This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Michigan including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Michigan which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: On November 2, 2018, the traditional music and dance community lost one of its finest senior members with the passing of Gerald C. "Jerry" Hickman of Midland, Michigan. In late October, Jerry suffered a fall, and the resultant injuries took him from us a few days following. We're so saddened by this loss. We're also so fortunate to have shared many years with this talented and dedicated dancer, dance organizer, dance leader, and dance educator.
On behalf of Jerry's dear wife Marlene, this invitation is delivered to you to join the dance community in celebrating Jerry's life at his memorial on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland, Michigan. Visitation begins at 10 am and the memorial service is at 11 am. The address of Trinity Lutheran is 3701 Jefferson Avenue, Midland 48640. A gathering at Trinity with a lunch after the service will be hosted in Jerry's honor as part of his memorial. Musicians are invited to join in a traditional music jam at this gathering as we celebrate Jerry's life and the many gifts he gave us. He dearly loved Michigan traditional music. Please feel free to share this email with your local dance circle.
Ada - Breakin' Up Christmas: "Breakin' Up Christmas," a North Carolina tradition right here in Michigan! Held between Christmas and Ephphany, this party would move from house to house each night. The furniture moved, the carpets rolled up, the band playing in the doorway between rooms and plenty of dancing! Dancing will start at 7:00 but please join us for some southern-style cooking around 5:30. Location: Bob and Shelley Hudson's barn, 8405 Baileau Oaks Drive NE Ada, MI. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/522815804409148/permalink/522846127739449/.
Ada - Shaker Barn: Dance at the Shaker Barn 8405 Baileau Oaks Drive, Ada, MI 49301, starting at 7pm. Ya'll wanna dance? Come shake a leg at the Shaker Barn. Bring instruments, beverages, or light snacks. We'll provide the ice cream! Callers welcome! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/696054567110224.
Allegan - "1838" Community Barn Dance: The dance is part of a day long celebration of Allegan's 175th birthday. Events include craft demonstrations, a huge inflatable Obstacle Course, Massive Slide and a Bouncy Castle and Slide combo for the kids and a Jousting match for the adults and teens, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Horse Drawn Wagon rides, an Insane Balloon Artist. Dance is from 7pm to 11pm. Everyone is invited to dress in period and we have over $800 worth of Prizes for Best Historical Dress and Dancers. Any 1800's costume will do but not required… come as you are and enjoy the show. Web site: http://www.bakeralleganstudios.com.
Alpena: Dance at the Alpena Public Library, 211 N First Ave Alpena, MI 49707 at 6pm. Come teach your feet to do contra dancing, an easy-to-learn form of folk dancing a little like square dancing and a little like line dancing and simply pure fun. Dances will be taught before the music starts. Bring a partner, wear cool comfortable clothes and non-sticky shoes. The music will be live. $5 per person at the door. For more information about this event, call Dottie Haase at 989-727-8500. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Alpena - Thunder Bay Folk Fest: Two-day, mostly music event at the Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Showgrounds, 6850 French Rd, Alpena. Includes one contra dance. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/thethunderbayfolksociety/.
Ann Arbor - 1st Saturday: The First-Saturday Contra Dance is for first-time and experienced contra dancers. The schedule offers a mix of high-quality callers and musicians. The dance runs year-round. Occasional special events or weekends are also organized around the first-Saturday event. Beginner introduction around 7:00. Dance from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. At the door: $11 general, $10 AACTMAD members, $6 students. The dance is held at the Pittsfield Grange Hall, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. First-timers: Please come a little early. Come alone or bring a friend. Anyone can ask anyone else to dance; experienced dancers are happy to help new people. It's a common practice to change partners after each dance sequence, and it works well while you're learning the basics; after that, it's up to you. Wear cool, comfortable clothes and flat shoes that aren't sticky. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - 2nd Saturday:Beginners welcome; no experience or partner needed; all dances taught and prompted to live music. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes (like running shoes). New dancer instruction 7 pm. Admission: $10, $9 AACTMAD members, $5 under 30. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 734-769-2133. Location: Concourse Dance Hall – 4531 Concourse Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 - Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - 3rd Saturday: Dances from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Pittsfield Union Grange (3337 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Dawn Dance: Weekend dance festival held in late February at the Ypsilanti Middle School, 105 N. Mansfield St., Ypsilanti MI. Includes Contras, English country, Couple dancing, Workshops and Late Night Party! Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/ddw/.
Ann Arbor - Pittsfield: Dances at the Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Beginner's lesson 7:30. 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Special: Special dances on various dates, times and locations. Check web site for details. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/sa/special.html.
Ann Arbor - Squares: This new series of participatory dances is held (with some exceptions) on the afternoons of the second and fourth Sundays of each (non-summer) month. Drawn from various regional square-dance traditions, the dances are those that fit well to the "southern-style" old-time music that is featured in this series. In addition to four-couple squares, we will sprinkle in some big-set circle dances and Appalachian flatfoot (clogging) solo dancing. Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary, and you do not need to bring a partner with you. All dances are taught, although it is recommended that new dancers arrive early for the easiest dances and most complete instructions. No special attire is required; simply wear clothing that is comfortable for dancing. (Note that our hall is air-conditioned.) Please bring a pair of clean, non-marking shoes to help preserve our new dance floor. Location: AACTMAD's Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Admission: Adults $8 - Students $5 ($1 member discount).Children under 15 with parent: Free - For more information, e-mail email@example.com - Web site: http://otsd.aactmad.info/.
Ann Arbor - Dancing in the Streets: Free event in early September from 2:00pm to 6:30pm in Downtown Ann Arbor at Main and Washington Streets. Dancing in the Streets is an annual free festival on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend in downtown Ann Arbor. It offers local residents a chance to sample lots of different music and dance traditions, enjoy the downtown, and see some friends and neighbors in the process. Multiple stages offer visitors a chance to try many different styles of dancing, as well as enjoy mini-concerts and entertain their children with special activities. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/dits.html.
Ann Arbor - New Year's Eve: The Ann Arbor Community for sponsors New Year's Eve dance with Contra, English Country, and Couple Dancing! Appetizers and cocktails (BYOB) 6:30PM, Dinner 7PM, Dancing 8:30PM. Champagne and Dessert (11:30PM - midnight). Dinner and dessert are potluck. Appetizers, champagne and non-alcholic beverages are provided. Elegant/festive attire encouraged (but not required). December 31 at 6:30 pm to January 1 at 0:30 am. $20 In advance; $25 at the door. Bring a festive main dish or elegant dessert to share. 734-260-9027. Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Young Contra Dance: Contra dancing for young people (students/20s/30s). Beginner friendly, no partner necessary; all dances taught and prompted. Please bring clean, flat, non-marking shoes. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Cost: $9, $8 for AACTMAD members, $5 for students $4 off for new dancers with coupon (see new dancer section of this website). 248-417-7968. AACTMAD Concourse Hall (4531 Concourse Dr, Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Calling Class: Series of one-hour sessions for aspiring and novice callers. You can learn the art of calling, and, when you are ready, try out your new skill at the Dance Lab that follows. Advance registration is not required, but it would be helpful if you indicate your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Free admission. 734-994-6494. EMail: email@example.com. Pittsfield Grange (3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Dance Lab: Open stage for callers to try out new and new-to-them dances and for novice callers to practice in a supportive setting. Music by the Pittsfield Open Band. Admission is FREE for dancers. Best suited to dancers with some experience. For more information, to submit a dance you have composed, or if you would like to call a dance, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (However, advance notice by callers and choreographers is not required.) 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Free admission. 734-994-6494. EMail: email@example.com - Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Tree Town Stomp: Dance weekend in Ann Arbor. Full Weekend only: $80 non-members, $75 AACTMAD member, $60 Student. Attendace will be limited due to the size of Concourse Hall. Location: Concourse Hall – 4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Check site for details. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Scandinavian: Sessions from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on 2nd Saturdays at the Pittsfield Grange – 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Dancing from Sweden and Norway to both recorded and live music. Teaching by Bruce Sagan and Suzanne Schluederberg. No partner necessary. Wear flat shoes with smooth, hard soles if possible. Admission: $5 general admission/$3 students. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 908-721-2599. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Rudolf Steiner School: There will be a Community Contra Dance from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm for all levels at the Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. 6:30pm dance lesson; 7:00pm-9:30pm Open dancing. Dinner is also available for purchase starting at 5:30pm (Soups, bread, salad and a bake sale) This is a fundraiser hosted by the 7th grade students of the Rudolf Steiner school. Dinner is also available for purchase starting at 5:30pm. Cost $5/person or $15/family Tickets available at the door. Information: email@example.com - Web site: None.
