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Monthly Dances

The Lawrence Barn Dance Association (LBDA) hosts regular contra dances on the 3rd Saturday of each month, all year round. September is the one exception due to the Walnut Valley Music Festival, which many of our community (and most musicians) attend. Always check our calendar for exact event details.

Typically, an evening will look like this:
7:00pm Beginners’ lesson
7:30pm Dance begins with easier dances
8:45ish Break
8:55ish Dance resumes with somewhat more challenging dances
10:00pm Dance ends

Most LBDA dances are held at Community Building, 11th & Vermont, one block west of Massachusetts Street at the south end of downtown Lawrence, KS. Adult admission: Pay what you can in the range $8 to $15, to help support our dances. Students: $4. Children under 16: $2. We accept payment by cash or check.

In May and October we host a potluck and dance at a barn in rural Douglas County. The suggested donation for this special venue is $10.

Each November and (and sometimes February) we host extended weekend events in place of our regular monthly dance. Described under Special Events, these dance weekends include other dances, workshops, and concerts in addition to a Saturday night dance. The Saturday night dances of these dance weekends are more expensive, and may start and end at different times than our regular monthly dances.