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 Washington including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Washington which include contra dancing and other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: No current schedule notes.
Anacortes - Ferry Boat Dance: Annual dance, sponsored by the Bellingham Country Dance Society, on an actual ferry boat from Anacortes to Friday Harbor and Back. Please bring food to share, carpool and please arrive early! Web site: http://www.nas.com/~mschway/bcds/.
Anacortes - Skagit Contra Dancers: Dances are held in Anacortes WA. Check web site for dance times and venue. Admission is $8 at the door. Children under 12 are free and welcome, but must be supervised by a responsible adult. Web site: http://skagitcontra.org.
Arlington: Dances at the Sisco Heights Community Center, 13527 99th Ave NE, Arlington. 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Contras, Square Dances, Circle dances, Reels and Lines. Live band and caller will teach dances. No lessons, no partner needed. Family fun, all ages. Finger food potluck. $5.00 donation, $15 per family. Dances held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from September through June. No dances July and August. Contact: Cristine Titus (425) 232-7237 or Shane Henderson (360) 403-7972. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-Community-Dance-Club/634471673329301 .
Astoria - Columbia Riverkeeper - Square Dance: Appalachian Square Dance in the Loft of the Red Building, 20 Basin Street. The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of Deep Down, "a story from the heart of coal country", followed by a panel discussion and then the dance. This event is sponsored by: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Crag Law Center. Admission is free - suggested donation $5. Web site: http://www.columbiariverkeeper.org.
Bainbridge: All comers welcome! $15 for adults and $5 for youth (10-18). Info: 360-697-6192 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org - Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road. Please wear clean soled shoes for dancing. 7:30pm-10:30pm. Web site: http://www.biparks.org/programsandclasses/special_events.html.
Bainbridge - Scandinavian: Enjoy Nordic and Scandinavian folk dancing to live music! Instruction available. Info (206) 842-4055. 6:00pm Potluck Supper; 7:00-11:00pm Dance. $7/Adults; non-dancing children free. Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. Web site: http://www.biparks.org/programsandclasses/special_events.html.
Bellevue - Squares - Crossroads Mall: Dance is from 7pm to 9pm as part of the Northwest Folklife series. Web site: http://www.crossroadsbellevue.com.
Bellevue - Family Dance - Crossroads Mall: Dance is from 7pm to 9pm as part of the Northwest Folklife series. Web site: http://www.crossroadsbellevue.com.
Bellevue - Squares - Newport Way Library: Dance at the library, 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA 98006 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. Web site: http://kcls.org.
Bellingham: The Bellingham Country Dance Society sponsors dances which are usually held at the historic Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th Street. Beginner's workshop starts at 7:00 PM with the dance starting at 7:30 PM and continuing until 10:30 PM. $8-10 donation. Please bring a reusable water bottle. Out of respect to those with chemical sensitivities, we ask folks not to wear perfumes or colognes to our dances. All dances are taught...if you can walk, you can dance. You don't have to bring a partner (but by all means, bring ALL of your friends!). No special costumes are required, however for comfort's sake (and to protect our new floor), we suggest wearing comfortable soft-soled non-street shoes and loose-fitting clothing. (Note: the clothing actually has very little to do with the floor, but the choice of shoes definitely does.) Dancing is always to live music. Web site: http://bellinghamcountrydance.org/.
Bellingham - New Year's Eve: New Year's Eve Gala Dance and Party! (8:00 pm to 1:00 am) Dancing, Alcohol free and FUN celebration at Sacred Heart Social Hall, 1110 14th Street, Corner of Knox and 14th Street in Fairhaven, Bellingham WA. Party favors and beverage provided, bring pot luck finger food if you want. Midnight count down and other shenanigans! $15.00 per person. Web site: http://bellinghamcountrydance.org/.
Bellingham - Wild Buffalo - Squares: Square Dance at the Wild Buffalo, 208 W. Holly St. It's a 21+ show, starting at 8pm with $5 admission. Web site: http://wildbuffalo.net/.
Bellingham - Squares - Folk Festival: Two-day festival including concerts, workshops and a square dance. Location: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St. Web site: http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com.
Bellingham - Squares - YMCA: Dance at the YWCA Bellingham, 1026 N Forest St, Bellingham, Washington 98225 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Come on out for a good time, all ages dance. There will also be some two-steps, waltzes, etc. At the YWCA ballroom on Forest Street. Doors at 6:30, $5 adults, kids under 12 free! Web site: None.
Bellingham - Squares - Lucas Hicks Benefit: Event at the Bellingham Circus Guild, 1401 6th St, Bellingham, Washington 98225 from 7pm to 10pm. A vivacious evening of entertainment to benefit musician, teacher, and cancer-battling human sensation, Lucas Hicks! Music! Dancing! Booze! Ages 21+, $10-$20 sliding scale. When deciding upon your level of donation, keep in mind that 100% of the profits go directly to Lucas. Cash Bar open all evening! Includes music, a circus show, square dance, silent auction, etc. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/426359364362251/.
Bellingham - Squares - Hamster Dance: Dance at The Shakedown, 1212 N State St, Bellingham, Washington 98225 from 7pm to 10pm. Two prize drawings. Only $7 cover. Bring your friends and spread the word! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/hamsterdance5/.
Bellingham - Boulevard Contra Picnic: Event starts at 6pm with eating, music jam, socializing. Dancing - when it starts until we stop! Meet at Boulevard Park, on the grass between Woods Coffee and the Bandstand. All Musicians/Callers/Dancers Are Welcome! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1749106458509934/.
Bonners Family: Dance from 7pm to 10pm at the American Legion Hall, 113 Kootenai St, Bonners Ferry. Admission: $5/$20 families. Everyone welcome, no partner needed, all dances taught and called. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org/month.html.
Bothell - Squares: Bothell Library Square Dance from 7pm to 9pm at 18215 98th Ave NE Bothell, WA 98011. Web site: http://www.thetallboys.com.
Bothell - Janie's Jumpstart Music Camp - Fiddle Styles: Weekend of lessons and jamming. Web site: http://www.janiesjumpstart.com/.
Camano Island - Family: Square dances, circle dances, line dances and mixers. All ages welcome! Instruction provided. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at the Cama Beach Conference Center, 1880 S.W. Camano Dr., Camano Island, WA 98282. Discover Pass or Day Pass needed! Web site: http://www.parks.wa.gov.
Cashmere - Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival: Annual music festival held on the 3rd weekend in June at the Chelan County Expo Center. Includes workshops and a contra dance. Web site: http://www.cashmerecoffeehouse.com/wrbfest.htm.
Centralia - Old-Time Music Campout: Held in mid- August. Imagine warm summer days, a beautiful river front setting while jamming all day long for more than a whole week! There won't be any contests, stages, performers, or schedules to keep track of. This is a relaxed event for musicians who like lots of jamming and hanging out with old and new friends. Spontaneous, participant organized activities, such as a cocktail party, a square dance (yes, I built a dance floor!), a birthday party, a cornfeed or a hamburger and bacon feed, could occur at any moment. Web site: http://www.centraliacampout.com/.
Cheney - Eastern Washington University: EWU Contra Dance at the Eastern Washington University Pence Union Building (PUB) Multi Purpose Room (MPR) from 7:00pm to 10:00pm with a starter's class at 6:45. Admission free with an Eastern ID, $5 for Spokane Folklore Society members, $8 for general public. Web site: http://www.ewu.edu.
Chimacum - Squares - Grange: Square dance at the Chimacum Grange at 7:30pm. Donation of $5 requested. No experience necessary. Web site: None.
Clarkston: Dances at the Twin City Square and Round Dance Center, 2130 5th Avenue in the Clarkston Heights, with Beginner lessons from 7:00-7:30 followed by dance from 7:30-9:30. Admission: $6. Web site: http://lccontra.com/.
Clinton - Whidbey Island: Dances at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave, Clinton, Washington 98236 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. $10-15 suggested donation to help support the caller and band and bring a potluck snack to share. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/WhidbeyIslandContraDance/.
Clinton - Whidbey Island - Squares: Dance from 5pm to 8pm at 5642 Bayview Rd Langley, WA, United States. Web site: None.
Conway - Squares: Dances at The Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce Street Conway Washington, Conway, Washington 98238 from 7pm to 9pm. No experience necessary! $5 suggested donation please. Web site: http://conwaymuse.com.
Conway - Squares - Conway Muse: Dances at The Conway Muse, 18444 Spruce Street Conway Washington, Conway, Washington 98238 from 7pm to 9pm. No experience necessary! $5 admission. Web site: http://conwaymuse.com.
Coupeville - Haller House Benefit: A benefit dance to help save an historic house is being held at Crockett Barn from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Coupeville-based nonprofit Historic Whidbey is hosting the event. Tickets are $65, which pays for the music and dessert. Proceeds go toward the purchase and restoration of Coupeville’s 1866 Haller House on Front Street. Historic Whidbey is trying to buy the home and transform it into a Territorial Heritage Center. Crockett Barn is located at 1056 S. Crockett Farm Road in Coupeville. To learn more about the event and how to obtain tickets, go to www.historicwhidbey.org or send an email to historic email@example.com - Web site: http://www.historicwhidbey.org.
Darrington: Community Contra Dance at the Mansford Grange, 1265 Railroad Avenue, Darrington, WA 98241. Left at the IGA Grocery Store, 71 miles from Seattle. Potluck starts at 5:30 pm, instructions begin at 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm dance. Lodging is available at the Darrington Motor Inn. Donation: $7.00. No partner necessary, no experience necessary! Just bring your dancing feet and have a lot of fun! Everyone Welcome! Web site: http://www.darringtonwatourism.com/darrington-festival-events and http://seattledance.org/contra/darrington.
Ellensburg: Dances occur on the 1st Saturdays of December, February, April and May at the Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 North Ruby Street from 7:30-10:30 pm. All dances taught. Live music. Everyone is welcome, at any level of experience. No dress code-- anything goes. Free admission, thanks to the Ellensburg Public Library. Co-sponsored by Kittitas County Contra Dancers and the Ellensburg Public Library. Web site: http://www.fairpoint.net/~eburgcontradance/.
Ellensburg - Teanaway River Festival: Afternoon and evening of river-centered activities (flying fishing demonstration, kayak raffle, activities for kids, etc.) with music and a contra dance in the evening. Dinner ($10) available. Sponsored by the Washington Water Trust. Web site: http://washingtonwatertrust.org.