Ann Arbor - Argus Farm Stop: Dance at the Argus Farm Stop, 325 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103 from 3pm to 5pm. The dance will be outside, weather permitting, and will be a fun, relaxed atmosphere. No experience required - the caller will tell you everything that you need to know! Hope to see you there! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/argusfarmstop.
Ann Arbor - Family: The Grange Family Dance happens at the Pittsfield Union Grange – 3337 Ann Arbor Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Traditional dances suitable for children with adults. Followed by cookies and lemonade. Admission: $12/family at the door. Grange members free. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 734-769-1052, 734-274-0773. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Camp Cavell Benefit: This is a fundraising dance for Camp Cavell Conservancy; a project to upgrade the showers, perhaps even a new shower building. Donations will be accepted at the door, our goal is $50,000. If you cannot attend and would like send a donation: Camp Cavell Conservancy c/o Peter Baker 451 Pine Brae St. Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Note on check: Shower upgrade fund. Preceded by ECD @ 2:00, Potluck @ 5:30. Contra dance from 8pm to 11pm. Admission: Free. Donations will be accepted for the Camp Cavell Conservancy. EMail: email@example.com Phone: 734-476-4650. Location: Concourse Hall – 4531 Concourse Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Pittsfield Grange Benefit: Dance from 8pm to 11pm to benefit Pittsfield Grange. All proceeds to Pittsfield Grange toward maintaining the hall as a dance venue. Admission: $10. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 734-769-1052, 734-274-0773. Location: Pittsfield Grange – 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Dancing with Colin Hume: A weekend of English and contra dancing with caller Colin Hume. All sessions $12 each. Multiple sessions (paid in advance at the door) $10 each. Dance in air-conditioned comfort at both halls: Concourse Hall is at 4531 Concourse Drive, about a mile south of I-94 off State St., in Ann Arbor. The Pittsfield Grange is a half-mile southwest of I-94 at 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Mostly Waltz: Mostly Waltz Afternoon Dance from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Concourse Hall – 4531 Concourse Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Mostly waltzes, with miscellaneous other couple dances, to live music. Admission: $10 AACTMAD members, $12 non-members. EMail: email@example.com Phone: 734-926-9455. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Bicentennial Celebration: Dance at the Michigan League – 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 from 2pm to 5pm. University of Michigan Bicentennial Celebration Contra Dance: "Dancing our History". Stay tuned for more details. Admission: TBD. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Ann Arbor - Time Traveler's Ball: Special dance at the Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Lesson at 7:30pm, dance from 8pm to 11pm. Mix of English and contra. Dress up in your favourite historical or fantasy costume, and come try English country dance and contradance with us! Tickets: $6 ($4 for students); AACTMAD members $1 off. Space is limited, pre-register: https://goo.gl/forms/IFpHRidizphlKCqC3 - Some snacks and beverages will be provided during the break. (No alcohol please!). This ball is co-sponsored by U of M SCA and AACTMAD. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/868147659982380/.
Ann Arbor - Squares - University of Michigan: The Square Dance event will be held on the campus of the University of Michigan at The Michigan League at the Vandenburg Room (2nd floor), 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 from 7-10 pm. Suggested donation is $5. Hosted by the Society of Les Voyages. Contact Greg for further info about this dance: email@example.com - Web site: None.
Ann Arbor - Midwest Morris Ale: The 2018 edition of this event will be in Ann Arbor in late May. Many times the event includes a contra dance but it does have an emphasis on Morris dancing. Web site: http://www.midwestmorrisale.org.
Ann Arbor - Hands-on Musician Workshops: Two workshops : 1:00-3:00 Playing Back-up by Ear (Find the Key, Find the Chord) 3:00-4:00 Rhythm Fiddle. Admission: $5 donation requested (Come and contribute your music even if you can't make a monetary contribution!) EMail: JanetGoldwasser@PeoplePC.com Phone: 7343559752. Location: The Barn at Gretchen's House – 2625 Traver Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Web site: https://aactmad.org/.
Beaver Island: Dance from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church – 26055 Pine St, Beaver Island, MI 49782Contra Dance Beaver Island. Join us for dancing fun on our little slice of paradise. All dances taught and walked through and then wowee bazowee, the music and dancing frivolity begin. All ages welcome. No partner needed (you'll find dance partners there). Wear comfortable shoes (wooden dance floor). Admission: Free will donation. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 231.448.2125 - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1868634823397002/.
Bellaire: Dances at Short's Brewing Company, 121 N Bridge St, Bellaire, Michigan 49615, starting at 7pm. Singles welcome (and so are couples). All dances are taught, enjoyable for beginners and experienced dancers. Come early and join us for dinner. $10 per person suggested donation. Web site: None.
Big Rapids: Dance at Ferris State University as part of the Festival of the Arts. The dance will be held at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn Ballroom, 1005 Perry Ave., Big Rapids from 7-10pm and admission is free. The dance is part of the Big Rapids "Festival of the Arts", in conjunction with Ferris State University. http://issuu.com/brfota/docs/festival_of_the_arts_2014_program_b_4ccb8a66f89ed0/57?e=10484777/6646189. No experience neccessary! Free. Web site: http://www.ferris.edu.
Bloomfield Hills - Country Hoedown and Square Dance: The Cross of Christ Church's, 1100 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States, 48302, annual country hoedown is planned from 6PM – 10PM in the Chapel Theatre. This event caters to those who have either limited or no prior square dance experience. The evening includes a meal that includes pizza, mozzarella cheese sticks, antipasto salad, strawberries and ice cream. The meal plus the evening's instruction and entertainment is $12.50/person or $25/couple. All proceeds will be benefiting Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. This adult event is open to everyone. Contact Greg Kehoe at (248) 642-6342 or email@example.com with any questions. Web site: http://www.bloomfieldcross.org/event/country-hoedown-square-dance/.
Boyne City - Lavender Hill Farm: Old-time Country Dancing can be a great way to bring people together from all walks of life. All dances are taught prior to dancing them. You don’t have to bring a partner as we encourage dancing with everyone! Live music added to the mix takes your experience to just the best time ever. If you need a dancing break, feel free to bring along a picnic dinner and enjoy lavender refreshments from our gift shop! Basic skills workshop 6:30-7:00PM Live music and dancing 7:00-10:00PM. Address: 7354 Horton Bay Rd. North, Boyne City, MI 49712. Web site: https://lavenderhillfarm.com.
Byron Center: Barn dance at 2120 76th St SW, Byron Center, Michigan 49315 from 7pm to 9pm. Admission is $2. Recorded music. Web site: None.
