Thursday Night Contra Dance in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA 19119

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Contra Dance in Mt Airy PA
Every Thursday night at the Commodore Barry Club
Third Saturdays at Summit Church
8 to 11 pm every Thursday Night ~ Instruction at 7:30pm
Local bands: $8, $5 students with ID
Out-of-town bands: $10, $7 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.

We dance every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) in Mt. Airy at the Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (directions). The Third Saturday Contra Dance is at Summit Church, also in Mt. Airy. We thank the staff of Glenside Memorial Hall for supporting our dances for nearly 20 years.

Oct 20 Gaye Fifer Cantabile Bill Nixon (fiddle), Clare Maher (cello), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistles), Adlai Waksman (keyboard)
Joye Asta's birthday party free for all dancers
Oct 27 Donna Hunt Buddy System Julie Vallimont and Noah VanNorstrand
Techno Contra Special price: $12/$7 students
Nov 3 Greg Frock Frequent Flyers Laura Light (fiddle), Anita Anderson (piano), Julia Weatherford (cello)
Nov 10 Bob Isaacs
with local callers
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux, fiddle Paul Sidlick, banjo, mandolin Greg Loux, guitar Mat Clark, bass
Nov 17 Jan Alter
with local callers
SPUDS Philadelphia's phabulous pick-up band
Nov 19
Janine Smith Brooklyn Swing Ensemble Location: Summit Church
Nov 24 No dance on Thanksgiving.
Nov 26
ContraCopia 3 great callers
3 awesome bands
9 hours of dancing

Dave Eisenstadter, Beth Molaro, and Frannie Marr
Decaf Zombies, Mean Lids, and Gaslight Tinkers
Dec 1 Adina Gordon Pete's Posse Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo), Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, viola, mandolin, feet), Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, feet)
Dec 8 Kathy Anderson STEAM Alice Boyle, fiddle; Dave Firestine, mando; Claire Jamieson Zucker, bodhran and feet; Robert Rosenberg, guitar
Dec 15 Sam Rotenberg
with local callers
Jovial Beggars Craig Newberger - Hammered Dulcimer Jo Anne Rocke - keyboard Helene Zisook-Speer - fiddle Peggy Leiby - recorders & feet Rachel Hall - concertina
Dec 17
Scott Higgs Maivish Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel, Matthew Olwell Location: Summit Church
Dec 22 Sue Gola
with local callers
Adam, Bob, Jane & Wes Jane Roberts (cello), Bob Stein (accordion), Adam Oleksa (violin), Wes Steenson (guitar)
Dec 29 New Year Theme Dance Details coming soon.

Want to Know More?

See Welcome Information for more about the Thursday Night Dance and general information about Contra Dancing. See also Video Clip #1 or Video Clip #2. Steve Blum was interviewed and video taped by WHYY at the January 15, 2015, contra dance. See our contact page to get answers to your questions or to volunteer.

Weather Related Cancellations
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The Summit Pick Up Dance Society (SPUDS) is open to all musicians who wish to participate, and has musicians of different levels of ability among its members. Since it is a contra dance band, the tunes range from reels and jigs to waltzes. We play for the Thursday night dance about seven times a year and occasionally for other events. For more information on how you can take part, including jams and rehearsals, visit the SPUDS website or contact SPUDS Coordinators Kim Neubauer and Bill Quern.


Third Saturday Contra Dance at Summit Church in Mt. Airy
The Seven Day Dance Guide for links to dances in the Philadelphia region
Ted Crane's Dance Database
Contra Dance Links
Germantown Country Dancers
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The Thursday Night Contra Dance is sponsored by Philadelphia Area Traditional Music and Dance (PATMAD), a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation that is an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. PATMAD also sponsors the Third Saturday Contra Dance, SPUDS, and Allons Danser. PATMAD's non-profit filings are available from

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