://www.umpqua.edu/.
Roseburg - Sister Cities Dance: Roseburg Sister Cities is hosting a Barn Dance at the Winston Community Center, 440 SE Grape St., Winston, OR 97496. Doors will open at 7:45 and admission is $7. Web site: None.
Salem: 5th Saturday Productions is sponsoring a series of dances on 5th Saturdays at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5090 Center St. NE. Contact Quentin Smith at (734) 497-7287 or q.m.smith at sign att.net for more information. Web site: http://www.uusalem.org/.
Salem - Silver Falls Musical Gathering: The Corvallis Folklore Society sponsors this music and dance weekend at Silver Falls State Park - 20 miles east of Salem in early October. Register in advance. Web site: http://cfs.peak.org/silverfalls/index.php.
Sky Camp - Cascade Contras: Dance weekend sponsored by the Eugene Folklore Society in early April. Advance registration strongly recommended. Web site: http://eugenefolklore.org/CascadeContras/.
Springfield - Midsummer Madness: The Eugene Folklore Society sponsors the camp in odd-numbered years at the Living Waters Camp, 39545 Deerhorn Rd, Springfield, OR 97478 in late July for a weekend of play, music, dancing, song, sports, and play. Plus the camp has a big ole swimming pool. Register in advance. Web site: http://eugenefolklore.org.
Talent: The Ashland Folk Music Club sponsors dances on third Saturdays at the Talent Middle School, 102 Christian Avenue. Beginners' instruction 7:00 PM. Main dance 7:30-10:30 PM. Admission: $6 AFMC members, $8 general public, $5 students high school and older. Younger children free. Annual membership $10 for singles, $15 for families. Dances are suitable for older children through seniors. All dances are taught. Come alone or with a partner. Wear soft soled, non-marking shoes and comfortable clothing. Perfume scents are discouraged. No smoking on school property. Non-dancing children must be supervised by a responsible teen or adult. For more information call Gordon at 541 488-0679, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.kluberg.com/ashland.html.
Union - Friday: The Northeast Oregon Folklore Society sponsors monthly community dances on the third Friday of each month, September through June. Dance is from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at High Valley VFW Hall, 505 North Main Street. Cost: Freewill donation. More info: Melody, 541-562-1131. Web site: http://www.neofs.us/.
Wallowa - Fiddle Tunes Camp: Ours is a week-long, small, inexpensive and family oriented music workshop focused on traditional string instruments, begun in 2005. Week-long classes are $100. There is special discount for families of 4 or more, reducing the individual fee to $85. There is a country family dance on Thursday nights for which the workshop participants provide the music. Classes are held in the elementary wing of the Wallowa School, core classes from 9 AM until noon, and electives in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. There is plenty of time for practice and jam sessions. PLUS we've added a new MORNING PROGRAM for CHILDREN! Web site: http://www.wvmusicalliance.org/.
Wallowa - Fiddle Tunes Camp - Community Dance: All are invited to this highlight of the annual fiddle camp in the town of Wallowa. Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Where: Wallowa School, 315 1st Street Wallowa. Web site: http://www.wvmusicalliance.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.