Ellensburg - Hal Holmes Community Center Benefit: Event is from m. There's a benefit from 2pm to 8pm for the Hal Holmes Community Center to buy a much-needed sound system. The day will have children's activities, a silent auction, music, dinner and, finally, a contra dance. Please plan to come and if you can volunteer at any time that day (or before), please let me know by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org - The events of the day are by donation; dinner will be $10 (under 12, $3; students with i.d., $8). As you know, the HH Center has been there for us for at least five years, letting us dance for free. So, it's time to help them out. If you can't come but you want to help with a donation, please make checks payable to Friends of the Library and send them directly to the library with a note that you want it to go to the new sound system. Web site: http://www.ci.ellensburg.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=145.
Everson - Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival: A dance, beginning at 7:30pm at the Glen Echo Community Club, 7694 Goodwin Road, is part of multitude of varied events during this weekend in the first half of July. For more information, call 966-3407 or 966-7370 Web site: http://eversonnooksackchamber.org.
Ferndale - Squares: Dance at the Kickin' A Saloon and Dance Hall, 5225 Industrial Pl, Ferndale, Washington 98248 from 7pm to 10pm. No partner or experience necessary. All dances taught throughout the night. And to spice things up a bit, there will be whiskey specials at the bar and two prize drawings. Entrance fee is only $5 - $10, based on a sliding scale. If you're able to pay the higher rate, please do. We love to show our support for local musicians and talent! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/hamsterdance5/.
Forks - Rainforest Arts Center: The Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave., in Forks will hold a contra dance at 7pm. The arts center is located in the middle of town, at the only stoplight. The evening begins with an introductory workshop at 7 with the dance to follow at 7:30. Organizers encourage dancers with experience to come lead the beginners. Suggested donation of $6. Web site: None.
Friday Harbor - San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit: Workshops, discussions plus an evening contra dance. Location: San Juan Island Grange Hall and Friday Harbor Middle School. Held in mid-March. Web site: http://sjcarc.org/.
Friday Harbor - San Juan Grange: Singing at 6pm, dancing at 7pm, runs till 9, $10 at the door, all welcome, all dances taught, no partner needed. Web site: http://sjigrange.wordpress.com.
Friday Harbor - English Camp: Dances on Monday nights during the summer from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the English Camp in the San Juan Island U.S. National Historical Park. Web site: http://www.nps.gov/sajh/index.htm.
Friday Harbor - Encampment: Annual encampment reenactment (19th century) at the English Camp parade grounds. Royal Marine Light Infantry and U.S. Army camp life, demonstrations of music, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving, sewing, cooperage and carpentry, along with the pageantry of period uniforms in scarlet and blue. Black powder rifled musket demonstrations and the firing of howitzer also are planned both days. Dance on Saturday night. Costumes not required. Web site: http://www.nps.gov/sajh/index.htm.
Goldendale - Mid-Columbia Folklore Society Simcoe Mountain Music and Dance Weekend: Held in mid-September at Brooks Memorial State Park. Located on Hwy 97, just north of Goldendale WA at Satus Pass. Register in advance. Web site: http://community.gorge.net/mcfs/.
Kemore - Midsommarfest: Event at St. Edward State Park, Kenmore, Washington from 11am to 6pm with free admission. Presented by Skandia Folkdance Society, Midsommarfest is a traditional Swedish celebration of the summer solstice, recreated in as authentic a manner as possible, complete with the 2:30 p.m. raising of a garlanded Midsommar pole, a serpentine dance around the pole, and hundreds of costumed musicians and dancers - traditions practiced in Sweden for centuries. Over the years since the 1959 inception of Skandia Midsommarfest, the festival has expand to include contributions from all the Nordic and Baltic countries so that the rich cultural diversity of all those lands can be experienced by Skandia Midsommarfest attendees. Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Kenmore - Squares: Concert and square dance as part of the Kenmore Summer Concert series. Location: St Edwards State Park, 14445 Juanita Dr, Kenmore, WA from 6pm to 8pm. FREE admission and parking! Discover Pass not required for concertgoers starting at 4:30 p.m. Dance start at 7pm. Web site: http://kenmorewa.gov/events.
Kennewick: Three Rivers Folklife sponsors dances on the fourth Saturday of each month of many months. Unless noted otherwise, dances are held at Shuffler's Shanty, 717 N Irving Street and begin at 7:30PM. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for Students and Seniors (65 and over) and Kids under 12. All dances are taught. No experience necessary, no partner necessary. Just come and have fun! Web site: http://www.3rfs.org/contra.htm.
Kennewick - Shuffler's Shanty: All dances at Shuffler's Shanty located at 717 N Irving St, Kennewick, WA 99336. Admission is Adults $8, Students and Seniors $5, first time dancer free. The newcomer lesson at 7, dance 7:30 till 10:30. Web site: None.
Kirkland: A new community dance series will be held every second Saturday at the Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave. The evening will be primarily contradances - a social dance form originally from New England. Dances are presented by a caller with a live band of traditional folk musicians. A walk-through is provided for each dance. Attending with a partner is not necessary. Beginner contradance instruction starts at 7:30 p.m. and the dance gets into full swing by 8 p.m. Free ice cream is provided during the break. Admission is $9 for adults at the door; $5 for youth, students, or for first time. Information: 425-605-0804. Web site: http://folkhorizons.weebly.com/kirkland-dance.html.
Kirkland - SummerFest: This weekend festival includes the Kirkland 2nd Saturday dance at this venue. Variety of entertainment, participatory activities and performances. Web site: http://www.kirklandsummerfest.com/.
Leavenworth - Winter Fiddle Fest: Enjoy fiddling with friends & family in a beautiful retreat at this brand new, family friendly event featuring workshops on repertoire and fiddle technique (plus some other instruments), accompaniment, old time country dancing and plenty of opportunities for jamming plus dancing and a workshop on leading and calling community dances. Location: Icicle Creek Music Center. Register in advance. Web site: http://icicle.org.
Leavenworth - Icicle Creek Fiddle Festival: Enjoy fiddling with friends & family in a beautiful retreat at this brand new, family friendly event featuring workshops on repertoire and fiddle technique (plus some other instruments), accompaniment, old time country dancing and plenty of opportunities for jamming plus dancing and a workshop on leading and calling community dances. Location: Icicle Creek Music Center. Web site: http://icicle.org.
Leavenworth - Wild and Scenic Music Festival: Mostly music festival with a square dance held in late August at Icicle Creek Music Center, 7409 Icicle Road. Web site: http://www.wildandscenicmusicfest.com.
Lopez Island - Squares: At 244 Namaste Lane. Calling workshop at 4pm, potluck at 6pm, dance afterwars. $5 donation. Web site: http://www.oldtimeseattle.com/ssss.html.
Lopez Island - Squares - Woodmen Hall: Dance at 7:30pm at Woodmen Hall, 4102 Fisherman Bay Rd, Lopez Island, Washington 98261. No experience or partner needed; all dances taught. Sliding scale $10, kids always free. Web site: None.
Lopez Island: Dance at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts at 7:00 pm. Tickets at Door: Adult $10, Youth $8. Web site: http://www.lopezcenter.org.
Lynnwood - Family Skandia: Come join the merriment as children's laughter, smiles and small dancing feet fill the Grange Hall on Friday, April 1st for the Skandia Family Dance! The party will begin at 6 p.m. with pizza, salad and drinks (as long as supplies last) for those coming directly from work or school. Both young and old alike will learn how to finger-weave, and in other corners of the room traditional Scandinavian instruments will be available so little ones can experience up close the magical sounds. Kids also will have the opportunity to color Scandinavian-themed pages of costumes, trolls and Vikings, and cut and weave paper heart baskets. At 7 p.m., musicians will lead the party-goers upstairs, where the callers will lead the group in an hour and a half of enthusiastic participatory dancing. Dances will be geared for everyone ages 4 and up - no dance experience is necessary! So bring your children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews or neighborhood kids and experience an evening that will surely bring a smile to your face and renewed energy to your own dancing. See you there! Location: Cedar Valley Grange in Lynnwood, 20526 52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood. $10; Skandia members $7; kids free. Contact Silje Sodal at SiljeS@skandia-folkdance.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. Web site: http://skandia-folkdance.org.
Lynnwood - NDFI Benefit for Northwest Folklife: Three bands playing International, Scandinavian, contra, and English Country dance music from 7:00 – 11:00pm. Potluck snacks served throughout the evening. Suggested donation: $10.00. Every dollar raised goes directly to Folklife! Sno-King has donated the night and the Cedar Valley Grange has donated the rent. All the bands, sound person, and callers have donated their time to help celebrate the Northwest Folklife. Location: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave W., Lynnwood, WA 98036. Web site: http://www.nwfolklife.org.
Mercer Island - 40th Birthday Party for Brian Miller: Location: Congregational Church on Mercer Island, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WA, 98040. Potluck and dance from 6pm to 11pm. Please bring something to eat or drink. Desserts, salads, entrees, pop, coffe, juice or just bring yourself and some friends. I am looking forward to giving back to the contra community that has given me so much. All are welcome. Web site: None.
Mercer Island - Joining Together for Joy: Evening of programming including a short service silent auction, and contra dancing at the Mercer Island Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, WA, 98040. Time: 6pm (?) to 11pm. Web site: http://www.goodenough.org.
Mercer Island - Sue Huth 60th: Dance at Congregational Church on Mercer Island, UCC, 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, Washington 98040 from 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM to celebrate Sue Huth's 60th birthday. Potluck at 5:30. Dancing starts at 7:00 Music by Dave Bartley, Marni Rachmiel, and Brandon Vance. *please, no gifts*. Your presence is our delight. Your experience will be very much appreciated as there will be many first-time contra dancers. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/266441140808621/.
Milton-Freewater - New Year's Eve: Location: Timberrib, 84847 Winesap Rd., Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Howard & Trudy Ostby's residence. 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 8:45. At Midnight, join us for a toast to the old and departed and a bright new future for the new year. 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; no experience necessary. Note: Please no boots or high spiked heel shoes on the dance floor. There is no charge for this special evening. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/.
Moses Lake - Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association Workshop Five-day, weekday workshop with intensive music workshops and other activities. Register in advance. Some dancing (squares, contras). Web site: http://www.wotfa.org/workshop.html.
Nordland: Dance at Ft. Flagler Theatre Building, 10541 Flagler Road, Nordland, WA 98358 from 2pm to 4pm. All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. Come alone, with a friend, as a family, or bring the whole tribe. Experience is not necessary. This is a family friendly event Admission is by donation; all funds raised will support the Friends of Fort Flagler. Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe and be prepared to rock out on this holiday weekend. Web site: http://www.ptcommunitydance.com/.
