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→  February 24, Saturday, Contra Dance! Chico Schwall and Friends with Woody Lane calling


Chico Schwall plays, sings, writes songs and agitates as a soloist and with groups such as the Low T..

→  March 3, South Coast Folk Society Callers' Workshop


South Coast Folk Society Callers' Workshop A FREE CLASS CALLERS' WORKSHOP Teacher: Stacy Ro..

→  March 9, Friday, Treehouse with Karen Olsen calling


Treehouse is comprised of Bo Leyden (mandolin, banjo, flute), Becky Dorsey (fiddle), Benjamin Young ..

→  March 24, Saturday Euphemists with Gordy Euler calling


The Euphemists are not your ordinary contra dance band. Yes, they have fiddle and piano (provided by..

→  April 14, Saturday Slippery Slope String Band with Sue Baker calling


Sue Baker has been calling dances for over 10 years all over the Pacific Northwest. Sue says “..

→  April 28, Saturday Contra Swings Duo with Ric Goldman calling


Ric Goldman, now based in Portland, calls contra and English Country dances coast to coast and overs..

→  May 12, Saturday, The Nettles with Laurel Thomas calling


Laura Brophy on fiddle, Kevin Johnsrude on guitars, Michael Proctor on bass and Brian Bucolo on perc..

→  June 9, Saturday, Wisenheimers with Laurel Thomas calling


The Wisenheimers began as a 12-person Fleetwood Mac cover band, their early years marked by critical..

→  Want to know more about what contra dancing is like?


Contra Dancing is FUN and easy to learn! Folks of all ages and dancing ability can dance contra..

Contra Dances



EFS hosts contradances on the second and fourth Saturdays, September through June.

Dances start with a teaching session at 7:00. 

Main dance from 7:30 to 10:30.

Potlucks 5:30 prior to dances.  Contact the Potluck Coordinator for more info.

Village School Gym
3411 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97405


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Water is available.  Bring a water bottle to fill up.

Please bring soft soled shoes that won't mark the floor.

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All dances are open to the public. No partner or experience needed, and families are welcome!

  • $6-10  for EFS members  (Join EFS)
  • $6-10  for CFS members  (courtesy discount)
  • $8-10  general admission

Arrive by 7:00 PM and get $1 off admission.

Students with ID receive additional $1 off.

Special offer for folks new to contra dancing:

First time dancers can get a coupon for free admission to their next dance. When you turn in your coupon, you can receive a 50% off coupon for your next dance!


Potluck dinners usually held at 5:30 PM prior to most dances.  Check the EFS Dance Calendar or get in touch with the Potluck Coordinator for more info.


Dancers often gather informally after EFS dances at McMenamin's East 19th Street Cafe.


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[Corvallis Contra Dance Calendar]

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.

First Congregational United Church of Christ--Corvallis
4515 Sw West Hills Rd, Corvallis, OR (map). From Corvallis, take Western until you pass the stadium. A couple more blocks and West Hills Road forks off to the right. Church parking is in back.

Corvallis Folklore Society

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. (Courtesy discount for EFS members.) 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 Contras @ CorallisFolklore.org



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