Canton - Squares: Hoedown and Chili Cookoff from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 7000 Sheldon Rd. Canton, MI. Free and open to the public. We will have a Chili Dinner and then engage in some old fashioned American Square Dancing. Caller Dave Smith will teach all dances. No experience is necessary. Couples, singels and families are all welcome. No reservation required. Web site: http://squaredancemichigan.tripod.com/southlyon.html.
Cedar: The Bayside Travellers Dance Society holds contra and square dances are held on the second Saturday of the month, October through June at the Solon Township Hall, 9191 S. Kasson Street, Cedar, MI. All ages, skills, and interest levels are welcome to participate. Bands provide live music. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. Clean shoes are requested and a smooth bottom to the shoe is helpful for ease of movement. All dances start with a workshop from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Dances go from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission costs: $9.00 members, $11.00 general public, $7.00 Students ages 13 and up-college with ID. $12.00 individual membership (annual); $17.00 family membership (annual). Web site: http://www.dancetc.com/Bayside%20homepage.htm.
Davison: Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation sponsors dances at the Hill Elementary Gym, 404 Aloha Street, Davison, MI from 6pm to 8pm. Admission: $10 per person/each night. 18+. Register at http://dcer.davisonschools.org by February 9, 2018. Web site: https://dcer.davisonschools.org/.
Dearborn - Lovett Hall 75th Anniversary Celebration: Please hold the afternoon for a wonderful celebration of the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Henry Ford's Lovett Hall. Mostly contra dances with a delightful infusion of historical "Good Morning" dances. Watch this posting for more details as they are finalized. Web site: http://www.ruffwater.com.
Dearborn - Justice for Our Neighbors Benefit: Join us for our fall harvest hoe-down at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 1570 Mason, Dearborn, MI from 7pm to 9pm. Contra dancing to live music, food and more! Fun for all ages!. This event is a FUN-draiser for Justice For Our Neighbors of Southeastern Michigan, established by United Methodist Committee on Relief, providing free, immigration legal services to those in need. Admission cost: Your donation. Web site: http://jfonsemi.org/.
Delton - Buttermilk Jamboree: Weekend music and folk arts festival with a variety of dancing including one contra/barn/square dance. Location: Circle Pines Center. Weekend and day registration. Web site: http://www.buttermilkjamboree.org.
Detroit - Contra Central: Contra dancing is a traditional American dancing done as couples in long lines. Refreshments provided. Free parking (tell the attendant you are going to the contra dance. 7:30 beginner's lessons, 8-11 dance. 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. $10 donation suggested, but nobody will be turned away due to inability to pay. 313-928-2950. Central United Methodist Church (23 E. Adams, Detroit, MI). Web site: http://www.centralumchurch.com/ or http://www.aactmad.org.
Detroit - Squares/Ceilidh: Dance at 7pm at the Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit, 2068 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48216. 6:30 potluck; 7pm flatfooting workshop and Southern style square dancing; 8:30pm Ceilidh and Irish step dancing; 9:30-11 square dance; $5-$10 suggested donation. No experience necessary, all dances taught. Web site: http://www.gaelicleagueofdetroit.org/.
Detroit - Squares: Join the Detroit Square Dance Society for a night of square dancing. 7:00 potluck; 7:30 flatfooting; 8:00 square dance. Beginners welcome, All dances taught. Suggested donation $10, no one turned away. Location: Gaelic League Irish American Club of Detroit, 2040 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48216. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Detroitsquaredance/.
Douglas - Squares - Socials: Square dance as part of a series of "Socials" sponsored by the Douglas Downtown Redevelopment Authority. Dance is at Beery Field from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Web site: http://www.douglasmichigan.com/.
Dowling - Trillium Twirl: A weekend of good friends, fun dancing and fine music at the Outdoor Education Center of the Battle Creek Public Schools, on the shore of Clear Lake near Dowling Michigan (20 miles north of Battle Creek) in early April. Register in advance. Web site: http://trilliumtwirl.org/.
East Jordan - Jordan Valley Fiddlers' Jamboree: Registration begins 11:30 AM, Jamboree Noon-5 PM, Dance &-10 PM. Admission: Admission by donation at the door. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 231-526-9924. Location: East Jordan Civic Center – 101 Civic Center Lane, East Jordan, MI 49727. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/JVFJinc/.
East Lansing - Great Lakes Folk Festival: This unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage is held in mid-August in downtown East Lansing. The Great Lakes Folk Festival showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. The festival encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers and craftspeople whose traditions are rooted in their communities. Web site: http://www.greatlakesfolkfest.net/.
East Lansing - Fiddle Scouts Family Dance: Dance at MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn, East Lansing. Time: 10 am. Suggested donation - $3 - $5 per person or $15 per family. Web site: http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org/fiddlescouts/.
Empire: Barn dance at the Olsen Barn at Sleeping Bear Dunes, 3164 W Harbor Hwy., Empire, MI. Dance starts at 7pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161661173871518/.
Evart - ODPC Funfest: Hammered dulcimer oriented festival with a contra dance and plenty of workshops. Held in mid-July. Location: The Osceola County Fairgrounds, Evart, Michigan. Web site: http://evartdulcimerfest.org/.
Fairview - The Nor-East'r Music & Art Festival: The festival returns to the Oscoda County Fairgrounds on an annual basis: three straight days of eclectic music and art, food, dancing, camping, jamming, drumming, and some of the greatest parkin’ lot pickin' in the state. Three stages host continuous music morning to night, ranging from blues to bluegrass, country to new age, jam bands, old-time, Celtic, folk, and even a little rock. Artists offer varied original work from woodcarving to glasswork, jewelry to stonework, basket-making, fiber art, photography, and of course, the indispensable festival tie-dye. Web site: http://noreastr.net/.
Flint: Usually meet at Location: Brennan Community Center – 1301 Pingree, Flint, MI 48503) on the first or second Sunday of each month from September to April. Adults $10; students $7 ($3 off for new dancers). Dances usually run from 2-5 pm with new dancer instruction at 1:30 pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Contra-Dancers/225870290773094 or http://flintcontradancers.weebly.com
Flint - Folk Music Festival: One day event in July at Kearsley Park with jams, performances and a contra dance. Web site: http://www.flintfolkmusic.org.
Flint - Holiday Ball: Dance and family style dinner from 1:30pm to 5:30pm at the Flint Masonic Temple, 755 S Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502. Adults $10; students $7 ($3 off for new dancers). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Contra-Dancers/225870290773094.
Flint - Spring Zing Promenade: Dance at Flint's Historic Masonic Temple – 755 S. Saginaw St., Flint, MI 48502 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. It's prom season! Join us for a wonderful time in Flint's historic Masonic Temple. Elegant attire is admired but not required. Because this will be an advanced dance, there will be no new dancer workshop. Admission: Ticket information will be forthcoming. EMail: email@example.com Phone: (810) 743-4133. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Contra-Dancers/225870290773094.
Flushing: Introduction to Traditional Dancing from 7pm to 9pm at the Flushing County Park, Pavilion 5 – 4417 N. McKinley Rd., Flushing, MI 48433. No experience necessary. All abilities welcome. Admission is free. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (810) 919-9377. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flint-Contra-Dancers/225870290773094.
Frankenmuth: Dance at Fischer Hall, 613 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, MI from 2pm to 5pm. $10/person Contact Contact Rich at 989-652-8243 for more information. This traditional dance is for all levels of dancers from newcomers to experienced. This is wonderful, crazy, healthy, wholesome fun with live music to keep you hoppin'. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Grand Rapids - 2nd Friday: Second Friday Contra Dance at the Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids. Live Music, no partner necessary. Admission - $9 General, $7 Folk/dance societies members, $20 family, $5 Student, $1 First Time Friend. 7:00 basic instruction, 7:30 dancing. Info: email@example.com - Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/grfolkarts/dance.