North Bend: Dances at the Sallal Grange Hall, 12912 - 432nd Ave SE, North Bend. Dance is from 7pm-10pm. Donation of $5. Grange web site is http://sallalgrange.org, which has basic but not complete information about the dance. Web site: None.
North Bend - Squares - Meadowbrook Farm: Meadowbrook Farm 20th Birthday Party Square Dance! 2PM Hayrides and kids activities; 4:30 Program, Dinner and cake; 6:30PM Square Dance and Bonfire! Location: 1711 Boalch Ave NW North Bend, WA. Web site: None.
Northport - Pasture Picking and Music Festival: Workshops, band scramble, open mics but with plenty room for jamming. Dance may or may not occur. Location: Northport International Raceway. Web site: http://tricountymusic.org.
Olympia - 1st, 2nd and 4th Saturdays: Dances at the South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Road, Lacey. Non-dancing children are welcome if they are under your supervision and control. They must stay in the dancing area. Admission Price: sliding scale of $9-$15. Students and Seniors remain at $7. Dance orientation at 7pm and dances are from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. No experience is necessary! All the dances will be taught. Come alone or bring a friend. Grange rules prohibit smoking or alcohol in the building. For everyone's comfort, please leave the fragrances at home. Web site: http://www.olympiadance.org/.
Olympia - Family Square Dance: We will be having a family dance and cakewalk from 1-4pm at The Loft on Cherry, at the corner of Legion and Cherry Streets. Web site: http://www.olyoldtime.org/index.htm.
Olympia - Old-Time Music Festival: Music and dance workshops and events. Held in mid-February. Web site: http://olyoldtime.weebly.com/.
Olympia - New Year's Eve: Dances at the South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Road. Non-dancing children are welcome if they are under your supervision and control. They must stay in the dancing area. Admission Price: $9 admission at the door. Time: 9:00 pm to Midnight. No experience is necessary! All the dances will be taught. Come alone or bring a friend. Grange rules prohibit smoking or alcohol in the building. For everyone's comfort, please leave the fragrances at home. Web site: http://www.olympiadance.org/.
Olympia - Special: Dances at the South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Road. Non-dancing children are welcome if they are under your supervision and control. They must stay in the dancing area. Admission Price: $10.00 at the door. Dance from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. No experience is necessary! All the dances will be taught. Come alone or bring a friend. Grange rules prohibit smoking or alcohol in the building. For everyone's comfort, please leave the fragrances at home. Web site: http://www.olympiadance.org/.
Olympia - Remembering Warren: Series of events celebrating the life of Warren Argo. South Bay Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Rd. NE. Web site: None.
Olympia - Evergreen College: Dances at the gym at Evergreen College at 7:30pm. No partner is necessary, and there will be a half-hour beginner session at 7:30, followed by dancing from 8-10:30, all of which will take place in the back bay of the CRC Gym. Please come fragrance free for those who are sensitive. Water will be provided! Web site (although not up to date as of November 11, 2010: http://sites.google.com/site/evergreencontradance/.
Olympia - Prosperity Grange - Squares : Square dance at Prosperity Grange, 3701 Steamboat Island Road. Dance at 7pm, 6:30pm carpool from Westside Coop. $5 suggested donation to benefit *POWER: Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights. Web site: None.
Olympia - Groovy Universe Weekend - Benefit for the Warren Argo Travel Scholarship Fund: A mix of English, contras and squares during the weekend at the South Bay Grange. Web site: http://www.olympiadance.org/.
Olympia - Squares - Olympia Old-Time Music Festival Benefit: Square Dance at the The Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way, SW, Olympia, WA from 7:30pm-10:30pm. Web site: http://www.smalltimestringband.com/Smalltime_String_Band/Performance_Schedule.html.
Olympia - Squares - Eagles: Downtown Hoedown at the Eagles Club Room, 805 E 4th Ave, Olympia, WA 98506. Happy Hour 6-7, Beginners dance workshop around 7:30, Square dancing from 8-10, Couple dance music from 10-close. How Much? - $5 (volunteers free, optional for members). Who? EVERYONE. ALL ages. Minors must be out by 11. Wanna Play? Old time music JAM in a nook near the entrance. Bring your instrument to participate in the all level jam. All dances TAUGHT. No experience necessary. No one is required to dance. Predominantly simple and traditional southern Appalachian figures. No dress code or partner needed. Anyone can dance with ANYONE regardless of gender. Wanna help out with the square dance scene in OLY? contact us at email@example.com - "Members and Guests only" - Guests Must be Signed in at the Door! Presented by T-Claw Calling and Hosted by F.O.E. #21. The event and bar are non-smoking though there is a separate smoking lounge if you wanna. 615-430-8230 for questions. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/tclawcalling.
Olympia - Waltz - Jam and Dance: Annual (I think) waltz jam starting about 7:00 at the East Bay Public Plaza (near the Hands On Children's Museum.) Come and listen, come and play, come and waltz. A random assortment of local musicians will hopefully be on hand to play a wide variety of tunes in 3/4 time. Web site: None.
Olympia - Squares - Barnyard: Square dance from 7pm to 10pm at Barnyard Productions, 12641 La France Rd SW, Olympia, Washington 98512. Drinks for purchase. 5 bucks at the door for the band and caller, no one turned away for lack of funds. All dances will be taught, no experience necessary! Excited to see you there. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/195430867459905/.
Olympia - Squares - Hump Day Hoedown: Square dance from 7pm to 10pm at 12641 La France Rd SW, Olympia, WA. Admission $5, everyone welcome! Drinks available for purchase. Web site: None.
Olympia - Family Dance - Open House: Family dance as part of the South Bay Grange's open house at 3918 Sleater-Kinney Road, Olympia, WA. Event includes garden program and raffle drawing. Event is from 6pm to 8pm. Web site: http://www.olympiadance.org/.
Orcas Island - Odd Fellows Hall: The dance will run from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door; kids under 16 are free. All dances will be taught, and no partner is necessary. For more information, call Linda Ellsworth at 376-2154, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.oddshall.org/.
Orcas Island - Summer Camp: Informal, volunteer four-day staff-less dance and music camp - whoever comes to camp plays music for dances, calls, or dances. Held in early August on Orcas Island at Camp Moran as an "all ages, all dancers, all musicians, all folks welcome" dance camp! Bring the family, and bring your talents and interests to share! Register in advance. Web site: http://www.orcassummercamp.org.
Orcas Island - Seed Bank: FoodMasters organization will host a contra dance at the Odd Fellows' Hall for the Orcas Island Seed Bank. The evening's events will include dancing, live cider pressing and a pie and ice cream sale. A beginner's lesson will be taught from 7:30 to 8 p.m., then the dancing will commence until 11 p.m. The cover charge is $10. A table at the event will offer information on the Seed Bank and FoodMasters. Donations of apples for the cider pressing are invited. For more information, contact Learner Limbach at email@example.com - Web site: http://www.oddshall.org/.
Otis Orchards: Dance from 7pm to 10pm at Willow Song Music Therapy Center. 21101 E. Wellesley, Otis Orchards, WA 99027. Suggested $7 for SFS members, $10 for non-members. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Pasco - Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival: Come join us on the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers at Sacajawea State Park for the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous. Sacajawea State Park is located near the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, WA) just off Highway 12 east of Pasco. Workshops, concerts and a square dance. Web site: http://www.sacajaweabluegrass.org/.
Pasco - Three Rivers: Dance at Memorial Park, 1520 W. Shoshone, Pasco, Washington 99301 from 6-9 PM. There will be a newcomers lesson followed by dances. Seasoned dancers are welcome to the lesson to help the newbies. Our outdoor dances are free to the public, but donations at the front are welcome to support the dances! Web site: http://www.3rfs.org/contra.htm.
Port Angeles - Black Diamond: Dances on 1st Saturdays beginning at 7:30pm at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road. 7:30 Workshop; 8:00 PM Dance. Suggested donation: $7 for adults, $3 for kids under 18. Live Band and Caller. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. No need to bring a partner, there will be plenty of dancers to partner with. For more info contact Contradancingfun@gmail.com - Web site: http://www.blackdiamonddance.org.
Port Angeles - Senior Center: Dance at the Port Angeles Senior and Community Center, 328 E 7th Street Port Angeles. 6:30pm-9:30pm. Donation: $10/$7/$5. For more info contact Contradancingfun@gmail.com - Web site: http://www.blackdiamonddance.org.
Port Angeles - Sequim Library: Dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the lawn behind the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. All dances will be taught. If the weather is rainy, the contra dance will be held inside the Sequim High School cafeteria at 601 N. Sequim Ave. The Summertime Music! outdoor concert series is supported by the Friends of Sequim Library. Web site: http://www.nols.org/.
Port Angeles - Sequim Grange: Dance at the the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road, beginning at 7pm. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Snack foods are welcome, too. Web site: None.
Port Falls: Contra Dancing at the Post Falls Library! Free, one hour dance at 7PM the Post Falls Library will be having an outdoor contra dance! Come and check it out! The library is located just North of the Freeway off the Spokane Street Exit. 821 N. Spokane Street, Post Falls. For a fun evening in a new setting, come and join us! Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Port Hadock-Irondale - Squares: Dance is from 7:30pm to 11:00pm at the Chimacum Grange, Highway 19 at West Valley Road, Port Hadlock-Irondale, WA 98325. Web site: None.
Port Townsend - 2nd Saturday: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Contra dance with great live music and callers. Dance begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm Every dance is taught. Admission is Adults: $6.00; Youth (18 and under): $3.00. Work trades available! Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://olympicpeninsuladance.com/event/second-saturday-contra-dance-quimper-grange or http://ptcommunitydance.blogspot.com.
Port Townsend - 3rd Saturday: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Contra dance with great live music and callers. Dance begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm Every dance is taught. Admission is $8, or only $3 for ages 16 and under. Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://www.ptcommunitydance.com/.
Port Townsend - 3rd Saturday - Squares: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Square dance with great live music and callers. Dance begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm Every dance is taught. Admission $5.00 - $10.00. Under 16 Free. Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://www.ptcommunitydance.com/.
Port Townsend - 2nd Saturday - Squares: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Square dance with great live music and callers. Dance begins at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm Every dance is taught. Admission $5.00 - $10.00. Under 16 Free. Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://www.ptcommunitydance.com/.
Port Townsend - 4th Saturday - Squares: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Square dance with great live music and callers. Dancing starts at 8 PM, but you can come at 7 PM and jam with the band. Adults $6. 16 and under free. For info, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270. Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. Web site: http://www.ptcommunitydance.com/.
