This is the home page for the Contra Borealis Dancers. Home is where the dance starts.


Speical dance Friday Aug. 29 (starts 7:30 pm) with guest artists Nor’easter and Nils Fredland calling, as part of Dance Camp North. Admission for this special event is $15, or $10 if you are signed up for camp (which you can also do at the door).

Our fall schedule is now set: Dances on first Friday and third Saturdays from Sept. through December, with a Halloween Dance Friday, Oct. 31. See the calendar link above.

Dance Camp North 2014
Registration is still open for our Labor Day weekend camp. Nor’easter and caller Nils Fredland will be coming as our guest artists. Nor’easter was here for the Winter Dance Weekend in February 2013 and was well received. Nils has never been to Fairbanks. Expect a rollicking good time. If you are interested in helping with our dance camp committee, drop an email to dcn@contraborealis.org

Nils is one of the most sought after callers in the country and has worked with Nor’easter quite a lot. Check out this youtube video at the Spanish Ballroom in Maryland. He seems to be able to impart what to do right from the start.

Here’s what the Echo Summit camp had to say about Nor’easter:
“Nor’easter is a Boston-based trio that draws from New England musician traditions to delight their audiences in creating an exciting, joyous sound that catches both your ears and feet. Layered, dance-driven arrangements and fiery performances are at the heart of this band’s commitment to playing great and powerful music. On fiddle is Cedar Stanistreet , Max Newman on the mandolin and guitar, and Julie Vallimont on the piano and accordion.

Who We Are

The Contra Borealis Dancers is the contradance organization in Fairbanks, Alaska.

We are an open and cross-generational group of folks who enjoy building a community with dancing to live music. We have dancers from 12 to 82 years of age (and sometimes younger). Contradances, square dance, waltzes and occasional schottisches, hambos and polkas are in our repertoire. More than just an opportunity for social dance (and some exercise), we strive to be a community of dancers, musicians and callers.

Every year on Labor Day weekend, we have a dance weekend called Dance Camp North, located at Lost Lake an hour south of Fairbanks.

Feel free to attend any of our events, no partner necessary and instructions are given at each dance. You can see more about our community and our dances under Organization

We are a member of the Country Dance and Song Society, the mothership of contradance for the U.S. and Canada. Check out all their resources.