Ray and Afton Granger created the Dance Center and Campground in 1978 along the banks of Lolo Creek. They spent more than 30 years in the square and round dance activity in the Missoula area - Ray as a caller, cuer and square & round dance instructor, assisted by his wife Afton. Afton has been in the square dance apparel business for over 20 years. Together they designed and built a facility with an almost perfect arrangement for dancers.
Ray passed away on April 28, 1998. Afton joined Ray at the big
square dance in
the sky in May of 2014. Bobbie & Barry Bartlette continued
the legacy and hospitality at the beautiful
and dance facility. Barry joined the heavenly family December
2020. Bobbie and an incredible staff will continue hosting
friends old and new.
The Dance Center was constructed in the spring of 1978, and first opened in June, for the whole purpose of square dancing and round dancing. It has a cushioned maple floor, air conditioning, excellent sound and room for 30 squares. Adjoining the dance floor is a tabled rest area where coffee, tea, pop and other refreshments are available during the dance breaks. A well-stocked square dance apparel shop also adjoins the dance floor.
Both non dancing and dancing guests enjoy the outdoor activities at the Campground including horseshoe pits; and an 18 hole whiffleball golf course that winds through the trees and is a challenge to even the experienced golfer, and a great deal of recreation to the novice golfer. A disc golf course adds more fun and challenge. Other lawn games are also available. A 1.5 mile scenic perimeter nature walkway through the trees and along Lolo Creek provides many with a part of their daily exercise. Fishing in Lolo Creek requires a State fishing license and is open to our guests.
The campground has hot showers and a dump station for our guests.
The Dance Center and Campground are located on twenty-seven acres of pine tree-covered land along Lolo Creek at 3300 feet above sea level. The campground is about a mile upstream of the Travelers' Rest site on the Lewis and Clark Trail in western Montana near the Idaho border in the midst of the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains. A six hour drive will take you to Yellowstone National Park and a four hour drive will take you to Glacier National Park . Federal and State public lands of all kinds are within an hour's drive of the Dance Center and Campground. Some of the rivers nearby are the Bitterroot, the Clark Fork and the Blackfoot, which all join near Missoula. These rivers and numerous smaller streams, including Lolo Creek, provide excellent trout fishing. Along with square and round dancing, area activities include boating, fishing, hiking, sightseeing,and swimming.
The city of Missoula, home of the University of Montana, is eleven miles away and provides many excellent motels, restaurants, shopping areas and theaters. There are five public golf courses located in the Missoula area. Find more camping in Montana.Learn more about Montana.
THE DANCE PROGRAM
The summer program has phase IV/V round dancing on Monday evenings
and phase III/IV rounds on Tuesday evenings, and square dancing every
Thursday through Sunday. Nationally-known square dance callers have
scheduled for most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Plus level square
basics workshops are on Thursday evenings, and plus level square
is on Friday and Saturday evenings. Mainstream level square dancing is
on Sunday evenings. Week-long sessions for mainstream and plus level
dancing, as defined by CALLERLAB, have been scheduled. Special round
weekends have been scheduled in June and September.
2021 summer brochure
Potlucks and picnics are included in the fun.
Monday night mainstream square dancing
fun level rounds with the Solo Stars.
- solos and pairs welcome. (Barry Bartlette caller/cuer)
Tuesday night intermediate round dance instruction & dancing with Top Hats & Tails.
(Barry & Bobbie Bartlette teachers/cuers)
Thursday night beginning round dance lessons
Friday night plus level square dancing & fun level rounds with Swingolas.
(Barry Bartlette caller/cuer)
Saturday night: see monthly schedules for special dances sponsored by
the Solo Stars and by the Missoula Area Federation.
Also, the Boots and Calico Club dance at the Senior Center in Hamilton, Montana.
(Ray Dunbar and Barry Bartlette)
Sunday night: Beginning the first Sunday in January,
Beginning square dance lessons (5:30 pm) with Lolo Squares.
- solos and pairs welcome. (Barry Bartlette instructor/caller)
Monthly schedules (as available) for: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.
We hope you will stop by for a visit when you next pass our way.
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