Pandemic Contra Dancing

Dancers maintain physical distance with their neighbors in these new contra dance versions on Jan. 15, 2021, in Wildwood Park on Division Street.

Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music has another pandemic contra dance lined up, this time to live music from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in Pioneer Park, 940 E Alder St.

Current COVID-19 rules for outdoor dance and other outdoor recreational events don’t have limits to the number of participants, but this event is invitation only, so dancers must reserve a spot to attend, organizer and dance caller Dan Clark said via email.

Dancers are required to wear masks and gloves, and maintain social distance except with dance partners already in their household or close contacts, he said. Waltzing and swings are done with a sash to maintain necessary distancing.

Videos of the dances are at In addition to the circles and contra dances shown, waltzes and reels have been added. The steps are taught before each dance begins.

To sign up, contact Clark and fellow caller/wife Barbara Clark, at or 509-522-0399.


Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,