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December Contra Dances in Spokane

In December, the SFS will host three contra dances including the opening dance of our Second Saturday dance series.  On December 9, the 43rd annual Christmas dance will feature caller Penn Fix and band Reel Friends.  This holiday favorite welcomes dancers of all ages with an opening grand march that includes trimming a tree followed by a variety of easy to learn contras and more.  Besides their rousing Irish and New England tunes, Reel Friends will share some holiday tunes that everyone is encouraged to sing along.  A highlight of the evening is an amazing potluck dessert.  The dance begins at 7PM and ends at 10PM.  It is held at the East Spokane Grange hall, 1621 N. Park Rd in the Spokane Valley.  General admission is $10, SFS Members  and students $7, kids under 18 free.


Wednesday dances continue at the Woman’s Club Hall.  On December 6th, Nancy Staub will call and Banna Damhsa will play Irish jigs and reels.  On December 20, Susan Dankovich will call with the Prestwold Players.   Newcomer sessions begin at 7:15 PM followed by a two hour contra dancing starting at 7:30PM.  1428 W. 9th.  General admission is $10; SFS Members and Students $7, kids under 18 free.

The SFS Board has decided to continue to host dances on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays through January, 2024.  For more information about this dance series as well as our second Saturday dances see Calendar of Dances.

As a result of a recent poll of SFS members, there will be no Covid protocols in place until further notice.  Good health is required.  Masking is respected.


2023 Fall Folk Festival photos and video samplers are at this link...

Membership Information:

        It is time to renew your SFS membership.  If you are joining for the first time, your membership will help to fund the operations of the SFS.  In addition, you will receive $3 discounts at our Wednesday dances.  Also, you will receive our monthly newsletter as well as any updates and announcements. You can join by accessing the membership form through the following link.  Link for a full year membership  Fill it out  and mail it in with a check.

Newsletters Archived on SFS Website
Older editions of the Spokane Folklore Society Newsletter can be found on the SFS website starting from September 2020 (link at left). There are some great articles to read.
Starting in September we added several feature columns to the newsletters. Please enjoy our Callers Corner featuring articles by all our regular callers.
Forty Years Ago showcases some of the people and events that were highlights of the early years and got the SFS started on its path to success. Penn Pals is a column where Penn Fix interviews people that have been instrumental in starting and keeping folk traditions alive in the Spokane region.

Current Newsletter (editor Brent Smith)

And now some of our older newsletters are available as well

We can help you get in touch with other people in the Spokane, Washington, area who are interested in music, dance, and folk arts. Find out what's happening on the calendar  
Our major project of the year is the  Fall Folk Festival.
One of our main activities with SFS is Contra Dancing. Contra dancing is a type of traditional dance from New England. Dancers face each other in "contra" lines and move up and down the formation as couples in figures directed by a caller. The Virginia Reel is a dance in this style. You don't have to be experienced - the caller teaches all the moves. Special clothes are not necessary. No partner is needed - Singles and couples are invited. Check the calendar for the contra dance schedule.   Click here more details and some pictures and links to video of a typical local Contra dance.

If you are interested in having the Folklore Society help sponsor your event, please download this .pdf form here.  (Acrobat reader required)

If this is your first visit to our site, please read more about the Spokane Folklore Society: its organization and mission. We hope that you will join us, and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.