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 Nebraska including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Nebraska 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.
As of September 3, 2020, the dance listings should be fairly up to date including whether dances are canceled although I am behind in keeping up to date with festivals, weekends, etc.. Some dances series have not posted new information about dance cancellations since April or even March but if a dance series has not indicated that a dance is canceled, I strongly recommend that you contact the dance organizers to confirm that the dance is happening. For those series that have posted that dances are canceled for the "foreseeable future" or the equivalent, I've put a cancelation notice for dances up to and including October 31, 2020. In mid-October, I'll follow up for the September dates. You'll notice that, in many cases, information about evening/afternoon dances is getting "thin". Many dance groups post dates a few months ahead and dances have been canceled for much of the last three months. Organizations are not posting new dates until they confirm that they will start holding dances so you may not see the usual dates for dance series because they have not been posted, even with cancelations. Also note that some dance weekends, etc. are already postponing events from winter/spring of 2021 to similar dates in 2022.
Conversations and cancelations are happening every day in connection with dances as part of regular series and also weekends, festivals, etc. I'll try to keep current as much as possible, but please check the individual web sites, Facebook groups/pages, e-mail lists, etc. for the most up-to-date information about a dance or other event that you may want to attend.
Lincoln - Contra Dance of Lincoln: An evening of dancing, fun, friends, and great snacks! Come join us! Every first Saturday at 7th Street Loft, 504 South 7th Street, 3rd floor, Lincoln, NE 68508. Time: 7:30pm to 10:15pm. Students $5.00 Adults $8.00 and 12 and under are Free. Maximum $20 per family. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/contradancelincoln/.
Omaha: Contra Dance Omaha sponsors contras on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Seymour Elementary School, 4900 S. 79th Street in Ralston. Singles & new dancers are welcome. All dances are taught or walked through beforehand! Please wear soft-soled, non-scuffing shoes. Cost is $6 per person, students half price, children under 12 free if supervised by parent! For more information, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 334-0678. For more info about Omaha Scandinavian dances before contra dances, call Jim Solheim, 402-393-6108. Web site: http://www.singreadplay.com/OmahaContraDance.html.
Omaha - Habitat Omaha Benefit: Dance location: First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St., Omaha, NE 68132 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! The Benefit Barn Dance will feature squares, rounds, contras, polkas, waltzes and more. Suggested donation $10 (for those over 18 years old), all proceeds go to Habitat Omaha. For More Information, Contact: 402-884-7390 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.habitatomaha.org/.
Omaha - Scandinavian Folkdance Workshop: Weekend event at the German American Society on 120th Street in Omaha, Nebraska featuring music, concerts, and dancing. Web site: http://singreadplay.com/OmahaScandinavianDance.html.
Omaha - Squares - ABC: This is a fun dance set up in the traditional square dance style with a combination of the traditional style of dance (where the movements are taught so that someone with minimal experience can come and dance) with alternating tips of modern western square dancing. We walk thru the figure before we dance it to a singing call. We use recorded music. We dance on 2nd and 4th Saturday at the Sacred Heart School, 540 N 31st St · Lincoln, NE from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Cost is $5/person. Web site: https://www.meetup.com/Omaha-ABC-Community-Square-Dancing//
Ralston - Habitat Omaha Benefit: Dance location: Trinity United Methodist Church, 8009 Q St, Ralston, NE 68127 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! The Benefit Barn Dance will feature squares, rounds, contras, polkas, waltzes and more. No experience needed. Homemade cookies and drinks will be available for $0.25 each. Suggested donation $10 (for those over 18 years old), all proceeds go to Habitat Omaha. Please note that this year the dance will take place at a new location: Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston. First United Methodist Church's hall is not available as it is undergoing a remodel. For More Information, Contact: Kathy Wood, email@example.com - (402) 397-4673. Web site: http://www.habitatomaha.org/.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. 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.