Grand Rapids - 4th Friday: Contra Dance/Jam - Contra dancing to live music led by Bruce Ling and Hawks and Owls. You are invited to dance, play in the band, or even call a dance! Contra dancing is basically like the square dancing your grandparents did, but to live music and in different formations. There are some basic moves that the caller teaches and then the dance is called out step by step. It is definitely aerobic and the swirling, intereactive dance is intoxicating, so it is best to show up with a clear head! Young, old, single, married, first timers and dance masters are all welcome. You don't need to bring a partner because everyone pairs off at random. Grab a couple friends and come on down for a great time: Dose do and an ocean wave! 7 PM lesson; 7:30pm dance on Fourth Fridays (except December, April and May): Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids. $ 9 General $ 7 Folk/dance societies members; $ 20 family; $ 5 Student; $ 1 First Time Friend. If calling or playing please call ahead 616 361 9219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/grfolkarts/dance.
Grand Rapids - 1st Friday: Contra Dance/Jam - Contra dancing to live music led by Bruce Ling and Hawks and Owls and other bands. Contra dancing is basically like the square dancing your grandparents did, but to live music and in different formations. There are some basic moves that the caller teaches and then the dance is called out step by step. It is definitely aerobic and the swirling, intereactive dance is intoxicating, so it is best to show up with a clear head! Young, old, single, married, first timers and dance masters are all welcome. You don't need to bring a partner because everyone pairs off at random. Grab a couple friends and come on down for a great time: Do-se-do and an ocean wave! 7 PM lesson; 7:30pm dance on Fourth Fridays (except December, April and May): Fifth Street Hall, 701 5th Street NW in Grand Rapids. $ 9 General $ 7 Folk/dance societies members; $ 20 family; $ 5 Student; $ 1 First Time Friend. If calling or playing please call ahead 616 361 9219 or email email@example.com. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/grfolkarts/dance.
Grand Rapids - Winter Wheat: A celebration of traditional music and dance held in early January. 13 bands, 12 hours, 2 stages. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. $10 with student ID. Call 989-967-8879 for more info. Location: 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org.
Grand Rapids - Festival of the Arts: Multi-venue, multi-event arts festival in early June including a contra dance. Dance is reported to be from 7:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday. Web site: http://www.festivalgr.org.
Grand Rapids - Jam 'n' Bean: Dancing on the deck is a free event put on by Jam n Bean coffee house. So come on out to Jam N Bean between 7-9:00 on Wednesday July 18 and 25. 6860 Cascade Rd, Grand Rapids, MI, next to Sundaes at the Cottage. Web site: http://www.jamnbean.com.
Grand Rapids - Rosa Parks Circle: GROSS and GRafS sponsor a high powered old time dance at 7pm. Web site: None.
Grand Rapids - Valentine's Day Old Time Country Dance: ￼Valentine's Day Old Time Country Dance at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503. There will be Squares, Contras, Lines, and Waltzes. No experience necessary! Cost: $6, 12 and under FREE A family fun event! Dance starts at 7pm. Come for dinner at 6pm for an additional $5 per person/$15 per family. Dinner proceeds support Fountain Street Church Youth Character School. Penne Pasta with Meat sauce and Tomato Bazil sauce, Tossed Salad, Assorted Breads. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Web site: None.
Grand Rapids - West Michigan Flute Orchestra Benefit: The West Michigan Flute Orchestra, Flutes Soli, and Great Lakes Flutes combine with Hawks and Owls string band for a great concert and Contra/Square dance. Proceeds will go to support the West Michigan Flute Orchestra. Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 6:30 Flutes Soli (youth flutes), 7:00 West Michigan Flute Orchestra and Great Lakes Flutes, 7:45 Hawks and Owls string band, 8:30 Contra/Square dancing, Roween Panning-Caller/Instructor. Plan to come out for this unusual and family friendly event! Tickets are $10.00, Family tickets (2 adults and immediate children) are $25.00. Web site: None.
Grand Rapids - Masquerade Waltz Ball: The Grand River Water Festival, an environmentaly themed music festival entering into its 9th year, is on its way to securing funding for its 2018 festival, to be held at Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids MI. Please join us for a solid two hours of nonstop Waltzes. Held at the iconic Fountain Street Church, this Fundraiser is sure to be a big hit! Don't miss this Waltz experience! There will be a brief instruction on waltzing, for those new to this. There will be a cash bar as well. Doors open at 7:30. Masks requiered, fancy dress encouraged. We will be on the doorstep of Halloween, All Souls Night! $10 admission. If you cannot attend, but wish to donate to help the GRWF continue it's great work of environmetal education, please copy and paste this link to a secure PayPal donation page. http://grandriverwaterfestival.org/donate/ - All donations are tax deductable. Many Thanks! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/grandriverwaterfestival/.
Hancock: Contra dancing is coming to the Finnish American Heritage Center on Finlandia University's campus from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (with a teaching workshop from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Contra dance -- popular in New England, Eastern Canada, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and more -- is a fun and easy activity in which couples dance in two facing lines or a square. All ages and skill levels are invited to attend. Admission $6 per person -- free with a student ID. No partner nor experience needed. You don’t need a partner. Singles and children welcome. Come one, come all! Left feet and right! Spread the word!!! For more information call 487-7302. The Finnish American Heritage Center is at 435 Quincy Street, Hancock. Web site: None.
Hancock - Finlandia University: Due to popular demand, Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy St, Hancock, Michigan 49930. Doors open at 6pm with potluck snacks. Extra teaching at 6:30pm. Dance from 7pm to 10pm. Instruction will be provided at the beginning of the session, and the dance is easily learned by anyone regardless of experience. No partner is necessary, and all ages and skill levels are invited to attend. $5 donation. Web site: http://www.finlandia.edu.
Hancock - Scandinavian - Social Folk Dance: Classes at the Finnish American Heritage Center, 435 Quincy St, Hancock, Michigan 49930. $50 per student for 8 sessions on Wednesday evenings. Web site: http://www.finnishamericanreporter.com/heikin_page/schedule.
Harbor Springs - Blissfest: Weekend music festival held in early-mid July at Festival Farm, 3695 Division Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. It is a celebration of music, culture, art and community featuring a world of diverse and innovative folk and roots music and dance at the Festival Farm in picturesque rural northern Michigan. The annual event is a showcase of the many musical styles that define American roots and world music. Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Ethnic, World music and dance all share the stage. Includes a contra dance. Web site: http://www.blissfest.org/index.html.
Harbor Springs - Dance: Dance at Bliss Gardens, 5322 Hill Rd, Harbor Springs from 6 PM - 10:30 PM. Social time, 6:00 pm. Potluck (bring a dish to pass and table service), 6:30 pm. Dance at 7:30pm. All dances (Lines, squares, contras, circles and rounds) taught. No partner necessary. Family fun! Suggested Donation ($3/person, $5/couple, $7/family) accepted to cover dance expenses. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/JVFJinc/.
Harrisville: Dances at the Harrisville Township Hall 114 S. Poor Farm Road, Harrisville, MI 48740 at 7pm. What's a contra dance, you ask? It's a dance popular in rural New England in the early 1800s that combines elements of line and square dances, and usually accompanied by traditional instruments playing Americana music. But mostly it's just plain fun, and a nice social night out. Sponsored by Inspiration Alcona, Inc. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Harrisville - State Park: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Harrisville State Park, 248 State Park Rd, Harrisville, MI 48740 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $5. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Hastings - Squares - Jamboree: Event organized by the Michigan Fiddlers Association at Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn, Hastings. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fiddlers entertaining with backup; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Open Jam; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Square Dancing. Web site: http://www.michiganfiddlers.com/.
