Helena contra dances have been CANCELLED for the rest of the season due to the severe weather for the March 14th dance and corornavirus concerns for March-May. It is unlikely that we will have any dances until next fall given the latter unless folks want a summer dance somewhere if things improve.
So socially distance gracefully, and support your favorite bands and callers as best you can in other ways. Then when we start back up come and dance joyfully.
Please note that emails about upcoming dances and other info will be coming from a different email address than in the past: Helena Contra Dancers. So keep an eye for them. Sandra Miken will be in charge of sending those out.
New dancer workshop starts at 7:30 pm. The main dance will be from 8:00-10:30 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 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||Regular dance|
|February 8, 2020||Homegrown String Band/Amy & Bill Letson, Billings||Derek Gallagher||Family dance followed by the main dance|
March 14, 2020
PI Day (3.14)
|WMD, Helena||Amy Letson, Billings||
Bring a pie to auction off!
Let's Wear Green!
|April 11, 2020||Skippin' A Grove, Missoula||Bev Young, Missoula||CANCELLED|
|May 9, 2020||Roy Curet, Missoula||CANCELLED|
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 heels 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 $15 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 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 2020
- Country Dance and Song Society
Contra Dancers Contact Information
If you need information about the Helena Contra Dancers, please contract Kathy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-459-7984.