Thursday Night Contra Dance in Glenside PA

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Thursday Night Contra Dance in Glenside PA
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 are dancing on Thursday nights at the Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy in November, 2014, through March, 2015. The Third Saturday Contra Dance will be at Summit Church through May. We are considering options for where to hold the dance going forward. Please join the discussion by talking with board members at any Philadelphia area contra dance.

Steve Blum interviewed and video taped by WHYY at the the January 15 contra dance!
March 5
Bob Isaacs
with local callers
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes Mike Rovine (fiddle), Jill Smith (piano), Wes Steenson (mandolin, guitar, banjo)
March 12
Jan Alter
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
March 19
Perry Shafran Adam, Kirsten & Ben Ben Kennedy (piano), Adam Oleksa (violin), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle)
March 21
Will Mentor Stringrays (Rodney Miller, Max Newman, Stuart Kenney)
Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
March 26
Sue Gola
with local callers
Tarantulas as Pets Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax, bass clarinet), Bill Nixon (fiddle), Adlai Waksman (accordion, melodica), Chloe Mohr (piano)
April 2
Scott Higgs
with local callers
JaneBob Jane Rothfield (fiddle), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
April 9
Ridge Kennedy
with local callers
Live Wire Aleksandra Taranov (violin), Ben Kennedy (piano), Bill Quern (banjo, mandolin, box), Josh Burdick (violin), Sarah Gowan (guitar, concertina, feet)
April 16
Ron Blechner
with local callers
Gooseberries Matthew Burke, Dave Cottrell, Rich Dodson, Jill Smith
April 23
Melissa Taggart
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
April 30
with local callers
Mind the Gap Adlai Waksman (piano), Adam Oleksa (violin), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Jane Roberts (cello)

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. See our contact page to get answers to your questions or to volunteer.

Weather Related Cancellations
In case of inclement weather please check this website or our Facebook page.
Interested in Carpooling?

Contact our Carpool Coordinator


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 to jigs and 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


The Seven Day Dance Guide for links to dances in the Philadelphia region
Third Saturday Contra Dance at Glenside
Ted Crane's Dance Database
Contra Dance Links
Germantown Country Dancers
Mostly Waltz
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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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