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.


Due to renovation of Glenside Hall, we are dancing at the Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy on Thursday nights in November, 2014, through January, 2015. Yes, that's one month longer than originally announced.

Jan 22
Dave Rupp
with local callers
Finger Pyx Enid Diamante (fiddle), Wes Steenson (guitar, banjo), Jo Anne Rocke (piano), Jansen Wendell (fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin)
Jan 29
Melissa Taggart Welcome Philadelphia Folk Song Society members
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux (fiddle), Greg Loux (guitar), Paul Sidlick (banjo, mandolin), Mat Clark (bass)
Feb 5
Jim Kitch
with local callers
Beyond the Ale Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax, bass clarinet), Josh Burdick (fiddle), Kirsten Erwin (flutes, piccolo, whistles), Doug Healy (guitar, mandolin, banjo)
Feb 12
Rachel McCandliss Valentine's Dance
Jovial Beggars Craig Newberger (hammered dulcimer), Helene Zisook-Speer (fiddle), Jo Anne Rocke (piano), Peggy Leiby (recorder, foot percussion) Rachel Hall (concertina)
Feb 19
Adina Gordon Coracree Jane Rothfield (fiddle), Allan Carr (bass), Bill Quern (mandolin, banjo, box), Sarah Gowan (guitar)
Feb 21
Melissa Taggart Pieces of Eight
Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
Feb 26
Ted Hodapp Contratopia Eric Sessions (fiddle), John Goodin (Mandolin and Guitar), Patrice Pakiz (Oboe, piano), and Pat O'Loughlin (banjo,concertina, and percussion)
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
TBA Pieces of Eight
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)

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
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Interested in Carpooling?

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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 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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