Our Programs

Grab your dancing shoes and invite your friends to join us to dance!

All dances have live music, professional callers and dance lessons. No partner necessary, children are welcome at all dances.

When: Dances take place on the first Saturday of each month. Check out events calendar page for more details or visit our meet up site to RSVP.
• Newcomers lesson from 7–7:30pm
• Dance begins 7:30 pm

Where: Jazzercise Flagstaff, 1798 E Route 66 (behind the China Star Buffet)

What to bring: Water and comfortable dancing shoes

Suggested Admission: $8/FFOTM Member, $10/Non-FFOTM Member (special rate for families)

Have any questions or want to help out?
Contact Paisley Boone at contradance@ffotm.org

First Saturdays


What is Contra Dancing?

Contra dance (also contradancecontra-dance is a form of folk dancing made up of long lines of couples. It has mixed origins from English country danceScottish country dance, and French dance styles in the 17th century. Sometimes described as New England folk dance or Appalachian folk dance, contra dances can be found around the world, but are most common in the United States (periodically held in nearly every state), Canada, and other Anglophone countries.

A contra dance can be attended without a partner. The dancers form couples, and the couples form sets of two couples in long lines starting from the stage and going down the length of the dance hall. Throughout the course of a dance, couples progress up and down these lines, dancing with each other couple in the line. The dance is led by a caller who teaches the sequence of moves, called “figures,” in the dance before the music starts. In a single dance, a caller may include anywhere from six to twelve figures, which are repeated as couples progress up and down the lines. Normally, each time through the dance takes 64 beats, after which the pattern is repeated. The essence of the dance is in following the pattern with your set and your line; since there is no required footwork, many people find contra dance easier to learn than other forms of social dancing.

Source: Wikpedia

Contra Band Practice: Every Thursday Evening

Just Desserts is an open band which plays for the FFOTM Contra Dances roughly 6 times a year.

Just Desserts practices every Thursday evening at the Senior Center in Thorpe Park in Flagstaff, running from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Watch Cocks of the North and caller Cis Hinkle at a FFOTM contra dance during Pickin’ in the Pines weekend in 2012. In this video. Cis calls the dance, “There You Go” by Sue Rosen. 

Interested in Volunteering?

We are always looking for kind folks to help with our contra dance events. Interested in lending a hand? Email us to let us know.

FFOTM Programs

Programs We Offer

Pickin’ in the Pines

An award-winning 3-day bluegrass & acoustic music festival first held in 2006.

Flagstaff Folk Festival

Proudly showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona & beyond.

Contra Dances

Held on first Saturdays of the month year round, details on our calendar.

Weekly Jams

FFOTM hosts weekly acoustic music jams, come and join in! Check our calendar for details.

Young Jammers

Free music lessons & loaner instruments for the youth of our community.

Campouts & Picnics

Held in the cool pines of nearby Flagstaff, always lots of fun with pickin’ and grinnin’.