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: $12, $8 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.
Oct 12 Michael Kernan SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Recruit a New Dancer Night
Oct 19 Bob Isaacs
with other callers
Col. Mike's Dance Band John Krumm (Fiddle/Mandolin/Guitar), Bob Stein (Accordion), Bob Pasquarello (Piano)
Janet Cantor's Birthday Celebration Free dancing for all; thank you Janet!
Oct 21
Janine Smith Pieces of Eight Double Dance Location: Summit Church
Oct 26 Greg Frock Fish Family Bill Christophersen (fiddle), Tom Phillips (fiddle and mandolin), Robert Mills (piano)
Halloween Dance Wear your costumes!
Nov 2 Mark Hillegonds
with other callers
Beyond the Ale Steve Epstein (clarinet and sax), Annika Socolofsky (fiddle), Kirsten Erwin (flutes and whistles), Doug Healy (guitar), Elliot Schmuckler (bass)
Nov 9 Janine Smith and Susan Taylor Dead Sea Squirrels Cathy Mason, fiddle, Henry Yoshimura, guitar; Craig Edwards, fiddle, banjo, mando
Nov 16 Dave Rupp
with other callers
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes Mike Rovine (fiddle), Jill Smith (piano), Wes Steenson (guitar, banjo, mandolin)
Nov 18
Susan Taylor Brooklyn Swing Ensemble Location: Summit Church
Nov 23No dance on Thanksgiving
Nov 25
ContraCopia 3 great callers, 3 awesome bands, 9 hours of dancing
Nov 30 TBA
with other callers
SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Recruit a New Dancer Night
Dec 7 Scott Higgs Buddy System Julie Vallimont and Noah VanNorstrand
Dec 14 Ridge Kennedy
with other callers
Miranda, Peter & Ben Peter Buchak (accordion), Ben Kennedy (piano), Miranda Weinberg (violin)
Dec 21 Jan Alter
with other callers
Raise the Roof Mat Clark - fiddle Bob Pasquarello - bass Judi Stellar - hammered dulcimer Kathy Talvitie - guitar
Dec 28 Sue Gola
with other callers
Instant Ensemble Roberta Goren, flute Dave Miller, fiddle Adlai Waksman, piano

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.

Every SPUDS night is now Recruit a New Dancer Night! Whenever SPUDS plays (every ~7 weeks), your new dancer friends get in free!

As contra dancers, we need to always be recruiting in order to grow our dance and have more fun. Now is the time to start talking to that friend who you think would love to dance with us. Bring them for free on a SPUDS night and they will also get their free new dancer pass to come back another time.

The best way to get people to try something new is to personally ask them: share your love for dancing, bring them early, teach them how to swing, et cetera. The more we grow our dance, the more we fun we can all have. Who will you recruit? Will it be someone from work? Someone from your place of worship? Someone from your knitting group or Zumba class? A stranger on the street?

Click here for upcoming SPUDS dances. See you and your new dancer friends there!

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.


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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