Port Townsend - 5th Saturday - Square Dance: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Contra dance with great live music and callers. New dancers have an opportunity to learn the basics from more experienced dancers starting at 7:30pm. Dance begins at 8:00pm. Every dance is taught. Admission is $6, or only $3 for ages 3 to 18. The wee dance for free. Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://ptcommunitydance.blogspot.com.
Port Townsend - 1st Saturday - Square Dance: Dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Square dance with great live music and callers. Dancing will begin at 7:30. Beginners welcome; all dances are taught. $6.00 for adults; $3.00 for youth; 6 or younger are free; show your your Grange membership card and admission is free! Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://ptcommunitydance.blogspot.com.
Port Townsend - Festival of American Fiddle Tunes - Workshops: Held at the Fort Worden State Park in very late June and early July, the festival workshops are a week-long, total-immersion workshop with a hallmark of presenting an expansive array of regional fiddle styles. Workshops, classes, band labs, tutorials, dances, concerts, singing, open jams, hat parties - all contribute to a week of living, learning, and jamming with masters of North American fiddling traditions. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.centrum.org/fiddle/ft-description.html.
Port Townsend - Festival of American Fiddle Tunes - Concerts: Held in conjunction with the week-long set of workshops in early July, the concerts feature of a variety of fiddle styles and cultures and sometimes include a dance. Web site: http://www.centrum.org/fiddle/.
Port Townsend - New Year's Eve: Special New Year's Eve dance at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. All proceeds to benefit the Grange.Dancing commences at 8:00 and will go till midnight. Some drinks and holiday treats will be provide, and dancers are encouraged to bring food and (non alcoholic) drinks to share! Admission is a suggested $12.00 donation, however NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR. Drop in with a donation and say hello, or stay all night and dance and celebrate your heart out. Web site: http://ptcommunitydance.blogspot.com/.
Port Townsend - Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy Festival: Week-long music program (with a little dancing) at Fort Flagler State Park is on Marrowstone Island near Port Townsend. Held in mid-September. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.overthewater.org/.
Port Townsend - Special: Special dances at the Quimper Grange #720, 1219 Corona Street. Contra dance with great live music and callers. New dancers have an opportunity to learn the basics from more experienced dancers starting at 7:30pm. Every dance is taught. Admission is $8, or only $3 for ages 16 and under. Smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. For more information, contact Jo Yount joyountatolypen [dot] com or at (360)385-0456. Web site: http://olympicpeninsuladance.com.
Port Townsend - Squares (Family) - YMCA: Family Night Square Dance at the YMCA. The Mountain View gym is open for YMCA family night for at least the five Fridays in March 2012. The gym is open from 6pm-10pm. From 7pm-9pm, kids 10 and up, along with adults, can square dance to live music. There will be supervised activities provided for the younger kids during the square dancing time. This is a very informal square dance experience. If you can walk, you can dance. All dances will be taught. You can come by yourself, with a partner, with kids, as a tribe, or a whole herd! For details, give me a call (360-385-3308) or visit the YMCA facebook Website: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=255097717899861&id=121131034629864.
Port Townsend - Squares - Grant Street: Dance sponsored by the Grant Street PTA. From 6pm to 8pm at the Grant Street Elementary School Gym. Admission by donation. All proceeds will benefit the students of Grant Street Elementary by allowing the continuation of education through our school garden. Come dance, eat and support a worthy cause. Web site: http://www.ptcommunitydance.com/.
Port Townsend - Squares - American Legion: Dance at the American Legion, 209 Monroe St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 from 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Web site: None.
Port Townsend - Squares - Pourhouse: Dance at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington Street, Port Townsend at 6pm. Web site: http://www.ptpourhouse.com.
Port Townsend - 1800's Historical Contra Dance: The 1800's Historical Contra Dance at the Fort Worden USO Club From 8pm to 11:30pm. Tickets for suggested donations of $8 per person/$12 per couple. Children are always free and active military 25% off. Tickets will be made available for purchase at the Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden Strating June 1st. Period Clothing Optional!! Web site: http://www.civilwareventfortworden.org.
Port Townsend - Union Wharf: Dance on Union Wharf in downtown Port Townsend. 7pm. No admission required. No experience necessary. Kick off the summer by dancing on the water! Web site: None.
Port Townsend - Victorian Heritage Festival: A weekend to celebrate Port Townsend's extrordinary history and culture. Includes a more formal Victorian Ball and a more informal contra dance amongst all the other activities. Web site: http://vicfest.org/index.php.
Port Townsend - Squares - Coyle Community Center: Outdoor square dance at Coyle Community Center 83 Hazel Point Court, from 2pm to 4pm. Free and open to all ages, all experience levels. Come alone, as a couple or bring the whole tribe. Web site: None.
Raymond - Squares: Dance at the Willapa Valley Grange, 290 Camp One Road. 7pm to 10pm. Includes game night. $5 per person, $10 per family. Web site: None.
Richland - Tumbleweeds Folk Festival: Presented by the Three Rivers Folklife Society and Co-sponsored by The City of Richland and held on Labor Day (U.S.) weekend in early September. Music, some dancing and other activities. Web site: http://www.tumbleweedfest.com/.
Seabeck - Springdans Northwest: Dance and music weekend at Seabeck Conference Center. Register in advance. Limited registration. Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Seattle - Beacon Hill Harvest Fair: Celebrate Fall with food, art, music, and dance from 2pm to 9pm at the Garden House. Web site: http://www.rockitspace.org/harvest-fair.html.
Seattle - Dancing Fool - Winter Weekend: Dance weekend (this is high-energy contradancing: fast, some complex, little or no walkthrough, no workshops (not suitable for beginners). Hard-core contra) held in early February at the Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.DancingFool.net/.
Seattle - Dancing Fool - Fall Weekend: Dance weekend (this is high-energy contradancing: fast, some complex, little or no walkthrough, no workshops (not suitable for beginners). Hard-core contra) held in October at the Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.DancingFool.net/.
Seattle - Dare to Be Square West: A weekend of square dance & music workshops, dancing, jamming, and tons of fun! Our mission is to promote and preserve traditional square dancing. Held in early November. Some events require registration in advance. Web site: http://www.daretobesquarewest.org/Dare_to_be_Square_West/Home.html.
Seattle - Emerald City: Dances are each Friday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney North, in the "Community Hall" (brick building off lower parking lot). The dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm with a beginner's workshop at 7:00. Admission is $8, $7 for SFS and PNA members and seniors, $5 for full-time students, under 16 free. [Starting on January 1, 2016: $9 for general admission; $8 for SFS members, PNA members, and seniors; $5 for full-time students. (Sorry, taking one continuing education class does not count as a full-time student.) Under 16 still free.] First time contra dancers get a coupon for free admission to their next dance. Coupon redemption limited to first five coupons on any single night. All dances taught. No partner necessary. Light, comfortable clothing recommended. Please do not wear cologne, perfume or other strongly scented products. Thanks! Our hall has strict capacity limits. We occasionally need to limit entry due to high attendance. See the web site about capacity limits. Info: 206-440-9839 or firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://seattledance.org/contra/emeraldcity.
Seattle - Family:All dances taught - no experience necessary! Dances geared for families with children ages 10 and under. Held 2nd Sundays at Phinney Neighborhood Center. We will be in the UPPER BUILDING. That's the blue wooden one on Phinney Avenue N. We'll be in room 7. 2:30pm to 4:30pm, $6 per person or $18/family ($5 or $15 with SFS on PNA membership). Info:email@example.com 206-330-7408 Join our Yahoo group for updates, changes and cancellations: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/familydance/. Main web site: http://seattledance.org/family
Seattle - Green Lake: Summer series of free outdoor dances at Green Lake on the grass on the north side of the lake (closest intersection is Wallingford Avenue N and East Greenlake Drive N.. just east of the wading pool). Come picnic, jam, socialize, anytime after 6 ("no host" - some people bring just their own dinner, some people bring things to share.) Dancing will start at approximately 7PM (dances later in the summer may have an earlier start time) and continue until darkness or exhaustion sets in. Location: North side of Green Lake, near the wading pool - The closest streets are Wallingford Ave N and East Green Lake Drive North. (We will choose the lawn area that night - look around for people that look like dancers and musicians.) Open calling and open band (but musicians should bring their own chairs). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/130965353626773/.
Seattle - Lake City: Contra/Old Time Country Dance every Thursday at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 - 28th Ave NE [Starting January 4, 2018 we will be dancing at the Seattle Latvian Center, 11710 3rd Avenue NE] with a free introductory "dance skills" workshop at 7:00pm and dancing from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission: Sliding scale - $8 - $12; kids and first-time contradancers still free! Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free. For more information call 206-525-0932. Web site: http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity.
Seattle - Northwest Folklife Festival: Held on Memorial Day (U.S.) weekend in late May with a wide variety of types of music, dancing and other activities in Seattle Center. Web site: http://www.nwfolklifefestival.org/.
Seattle - Squares - Monday: Usually on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month, doors open 7:30PM, dancing starts at 8PM. No experience needed, all dances taught by a different caller each month. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 21+, $7. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.thetallboys.com.
Seattle - Squares - New Year's Eve: Doors open 7:30PM, dancing starts at 8PM. No experience needed, all dances taught. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 21+, $6. Email - email@example.com - Web site: http://www.thetallboys.com.
Seattle - Squares - Breakin' Up Christmas Concert and Square Dance: Time: 7pm to 10pm. Location: Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.thetallboys.com.
Seattle - Squares - Folklife Benefit: Special benefit square dance for the Northwest Folklife Festival. No experience needed. Dance is from 7pm to 11pm at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave NW, 21+. Email - email@example.com Web site: http://www.thetallboys.com.
Seattle - Squares - Century Ballroom: Occasional urban square dances from 8:30pm to 11:00pm, 21+, admission $7 at the Century Ballroom (West Hall), 915 E Pine 2nd floor. Web site: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.
Seattle - Squares - Halloween: Special Halloween Square Dance at Community Fitness, 2113 NE 65th Street, from 8pm to 11pm. No experience necessary. Web site: http://www.thetallboys.com.
Seattle - Subversive Square Dance: Dances on various dates at the Second Breakfast House, 6858 20th Avenue, NE. Potluck at 7pm, dancing at 8pm. Web site: http://www.oldtimeseattle.com/ssss.html.
Seattle - Rainbow Contra: Lesson at 3pm and dance from 3:30pm-6:00pm at The Dance Underground, 340-15th Avenue East, Capitol Hill/Seattle, Washington for LGBTQ folks and friends and all who want to dance. General admission $10. We suggest bringing water and fragrance free as always. Web site: http://seattlerainbowcontra.wordpress.com/.
