Contra Dancing in Corvallis


Regular CFS contra dance evenings in Corvallis are on the first and third Saturday of the month except in July and August. There are occasional special dances too.

Please check the Calendar of Contra dances for individual dance details.

  • Our dances always have a caller and live music, usually a band with 3 or 4 members who play a lively mix of instruments that might include fiddle, guitar, mandolin, piano, banjo, (bag) pipes or pretty much anything
  • We begin with a “newcomer’s session” of dance instruction at 7:30 pm
  • The “main” dance is from 8 pm to 11 pm with an intermission
  • Beginners are always welcome. We think this is a very easy and
  • We draw dancers from every age and ability from teens to retirees
  • Dances starts with a “walk through” to teach the dance sequence, and is called during the dance
  • The price is now a sliding scale of $8 to $10 at the door. CFS members get a $2 discount, as do people who arrive by bike or foot. People 18 and under get in free. There are occasional special dances with visiting special and nationwide bands at different prices.
  • We suggest that dancers wear “cool, comfortable, casual clothes”. “Swirly” skirts are common, as are shorts (contra is aerobic!).
  • We suggest flat shoes with clean soft soles. Tennis or gym shoes are fine.
  • Please refrain from wearing fragrances, perfumes, and colognes. Some of our dancers have chemical sensitivities.

Quite often, a CFS member will host a potluck before the evening dance. Often, several dancers will get together at a local bar or restaurant after the dance to talk and wind down.

For more information contact Jennifer Carlin: phone: 541.231.0008 or email: Contras @

The September 2017 to June 2018 Contradance Schedule

Let’s Dance! Sponsored by the Corvallis Folklore Society
Contras 1st and 3rd Saturdays (mid-September to June) in Corvallis
Sat Sep 16 Joyride Tunes with Susan Petrick
Sat Oct 7 Nettles with Lindsey Dono
Sat Oct 21 Full Moon with Laurel Thomas
Sat Nov 4 Broken Top with Noah Grunzweig
Sat Nov 18 KGB
@ Wilson Elementary school
with William Watson
Sat Dec 2 Penk, Pinney & Lindsey
First Methodist Church, Wesley
with Erik Weberg
Sat Dec 16 Nettles with Woody Lane
Sat Jan 6 Campaign for Reel Time with Mary Devlin
Sat Jan 20 Cascade Crossing with Ric Goldman
Sat Feb 3 Broken Top with Rich Goss
Sun Feb 18 Uncle Farmer &
The Free Raisins
with Susan Petrick &
Will Mentor
Sat Mar 3 Countercurrent with Sonya Kaufman
Thu Mar 8 The Nettles with Woody Lane
Sat Mar 17 Hands4 with William Watson
Sat Apr 7 Euphemists with Eric Curl
Sat Apr 21 Unleashed! with Erik Weberg
Sat May 5 The Bridgetown Boys with Tarka Ayers
Sat May 19 The Nettles with Michael Karcher
Sat Jun 2 Intentcity with Jacqui Grennen
Sat Jun 16 Treehouse with Noah Grunzweig
Regular dances start at 8:00pm     Newcomers instructions at 7:30 pm.
Price is $8-10 sliding scale CFS members/students – $2off,; bikers/hikers -$1 off; 18 & under get in free!
Most dances are at Gatton Hall, 4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis, Oregon, 97333
From downtown take Western Ave. Past the 35th St light, bear right onto West Hills Rd.
Gatton Hall is at the First Congregational Church over the hill on the right.
We have pot-luck dinners before most dances. Check the web page for that dance.


 Corvallis Contradance Weekend

Each Presidents day weekend, we host the Corvallis Contradance Weekend, a full weekend of contra dance, music and community.

Pacific Northwest Contra Dance Callers and Bands

Information for Callers and Bands

Corvallis Dance Locations:

FCC Gatton Hall (First Congregational Church)
4515 West Hills Road, Corvallis, Oregon

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FUMC Community Hall (First United Methodist Church)
1166 NW Jackson Avenue. We use the community center, on the southwest corner of 11th and Jackson. It has a large parking lot.

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Chintimini Senior and Community Center
2601 NW Tyler Ave

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Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
1112 Northwest Circle Blvd, 757-1909

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Cheldelin Middle School
987 NE Conifer, between Hwy. 99 and Hwy. 20.

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Other dance/Music Events

Salem Folklore’s Westwind Weekend, May 4-6, 2018 at Camp Westwind near Lincoln City, OR.

Where else can I dance?

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