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 Nevada including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Nevada 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.
Black Rock Desert - Burning Man Contra: A series of contra dances held as part of the Burning Man event. Web site: http://www.contraburners.org/.
Boulder City: Dances at 600 Nevada Way, Boulder City, Department of Water and Power Building. Newcomers' orientation from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Dancing from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Web site: http://www.lasvegascountrydance.org/home.html.
Carson City: Fun Family Dance! is a Carson City area dance which includes contra dance and other historical American dances, always danced to live traditional music. We were formerly called Pioneer Family Dance. Dances are usually held at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N Carson St from 6:00 to 8:30PM on the 4th or 5th Sunday of the month. Web site: http://ffd.raincloudpub.com/.
Carson City - Halloween: Special dance on Halloween. Fun Family Dance! is a Carson City area dance which includes contra dance and other historical American dances, always danced to live traditional music. We were formerly called Pioneer Family Dance. Dance is held at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N Carson St from 6:00 to 10:00pm. Web site: http://ffd.raincloudpub.com/.
Carson City - New Year's Eve: Special New Year's Eve dance at the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N Carson St from 8:00pm to midnight. Buy tickets in advance for a discount. Snacks (sandwiches, vegie trays. sushi, cookies) and drinks will be provided throughout the evening and are included in the price. We encourage you to bring and refill your own water container rather than using bottled water. This dance is more formal or elegant than our regular dances, so we welcome you to play dress up, but there is no dress code. We encourage everyone to dance in soft soled shoes which are not worn outside, in order to protect the dance floor, but again, there is no shoe code. This dance is also a fundraiser for Fun Family Dance that helps us make it through the rest of the year, and funds the youth scholarships. Web site: http://ffd.raincloudpub.com/.
Gardnerville - DAWG Benefit Dance: Benefit for the Douglas Animal Welfare Group. Location: Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, NV. Dinner at 6:30pm, dance is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission: $15 including drinks, pizza and dessert (donated by Papa Murphy's for DAWG's benefit). All dances taught. Casual attire, family-friendly and alcohol free. Web site: http://www.dawgrescue.com/.
Gardnerville: The Carson Valley Contra Dance will be at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Ln, Gardnerville. Beginner’s workshop will be at 6:30 p.m. and the main dance will be at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $10 over 16 years, $3 for 16 and under and free for non-dancers. Come dance with us – no experience or partner needed – if you can walk, you can contra dance. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a water bottle. This is an alcohol free event. Information, Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-461-5284. Web site: None.
Las Vegas: The Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers sponsor contra dances on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at the Charleston Heights Art Center, 800 South Brush Street (two blocks northwest of Decatur and Charleston) from 6:30pm to 9:30pm with a lively evening of contra dancing, with mixers, waltzes, and other dances thrown in for variety. New dancer orientation starts at 6:30 pm on the night of the dance and typically lasts about 20 minutes. Orientation includes a teaching session for the basic figures and courtesies. If you moved here from another community, come enjoy the lively music, camaraderie, and laughter, and get your dancing fix! Cost: The recommended donation at Boulder City for an evening of Contra dance is $5.00 for Southern Nevada Old-Time Contra Dancers, active Military personnel, students and 1st time visitors to our Contras, with $10.00 for non-members. Web site: http://www.lasvegascountrydance.org/home.html.
Reno: The Sierra Contra Dance Society hosts dances on the 2nd Saturday of the month (except July and August) at the Southside Cultural Center, 190 E. Liberty, 2 blocks east of Virginia Street. The dance fee is $10.00, but SCDS members get a $2.00 discount. New to contra dancing? Please come at 7:15 PM for beginners' session. Web site: http://sierracontra.org/.
Reno - Truckee Meadows Community College: Cindy Gray has invited contra dancers to attend her TMCC class this evening. She has a small class that is very enthusiastic about traditional music and dance, and she would like them to experience contra dance. We'll do a few easy and fun dances. This is a chance to recruit more dancers to our community, and an opportunity to give back to Cindy who gives so much to our dance, and to the community which always benefits from knowing and enjoying traditional forms. The class is the the Truckee Meadows Community College Meadows Center at 5270 NeilRoad, Reno. The TMCC building looks like an office building, and is among other several-story office buildings on the east side of Neil Road behind the Meadowood Mall. The class starts at 7:30, and Chris Bayer will first be doing a presentation on traditional music. You are welcome to come for the whole class, or just the dancing part. If just the dancing, please email or call Dan, email@example.com / 775-997-4937 for the exact details. There is some possibility of carpooling from Carson City, and if you are interested, please contact Dan. Web site: None.
Reno - Urban Farm Fest: Event from 3-8pm, River School Farm, 777 White Fir St., Reno, NV. Farm menagerie, food, drink, speakers and a dance. Web site: http://www.riverschoolfarm.org/portfolio/urban-farm-fest/.
Reno - Waltz - Workshop: Five consecutive Fridays. No experience needed, no partner needed. Beginning at the beginning, and progressing to intermediate and advanced. 6:30pm Open Dancing; 7pm to 9pm Waltz Workshop. Location: The Hall at Comstock Chapel, 14770 Chamy Drive, Reno NV 89521 (corner Geiger Grade, 1/4 mile past 7/11). $40 per person for the entire set. Web site: http://www.waltzworkshop.com.
Reno - USAWest Square Dance Convention: Modern Western Square Dance event that sometimes has a contra/barn dance. Web site: http://www.nevada.usawest.net/.
Virginia City - Americana Festival: Mostly music festival at a number of venues in Virginia City in mid-July. Usually one dance. Web site: http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/events/americana-music-festival.html.
Washoe Valley - Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival: Mostly music festival held in mid-August. A bit of dancing included. Web site: http://www.bowersbluegrassfestival.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.