Seattle - Techno: Special dance from 8:30pm (doors open at 8:00pm) to midnight at Sonny Newman's Dance Hall, 201 North 85th Street, with a live caller and a DJ playing recorded music. Advanced dance, no walk-throughs. Admission: Pre-sale tickets: $15; At the door ticket: $20. Making reservations in advance helps the organizers. Many more details at the web site. Web site: http://seattledance.org/contra/techno.
Seattle - EMPSFM: The Experience Music Project, the Science Fiction Museum and the Northwest Folklife Festival prsent a family day of old time fiddling from 10am to 5pm at EMP|SFM 325 5th Avenue North. Free to EMP|SFM members or with paid admission. Web site: http://www.empsfm.org.
Seattle - Crown Hill - Halloween: Sustainable Crown Hill presents Halloween Hoedown 2010 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Crown Hill Activity Center, 9250 14th Ave NW. Sustainable Crown Hill and the North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club have teamed up with local musicians and caller Sherry Nevins to create an all ages costume dance followed by a flashlight treasure hunt for rocks (obsidian, petrified wood, geodes, jade...). Highlights: Potluck Meal at 5:30 PM - finger foods, leave the nuts at home!; Old Time Family Dance 6:00 to 7:00 PM; Flashlight Treasure Hunt 7:00 to 7:30 PM. Sustainable Crown Hill supports waste reduction (bring plates, cups, utensils). Suggested Donation: $2 per person/ $5 per family. Web site: http://sustainablecrownhill.org/.
Seattle - Sustainable - Square Dance: The dance is part of a series of day-long, hands-on activities at the Ravenna (65th & Ravenna Ave) and Meadowbrook (35th Ave NE & NE 105th) Community Centers, a late afternoon/early evening potluck and then the dance at the Meadowbrook Community Center from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Web site: http://sustainableneseattle.ning.com/.
Seattle - Gypsy Music Cafe - Squares: Square Dance from 8pm to 11pm at the Cafe, 3510 Stone Way North. Generally, 3rd Fridays. 206-632-0647. Web site: http://www.gypsymusiccafe.com/.
Seattle - Beacon Hill: Come dust the floors in a beautiful ballroom on Beacon Hill! Old Time Barn Dance at 2336 15th Av S, just north of the junction on Beacon Hill. Doors open at 7:00pm, dance starts at 7:30pm. $5 general, free to Rockit Members and kids under 12. This is part of our ongoing series of a Last Tuesday Folk Club, in a new and improved location. This hall is underused and could be great for medium sized dances in the south end. There are beautiful gardens, wraparound porches and a gazebo, and potential jamming spaces. Please come and kick up your heels! All dances taught, all ages, no experience or partner necessary. Guaranteed fun for everyone! Web site: http://www.rockitspace.org/tuesday-folk-club.html.
Seattle - Waltz - Century Ballroom: Dances at the Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine, 2nd Floor from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, generally on 4th Sundays. Admission $12. Web site: http://www.centuryballroom.com.
Seattle - McDonald Elementary School PTA: McDonald families new and old -- get your tickets for our first ever McDonald Family Dance. Admission of $25 per family kicks off our summer language immersion assistants fund drive. Also, there will be a silent auction with some pretty amazing items. School address: 4400 Interlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103-7519. Time: 6pm to 8pm. Web site: http://www.mcdonaldpta.org.
Seattle - Squares - Epiphany Church: Square dance at the Epiphany Church and School in the Madrona neighborhood from 6:30 'till 8:00, at 1805 38th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122. Web site: None.
Seattle - Squares - Power Tower: The Seattle Subversive Square Dance Society sponsors this square dance by the Power Tower at the Ewing Street Mini Park, 3rd Avenue West and West Ewing Street, Seattle, WA 98119. Potluck at 6pm, Music at 7:30pm. By the South Side of the Ship Canal on the Bike Trail. Web site: http://www.oldtimeseattle.com/ssss.html.
Seattle - Squares - GreenwoodStock: The annual Greenwoodstock free neighborhood music fest is happening from 5:00 to 9:30PM. The location is the corner of 6th Ave NW and NW 76th ST at "Our Park." The block between 76th and 77th will be closed to traffic for gathering and dancing in the street. The theme this year is Americana music, with square dancing led by caller Sherry Nevins. Wear your favorite cowboy boots and hat! Bring along your beach blanket or folding chairs for an evening of fun. The event is family, kids, neighbor and pet friendly. Don't forget your applause, smiles, and tips for the wonderful bands that have offered up for free their time and talents. Stephen McClelland has again kindly shared his courtyard for the bandstand. Chef Tiberio Simone will be making his famous pizza again! Web site: None.
Seattle - Squares - SHARE Homeless Shelter Benefit: Benefit dance from 7:00pm to 9:30pm ant the University Friends Meeting 4001 9th Ave NE (near the north end of University Bridge). Special performances by the Abrahamson Boyz & Peterkoids and Homemade Desserts at the break! Web site: None.
Seattle - Squares - Sunday: Dances at the Village Ballroom, 700 Northeast Dekum Street. Admission: $7, sliding scale, no maximum. Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm. Web site: http://www.bubbaguitar.com/sundaysquares/index.html.
Seattle - Folk Festival: Music festival with some dancing and workshops held at various venues including the Columbia City Theater, Town Hall Seattle, and other locales in the first half of December. Web site: http://www.seattlefolkfestival.com/.
Seattle - Mt. Baker Coop Preschool Benefit: Family from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S, Seattle, WA. Dance to live music and learn simple group and line dances for children. All ages welcome - fun for the whole family! Entry fee: $3 per person. Purchase a treat when you get hungry - food provided by BluWater Bistro, Mioposto Pizzeria, and Starbucks! Bid on cool prizes at our low-key silent auction - over 50 items donated by local merchants! All proceeds go to the school's scholarship fund. Cash or check only, please. Please feel free to invite family and friends - all are welcome! Web site: http://www.mountbakerpreschool.org/community-events.
Seattle - Mt. Baker - Swing and Square: Benefit dance for Northwest Folklife from 7:30pm to 11:00pm at the Mt. Baker Community Center, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle, WA 98144. Web site: http://www.nwfolklife.org/.
Seattle - Gherardi Family Fundraiser: Dance and fundraiser for the Gherardi Family (Michelle Gherardi, a mother in our dance community and a good friend of family dances in years past, has been struck with breast cancer. This event is to raise funds to help cover the copays and other expenses associated with her recovery. At the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle 98125. 4-5:30 PM Family Dance; 5:30-7 PM Potluck Dinner. Web site: None.
Seattle - Barn Dance - Madrona Epiphany: Family friendly barn dance in the courtyard of a Madrona Church. If it rains the fun moves into the hall which you can get into from the courtyard. Epiphany, 1805 38th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Web site: None.
Seattle - Squares - Open Jam and Square Dance at Seattle Farm Co-op Annual Harvest Party from 4:30pm to 9:30pm PST Location: Mountaineers 7700 Sandpoint Way NE Seattle, WA 98115. Open jam from 4:30-6:30PM, Square Dance 7:30-9:30PM - potluck dinner, barter, kids activities and more! Web site: http://www.seattlefarmcoop.com/.
Seattle - Squares - South Lake Union: We are putting together a square dance from 4pm-7pm in a brand new venue, at 415 Westlake Avenue, 3 block souths of Mercer, in the middle the rapidy changing South Lake Union District. The dance is sponsored by Kakao Cafe and Union Church and will benefit a community fund. There will be a potluck in the first hour and then dancing will start around 5ish. We are targeting both the Southlake Union community and all those passionate about old-timey music. Come on down and support this new venue. We could certainly use experienced dancers and welcome families with kids. We hope to do this dance on a quarterly basis. Donations requested: $5.00 for singles, $10.00 for families. For more information Contact Don at Dblagsvedt@gmail.com - Web site: None.
Seattle - Waltz - Sonny's Dance Hall: Waltz Night at Sonny Newman’s Dance Hall. Waltz lesson at 7:30pm. and live music 8:30 til midnight. 201 N. 85th St., in Seattle. $12 admission includes refreshments. Info: 206-784-3010. Web site: http://www.sonnynewmansdancehall.com.
Seattle - Northwest Folklife Festival - Pre-Party: Join us for a boot-stompin’ good time for all you urban cowboys! These country-tinged bands are sure to get you swinging and excited for the Northwest Folklife Festival Location: at the Tractor Tavern. Doors at 8PM, $10. 21+. Subversive Square Dance at 8:30! Web site: http://www.nwfolklife.org.
Seattle - Squares - Farm Co-op Celebration: Location: 1817 S. Jackson St. Seattle 98144 (enter through alley 1/2 block S.) Time: 4-9PM, everyone welcome! Open old-time jam from 4-6PM, Square Dance @ 6PM. Beer and soft drinks provided, hot grills available. Bring a potluck item to share and something to grill for yourself, and your own plates/utensils and a chair or two. Web site: http://www.oldtimeseattle.com/ssss.html.
Seattle - Waltz - Music Workshops: Workshops on playing the melody and backup for waltz music. Location: Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop, 3406 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103. Web site: http://store.dustystrings.com/t-3-ms-WK-allinstruments.aspx?skinid=4.
Seattle - Squares - Rotary First Harvest Hoedown: Grab your boots and join us for the Harvest Hoedown – a celebration of the “end” of the harvest season! Come to beautiful Sodo Park in Seattle to enjoy a fun and unique evening at the RFH Harvest Hoedown from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Tall Boys will be teaching dancers, calling, singing and playing throughout the night. Tickets include admittance, dancing, food. Alcoholic drinks, items at the country store, and some activities/games can be had for an additional fee. Valid ID required if you’d like to purchase drinks. Web site: http://firstharvest.org.
Seattle - ARC Dance Productions: Event is at 6pm. ARC Dance Productions is holding a Barn Dance Social, complete with live band and Caller to rally the community and gallop towards future sustainability of its education and performance programs. ARC Dance has been offering opportunities for the community to participate in dance performances and classes since 1999. In 2004, it found a permanent home in North Ballard where the Company and the School share 9,000 sq feet of studios, dressing rooms, and offices. This fundraiser is a directed giving campaign to meet ARC's 2013 fund drive goals. There will also be a carved pumpkin contest and costume contest. Refreshments will be served to keep the hoofin and good times rollin'! Location: ARC Dance Space, Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard/Crown Hill). Admission: $25 Adults; $15 Kids (12 and under). Web site: http://www.arcschoolofballet.org.
