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Contra Dancing in Anchorage, Alaska
Dancing Bears
 is a nonprofit, member run, participant oriented, dance organization located in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Contra Dancing is our most popular activity, featuring live traditional music performed by local bands.  Contra Dancing is an energetic enjoyable activity that promotes healthy life stlye, and provides an excellent opportunity to socialize and meet new friends.  We dabble in some square dances too.

Because most of our activities are organized and staffed by enthusiastic volunteers, we do our best to keep event costs down.

Explore this website to learn more about Dancing Bears, our organization, and the activities we sponsor.  

Plan to attend an event soon and join in the fun!

Plus -- We offer GREAT discount admission prices to first time dancers, and to Students.


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We intend to begin a regular schedule of Contra Dances in Fall of 2022. Watch for details on this website, the Dancing Bears Community Facebook page, and our free Listserver!

The foremost event of the year, is Dance Camp, held each Memorial Day weekend, at Kings Lake near Wasilla.  Dance Camp was canceled in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to pandemic concern.

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Kind of like square dancing in a line.  We don't require you to attend lessons or wear special costumes.  Learn just by coming to your first dance, but come early.  The first dances of the evening are the easiest!
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2023 Contra Dances!  (Dates are Tenative, but Likely)

​Jan13 - Friday Caller: Jess Winn, Band: 10 $ Bet

ANCHORAGE FOLK FESTIVAL is Jan 19 thru 29

Feb 10 - Friday Caller: Brian DeMarcus, Band: Big Chimney Barn Dance

Feb 24 - Friday Caller: Jess Winn, Band: CONTRAILS

Beginning January 2023, We will start Charging for dances, using a sliding scale, from $10 - $25. 
Kids 12 and under FREE, other Students $5. Cash or Check. Credit Cards soon.

Dance starts at 7:30 at the Nave.  3502 Spenard Road
THE RUMORS ARE TRUE!    Contra Dancing is Alive and Well in Anchorage Alaska!
COVID-19. March 2020. Life changed. The Dancing Bears quickly realized the danger of this threat to our core activities and were forced to cancel planned events such as contra dances and the annual Memorial Day weekend dance camp. We understand the virus danger is still with us. We are cautiously returning to in-person contra dancing events.
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