Yellowstone Square dance council

ContraDance Billings

Join our contra dance community for an evening of live music and fun!

A new contra dance community was formed last year in Billings and we invite anyone who enjoys live music and fun to experience this form of dance.  No experience is necessary to contra dance. An introduction to contra dancing precedes every dance to allow the beginner to learn enough to start dancing and then to learn more throughout the evening. Amy Letson of Billings will be the main caller and the band Copper Kelly will play at most of the dances.


Dance Schedule

Oct 5

Oct 19

Nov 2

Nov 16

Nov 30

Dec 14

Jan 11

Feb 8

Feb 22

Mar 8

Mar 22

Apr 5

Apr 26

May 10

Come Dance With Us

We will normally dance on the 2nd and 4th Fridays each month starting at 7:30 for beginners with the regular dance to run from 8:00 to 11:00. The cost is $10 per person for 3 hours of dancing and live music. We would appreciate experienced dancers to come at 7:30 to mentor the beginners.

We will be dancing in Cedar Hall at MetraPark. This is a fabulous building for dancing with its wood floor, kitchen, bathroom facilities and air conditioning. The location of the building can be found on the home page.

What is Contra Dancing?

Amy Letson - Caller

Amy Letson is originally from Buffalo, NY, where she grew up in ignorance of contra dancing, knowing only that the square dance segment of gym class was too short. It wasn’t until after earning a degree in viola performance at Indiana University that a friend introduced her to the joy that is contra dancing at the local Bloomington Old Time Music and Dance Group in 1983. From the enjoyment of dancing, she was drawn into playing for, and then calling the dances, collecting from other local and touring callers, keeping a notebook in her skirt pocket to quickly jot down the sequences. Moving to Billings, MT in 1998 marked the beginning of a hiatus from dancing as her two children grew up, she got involved in orchestras and chamber music, and there was no local dance. In 2011 or so, when both kids were in college, Amy began attending the contra dance in Bozeman as often as possible. In the past few years, she has called 2 or 3 evening dances in Bozeman each season, including the last three New Year’s Eve dances. Additionally, this year, she is on the calling schedule in Missoula and Helena. When she’s not calling or dancing, Amy is the principal violist of the Billings Symphony, plays with the Yellowstone Chamber Players and the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and teaches violin and viola privately.

Resources for the Beginner Contra Dancer


What is Contra Dancing

Good overview of all aspects of contra dancing

Your First Contra Dance

Here are a few tips to help you have more fun.


An introduction to the mechanics of contra dancing

Dancers Guide to Contra Dance Etiquette

Web Links


Address Yellowstone Square Dance Council 1157 Toole Ct. Billings, MT 59105


Bob Hindley


Phone: 1-406-373-6959

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