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Contra Dancing in Anchorage, Alaska
Dancing Bears Events Calendar

2020 Dance Schedule -- Anchorage
Dances begin at 7:30 Friday unless other wise noted.  Most 2nd and 4th Fridays.
Most dances are at Wendler Middle School, 2905 Lake Otis Parkway
The Location link takes you to Google maps to our venue locations.

DATE              LOCATION            BAND                    CALLER                                       

Jan 10             Wendler                 Fat Weasel            Jess Winn

Feb 14            Wendler                  Boreal Notes         Bob Hume

Feb 28            Wendler                  $10 Bet                 Brian DeMarcus

Mar 13            Carpenters Hall     Cancelled due to concern of Coronavirus spread.

Mar 27            Wendler                 Cancelled due to concern of Coronavirus spread.

Apr 10            Wendler                 Cancelled due to concern of Coronavirus spread.

Apr 24            Wendler                 Cancelled due to concern of Caronavirus spread.

May  8            Wendler                Cancelled due to concern of Caronavirus spread.

May 21           Wendler                Cancelled due to concern of Caronavirus spread.

May 22 - 25    DANCE CAMP has been Cancelled due to concern of Caronavirus spread.

Plus take a look at the Palmer Dances in the box below.

​All Dancing Bears events, dances, and Dance Camp have been cancelled due to concern of the spread of Coronavirus.  We look forward to seeing you in September for a new season!

​Dances are scheduled each 2nd and 4th Friday of the month to provide a predictable schedule for your calendar.

7:30 to 10:30 pm at Wendler. Easier Dances early in the evening.  Some dances are planned as Dance Party.  These dances will feature more challenging dance towards the end of the evening.

Plus, DANCE WITH OUR FRIENDS IN PALMER!  1st and 3rd Thursdays

For more, see the schedule boxes below

Please Bring clean dry shoes to dance in. Help us keep our dance floors free of wet dirt and slush. Thanks!


WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursdays; 6:40-7pm LESSON for beginners and those who would like to help beginners; 7-9:30pm DANCE!

WHERE: the Palmer Salvation Army, 12271 E Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, Palmer, AK 99645


HOW MUCH: $9 for adults, $5 for students, little ones dance for free

Maria D'Agostino will be calling most dances.

Jan 30 (Thurs) Shonti and Friends

Feb 4 (Tues) Shonti and Friends

Feb 20 (Thurs) Ten Dollar Bet

Mar 5 (Thurs) Ten Dollar Bet

Mar 19 Cancelled

Apr 2  Cancelled

Apr 23  Cancelled

May 7 (Thurs) Shonti and Friends

May 19 (Tues) Ten Dollar Bet

PS - Please bring a water bottle if you can!

This is how we take care of each other and our community now and always-

Please choose to stay home if you are sick

If you have to cough or sneeze, cover with your elbow or shirt
(better yet leave the room/cough/then wash)

Washing hands– Sing a little song while you work the soap all over your hands 
to ensure you wash for at least 20 seconds.

Hot water and mechanical action with soap is what will carry away the germs.

Don’t touch your face-This can take self-awareness and practice.

We have Antibacterial products around. They work best on Clean hands.

Sing Twinkle Twinkle, Happy Birthday, Row Row Row your Boat.

Songs work equally well for Coronavirus, Influenze A, B and the Common Cold.
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. The virus danger is still with us. Dancing Bears has yet to make plans to return to in-person contra dancing events. At present, we have no way to predict when it will be safe to plan and schedule such events. Much of the content of this website has been left intact but portrays the way things were to us as of March 2020. The Dancing Bears wants to begin offering in-person contra dancing once certain it is safe to do so. Right now we have no way to know when that will be.

Please stay healthy. Help break this pandemic. Wear masks. Follow trusted medical guidelines. Avoid large gatherings. We can then get back to dancing, sooner, rather than never.