THANK YOU to everyone who came and danced at 2015 USA West in the contra venue. You helped make it a success! If anyone has pictures please let me know, as Marty Albini could use them for our report to CDSS about the use of the grant they gave us to help pay the bands at this event.
Kathy Johnson, Contra Chair 2015 USA West
The Helena Contra Dancers generally meet on the second Saturday of each month beginning in September 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 September 2015 Dance|
|October 10, 2015||Helena Handbasket||Mark Matthews, Missoula|
|November 14, 2015||Balled in Burlap||Derek Gallagher, Helena|
|December 12, 2015||WMDs||Marty Albini, Bozeman|
|January 19. 2016||Balled in Burlap||Derek Gallagher|
|February 13, 2016||Sassafrass Stomp from Montana and Maine||TBD|
|March 12, 2016||Helena Handbasket||TBD|
|April 9, 2016||Skippin' a Groove||Bev Young|
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 floor.
The Helena Contra Dancers will be meeting at at the Placer Hotel located at 21 North Last Chance Gulch. Parking is located along Jackson St., in nearby city parking lots (free after 5 pm), or in the new parking garage (also free after 5 pm).
The price at the door per dance is $8.
Annual memberships will be offered for $20 per individual or $35 per family. Those with memberships will receive a $1 discount off the door price at each dance. Memberships will help sponsor the group as well.
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.
- 31st Annuall Bear Hug Mountain Festival Dance Camp Website, September 5-7, 2014
- 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.