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.

Effective June 1, 2017, the admission price for out of town band nights is increased to $12 regular and $8 students. Most of our out-of-town bands come from New England, New York, Virginia, and the Carolinas. The increase rewards these bands for their effort and contribution and also supports our overall dance program.

June 22 Jim Kitch
with other callers
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux fiddle greg Loux guitar Paul Sidlick Banjo, mandolin, tenor guitar Mat Clark upright bass
June 29 Emily Abel Contraforce Andrae Raffield (violin), Jimi Peirano (guitar), Joey Dorwart (percussion/sax)
July 6 Ridge Kennedy
with other callers
Live Wire Sarah Gowan - guitar, feet Ben Kennedy - piano Bill Quern - mandolin, banjo, squeezes, etc TBD - fiddle player
July 13 Sue Gola Gotham Groove Robin Russell (piano), Julia Hartman (fiddle), Dominique Gagne (flute)
July 20 Don Veino SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Ice Cream Social Recruit a New Dancer Night
July 27 Sam Rotenberg
with other callers
RRDC Rick Mohr (fiddle), Ross Harriss (sax, whistles, banjo), Doug Healy (guitar, bass, dumbek), Chloe Mohr (fiddle)
Aug 3 Jan Alter
with other callers
Tom Krumm and friends Tom Krumm and Ben Kennedy and many more
Aug 10 Jim Kitch
with other callers
Hot Feat Mat Clark (fiddle and mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano and guitar), Paul Morrissette (bass)
Aug 17 Hilton Baxter Donna Hébert Donna Hébert (fiddle), George Wilson (fiddles), Max Cohen (guitar). Molly Hebert-Wilson, Alex Bell
Aug 24 Gaye Fifer Hot Coffee Breakdown Tom Cunningham (fiddle), Kate Sanders (keyboard), Luis DeLeon (percussion)
Aug 31 TBA SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Recruit a New Dancer Night

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?

The next SPUDS dance is July 20. 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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