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Community Contra Dancing

Community contra dancing in Kenai and Soldotna is hosted by the Kenai River Folkdancers at K-Beach elementary school ever third Saturday of each month of winter. (Normally from October to April or May.) Look in the local newspaper, listen for the community calendar announcements on 91.9 FM, or look for signs at local businesses for exact dates. Live music from the Contra BanD and sometimes guest bands provide entertainment for everybody (toddlers to grandparents).

The dances start at 7pm, beginning with the simplest dances first and getting more advanced throughout the evening ending around 10pm. You are greeted at the front door of the school by one of the KRF dancers and admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18 years. The live band playing knee-slapping old fiddle tunes set the scene for a great evening. A local caller will teach the dance and repeat the moves as the music plays (do-si-do, swing your partner, gypsy)! During most dance nights, the band will also play a few waltzes and the caller will frequently through in a couple circle dances or a square dance.

It is a custom to bring a snack to share and clean, non-marking shoes to the dance and remember, everyone is welcome. This is an informal dance so wear whatever you want. (No alcohol or smoking is allowed. This is a family safe event.) Young or old, beginner or experienced, this community dance is a fun, social, and learning full experience that will keep you indoors, moving around, and staying warm during Kenai's cold, dark winter nights.

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