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PDX Contra Dance to live music and then Pub
This is an all-ages, all-are-welcome, community dance event with live music and caller. There are always new folks in attendance as well as experienced dancers who will be happy to show you the ropes. Please RSVP so folks who are shy about showing up alone will know they are among friends! Tonight’s contra dance features two callers: Susie Kendig & Eric Curl with music from house band, The BFD (Betsy Branch on fiddle, Fran Slefer on button accordion and Dan Compton on guitar). As always there will be a lesson for newcomers at 7:30 and the dancing will start at 8 pm. At around 9:30, we’ll have a waltz, then a break, then more dancing until we end at 11 with a final waltz. Afterwards, we’ll adjourn to the Hillsdale Pub (1505 SW Sunset Blvd) for socializing with friends old and new. It’s fine to come by yourself, as you’ll find plenty of partners on the dance floor! Contra dancing is aerobic so dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes preferably with suede or leather soles (or you can wear any kind of shoes with a sock pulled over them!) Cost: $6 for students/seniors, $8 general admission. Please bring cash or check.

Fulton Park Community Center

68 SW Miles Street (Off Barbur Blvd, just past Bertha) · Portland, OR

What we're about

This group is for those with the dancing itch and anyone who has ever looked wistfully at dancers and thought, "Ugh, I wish I could do that, but it seems complicated and scary." This group is for the adorkable, the introverted nerds, the teetotalers who feels lost in the bar and club scene. This group is for folks who love live music and want to dance or start to learn with a very accessible dance form :)

We are part of an all-ages, all-are-welcome, community dance. We get together for live music with contra dancing and post-dance socializing weekly and for special events. There's no drinking during the dance. Pub time after is limited to 21+. Everyone dances with everyone, and there are always new folks as well as experienced dancers who will be happy to show you the ropes, so there's no pressure to bring a sweetie. We love beginners, and it's a perfect place for non-dancers to start. Every dance is taught before it starts, so there's not a lot of complicated terminology to remember. It's legitimately all-ages - from 18 to 80 (and up). We will ask you dance. You can dance with any partner of any gender you want do. You can wear whatever you want to. We tend to recommend twirly skirts and smooth-soled shoes, because spinning is more fun that way!

So join our community of lovely Portland people for dance and a social community! :) :) :)

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