Hillsdale - Squares - Michigan Fiddlers' Convention and Traditional Music Festival: The Annual Fiddlers' Convention and Traditional Music Festival will be held at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds, 115 S Broad St (M-99), Hillsdale, MI. Admission is $10 per person for the weekend with children 16 and under free with an adult. Gates open at 8 a.m. both days. Camping available at $15 per night. There will be jamming throughout the week for early birds, as well as jamming throughout the weekend. A get-acquainted potluck will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. This is open to the public, rain or shine. Web site: http://michiganfiddlers.com.
Holland - Civil War Muster Community Dance: In conjunction with the Holland Museum and the Van Raalte Farms Civil War Muster, Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative sponsors this Community Dance. Live music and featuring authentic period dances taught and called, this will be a fun-filled and educational event for the whole family. Historical clothing invited, but not required. No partner needed. Come one, come all! $5.00. Location: Holland Armory (16 W. 9th St. (between River and Central) Holland, MI). Web site: http://home.earthlink.net/~hollandcontra/hollandcontra.htm.
Holland - Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative: The Allegan Woods Folk Arts Cooperative is sponsoring dances at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds in the Park Township Community Hall, 1286 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland MI 49424. Admission is $5, families $15. Intro workshop at 7:00, dancing from 7:30 till 10:00pm. As usual: Live music, new dancers are welcome, don't need to bring a partner, but bring your friends, and a snack to share. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for active dancing. All are welcome to join the fun. Information: email@example.com - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/46753138765/ or http://www.hollandcontradance.org/.
Hopkins - Squares - Jamboree: Event organized by the Michigan Fiddlers Association at Hopkins High School, 333 Clark St, Hopkins. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fiddlers entertaining with backup; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Open Jam; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Square Dancing. Web site: http://www.michiganfiddlers.com/.
Howell: All dances taught and walked through. No partner required bring 5 friends if you can. Dance in this grand Opera House wood floor mood lighting snacks available wow! Doors open at 6:30 pm. Dance is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. $5 donation at the door. 517-540-0065. Howell Opera House (123 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Inwood Township: Get your feet moving, your body swaying, and your mind tuned in. Dance is good for the soul as well as the soles. Great positive energy! Please let me know if you plan to attend -- email sue@LakeEffectArts.org or phone 644-2598, so I can contact you if we have to cancel or reschedule. Thanks! 7:00-9:00 pm Community Contra Dance at Inwood Township Hall, Cooks, $7/person + Potluck Snack. Reels, longways, circles, squares -- maybe a waltz or schottische or polka -- they're fun and easy to learn. You don't need to know how to dance and don't need to bring a partner. Come by yourself or with friends. All dances are called and taught. It's easy exercise, friendly company, lively music, and a lot of fun. Dress is casual. Bring comfortable, clean shoes to dance in, and your own water bottle if you choose (water provided). Web site: http://www.lakeeffectarts.org/dance/default.html.
Kalamazoo: Country Dancing in Kalamazoo sponsors great American and English traditional dancing to live music. Local callers are at some dances, out-of-town callers at others. All dances are taught. New dancers (singles and couples) are always welcome and should come early; dances get more challenging during the evening. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for energetic dancing. No smoking, no alcohol. A snack or beverage to share during the break is always welcome. At the Oshtemo Grange, corner of 3rd Street and H Avenue, 3234 N 3rd Street, west of Kalamazoo. Dance skills workshop at 7:00pm. For more information, call Mike at 269-372-7613. CDK members $9. Students (13 and up) $6. Others $11. Web site: http://cdk.aactmad.org/.
Kalamazoo - Dance for Fun: An afternoon of variety in couple dances and set dances, for example waltz, contra, English, squares, etc. Singles and couples welcome. Learn style and skill in a relaxed atmosphere. It's a workshop and a party! Local callers. Recorded music. 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. $4 for students, $5 for others. Location: Oshtemo Grange, corner of 3rd Street and H Avenue, west of Kalamazoo. Web site: http://cdk.aactmad.org/.
Kalamazoo - Squares: Dance at the This is a bookstore and Bookbug, 3019 Oakland Dr. 7 pm - lesson; 7:30 pm - dance. Admission: $6, more if you can. All ages. Food and Drink: Beer, wine, kombucha, coffee, tea, sandwiches and snacks available!. Web site: http://www.squaredancekalamazoo.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/squaredancekalamazoo.
Kalamazoo - Squares - Wesley Foundation: Thats Right! Finally a square dance for all ages that you can bike too! Come one come all to to dance your pants off for this special all ages Square Dance. Lessons at 7:30pm, dancing 8-11pm. Location: Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006. $5. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/KalamazoolaginConcertPosse.
Kalamazoo - Squares - Peace House Benefit: The first annual Peace House Stomp will be held at St. Mary’s Social Hall, 939 Charlotte Avenue in Kalamazoo. An hour of family-friendly dancing will open the event, from 7-8pm, and the square dancing will continue until 10pm. Advance tickets are available at select locations throughout Kalamazoo (People’s Food Co-op, Bookbug, Broughton Music) for a suggested donation of $10 per individual or $20 per family, and tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/buildingthepeacehouse.
Kalamazoo - Squares - Great Lakes Acoustic Music Festival: Weekend music festival with a square dance. Workshops, jamming, singing, performances. Web site: http://www.greatlakesacoustic.org/.
Kalamazoo - Squares - All Ages: Dances at the First Congregational Church, 345 West Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI. Dance is from 4 - 7 pm. Price: $5 person. Family Discount: $2 person after 2 tickets purchased at $5. Web site: http://www.squaredancekalamazoo.com/.
Kalamazoo - Square Dance Callers: Event at Oshtemo Grange, 3234 North 3rd St., Kalamazoo 49009 organized by Will Mentor. If you are in the area and interested the details are below. My version of a callers workshop is to have the participants walk thru and call complete squares. Then we spend 5 minutes giving very friendly feedback. Then the next person goes. Even if you have never called a square - we will get you going! Feel like playing music for this? Let me know. 10 am - 4:30 pm, w/ a lunch break. Bring your own lunch! Adult callers: $20, Students $10, Volunteer dancers $0.00! Some scholarship aid may be available. *Mostly recorded music. (possibly some live music). Web site: None.
Kalamazoo - Advanced: Advanced Contra and Square Dance. For dancers who easily dance in time to the music, know the common figures, and easily position and orient themselves moving from one figure to the next. If you often don't know which direction to face or have to hurry to catch up, you will find these dances too difficult to be enjoyable. (But please come to our next regular dance!) Children requiring adult guidance will not enjoy these dances. Admission: CDK members $9. Students (13 and up) $6. Students under 13 free. Others $11. Phone: 269 372 7613. Location: Oshtemo Grange – 3234 N 3rd Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Web site: http://cdk.aactmad.org/.
Lakeview - Summerfest Sesquicentennial Square Dance and Ice Cream Social at the Tamarack District Library – 832 S Lincoln Ave, Lakeview, MI 48850 from 4pm to 6pm. Get dressed up in an old-time outfit, or come in sneakers and blue jeans - whatever you wear, come ready to get some great exercise and have fun with your neighbors! It's easy, it's fun, no partner or previous experience required. The Friends of the Library hosts an Ice Cream Social as a library fundraiser. Bring your dancing shoes, and enjoy a cold treat! Admission: No RSVP, just show up -- and bring a friend or two! EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 989.352.6274 - Web site: None.