Seattle - Squares - Urban Food Fair: Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, upper building, from 5-9PM. Square dance (6pm-9pm) and jamming. There will also be tons of other stuff to check out including sustainable living workshops and demos, pie and jam judging, pie walk, kids zone, cider press, barter event, seed swap, and much more! The Urban Food Fair is free and everyone is welcome! Web site: http://www.seattlefarmcoop.com.
Seattle - Squares - Winter Fireside Party: A day long event, starting at 2pm at the Vera Project, Seattle Center, with a number of musicians and bands plus a square dance. Web site: http://www.nwfolklife.org/.
Seattle - Gift of Grace Lutheran: Dance at Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, 2102 N 40th St, Seattle, Washington 98103 from 1pm to 4pm. $5 donation. Web site: None.
Seattle - Huskies for Suicide Prevention and Awareness Fundraiser: Dance at the UW South Campus Center, Room 316 from 7pm to 10pm. No prior dance experience needed. Invite family and friends. Admission by donation. Sign-up not needed, just show up. Web site: http://hspauw.com/.
Seattle - Contra Dance Band Class: Classes on four Thursdays from 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM, $80.00. Come join the Dusty Strings Contra Dance Band! Most of our class time will be spent learning how to choose tunes for a medley, match them to dances, and keep solid rhythm with your band mates at dance tempo, so this class is best suited for intermediate players able to learn the tunes on their own (recordings and sheet music provided). All your hard work will pay off when you're playing for your friends and family at the class dance in November (date TBA). Class will be fiddle-focused, but all acoustic melody and backup instruments welcome. Questions? Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org - Location: Dusty Strings Music Store and School, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Web site: http://dustystrings.com.
Seattle - Squares - Freeway Park: Square dance at the Jim Ellis Freeway Park, 600 Seneca Street from 6pm to 9pm. Food for sale plus a raffle. Web site: http://freewayparkassociation.org.
Seattle - Squares - Gift of Grace Lutheran Church: Old-Time Music and Dance Party. Come dance a set or two with the driving sounds of a live band, have a bite and play (or listen) to some great old time music – what could be more fun than that? Event is from 4pm to 8pm (dancing first, then potluck and jamming). Suggested $5 donation at the door goes to Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, 2102 N 40th St Seattle Washington 98103 for their gracious gift of a place to dance. Web site: None.
Seattle - Children's Festival: The Seattle Children’s Festival is one-day multi-cultural festival located on Seattle Center Grounds from 11:00AM-6:00PM. The festival has no admission charge, thanks to your donations. By "Celebrating Our Big Neighborhood," the Festival will bring together local communities that showcase and celebrate families of the Northwest. An hour-long family dance is one of the activities of this event. Web site: http://www.nwfolklife.org/seattlechildrensfestival/.
Seattle - Squares - U-District Food Bank Benefit: Support the U-District Food Bank. You can purchase tickets at: https://udistrictfoodbank.ejoinme.org/…/tabid/…/Default.aspx - Location: Factory Luxe (old Rainier Brewery), 3100 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98134. We'll supply the vittles and Lowercase Brewing will provide the beer to keep your joints lubricated. Live music, Square dancing, country-fare, and local beer. What else could you ask for at a Hoedown? Tickets: $50 (all proceeds support the U-District Food Bank!). Time: 7pm. Web site: http://www.oldtimeseattle.com/ssss.html or http://www.udistrictfoodbank.org/.
Seattle - Scandinavian - Skandia Folkdance: Events sponsored by the Skandia Folkdance Society on various dates and times. Check web site for details of individual events. Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Seattle - Scandinavian - Skandia Folkdance - Friday:Dance on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Teaching 7:30 - 8:30, Open dancing 8:30 - 11:00. Location: Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. West, Lynnwood. Skandia members, $10; nonmembers, $15; kids, free. Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Seattle - Squares - Slowdown Hoedown: Square dance to benefit Imagine No Malaria. Event to be held at Trinity United Methodist, Ballard, 6512 23rd Ave NW, Seattle, Washington 98117 from 4pm to 7pm. $10 donation requested. Additionally we will have raffle items available and everyone who attends get's a free raffle entry. Imagine No Malaria - http://imaginenomalaria.org/ - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/100610380296180/.
Seattle - Dusty Strings: The dance band class at Dusty Strings is having its end-of-session party, and you're invited! Dance from 4pm - 7pm, potluck and jamming from 7pm - 8:30pm. No experience necessary! All dances will be taught on the spot. No partner necessary! Partners change between dances anyway, and if you can't find someone to dance with, someone from the band will be happy to dance with you! Family-friendly! When your partner is three feet tall, "swing your partner" takes on a whole new meaning! Suggested $5 donation goes to Gift of Grace Church for their gracious gift of a place to dance. Where: Gift of Grace Lutheran Church in Wallingford, 2102 N 40th St, Seattle. Web site: None.
Seattle - Janie's Jumpstarts - Fiddle/Banjo/Guitar: Small Classes (maximum 8 students per instructor), Fantastic Teachers, Delicious Food, House Concert and tons of jamming! Full Day includes morning and afternoon classes and jams, lunch and dinner, evening house concert/jam $135 Morning class only (10am-12:30pm) $35; Morning and Afternoon Class only includes lunch (10am-4:30pm) $80; House Concert/Jam $20. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.janiesjumpstart.com/.
Seattle - Squares - Rhapsody Project: The Rhapsody Program will be celebrating Earth Day with a square dance at the Hillman City Collaboratory. Event begins at 8pm at the Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S Seattle WA 98118. All ages. Admission: $10. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/therhapsodyproject/.
Seattle - Lake City Mini Park: Dance from 5 PM - 6:45 PM at the Lake City Mini Park--NE 125th St. This is the inaugural event of the Music in the Mini Park series presented by Lake City Future First. Dancing starts at 5:30; sometime after 6:30 the band will head to the Lake City Community Center to play for the regular Thursday night dance. The park is located at 12359 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125 - Corner of 125th NE and Lake City Way. Rain or shine (within reason). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1719212365004660/.
Seattle - Folklore Society - 50 Years of Folk Festival: All-day celebration at the Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, with concerts, performances, dances and more. Web site: http://www2.seafolklore.org.
Seattle - Squares - Hillman Collaboratory: Jam session and dance event for The Rhapsody Project at The Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. $5 suggested donation. ALL Ages. We will have jamming in three rooms and a dance in the mixing chamber, come dig it! Bring your instruments, friends, children and open mind down to Hillman City for a hot night of fun! Web site: None.
Seattle - Squares - Royal Room: Concert with some square dances at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. 8:30pm. Web site: http://www.theroyalroomseattle.com/.
Seattle - Squares - Support Clean Water: Concert and dance at the The Hillman City Collaboratory, 5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118 from 8pm to 11pm. All funds will go to support clean water--at Standing Rock and in Flint. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/969747679836011/.
Seattle - Waltz - Class - NW Dance: No partner necessary. While you can sign up with a partner, many dancers attend classes solo. Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Cost: $60 per person for each 5-week series. Cost for students under 23 with ID is $45 for each 5-week series. On occasion, classes are taught over a time span other than five weeks, and in such cases costs may vary. Dancers register as leads or follows, as they prefer. Web site: https://www.nwdance.net.
Seattle - Waltz - Richard Powers Weekend Location: Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th Street, Seattle, WA 98107. All events will be at this location. Prerequisite: Participants should be confident with the basics of any type of waltz. See site for registration information and other details. Web site: https://www.nwdance.net.
Seattle - Squares - Humble Feast: Humble Feast happening at UW Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, University of Washington, Seattle campus, Seattle, Washington 98195 from 6pm to 8:30pm, is a biannual dinner where members of our cooperative come together to cook a healthy and affordable meal for the community. The dinner is a practice in what we believe food should be: affordable, just, and tasty! So how about it? We invite you to come think critically about how we eat, make new friends, and dance with us! Hosted by ASUW Student Food Cooperative. As always, Humble Feast is vegan and gluten free friendly. Tickets are $6 pre-sale or $8 doors. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/uwsfc/.
Seattle - Sandy Bradley's CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award Party: Party including some dancing at the Garden House on Beacon Hill, 2336 15th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144 from 2pm to 10pm. Potluck, jamming, dancing and assorted merriment. Bring food/drink to share, musical instruments, dancing shoes and stories. Web site: https://www.cdss.org.
Seattle - Supersonic Dance Weekend: Prepare for Lift Off! Please join your fleet-footed contra dancing friends at the Leif Erickson Hall in the Ballard neighborhood. Supersonic is a zesty, high-energy all contra weekend for experienced dancers. We will be dancing primarily complex contras with limited or no walkthroughs. Many participants easily dance both roles and role switching is common. Web site: http://www.supersoniccontra.com/.
Seattle - Waltz - Broadway Waltz: Dances at the Seattle Central College Activity Centerat 1718 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98102. Dances are from 8 to 10pm on the third Friday of each month, with a free crash course for absolute beginners from 7:20 to 8pm. Tickets are $7, $5 for students. Web site: http://www.broadwaywaltz.com/.
Seattle - Waltz - Garfield Orchestra Winter Waltz: Annual Winter Waltz at the Grand Lobby Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, presented by Friends of Garfield Orchestra and Classical King FM! Dance the night away to 3 hours of incredible waltz music by our own fabulous Garfield Orchestras. Novices and experts welcome! Waltz lessons will be provided ahead of event — please keep an eye out for announcements. Time: 7:30 – 10:30 PM. Contact Carolyn Morikawa, email@example.com, or Eve Gordon Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions. Web site: https://garfieldorchestra.org/.
Seattle - Christmas Eve Music Session and Contra Dance and Potluck: From 3 PM - 11 PM PST at Doug and Robin's House Concerts, 6203 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115. Run away from the family! Heck, bring the family! Bring your instruments, your calling cards and your dance shoes! Music jamming starting around 3, break for food, then dancing through the night. Drop by anytime. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/154833225282997/.
Seattle - String Band Class: 8 week session- $140 paid up front or $20 per class pay as you go. Class time: 7:15 'till 8:30 or so at the historic Fremont Baptist Church- 717 N 36th St., half a block east of Fremont Ave on 36th. You can just show up the night of the class or contact us ahead of time. Fiddlers contact Greg at email@example.com or call 206 265-2466, Banjoists contact Candy at 206 723-0188, Guitarists contact Jere at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206 612-0534. Web site: http://www.canote.com.
