The Portland Country Dance Community (PCDC) is a volunteer-run organization of community dancers, musicians, callers, and teachers, who promote country dance and music traditions through regular dances, workshops, and other events in the greater Portland, Oregon, area. Our current focus is contra, English, and community dance and music with influences that include African American, Celtic, English, French Canadian, Northern American, Scandinavian, and other related living traditions, expressed through live performance and participation.

We welcome people who respect our expressed dance-community values and code of conduct without regard for age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, or ability.

Photos by Doug Plummer


Our COVID-19 information was last updated on November 27, 2023. If you develop COVID systems or test postive within a week of a PCDC event, please email us at to tell us when you tested positive, what event you attended, and any symptoms you might want to mention. We’ll summarize exposures on the COVID-19 information page.  We will never reveal your identity.

Footnotes: The November-December 2023 newsletter is out. Submissions for the January-February newsletter are due in by December 12th.

New Year’s Eve Eve: Do you remember our mega bashes of New Year’s past? Contra has teamed up with Waltz Eclectic and Blues to bring three floors of dancing back to Norse Hall this year! Per tradition, contra will have the main floor with two bands and two callers. Olympia’s Contra Quartet and our own Rich Goss will open the evening at 8pm followed by Seattle’s Tom Wimmer with local talent headed by Betsy Branch and George Penk to carry us through midnight.  Mark your calendars for an evening you won’t want to miss! $15-35 admission gains you access to all three floors of dancing. Newcomer lesson starts at 7:30p, dancing 8:00p – 12:15a. Located at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97232.


Also see the Upcoming Dances list, or go to our Monthly Calendar page. Be sure to check whether an event requires or recommends pre-registration.