Lansing - 1st Saturday: Dances presented by Ten Pound Fiddle. Our monthly contra and square dances are held on the first Saturday of the month October through June at the Central United Methodist Church, 215 North Capitol Ave, Lansing, at 7 pm with basic figures taught prior to the dance at 6:30 pm (dance ends at 10pm) All dances are taught and callers cue the figures. Both beginners and experienced dancers are welcome. Come alone or as a couple. Dress is informal. A dance evening is an opportunity to meet new people, flirt with your partner, enjoy Michigan's finest dance music, exercise your muscles, relax and have a wonderful time. Web site: http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org.
Lansing - 3rd Saturday: Dances presented by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association. Unless otherwise noted, all dances take place at the Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol, in Lansing on the third Saturday of the month. The beginner's workshop starts at 6:30 p.m., the regular dance is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The usual cost is $10 for Looking Glass members (and members of other traditional dance groups), $12 for the public, and $6 for students (high school or college) with ID, and for all first-time dancers. Children and teens under 15 are admitted for free! This is a great and fun family-friendly entertainment deal! Web site: http://lgmaa.org/index.html.
Lansing - Looking Glass Festival: Annual weekend dance festival at the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, Michigan, sponsored by the Looking Glass Music and Arts Association in mid-October. Web site: http://lgmaa.org/lg_festival.html.
Lansing - New Year's Eve: Joint LGMAA/TPF New Year's Eve dance. Potluck dinner 6:30, dance 8:00-Midnight+. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with your dance family – the perfect way to say goodbye to the old year! If you are new to contra dancing, start the year off right with friendly folks and discover a great way to get some fun exercise. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear loose clothes, very comfortable shoes, and be prepared to have a good time! Come for the delicious pot luck at 6:30, followed by a quick workshop on easy contra dance moves at 7:30. For more info, call 517-614-5858. Location: Dewitt Township Community Center, 16101 Brook Rd., Lansing, MI Ticket price: Members - $15/ Non-Members - $18/ Students - $8. Volunteer opportunities available for those who wish to reduce their admission price. For more info, call 517-614-5858. Web site: http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org/index.html.
Lansing - Mid-Winder Grand Ball: Annual event hosted by the 8th Arkansas/22nd Michigan. Refreshments (light supper), door prizes, 50-50 raffle, rifle raffle. Victorian parlour games along with period dances. Huge open wooden dance floor, plenty of space for hoopskirts and mingling. Preceded by a CW swap meet 10 am-3 pm. Swap meet info from Silas, email@example.com - Doors open 6 pm, Grand March 6:30 pm. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. $15/person at the door. 248/628-9212. Central United Methodist Church (215 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI). Web site: None.
Lansing - Harvest Ball: A Grande Ball, featuring 19th century dancing. Beautiful ballroom setting with dancers in Civil War period clothing. The Ball is limited to the first 100 participants. The 7th Michigan's creates a ball so incredibly authentic that the only way to experience a more authentic Civil War ball... would be to actually travel back in time. Refreshments and snacks. The 7th Michigan contact person is Linda Williams. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. $15 in advance/$30 after October 8th. Admission is limited. Register early. Sells out. 517-484-2496 or 517-393-3475. Central United Methodist Church (215 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI). Web site: http://www.7thmichigan.us.
Leslie - 175th Anniversary Dance: As part of its 175th anniversary celebration, Leslie will hold a old-fashioned dance from 3pm to 6pm in downtown Leslie, near the events center. Come as you are or wear a historical costume. Web site: http://www.leslie175.org/.
Lexington - Michigan Dance Heritage Fall Camp: A weekend of good friends, delightful dancing, merry music, and sweet song at Camp Cavell on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron near Lexington, Michigan. Held in mid-September. Register in advance. Web site: http://mdh-online.org/Fall/.
Lexington - Thumbfest: The Bluewater Folk Society sponsors this fee all-day music festival for the entire family with music stages spread throughout downtown Lexington in early September. Thumbfest spotlights acoustic music from traditions as diverse as New Orleans brass to Celtic, PanWorld to blues, Eastern European to Americana. There are multiple stages, workshops, jam sites, dance hall, song circles, children's stage area, crafts and a Hootenanny at the end of the night. Be sure to bring your instrument, lawn chairs AND your singing voice so you can participate in the events. Web site: http://www.thumbfest.org/.
Lexington - CDSS Dance, Music and Spice Week: Week-long English and American Music and Dance Week, including a full daily schedule of classes and workshops including non-music/dance (the "spice"). To be held at Camp Cavell near Lexington. Web site: http://www.cdss.org.
Lincoln - Alcona County Fair: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Alcona County Fairgrounds, 854 N Barlow Rd, Lincoln, MI 48742 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $5. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Lincoln - Lost Lake Woods Club: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Lost Lake Woods Club, 4243 Lost Lake Trail, Lincoln, MI 48742 from 6pm to 9pm. Admission: $5. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Lincoln - Senior Center: Inspiration Alcona, Inc. sponsors a dance at the Lincoln Senior Center, 207 Church St Lincoln, MI 48740 at 7pm. Admission: $5. Bring a partner, wear cool comfortable clothes and non-sticky shoes. The music will be live. Web site: http://inspirationalcona.org/ContraDanceHome.html.
Lincoln - Alcona Arts Retreat: Weekend of art and music workshops inspired by the waters and woods of northeast Michigan. Web site: http://www.inspirationalcona.org.
Madison Heights - Snow Ball: Join us for an evening of music, dance and merriment. Many homeschoolers and homeschool alumni gather here. Family and friends all welcome. Contras, reels & squares. No dance experience necessary. Historic or semi-formal attire appreciated. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Dance 7-10 pm. 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. $8 per person or $25 a family, at the door. 248.546.2814. Club Venetian (29310 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI). Web site: http://www.aactmad.org.
Manchester - Emmanuel Church: Dance at the Emmanuel Church, 324 West Main Street, Manchester, MI. $5 Donation. Soft soled shoes. Sponsored by Manchester Wellness Coalition and Manchester Wellness Center. Come learn how to contra dance! No experience necessary. Ages 18 and up. Dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Web site: None.
Manchester: Dance, Manchester! is holding monthly dances in Manchester. Dances will occur on 2nd Saturday of each month at the Emanuel Church Hall Gym at 324 West Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158. Each dance will start with 30 minutes of instruction. No experience needed. Dance 7:30-10:30 pm, Instruction 7:30-8:00. Admission: $5 suggested donation at the door. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://aactmad.org.
Marquette - Hiawatha Music Festival: Mostly music festival with a contra dance held in late July at the Tourist Park. Each year's event features traditional-music styles that include bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, Celtic, acoustic blues and folk - including singer/songwriters - and dance. Mainstage acts include nationally known performers as well as regional and local favorites. The Festival also has special areas for children and teens with organized activities and performances designed for those age groups. Web site: http://www.hiawathamusic.org/.
Mecosta - Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp: Week-long mostly music camp at the beautiful School Section Lake Youth Camp, (at 90th Avenue and 9 Mile Rd., Mecosta, MI). Register in advance. Held in late June. Web site: http://www.earfuloffiddle.com/index.html.
Midland: The Folklore Society of Midland sponsors on 2nd Saturdays from September to May and occasional dances on various 4th Saturdays. All Dances and Workshops held in the Mirror Room on the lower level - Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue, Midland, MI 48640. Warm up/Pre-dance Lesson 6:30 p.m. Dancing 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Admission is $6 per dance or $60 for a season pass (includes all 16 dances (both regular and advanced)). All ages, beginners and experienced dancers, singles, couples, and families welcome! We suggest cool, casual dress and comfortable shoes for energetic dancing. Water provided. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/contradancemidland/Dances.
