Contra Dancing in Anchorage, Alaska
The Dancing Bears was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians and dancers who enjoyed jamming and dancing to traditional old timey music. The objective was to create informal events where people could gather to have fun, socialize, hear, and dance to traditional music performed live by local Alaskan musicians. The offical mission of Dancing Bears was adopted. --
"Dedicated to promoting traditional dance and music in Alaska"
More than thirty years later, some of the original founders of Dancing Bears actively participate in events as dancers, callers, and/or musicians.
Today, Dancing Bears remains a vibrant welcoming community of active dancers, and encourages participation by people of all ages.