PENDLETON — People are invited to kick up their heels during a Valentine's Day dance at Pendleton Center for the Arts.
Hosted by the Pendleton Contra Dance Community, the event is Friday at 7 p.m. at 214 N. Main St., Pendleton. The cost is $8 per person or $12 for a couple. No experience is necessary and people are invited to come alone or with friends.
“You don't need a partner to be a valentine at this dance,” said Jill Johnson.
With origins in a range of folk traditions, contra dancing offers social interactions set to music. Dancers are paired up in lines and follow the instructions of a caller. Callers teach the sequence of the simple dance steps before the music starts.
Pendleton Contra Dance Community events are family-friendly and feature live music by local musicians. Participants are invited to bring finger foods to share with others.