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! :) :) :)

Upcoming events (5+)

PDX Contra Dance to live music and then Pub

Fulton Park Community Center

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 new-in-town caller Janet Grove with music by the always exciting band, The Euphemists (Alan Snyder, Dave Goldman, Jerry Nelson, Kaye Blessener, Paula Hamlin). 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: sliding scale, $6-$15. Please bring cash or check.

PDX Contra Dance to live music and then Pub

Fulton Park Community Center

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 the creative and quirky calling of young Noah Grunzweig with music from UnLeashed! -- one of Portland's many excellent local bands. 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: sliding scale, $6-$15. Please bring cash or check.

PDX Contra Dance to live music and then Pub

Fulton Park Community Center

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 all local talent: music by Coriolis (Victor Fiore on fiddle, Dave Hamlin on mandolin, Jon Neff on bass) along with expert calling by Laurel Thomas. 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: sliding scale, $6-$15. Please bring cash or check.

PDX Contra Dance to live music and then Pub

Fulton Park Community Center

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 the hilarious, nationally known caller Susan Michaels with top-grade music by house band, Jigsaw (George Penk, Heather Pinney, Dan Compton). 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!) Admission is on a sliding scale: $6-$15. Please bring cash or check.

Past events (177)

PDX Contra Dance to live music and then Pub

Fulton Park Community Center

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