Helena Contra Dancers

Let's Dance!!

January 11, 2020!

Julie Kahl, from Missoula will be calling some livlely tunes.  Julie 1-4-2020 S1 04-croppedShe's originally from Milwaukee, WI. moved to Montana in 1979, and is an avid outdoors person. Formally trained in dance, while a student at the University of Montana from 1994-2001, she is still active in drama and dance events around Missoula. She took up contra dance, with the Missoula Folklore Society in 1995, was part of a MFS Caller’s Class in the early 2000’s, and is on MFS’s Bear Hug committee.Helena Handbasket_20191222_203637-cropped

Helena Handbasket will provide some foot stomping tunes to dance to. The band is made up of Terry and Jim Gunderson from Townsend and Candace and David Payne from Helena.

Please note that emails about upcoming dances will be coming from a different email address:  Helena Contra Dancers.  So keep an eye for them.  Sandra Miken will be in charge of sending those out.

Dance Details

New dancer workshop starts at 7:30 pm.  The main dance will be from 8:00-10:30 as usual.   

2019-20 Dance ScheduleHelena Contra Dancers

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.

Date Band Caller Notes
No Sept 2019 Dance scheduled      
No October 2019 Dance scheduled     TBD
No November  2019 Dance scheduled     TBD
December 14, 2019 Balled 'n Burlap Robyn Lauster, Bozeman Celebrate the Season!!
January 11, 2020 Helena Handbasket, helena Julia Kahl, Missoula No family dance
February 8, 2020     TBD
March 14, 2020 WMD, Helena Amy Letson, Billings Let's Wear Green!
April 11, 2020 Skippin' A Grove, Missoula Bev Young, Missoula Family dance followed by the main dance
May 9, 2020   Roy Curet, Missoula TBD

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 the sink.  Please avoid wearing shoes with black rubber soles or hard soles (no  cowboy boots or hard soles please) 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 Cottonwood School at 322 Fuller St.  Parking is located along Fuller Street, nearby bank parking lots and the school's parking lot behind the building. 


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).

For more contra dance information contact Kathy Johnson at 459-7984 or lastchancesquares@gmail.com.

LinksContra Swing

Here are some links to other websites or videos about contra and folk dancing.


 Contra Dancers Contact Information

If you need information about the Helena Contra Dancers, please contract  Kathy Johnson at lastchancesquares@gmail.com or 406-459-7984.