Midland - Advanced: The Folklore Society of Midland sponsors on 2nd Saturdays from September to May and advanced dances on various 4th Saturdays. All Dances and Workshops held in the Mirror Room on the lower level - Midland Community Center, 2205 Jefferson Avenue, Midland, MI 48640. Warm up/Pre-dance Lesson 6:30 p.m. Dancing 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Admission is $6 per dance or $60 for a season pass (includes all 16 dances (both regular and advanced)). All ages, beginners and experienced dancers, singles, couples, and families welcome! We suggest cool, casual dress and comfortable shoes for energetic dancing. Water provided. Web site: http://www.folkmusicsociety.org/dances.
Midland - Folk Festival: Held at the Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI 48640, North of US-10, four tenths of a mile on the West, Across the street from Midland Mall in late August. The Midland Folk Music Festival is a complete "folk music experience" and an opportunity to enjoy some wonderful music with other musicians and dancers from near and far in a safe, family-friendly environment. Audience members are always welcome! Mostly music with at least one dance and jam. Web site: http://www.folkmusicsociety.org/p/folk-festival.html.
Midland - Dow Gardens: Get ready for a toe-tappin' good time as you stroll through the Dow Gardens listening to musicians from the Folk Music Society of Midland perform in various sites throughtout the landscape. Event and dance are from 4pm to 6pm. Included with admission to Dow Gardens and/or annual pass. If you tell the person on the receptions desk that you are with the Midland Traditional Dancers you get free admission to the gardens. That means a *free* dance. Location: 1809 Eastman Avenue, Midland, MI. Web site: http://www.dowgardens.org.
Midland - Creative 360: Tribute to Jerry Hickman including dancing. Pleasant experience for experienced and beginning dancers. Event is from 3pm to 4pm; $8. Please RSVP as refreshments will be served. Location: 1517 Bayliss, Midland, MI, 48640. Web site: http://www.becreative360.org.
Midland - Dow Gardens: Contra dance demo at Dow Gardens, 1809 Eastman Avenue, Midland, MI from 4pm to 6pm. Admission to the dance is included with the cost of admission or purchase of annual pass $10.00. Web site: http://www.dowgardens.org.
Milford - Squares - Kensington Metropark: Square dance at Kensington Metropark, 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford, MI 48380. Phone: (810) 227-8910 for tickets. EMail: email@example.com - Phone: (810) 227-8910 Choose either the daytime or the evening sessions: Daddy Daughter Barn Dance 6pm-8pm All Family Barn Dance 8pm-10pm. Join us for foot-stomping family fun in our barn. A square dance caller will walk you and your partner through the basics, providing a visit filled with fun whether you're a beginner or seasoned pro. Great for Moms and sons as well as Dads and daughters. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission: $8 in advance. Web site: http://www.metroparks.com/Farm-Centers.
Milford - Squares - Kensington Metropark: Square dance at Kensington Metropark, 2240 W. Buno Road Milford, MI, 48380. One from 6:00pm to 7:30pm; another from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Will call $8 per ticket, $10 at the door. Call (810) 227-8910 to order. Join us for foot-stomping family fun in our barn. A square dance caller will walk you and your partner through the basics, providing a visit filled with fun whether you're a beginner or seasoned pro. Great for Moms and sons as well as Dads and daughters. Light refreshments will be provided. Choose either the daytime or the evening session. Web site: http://www.metroparks.com/Farm-Centers.
Morley - Squares - Jamboree: Event organized by the Michigan Fiddlers Association at Morley-Stanwood High School, 4700 Northland Dr, Morley. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fiddlers entertaining with backup; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Open Jam; 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Square Dancing. Web site: http://www.michiganfiddlers.com/.
Muskegon - Food Resource Bank: Benefit for Food Resource Bank, a non-profit that deals with world hunger, in partnership with Greenville Community Church, 1201 Jefferson St., Muskegon, MI 49441. 7pm to 10pm. Admission: $10/person, $25/family. Contact Info for this event: Phone: 231-726-3254. Web site: http://www.fccuccmuskegon.org/site/cs/index.asp.
Northville - Mill Race: Dances at the New School Church, Mill Race Historical Village, with a lesson at 12:30pm and a dance from 1pm to 4pm. All ages and experience levels are welcome to the Mill Race Contra Dance. Wear comfortable clothing. Only clean, indoor, smooth-soled shoes are permitted for dancing. The cost for general admission is $10 and $8 for students, AACTMAD members and Northville Historical Society members. The cost for a family is $20 ($15 for families with NHS membership). Web site: http://www.millracenorthville.org.
Northville - Salem Area Historical Society Benefit Barn Dance: Barn dance from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Three Cedars Farm, Three Cedars Farm – 7897 Six Mile Road, Northville, MI 48167. Admission at the door is $5 per person will be used to maintain the Jarvis-Stone School and the Dickerson Barn. Families and groups are encouraged to attend. Cider and donuts available for purchase. Proceeds will be used to benefit SAHS. EMail: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://188.8.131.52/~sahshist/.
Petosky: The Bliss Fest Music Organization sponsors dances at the Carnegie Building in Petoskey at 7:30pm. The Country Dance Series is a great way to experience an evening of old-Time fun for the whole family. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. The Blissfest Music Organization continues to present this series as part of our commitment to sharing cultural heritage and providing a great way to socialize like folks used to do. All Dances $3/person, $5/couple or $7/family and are held on the first Saturday of the month. Call 348-7047 for more information. All dances are taught and children are welcome. Dance beging at 7:30pm and sometimes there is also a jam session for new players at 6:30. Please call ahead regarding the jam session. Web site: http://www.blissfest.org/old-time-country-dances.
Petoskey - Red Sky Stage: The Bliss Fest Music Organization sponsors dances at the Red Sky State, 445 East Mitchtell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770 at 7:30pm. The Country Dance Series is a great way to experience an evening of old-Time fun for the whole family. All dances are taught and there is a live band and caller. The Blissfest Music Organization continues to present this series as part of our commitment to sharing cultural heritage and providing a great way to socialize like folks used to do. All Dances $3/person, $5/couple or $7/family and are held on the first Saturday of the month. Call 348-7047 for more information. All dances are taught and children are welcome. Dance beging at 7:30pm and sometimes there is also a jam session for new players at 6:30. Please call ahead regarding the jam session. Web site: http://www.blissfest.org/old-time-country-dance-series.
Remus - Wheatland Music Festival: Each year thousands of people converge on the 160-acre festival site to enjoy a wide variety of activities, as well as the star-studded lineup on the main stage. There is a juried arts and crafts show, a raffle, children's activities, teen and young adult activities, instrument and dance workshops, music, food, fellowship and fun. Impromptu jam sessions can be found throughout the campgrounds all weekend long. The annual Wheatland Music Festival is held the first weekend after Labor day in September. Tickets are sold in advance only and are discounted for paid members. Sunday only tickets are available at the gate. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/home.asp.
Remus - Traditional Arts Weekend: Come for the weekend, the day, an individual workshop or for the evening. Traditional Arts Weekend (formerly known as Dance Camp) is an annual event held over the Memorial Day weekend on the Wheatland Festival grounds near Remus, Michigan. The Community Education committee provides over 80 workshops in traditional forms of dance, music, crafts, vocal, and instrument instruction that participants might not otherwise be exposed to. A silent auction is also held during the weekend. Free primitive camping for participants. Food is available to purchase on site. Traditional Arts Weekend has become a very popular Wheatland event for those seeking more personal instruction. Participants can register for the entire weekend or a single day. A flyer with performers, classes, schedule and registration information is mailed in the spring. Contact the Wheatland office at 989-967-8879 for a copy. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/home.asp.
