Helena Contra Dancers

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 LausterRobyn_Lauster

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.

Dance Details

The main dance will be from 7:30-10:30 as usual.  


2018-19 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 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 4224greenacres@mt.net or David at helenacontradancers@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 Amie Butler at 4224greenacres@mt.net or 406-495-0935 or David at at helenacontradancers@gmail.com.