April 13, 2019 Dance
Skippin' A Groove
Skippin' A Groove is an awesome Missoula band that has played many contra dances for the Helena Contra Dancers.
Robyn will bring her enthusiasm and years of calling experince to our April dance. Although she is relatively new to Montana, she has called for over 20 years in Alaska with the Dancing Bears in Anchorage and in Palmer.
Robyn started international folk dancing in the 1970s, added contra and square dancing along the way, was heavily into Lindy hop and swing in the 90s, and no focuses on dancing and calling contras and squares. She is a frequesnt caller in Bozeman.
According to Amy Letson, of Contradance Billings, "She is an excellent caller, very clear and concise in her teaching, with an interesting variety of dances in her repertoir." Let's come and see what new and interesting dances Robyn can send our way and keep us on our toes.
The main dance will be from 7:30-10:30 as usual.
The Helena Contra Dancers generally meets on the second Saturday of each month beginning in October going through April. Dances begin at 7:30 pm with workshop for new dancers and dancing begins at 8 pm and continues until 10:30 pm.
|No Sept 2018 Dance scheduled|
|October 13, 2018||Oct Dance Cancelled|
|November 17, 2018||Helena Handbasket, Helena||Bev Young, Missoula|
|December 10, 2018||Dec Dance Cancelled|
|January 13. 2018||Sassafras Stomp, Maine & Montana||Wendy Graham, Durango, CO||Looking like we may have a family dance before the main dance|
|January 13, 2018||Sassafras Stomp, Maine & Montana||Wendy Graham, Durango, CO||Possible advanced dancer workshop in the afternoon if interest supports this|
|February 9, 2019||David Casey Featuring Luck Michelson, Helena||Derek Gallagher||CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER|
|March 9, 2019||WMD, Helena||Derek Gallagher & Joshua Barbagello, herbs|
|April 13, 2019||Skippin' a Groove, Missoula||Robyn Lauster, Bozeman|
We all enjoy treats during the breaks and between contras, so if you would like to bring something to share, that would be great. Also to save on paper cups, please bring your own water bottle that you can fill up from our cooler. Please avoid wearing shoes with black rubber soles that will leave scuff marks on the beautiful wooden floor at our new location. Also some people are sensitive to perfumes, so avoid or go light on wearing scented products.
The Helena Contra Dancers are dancing at a location with a wood floor and great acoustics this year. We will be meeting at the Free Ceramics Studio Art Center, 650 Logan Street, Helena. Parking is located along the adjoining residential streets, so carpool if at all possible.
The price at the door per dance is $10 or $20 per family. Family dances are $25 per family (includes at least one parent with 2 or more children); price does not include regular contra dance later that evening. Students (middle school through college w/ID are $7).
Annual memberships will be offered for $20 per individual or $35 per family. Those with memberships will receive a $3 discount off the door price at each dance. Memberships will help sponsor the group as well.
For more contra dance information contact Aime at 438-5819 or firstname.lastname@example.org or David at email@example.com.
Here are some links to other websites or videos about contra and folk dancing.
- What is Contra Dance?
- Information for New Dancers
- Bozeman Folklore Society, this group has contra dances Sept. through May, except in January when it holds its annual Wintergreen Festival.
- Missoula Folklore Society, this group has contra dances Oct. through May.
- Annuall Bear Hug Mountain Festival Dance Camp Website, September 2017
- Country Dance and Song Society
Contra Dancers Contact Information
If you need information about the Helena Contra Dancers, please contract Amie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-495-0935 or David at at email@example.com.