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.
|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|
|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)
All Holidays Theme Dance dress for your favorite holiday
|Dec 29||Tom Hinds||The Big Phat American K-Lee Band Bill Quern - mando, fiddle, melodeon; Sarah Gowan - guitar, concertina; Steve Epstein - clarinet, sax; Adlai Waksman - accordion, melodica; Doug Healy - bass; Jim Hamilton - percussion
New Year Theme Dance Special price $12/$7 students; No free passes tonight
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.
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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 foundationcenter.org.