Seattle - Skandia Folkdance - Basic Classes: Join us from 7:30–9 p.m., at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, room 2 (upper building). Come learn how to lead and follow easy Nordic couple dances, and dabble in mixers done often at Skandia dances. Dancers at all levels—new, intermediate, and advanced—are welcome. Singles and couples are welcome; we change partners frequently. Wear smooth-soled shoes (not running shoes) with a flat heel for easy turning. Come at 7:15 p.m. for individual attention. Each series is $45 for Skandia members ($55 for non-members). Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Seattle - Skandia Folkdance - Beyond Basic Classes: Join us from 7:30–9 p.m., at the lower building of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Room 32, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Generally specific dances during a four-week session. $35 for Skandia members, $40 for non-members. Per session cost is $10 for Skandia members, $12 for non-members. Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Seattle - Skandia Folkdance - Targeted Dance: Location: lower building of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Room 32. Targeted Dance Practices will provide an opportunity to practice dances taught in prior Beyond Basics, such as Finnskogspols Springleik from Vågå. We will review dances that you request, to clarify questions and reinforce prior learning. The room will be open at 7 p.m., with the music scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. The cost per evening is $7 for Skandia members and $10 for nonmembers.. Web site: http://www.skandia-folkdance.org.
Seattle - Waltz - The Sou'wester: Cross-step waltz workshop from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM at The Sou'wester, 3728 J Pl, Seaview, Washington 98644. All-levels welcome, no partner needed to register. We will rotate partnering. We'll take breaks through the time. Bring a hearty snack to keep yourself fueled. COST: $28 per person or $52 per couple. BRING: Wear light comfortable shoes, smooth soles, no high heels. Option for dancing shoes-free, bring snug fitting socks. Bring water bottle, and hearty snack to stay fueled. (hot tea and coffee provided) (Optional - bring a sack lunch for after 1:30pm and optional open studio to practice after 1:30pm also). Come alone or with a partner, no partner needed to RSVP. 18 students max. RSVP: email@example.com or 360-642-2542. Web site: http://www.souwesterlodge.com.
Seattle - Squares - South Park Hall: Dances at South Park Hall, 1253 S. Cloverdale St Seattle, WA. 98108. All ages, all dances taught, everyone welcome. Potluck before the dance. There will be alcohol available with ID. Event is from 5pm to 8pm. Admission is $5. Web site: https://www.southparkhall.com.
Seattle - Earth Ministry: Fundraiser dance at Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 at 5pm. Plymouth UCC is organizing a family-friendly community dance on Earth Day with all proceeds benefiting Earth Ministry. Come and dance to a live band and contra dance caller – this is a great style of dance for beginners of all ages – no experience necessary! There will also be refreshments and a recycling demonstration, all in Plymouth’s incredible cathedral-like sanctuary. Parking is free in the garage under the building. A sliding scale donation of $5-$20 for Earth Ministry will be collected at the door. Web site: http://earthministry.org.
Seattle - Squares - Challenging Square Dance Party: Challenging Square Dance Party at the home of Doug and Robin Plummer from 7 PM - 10 PM PDT. Experience some great dancing with visiting caller Ron Buchanan from Pittsburgh, and with all your friends. Live music, great floor, in NE Seattle. Message Doug if you don't know the address. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1740586462701230/.
Seattle - Squares - All Ages: Concert and all-ages square dance at Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave SW, Seattle, Washington 98126 from 7pm to 10pm. $10 for a single ticket $15 for a family (a couple qualifies as a family). Doors open at 7pm, concert at 7:30pm, dance at 8:30pm. Web site: http://kenyonhall.org/.
Seattle - Old Time Music and Dance Party: Come on out to hear live music and earn a few easy folk dances (no experience needed, all dances taught on the spot!) play some tunes and enjoy some potluck chow! 12:30-2 Potluck and jam; 2-4:30 Dancing! Suggested $5 donation at the door. Location: Phinney Neighborhood Association 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/238144436940598/.
Seattle - Old Time Music and Dance Party: Come on out to hear live music from the Open Old Time Dance Band and Seattle Collaborative Contra Band! Learn a few easy folk dances (no experience needed, all dances taught on the spot!) play some tunes and enjoy some potluck chow! 12:30-2 Potluck and jam; 2-4:30 Dancing!. Suggested $5 donation at the door. Location: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. Web site: None.
Sequim - Beat the Blues Barn Dance: Event sponsored by the Five Acre School. Admission is free for children 12 and younger, while teens and adults pay $5 for the family party from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. or $15 for the whole event from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Includes music, dancing, drumming, children's activities. Location: Big Barn Farm, 702 Kitchen-Dick Rd in Sequim. Web site: http://www.fiveacreschool.org/.
Sequim - Prairie Grange: The local Washington Old-time Fiddlers group, District 15, invites the public to a contra dance from 7-10 p.m. at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. All dances are taught, neither experience nor a partner is needed. Smooth-soled shoes work best for these dances. Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. Snacks are welcomed, as are personal water bottles. A donation of $5 per adult is asked, youths 16 and under are free with an accompanying adult. Donations help provide fiddle scholarships to youths. Web site: None.
Sequim - Jim Hattrick Benefit Dance: It will be held at the Gardiner Community Center (980 Old Gardiner Road, Sequim, WA 98382) at 6:30 pm. All proceeds will go to Jim and Judy Hattrick. Web site: None.
Shoreline - SummerSet Arts Festival: Event is at the Ronald Bog Park and is from 1pm to 5pm with a family dance from 3pm to 4pm. Web site: http://www.cityofshoreline.com/index.aspx?page=133.
Skykomish: Dance at The Masonic Hall 108 Old Cascade Hwy, Skykomish, WA at 7:30pm. Beginners are welcome! All dances will be taught. Suggested admission donation at the door $5.00. No advance ticket sales. For more information call: 206-306-1181 or 206-714-8068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://northwestheritageresources.org/.
Spokane - Wednesdays: Dances, sponsored by the Spokane Folklore Society, are held on every Wednesday in the nonsummer months there are Contra dances at the Women's Club at 9th and Walnut (just off Maple) on the lower South hill of Spokane. For a small admission fee ($7 general admission and $5 for SFS members and students (with ID)), you get live music, a skilled caller, and congenial companions. It can be a fun thing to do as a couple, or you can come by yourself and find a partner there. Dance Instruction 7:00 PM Dance 7:30-9:30 PM. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org/contra.html.
Spokane - 2nd Saturdays: Dances, sponsored by the Spokane Folklore Society, are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the East Spokane Grange of N 1621 Park Rd. For a small admission fee: $8.00 members/students - $10.00 non-members. Children accompanied by an adult are admitted FREE. You get live music, a skilled caller, and congenial companions. The dance runs from 7 to 10 PM with a lesson for beginners at 6:45. There will be potluck snacks at the break. It can be a fun thing to do as a couple, or you can come by yourself and find a partner there. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org/contra.html.
Spokane - Special: A special dance on a special day/night. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org/contra.html.
Spokane - Civil War Ball: Spokane's Annual Civil War Ball (contra dance) from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at St. Francis of Assisi Social Hall, 4420 N. Jefferson. $10 per person prepay, $15 at the door, $7 per child pre pay; $10 at the door. All are welcome period dress (1860's) encouraged. Potluck from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. RSVP or questions please contact Sue or Larry LaRue @ email@example.com. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Spokane - Folk Festival: Sponsored by the Spokane Folklore Society and held in mid-November at the Spokane Community College (The Lair), N. 1810 N. Greene Street with a variety of music, dancing, crafts, etc. Web site: http://spokanefolkfestival.org/.
Spokane - New Year's Eve: From 7pm to 10pm at the Woman’s Club, 1428 W. 9th Avenue, Spokane, WA. Potluck desserts. Your favorites will be there if you bring them! $10.00 for Members / $12 for non-members. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Spokane - First Night: Dance is part of Spokane's First Night celebration. Web site: http://www.firstnightspokane.org/.
Spokane - Sandpoint: Sandpoint Contra Dances this spring will be held at the Sandpoint Community Hall (on South First Avenue across from the Courthouse). Please come and help get a new dance series rolling! We hope to resume the second Friday schedule in September. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org/contra.html.
Spokane - Techno Contra: There's a new dance sensation sweeping the contra nation! Known as Techno Contra or Crossover Contra, folks in the trendier contra hotspots have been discovering that you can dance contra to just about anything. Techno Contra is not meant replacement the live folk band experience, it is an experience in and of itself. And we are getting on board the techno train people! Dance at the East Spokane Grange with the Spokane Folklore Society hosting its first (annual?) Techno Contra Masquerade! Come decked out in your most fabulous and be prepared to swing, alaman, a promenade, under the glittering and glow of blacklights and disco balls. We will be carousing to the sounds of a live DJ and traditional caller. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Spokane - National Square Dance Convention (2012): Squares, rounds and contras during this multi-day event. Web site: http://61nsdc.com/.
Spokane - Gender Neutral: Contra Dance at Westminster UCC Church. Sponsors: Spokane Folklore Society, Westminster United Church of Christ and PFLAG. Time: 7-10 pm. Address: 411 S Washington St, Spokane, WA 99204-2617. Telephone: 509-747-2640. Suggested Donation $5. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Spokane - Family: Free, active family fun at the Family Dance and potluck. Elbow sings, silly noises and arches are in many of the easy circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances. All of the dances are clearly taught Potluck at 6:30pm, dancing from 7pm to 8pm. Location: Great Hall at St. John's Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. in Spokane. Co-sponsored by St John Cathedral. Free-will donations are appreciated. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org.
Spokane - Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Folks of all ages and dancing abilities are invited to join us in the Great Hall. We’ll begin with a potluck at 6:30pm and wrap up the dancing at 8:30pm. All dances will be taught. Location: St. John's Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave., Spokane, WA, 99202. Web site: http://stjohns-cathedral.org.
Spokane - Basics Class: Contra Dance Basics Class, 7:30 - 9pm, Women's Club, at 9th and Walnut (just off Maple). For the series: Single/$30; Couple/$45. Web site: http://spokanefolklore.org/contra.html.
Spokane - Historic Community Dance: Event at the Moran Prairie Grange, 6030 South Palouse Highway, Spokane, WA with historic dances from the 1930s to the 1950s. Dinner at 5pm - Dance 6 to 8 pm - Snack break at 7pm. No experience or partner necessary. Admission is free and open to the public. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Moran-Prairie-Grange-161-319657571378247/.
Spokane Valley: Dance from 7pm to 10pm at the Western Dance Center, 1901 N Sullivan Rd, Spokane Valley, Washington 99216. Plenty of parking, pot luck. Admission $12, $10 for members. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sandpoint-Contra-Dance/221753617894539.
Spokane Valley - Pre-Lady of the Lake June Dance: Dance from 7pm to 10pm at the Western Dance Center, 1901 N Sullivan Rd, Spokane Valley, Washington 99216. Great (new to us) Dance venue, and plenty of parking. Pot luck before the dance. Admission $12, $10 for Spokane Folklore Society members. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/407536132766545/.
