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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.

Our events are Special
   Attend a dance and See Why!
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Most Contra Dances are held at Wendler Middle School or Romig MS   in Anchorage Friday at 7:30.  Plus, there's even more fun in The Valley! Check out the Palmer Dance Schedule.  All of our dances are listed on the Events Calendar link.

The foremost event of the year, is Dance Camp, held each Memorial Day weekend, at Kings Lake near Wasilla.  

See our events & calendar page.
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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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For other great dance opportunities, check the Other Groups link for more informantion.
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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.