Looking Glass Music And Arts Association
Lansing, Michigan


Looking Glass is a loosely knit group of fun seekers who have been organizing monthly square and contra dances, workshops, and other traditional music and arts activities for nearly 30 years. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization, and anyone is welcome.

News Flash! The Looking Glass Dance Festival will be held the 1st Weekend of October in 2016! We'll begin Friday, Sept 30 and dance our farewells on Sunday, Oct 2.

We hope you can join us for a contra dance sometime soon. Dancing is fun, good exercise, and movement to music with a group of smiling people. Join us on the floor and give it a try, we think you'll like it.

Want to know a little more? The Hamilton Country Dancers, Hamilton, Ontario have put together two sets of "instructions"- The Contra Dance Primer is a nice overview. There is also the more detailed ContraCulture .

It's a multi media world- check out this contra dance video on YouTube-

Lansing does not have a "fireplace line" (referenced in the video). We enjoy seeing people of all ages coming together to enjoy the dance.

Local Dance and Caller Info
Michigan Dance Links
Out of State Dances
Out of State Weekends

Upcoming events, 2016:

Unless otherwise noted, all dances take place at the
Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol, in Lansing on the third Saturday of the month. Directions and Map to church
Beginner's workshops start at 6:30 p.m.; the dance is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, cost is $8 for Looking Glass Members (and members of other traditional dance groups) , $10 for the public, and $5 for students (high school, college) with ID. Children under 15 are admitted for free!


Saturday May 21
Band: Askin' for Trouble, Caller: Frank Buschelman

Saturday June 18
Band: Scarlet Runner String Band, Caller: Laurie Pietravalle

No dances in July or August. We'll be back Sat. Sept 17

Looking Glass Membership
Memberships are currently $10 per calendar year- renewable in January. For more information
call 517-337-0235
or write LGMAA at P.O. Box 1403 E. Lansing MI 48826
or email Looking Glass

Hey! Bands and callers passing through Lansing, contact Bonnie,
about playing or calling for one of our dances.

Local Bands and Callers

Scarlet Runner String Band
Oh! Contraire
New Money

Bob Stein
Julie Levy-Weston

Join Us for the Looking Glass Festival, Sept 30, Oct 1 and 2 in 2016.

Michigan Dance Links

  • Ten Pound Fiddle- Dances and Concerts in Lansing
  • Lansing English Country Dancers
  • AACTMAD- Ann Arbor Dance
  • Grand River Folk Arts Society
  • Wheatland Music Organization
  • Country Dancing in Kalamazoo
  • Allegan Woods Folk Arts (Dancing in Holland, Michigan)
  • Oakland County Traditional Dance Society Webpage
  • Paint Creek Folklore Society Webpage
  • Bayside Travellers in Traverse City
  • Folk Music Society of Midland
  • The Michigan Dance Calendar lists traditional dance and music, mostly for Southern Michigan and is updated regularly
  • Michigan Dance Heritage presents two dance camps ( Spring and Fall) a year. MDH also offers support for traditional dance in Michigan
  • Looking Glass is a member of the Greater Lansing Arts Council. Follow this link to lots of great arts organizations in the Greater Lansing area- it's a hoppin' town.
  • Michigan Dance Weekends

  • Michigan Dance Heritage - Fall - usually 3rd weekend in Sept
  • Ann Arbor Dawn Dance Weekend- Usually late Feb
  • Michigan Dance Heritage - Spring - usually 3rd weekend in April
  • Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend- Memorial Day Weekend
  • Looking Glass Festival- 3rd Weekend in Oct. Right Here in Lansing!
  • CDSS Weeklong Program - Dance, Music & Spice - Aug 14- 21- Camp Cavell, near Lexington, MI

    Out of State Information
    Regular Dance Series

    Bloomington, IN
    Goshen, IN
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    Toledo, OH
    Cleveland, OH
    Columbus, OH
    Chicago, IL
    Madison, WI
    Urbana, IL
    St. Louis, MO
    New York Dancing
    Index of local contra dance pages in the US and Canada
    Looking Glass is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society

    Dance Weekends and Special Events-
    Jan Jam-Champaign-Urbana, IL Early Jan
    Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, Durham, NH, Mid-Jan
    Dance Flurry- Saratoga Springs, NY in Mid-Feb
    Pigtown Fling- Covington, KY- usually late March
    Spring Thaw- Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in early April
    Mad Robin Romp- near Bloomington, IN, in April
    Dandelion Romp- Oberlin, OH in late April
    NEFFA- Manchester, MA, in late April
    Kimmswick - near St. Louis, MO in late May
    Dance Trance - Lexington, KY in Mid June
    IndepenDance Weekend- Delafield, WI early July
    River Rendezvous- Coshocton, OH in Mid July
    Sugar Hill- Near Bloomington, IN, in Mid Aug
    Squirrel Moon- Not far from Madison, Wisconsin, Mid Sept
    Gypsy Moon Ball- Near Bloomington, IN, late Oct
    Pittsburg Fall Dance Weekend- In Pittsburgh, in Mid-Nov
    Breaking Up Thanksgiving- Near Chicago, Thanksgiving Weekend
    Winter Warm-up- Columbus, OH area, in early Dec.

    In Canada
    London, Ontario
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hamilton, Ontario

    I try to keep all the links on this page current, but if you find something broken, please send an email to Julie at levyj at msu dot edu.
    This page last updated May 7, 2016