Stanwood - Squares: Dance at Loco Billy's, 27021 102nd Ave NW Stanwood WA 98292. 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Loco-Billys-Wild-Moon-Saloon/345562582282704.
Tacoma - 3rd Saturday: Dances are held at Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K Street and sponsored by the Tacoma Country Dance Society. General Admission: $10; Seniors/Students: $8; Over 80 or under 18: $5. We dance every month on the "third Saturday" each month, except for November and December, when we dance on a Sunday afternoon and on New Year's Eve. Live and exciting traditional music. Singles, couples, and families are welcome. No need to bring a partner. No experience needed--all dances are taught on the spot. Workshops for newcomers before most dances. Alcohol-free, smoke-free, and fragrance-free. Workshop at 7:00, dance 7:30 to 10:30. $9 admission at the door. Web site: http://www.tacomacontradance.org/.
Tacoma - 5th Saturday: Dances at Wells Hall. Singles, couples, first-timers, and experienced dancers; All are Welcome. No partner needed; Alcohol and smoke-free; Workshop for newcomers (see below.) We have a great time, dancers, caller, and musicians too! All sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society. For more information please contact: Phil Katz - philkatz@ZZZhalcyon.com - 206 722 8228. (You know what to do with the Z's). Web site: http://seattledance.org/contra/fifthsat.
Tacoma - New Year's Eve: Join us for the Sound Sound New Year's Eve contra dance, with food, two bands, and a wonderful caller at Wells Hall, 310 N K St, Tacoma, WA 98403. Potluck dinner starts at 7:30 PM. We will bring two hearty meat soups (borscht and albondigas). You can bring vegetarian or vegan soup, salad, vegetables, or dessert. Dancing starts by 8:45pm and goes to 12:30am. Brief workshop at 8:30pm for newcomers. Admission is $15. Alcohol-free, smoke-free, and fragrance-free. Web site: http://www.tacomacontradance.org/.
Tacoma - Dickens Festival Contra: Dance is a part of the Dickens Festival which begins at noon. The Dance is held at the Titus-Will showroom, 633 Division Avenue, across from Wright Park. The ball is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, including hors d'oeuvres, wine, music, and dance. $15 admission, or $10 to dancers in Victorian costume. Here are suggestions: Men: dark pants, light shirt, bow tie preferable, maybe a vest and hat. Women: dark skirt, blouse with high neckline, hat, bonnet, or scarf. Keep it simple and improvise! Other info: Matt, 253/752-6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Join us after the dance in the historic Stadium District to carry on the party! 7:30-8:00 contra dance workshop; 8:00-11:00 contra dance. Web site: http://www.tacomacontradance.org/.
Tacoma - Cascade Promenade: Cascade Promenade is usually held in Olympia, but this year the Saturday dance is at Wells Hall in Tacoma! The dance runs from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, with an hour break for lunch. Dance 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM, with lunch break - $10 admission at the door. Web site: http://www.tacomacontradance.org/.
Tacoma - Squares - Salmon Beach House: Seattle Subversive Square Dance at Salmon Beach House! Potluck 7PM, dancing 8-11PM! Everyone welcome! Web site: http://www.oldtimeseattle.com/ssss.html.
Tacoma - Squares - Old Post Office: Dance at Old Post Office District. 1102 A St, Tacoma, Washington 98402 from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Bring a partner or find one there for an evening of great dance tunes and rollicking fun! Best Valentine's Day ever! Third floor of the Old Post Office is a great dance hall. Web site: None.
Tacoma - Squares - Harvest Pierce County: AbunDANCE and Volunteer Appreciation event at the Veggie Co-op and Franklin Pierce Farm, 9516 Waller Road East, Tacoma, WA 98446 from 5pm to 9pm. Join us for our yearly celebration of Harvest Pierce County volunteers who make the work of creating a community of abundance possible! Potluck, pie contest and square dancing. Web site: http://piercecd.org/190/Urban-Agriculture.
Trout Lake - String and Dance Workshop: Two days of music and dance classes, performances, and workshops. Web site: http://troutlakewashington.com/.
Trout Lake - Grange: Cascade Mountain School is celebrating another year of programming in support of student scholarships. Join us for a fun evening from 5:30 - 8 pm with local music, contra-dancing, tamales, gratitude, and giving. Adults, families, and children welcome! Tickets at the door: $10/adult, $5/child. Location: Trout Lake Grange Hall, 2390 WA-141, Trout Lake, WA 98650, USA. Web site: https://www.cascademountainschool.org/.
Twisp - Squares: Dance at the Twisp Valley Grange, 344 W 2nd Ave, Twisp at 7:00pm. Adults: $5, Kids under 12: FREE. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/TwispValleyGrange/.
Vader - Lightspeed Dance Weekend: A community driven dance weekend welcoming dancers to share a camp weekend dancing, learning at workshops, eating, drinking, and being merry. Pre-registration required. Web site: https://www.lightspeedcontra.dance/.
Vancouver - Contra in the Couve: Dances at the Hazel Dell Grange, 7509 NE Hazel Dell Avenue from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Lesson at 7:30pm, dance 8:00 - 10:30 pm. Admission: $7 / $5 for 65 or over, and under 12. Special note for Portland contra dancers: Come dance with us -- only 10 miles from downtown Portland! Vancouver is just across the border, and no passport or security check is required for entry into Washington state. Web site: http://www.contrainthecouve.org/.
Vancouver - UU: Very occasional dances at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver, 4505 E 18th St, Vancouver, WA 98661 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Bring a dessert to share or a financial contribution to support music at the church. Web site: http://www.uucvan.org.
Vancouver - Dorothy Gasque for Congress Fundraiser: Bring yourself, your friends, family and neighbors (no partner necessary)! The beginners lesson is included with admission! Cost is a sliding scale from $7 to $27. All the funds (beyond basic costs) will go to support Dorothy for Congress, a local human … Event is from 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm at the Hazel Dell Grange 1124, 7509 NE Hazel Dell Ave, Vancouver, WA 98665. Web site: https://dorothyforcongress.com.
Vashon Island - Northwest New Year's Camp - Bash on Vashon: Held, as you might expect, during New Year's Eve/New Year's Day, the Bash on Vashon is for all ages and experience levels. It taps the talents of its participants. All events are led by campers with minimal organization provided. Adults and kids can contribute in many ways: by sharing a song or a story, teaching a dance or singing game, leading a craft or playing in a band. You may want to help organize a special event, lead a nature hike, play or call for the evening dance. There's a core of contradance and music workshops taught by our talented local participants. Register in advance. Web site: http://bashonvashon.org/.
Walla Walla - Pioneer Park: Dances sponsored by the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music at Pioneer Park from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. Free admission. Outdoor dance. Contras, squares, and other dances will be taught by callers. No experience necessary. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/.
Walla Walla - Unity Church: Dances sponsored by the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music at the Unity Church, 810 "C" Street from 7:30 - 10:30 pm with instruction for beginners: 7:00 p.m. Admission $ 5.00, $ 3.00 WWFAM members. Please bring finger foods to share. Apple cider will be provided. Contras, squares, and other dances will be taught by callers. No experience necessary. Please no lug boots or narrow heel shoes. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/.
Walla Walla - Unity Church - New Year's Eve: Special dance sponsored by the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music at the Unity Church, 810 "C" Street. Please bring finger foods to share. Apple cider will be provided. Contras, squares, and other dances will be taught by callers. No experience necessary. Please no lug boots or narrow heel shoes. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/.
Walla Walla - Whitman Mission: Dances sponsored by the Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music at the at Whitman Mission National Historic Site from from 7:30 - 9:30 pm on the lawn. Come bring a picnic and enjoy the mission grounds, then dance under the stars. Contras, squares, and other dances will be taught. No experience necessary. There will be instruction for beginners. Watermelon will be provided! There is no admission charged. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/.
Walla Walla - Whitman College: Dances on 1st Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Whitman College Ballroom at Reid Campus Center, Park & Boyer. There is no admission price for the dance, though a donations jar will be available. Web site: http://fam.bmi.net/fsch1.html.
Walla Walla - Weekend: Contra dances Friday and Saturday night, Saturday workshops, lunch & dinner, wine tasting. Workshops will include English country dancing, squares, contras, couple dancing, and a musicians' workshop. Registration info at www.wallawalladance.blogspot.com, email email@example.com, phone 509-522-0399. Sponsored by Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music. Web site: http://www.walladance.org/.
Walla Walla - Frenchtown Historic Site: Dance at 7:30pm at the Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla, and hosted by http://frenchtownpartners.org/. Various events during the afternoon including a potluck. Come join the fun! Web site: http://fam.bmi.net.
Walla Walla - 1st and MainStreet Dance at 7:30 pm on 1st and Main, Walla Walla. Come dance under the crescent moon. No admission charge, sponsored by Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic. Open to all as usual; come join the fun downtown! Web site: http://fam.bmi.net.
White Center - Jubilee Days - Squares: Dance is part of the Jubilee Day's Street Fair in White Center! Dance is from 7:30-9PM - on 17th Ave SW, between Roxbury and 100th Ave. Dance will be on the mainstage - all dances taught, no experience needed. Free and everyone welcome!! Web site: http://jubileedays.org/.
White Salmon - Squares - Education Foundation Benefit: Square dance to benefit the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation. Dance from 7pm to 9pm at the Mountain View Grange #98, White Salmon, WA. Cost: $25 per person, 2 drink tickets and snacks included. No experience necessary! 21 and over. Web site: https://wsvef.org/.
Yakima: Contra Dances held Second Saturdays at the Broadway Grange, 909 W. Washington Ave 98902, Yakima, October through May. 7:30 - 10:30, with FREE newcomer instruction at 7:00. Suggested donation $8.00 adults, $5.00 students, children under 12 FREE. Everyone welcome. Come alone or bring friends; no partner necessary. Excellent activity for singles! All dances taught. Always live music. More info: 509-966-0044. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://accontradanceyakima.wixsite.com/accd.
Yakima Folklife Festival: The Yakima Folklife Association holds the festival in early-mid July at a variety of venues including the Yakima Valley Museum and adjacent Franklin Park. All events are free to the public. Web site: http://yakimafolklifefestival.com/.
Yakima - Play the Gap: Weekend music festival with all acoustic traditional music (country, bluegrass, swing, old-time, folk). Camping available. Jamming. Includes a community dance. Location: Fullbright Park, 4508 Main Street, Union Gap (Yakima). Web site: http://www.playthegap.com/.
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.