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Community Music Groups

Board & Staff

In addition to our Community Music Program, in which ACE sponsors and manages three ensembles, our art center hosts traditional music & dance programs on a monthly basis. These programs are presented by Traditional Live! AKA NE Oregon Folklore Society.

Quilt, fiddle and dance shoes on a chair.

Traditional-Live! is based in La Grande, Oregon and presents the following regular events at ACE:

  • Semi-monthly folk dancing: Contra every 1st and English Country every 3rd Tuesday evening
  • A community Country Dance Orchestra (practices every 2nd and 4th Tuesday)
  • Other occasional special workshops, concerts and dances

They sponsored or co-sponsored the following:

  • SpringAlive: Dance and Music Celebration, a day of traditional dance and music the second or third Saturday in May.
  • Winter English Country Dance Class and Ball, a intensive class series on the art of English Country Dance with a culminating Ball in late March.

Check our Calendar our up-to-date information on classes & dates. 


Current Offerings

Open Community Contra Dance (All Ages)
First Tuesday of the Month - 7 PM
(Moved to Jan. 8 for month of January)
1st Tuesday of the month is Contra dance night at Art Center East. Contra dancing is an American folk original, older than our country, but up-to-date as tomorrow – a true living tradition! You and a partner interact with everyone else in the hall, dancing a repeating pattern to energetic music, sometimes walking, sometimes spinning. This exhilarating dance style accommodates all experience levels, from the newbie to the enthusiast. No experience necessary, drop-ins welcome. Comfortable clothes and low heeled shoes recommended. Please enter through the Penn Ave door.

Teaching Artist: Mark Lewis
Cost: $5 Donation

Open Community English Country Dance (Age 7+)
Third Tuesday of the Month - 7 PM
3rd Tuesday of the month is English Country dance night at Art Center East. Ranging from graceful and
flowing to vigorously energetic, English Country dancing is easy to learn and easy on the body. Nearly forgotten after several centuries of being at the center of European social life, the fluid movements of this dance style have fascinated current-day dancers and inspired a wealth of modern compositions. No experience necessary, drop-ins welcome. Comfortable clothes and low heeled shoes recommended. Please enter through the Penn Ave door.

Teaching Artists: Mark and Dianne Lewis
Cost: $5 Donation

Country Dance Fiddle Orchestra (Age 8+)
First & Third Tuesdays of the Month - 6 PM

Enjoy playing your bowed, plucked or wind instrument while you expand your individual and ensemble skills in this fun and education musical group.  The Country Dance Fiddle Orchestra is open to musicians of all skill levels, 8 years old and up, who play a repertoire of traditional and contemporary fiddle tunes from a wide variety of folk-based musical traditions. Under the guidance of our experienced leader, members are encouraged to grow their skills at sight reading and playing by ear. Please enter through the Penn Avenue door.

Teaching Artist: Carla Arnold 
Cost: $5 Donation

Dance Movement - Flock of Birds (Age 16+)
Every Thursday - 5:30 PM

Movement class with stretching, basic dance steps, and formation dancing. Based in West Coast style multi-tribe dance. Dance movement for all body types and ages. Come be a part of this dance sisterhood and build community. Most of all, have fun in a world of expression. Please enter through the Penn Avenue door.

Teaching Artist: Patty McChord-Silvis 
Cost: $25 Member / $30 Non-Member per month
Drop-in Rate: $7 Member / $10 Non-Member

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