The Alaska Contradance Connection

A listing of all known contradance groups in the state


In case you didn’t know – contradance is like square dancing, but usually in lines.

  • Contra Borealis Dancers Fairbanks. For those who love good music and almost know left from right. Beginners are welcome. Every first Friday and 3rd Saturday at Pioneer Park Dance Hall – 8:00 pm September through May with an abbreviated summer schedule. You can pay $10.00 at the door, or become a member, which gets you in a bit cheaper, plus gives you access to their annual dance camp weekend at Lost Lake (near Harding Lake) Labor Day weekend – a real blast. Call 907-488-2001 or info@contraborealis.org.

  • Fairbanks Dance Central – A broader look at the social dance community in Fairbanks.

  • Dancing BearsAnchorage. They do some really bizarre and fun things, like contradancing on ice skates and host a Memorial Day weekend dance camp. Email to akdancingbears@gmail.com or call 907-566-2327

  • Juneau Folk Dance Community hosts Thursday Night Contradances, Friday Barn Dances and more>. For Juneau contra info, email doug@juneaucontras.org

  • Homer has regular contra and square dances. Email Peggie Ellen at peggy.ellen.k@gmail.com or try Laura Patty at (907) 235-0173 for info.

  • Sitka currently has two contra dances in Sitka. The Family Contra Dance and the Contra Dance Plus. Further info, contact Steve Ash at
    Steve@SitkaBay.com or 907-747-4550. They also have a Sitka Folk Facebook page where dances may be listed.

  • Kenai – Kenai River Folk Dancers contra dances are held, last I heard, third Saturdays from September through April, 7 to 10 p.m. at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School between Kenai and Soldotna. They have an open Yahoo group you can check out. For more information, call Heidi Chay – chay(at)alaska.com / 283-9227, or Phil North at panorth(at)alaska.net / 283-2644.

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If there is a contradance group in Alaska that is not listed here and would like to be, send the information via email to gary(at)alaskafolkmusic.org .