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Community Music Groups

Board & Staff

In addition to our Community Music Program, in which ACE sponsors and manages four 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
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
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

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