Bozeman Dance Schedule


contra dancing
Contra Season is October through May with live music and guest callers. Location is usually at the Bozeman Senior Center with its beautiful wooden dance floor. This year there are several dances especially for families (see below for more info).

International and Scottish Dancing

Helena dances are held just down the road, generally on the 3rd Saturday of the month.


Check out the online video series created by the Chattahoochee Country Dancers (CCD) in Atlanta -- Contra Dance Training for Beginning Dancers. They have great basic information guaranteed to make your first dances more enjoyable and they are FREE! Here's how to access them:

  • Go to the CCD website www.ContraDance.org
  • Click on What's Contra Dancing? 
  • Scroll down to one of their 9 videos. 

More information for new dancers from the Gainesville community and Sound Traveler


WeatherwoodBozeman Contra Schedule

Contra Dances are generally the 1st Friday and 3rd Saturday of each month (except January when we break for Wintergreen). The 2015-2016 season starts on Oct. 2 - spend the weekend of Sept. 19 Dancing in the Country!

Beginner's workshop 7:30-8:00 pm. // Dancing 8:00-11:00 pm.
Admission: $8 members, $10 non-members.

Come early (especially if you're a beginner or can help a beginner) and stay late. Live music and callers - all dances are taught - all ages are welcome and partners are not required. Please wear grit free, non-marking shoes to protect the dance floor.

Most contra dances are held at the Bozeman Senior Center, located at 807 N. Tracy Ave. in Bozeman. This is a very nice community center on Bozeman's north side that features a great (and spacious) wooden dance floor, a nice stage for the band, easy access, and plenty of parking.

Family Dances:
Several are scheduled throughout the year (see below). Dress up for the theme, dance to recorded music and a live caller, stay for the potluck.Family Dance fun

  • Dancing: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
  • Potluck: 6:30 to 7:15 PM. Bring a dish to share.
  • Admission is $15 per family. (Pay for the evening dance seperately if you wish to stay.)
  • All children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

This is the schedule for the 2015-2016 season:

Date Band Caller Location
Oct. 2, 2015 (Fri.) Bebe LeBoeuf Bev Young Senior Center
Oct. 24, 2015 (Sat.)
w/ Halloween Family Dance
Catfish Nailers (Family Dance)
Weatherwood (Contra Dance)
Will N. Abel Masons Lodge
14 S. Tracy, Bozeman
Nov. 6, 2015 (Fri.) Out of Wood Derek Gallagher Senior Center
Nov. 21, 2015 (Sat.) Catfish Nailers Will N. Abel Senior Center
Dec. 4, 2015 (Fri.) WMDs Roy Curet Senior Center
Dec. 19, 2015 (Sat.)
w/ Christmas Family Dance
w/ Da Skekklers for family dance
Rab Cummings Senior Center
Dec. 31, 2015 (Wed.)
New Year's Eve!!
Sassafrass Stomp Amy Letson

Masons Lodge
14 S. Tracy, Bozeman

Jan. 8, 2016 (Fri.) Trade Winds Amy Letson Senior Center
Jan. 29-31, 2016
The Quarks & Sassafrass Stomp Erik Weberg Emerson Cultural Center Ballroom
Feb. 5, 2016 (Fri.) Bebe LeBoeuf Rosanna Finley Senior Center
Feb. 20, 2016 (Sat.)
w/ Valentine's Family Dance

Catfish Nailers
w/ Da Skekklers for family dance

Will N. Abel Masons Lodge
14 S. Tracy, Bozeman
Mar. 5, 2016 (Sat.) - NOTE this is a Sat. dance instead of normal first Fri. WMDs Roy Curet Senior Center
Mar. 19, 2016 (Sat.) Trade Winds Amy Letson Senior Center
Apr. 1, 2016 (Fri.) Helena Handbasket Bev Young TBA
Apr. 23, 2016 (Sat.)
w/ Spring Fling Family Dance
Skippin' a Groove
w/ Da Skekklers for family dance
Derek Gallagher Senior Center
May 6, 2016 (Fri.) Out of Wood Morna Leonard TBA
May 21, 2016 (Sat.) Weatherwood Will N. Abel TBA

For more information regarding contra dances contact Ellen at 406-581-3444.


International Folk Dancing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Cost is $3.00 donation.  Usual location is 210 South Grand. Call 585-2287 to verify.
No experience is required and no partner is needed. Everyone is welcome.

Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. No formal teaching during the summer, but dancing will continue if you keep coming!
Usual location is 210 South Grand. Call 585-2287 to verify.

Helena IFD - Fridays, 7 pm at TangoHelena through May. For info, contact Bill Bucher at 442-7591
Kalispell IFD - Saturdays 7-10 pm, Salvation Army gym. http://montanafolkdance.org/flathead/
Missoula IFD - Contact Mike at MTinternationalfolkdance@gmail.com

Local Scottish dancers Scenes from Steam and Stomp

scenes from Steam & Stomp
scenes from Steam & Stomp 2012

Scenes from Steam & Stomp 2012



Questions? -- Amie Butler - 406-495-0935.

NEW Web site: http://lastchancesquares.org/helena-contra-dancers/
Where: Placer Hotel Lobby, 21 N Last Chance Gulch on the Walking Mall
When: Second Saturdays of most months. Introductory workshop starting at 7:30 pm.
Who: you all......yeah!!!!
What: GREAT contra dancing!



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