Remus - 4th Saturdays: These dances will feature live old-time traditional acoustic music provided by local musicians and callers. Dances (contras, squares, depending on the night) will begin at 7:o0 PM in the Gladys Wernette building on the Wheatland Music site near Remus, MI, and are open to the public. All dances are taught and beginners are welcome. No partner is required. $5 per person at the door. For those dances with a potluck prior to the dance, please bring your own table service. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org.
Remus - Wheatland Summer Music Camp: Professional instruction will be provided by nationally-recognized musicians and dancers from the traditional music and arts community. Day and evening programming. Instrument classes, jams, concerts, dancing, etc. Camping, food and shower services are included in the registration fee. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/summer-music-camp/.
Remus - Wheatland Music and Dance Week: Professional instruction will be provided by nationally-recognized musicians and dancers from the traditional music and arts community. Day and evening programming. Instrument classes, jams, concerts, dancing, etc. Camping, food and shower services are included in the registration fee. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org/june-mad-week/.
Remus - 3rd Saturday: These dances will feature live old-time traditional acoustic music provided by local musicians and callers. Dances (cajun, contras, squares, depending on the night) will begin at 7:00 PM in the Gladys Wernette building on the Wheatland Music site near Remus, MI, and are open to the public. All dances are taught and beginners are welcome. No partner is required. $5 per person at the door; under 18 free. Web site: http://www.wheatlandmusic.org.
Rodney - Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp: Week-long mostly music camp at the Camp Brethren Heights (at 9478 Brethren Heights, Rodney, MI). Register in advance. Held in mid June. Web site: http://www.earfuloffiddle.com/index.html.
St. Clair Shores: Dance from 7:00pm until 10:00pm at the Bon Brae Center, 22300 Bon Brae St., St. Clair Shores, MI. (near 11 Mile Rd. and I-94). All dances taught. No partner required. $10. pre-registration, $15. at the door. For pre-registration: 1-800-633-7377 For more information: 1-586-779-7900. Web site: None.
Saline - Celtic Festival: Join us for one of the most anticipated Celtic festivals in southeast Michigan! Just 45 minutes from downtown Detroit, Saline Michigan hosts 2 days of Celtic music and dance entertainment, workshops, sporting events, and much more for the whole family! Includes a barn dance and a ceili. Web site: http://www.salineceltic.org.
South Haven - Squares: Dance at the Foundry Hall, 422 Eagle Street from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Admission: $7, $5 members. Web site: http://www.foundryhall.org.
South Lyon - Squares: Traditional Square Dancing - Old Time Square Dances, specifically geared for those who have never square danced before, and for those who can only square dance occasionally. Traditional square dances are those dances which were in common use before 1954. They are simple dances, yet a lot of fun for both necomers and old-hands alike. Traditional Square Dances are the perfect square dance for those who can only come occasionally, and cannot make a committment to come on a weekly basis. All of these dances are walked through and taught thouroughly so that people who have never square danced before can easily join in! First Tuesday of every Month, 7:00-9:30 pm (except July, August and September)(new beginners welcome to these dances any night!) Location: VFW Hall, 125 E. McHattie St. South Lyon, MI 48148. Cost: $4 per person. No experience necessary. Dress casual. Couples and singles welcome. Families Welcomed! Web site: http://squaredancemichigan.tripod.com/oldtyme.html.
Traverse City: The BAYSIDE TRAVELLERS DANCE SOCIETY promotes traditional music and dance. Our goals are education, increased community awareness and participation in traditional and folk music and dance. All ages, skills, and interest levels are welcome to participate. Contra and Square dances are held on the second Saturday of the month, October through June. Bands provide live music. All dances are taught, and no partner is necessary. Clean shoes are requested and a smooth bottom to the shoe is helpful for ease of movement. With our newdance floor installed it is important that we have clean shoes to change into once you have arrived at the hall. All dances start with a skills workshop from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Dances start at 7:30 p.m and run until 10:30 p.m. Our dances are held at various locations. Admission costs: $9.00 members, $11.00 general public, $7.00 Students ages 13 and up-college with ID. $12.00 individual membership (annual); $17.00 family membership (annual). Web site: http://www.dancetc.com/bayside.htm.
Traverse City - Human Nature School Hoedown: The School is holding a Hoedown Celebration fundraiser from 2pm to 7pm at the Twin Lakes Park and Gilbert Lodge and a dance is one of the several activities that participants can engage in. $10 suggested donation per person or a $15 suggested donation per family. Web site: http://humannatureschool.org.
Troy: The Oakland County Traditional Dance Society sponsors dances on the 4th Saturday of the month (except December and February (it is in mid-February)) from 8pm to 11pm with a beginners' lesson at 7:30pm. Normal admission prices - General public: $10; Students or OCTDS members: $8; children under 12: Free! Note: as a courtesy, we offer a $2 discount to members of AACTMAD, CDSS and other traditional dance organizations OR bring a dessert or refreshment for the break and get $3 off! Location: First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098. Web site: http://www.octds.org/.
Troy - Summer Festival: Special day (afternoon - advanced; evening - for everyone) of dancing. All sessions are $12, bring some snacks for the dance and get $3 off! OCTDS, FUMC and members of other dance organizations get $2 off for the evening session only. Location: First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098. Web site: http://www.octds.org/.
Troy - New Year's Eve: The Oakland County Traditional Dance Society sponsors a New Year's Eve dinner and dance. Location: First United Methodist Church of Troy, 6363 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098. Web site: http://www.octds.org/.
Vicksburg - Squares: Dance at the Farmers' Market, 301 N. Richardson St., Vicksburg, MI 49097 from 6pm to 11pm. Admission $5, kids under 10 are free. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/vicksburgfarmersmarket/.
West Olive - Camp Blodgett Fundraiser: Traditional music and dance for the whole family! This event will make you smile! Helen and Ruby want to make sure everyone can experience the joy of traditional music and dance! Donations are encouraged! All proceeds for this year's event to benefit traditional music and dance programming at Camp Blodgett and the Beaver Island Music Festival. Location - Camp Blodgett. 10451 Lakeshore Drive. West Olive, MI 49460. Questions: Contact Lisa or Paul or email email@example.com - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/201700623500582/.
Wyoming - Squares: Join us for a night of fun and square dancing for dults and Teens (13 and up) from 6:45PM to 9:00PM at HSB, Inc. - 5625 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming 49509. Attire: Jeans, overalls, skirts, t-shirts...Something comfortable to dance in! $10 per person payable at the door with cash.. RSVP to Sherri DeVries 616-534-5162 - Call or Text - **RSVPs appreciated; however, timely walk-ins will be accepted!** Local homeschool mom, Sherri DeVries, is organizing two more Square Dances for adults and teens! All proceeds from the events will go to benefit the HSB! Please arrive on-time as this is an instructional dance. It is very hard for the instructor to reform squares and restate all previous instruction to late comers. Questions? Need to RSVP? Sherri DeVries - 616-534-5162. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/HomeSchoolBuilding/.
Ypsilanti - Dawn Dance: Weekend dance festival held in late February at the Ypsilanti Middle School, 105 N. Mansfield St., Ypsilanti MI. Includes Contras, English country, Couple dancing, Workshops and Late Night Party! Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.aactmad.org/ddw/.
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*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Iowa link will bring you to the Central Iowa Barn Dance Association. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.