Contra Dancing in Corvallis

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” at 7:30 pm
  • The “main” dance is from 8 pm to 11 pm with an intermission
  • Newcomers are welcome
  • We draw dancers from every age and ability from teens to retirees
  • Every dance starts with a “walk through” to teach the dance sequence, and is called during the dance
  • Regular price is $7.00 at the door. CFS members get a $1 discount. There are occasional “special” dances with “special” 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 Frank or Karen at (541) 745-1002 or cfs.contradances @

Corvallis Contradance Weekend

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

Local Callers and Bands

Pacific Northwest Contra Dance 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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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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