Some summer dance activity in our area and around Montana:
July 18 --Shy Bear Farm Dance
July 24 – Asian/Montana Culture Night at Shy Bear (dancing & singing & great food)
July 21-24 – Square dance workshops at Lolo Square Dance center – get you ready for
Aug 13-15 --USA West dance event in Helena – a summary of Contra events
July 18 – Shy Bear Farm Dance – open mike for bands & callers
WHEN: 5:30pm potluck; dancing 7 to 11. WHERE: near Arlee, MT
July 24 – Asian/Montana Culture Night at Shy Bear Farm (dancing & singing & great food)
Asian students attending a UM summer program love to come to Shy Bear Farm to see Montana’s beauty and to share food and dance with the Missoula Folklore Society. Great food from the Good Food Store (altho you are welcome to bring your favorite Montana treats).
Students will dance some contra dances with us and then demonstrate some of their folk dances/songs.
WHEN: 5:30pm catered dinner; 7-10 pm – dance & song. WHERE: directions same as above.
July 21-24 – Lolo Square Dance Center offers some workshops on Square dance
As you may have heard, the USA West Square/Round/ & yes Contra dance gathering will be in Helena this August 13-15. Some of the folks who both square dance and contra dance have organized a contra dance venue. There are 3 days of contra workshops and dances (described in the article below this one). If you have previously taken square dance lessons but are rusty, you can refresh your skills and be able to enjoy both square dancing and contra – thanks to the Lolo Square Dance Center (LSDC) which will offer some square dance workshops in July. If you have not previously taken any square dance lessons, these workshops probably will not get you to where you can square dance in August (unless you are a very quick study), but they will help you to appreciate what is going on if you watch some of the square dancing (which is pretty entertaining). Note that the beginning level of square dance is called mainstream (higher levels are called Plus, Advanced & Challenge).
Mainstream workshops are listed on LSDC’s July calendar www.lolocampndance.com/july15.pdf
July 21 -- 10 am & 2pm – Mainstream workshops
July 22 -- 10 am Mainstream workshop 7:30 pm Mainstream dance
July 23 – 10 am & 2pm – Mainstream workshops
July 24—10 am – Mainstream workshops; 7:30 pm Mainstream dance
July 26—7:30pm Mainstream dance
More about the above workshops at www.lolocampndance.com/Junck%20Week%202015b.pdf
Note – if you have no previous experience with Mainstream square dance, you should not try to dance at the dances – there are no walk-throughs. But you can watch the dances and see folks doing the figures – which will reinforce what you see in the workshops. Note that there are 68 different figures in Mainstream alone. Quite a bit more than in Contra – hence the need for lessons.
August 13-15 – USA West dance gathering in Helena
This annual regional gathering of dancers features Square, Round & Contra dance. More info at
More info on the contra program at http://www.montana.usawest.net/contra.html
Contra dancers may enjoy some of the other workshops (such as waltz workshop at 9am on Aug 13).
But here’s the contra program:
Aug 13 (Thursday)
11 am to noon -- Transition to Contra for Square Dancers—Dave Fullaway
2pm-3pm -- Handling transitions – Marty Albini; band – WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
3-4pm – Contra Caller Workshop – Roy Curet; band -- WMD
4-5pm – Traditional Squares workshop – Steve Braun; band – WMD
7-10 pm – Contra Dance – Band – Rhubarb Ridge; callers: Bev Young, Roy Curet
Aug 14 (Friday)
10 am -11am – Transition to Contra for Square Dancers—Vicki Watson; band Rhubarb Ridge
1:30-2:30pm – Triplet Contras – Bev Young; band – WMD
3pm -4pm – Transition from Contra to Squares – Bob Riggs
4pm-5pm – Frills & Flourishes for contra – Marty Albini; band WMD
7pm-10pm – Contra dance – Band: Skippin a Groove; Callers: Vicki Watson, Marty Albini
Aug 15 (Saturday)
10 am -11 am – Traditional Squares – Steve Braun; band—Skippin a Groove
2pm-3pm – Smooooooth Contras – Roy Curet; band --Weatherwood
3-4pm –Dancing through History – Mark Matthews
4-5pm – Complicated Contras – Roy Curet; band –Weatherwood
7-10 pm—Contra Dance – Band: Weatherwood; callers: Derek Gallagher, Mark Matthews, Steve Braun
Nearby at the same time – Square and Round dance workshops and dancing are going on.
So you always have the chance to take a look at those.
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