Helena Contra Dancers

Summer Contra Dance Opportunity!!

The Helena Contra Dancers along with the Bozeman Folklore Society, and the Missoula Folklore Society as well as Barb Piccolo  and a grant from the CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society) are helping sponsor bands to play for the contra venue at the 2015 USA West Square and Round Dance Convention to be held in Helena at the Red Lion Hotel August 13-16.  There will be 3 full days of contra dancing and other activities for contra dancers to participate in. 

For more information click on the USA West 2015 tab above and then the Contra Venue tab for more information about this venue.  There you will find information about the bands, callers, and workshops:  both descriptions of contra workshops and a brief listing of potentially applicable non-contra workshops.

The entire event costs $50 until July 15th at which time the registration fee rises to $60.  At this time there is no single daily rate although the Contra Chairman has requested that the 2015 USA West committee consider having an at the door daily rate as both contra and square dancers have shown an interest in one.  If that becomes available, it will be posted here and on the contra venue page.  You can find the online registration form at www.montana.usawest.net as well as a pdf form you can print out and mail in.

Please consider coming to this event and dancing in an air conditioned hall for three days.  You will have lots of fun, learn some new contras, meet new folks, get a chance to see some neat exhibition dances, and maybe tryout some modern western square dancing at a workshop just for contra dancers.  If you have questions about the contra venue, please feel free to contact Kathy Johnson, Contra Chairman at lastchancesquares@gmail.com.

If you are a contra caller who has not yet registered, you will be welcome to call at one of the evening dances as they will be semi-open calling with the scheduled callers adding in the additional callers who have come to dance but then decided they want to call some as well.  Not quite totally open mike, but kind of.  If you think you are probably going to be here and want to call contras, then please send an E-mail to Kathy Johnson, Contra Chairman, and let her know which night(s) you'd like to get added to the scheduled.  She will only be able to add registered dancers/callers to the schedule but at this point will not be able to officially add them as the printed schedule is being finalized, but the website can be updated as time goes by.

Dance ScheduleHelena Contra Dancers

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.

Date Band Caller Notes
September 13, 2014 Skippin' a Groove, Missoula Morna Leonard, Missoula  
October 11, 2014 Helena Handbasket Bev Young, Missoula  
November 8, 2014 Helena Handbasket Roy Curet, Missoula  
December 13, 2014 WMDs Rosanna Finley, Helena  
January 10. 2015 Sassafrass Stomp from Montana and Maine Janet Grove  
February 14, 2015 Helena Handbasket Rosanna Finley, Helena  
March  14, 2015 WMDs Morna Leonard  
April 11, 2015 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.

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 Amie Butler at 4224greenacres@mt.net or 406-495-0935.