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: $10, $7 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.

We dance every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving) in Mt. Airy at the Commodore Barry Club. The Third Saturday Contra Dance is at Summit Church, also in Mt. Airy. We thank the staff of Glenside Memorial Hall for nearly 20 years of supporting our dances.

Thursday
July 30
Dave Rupp
with local callers
Ice Cream Social!
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Thursday
August 6
Sam Rotenberg
with local callers
Herd of Cats Adlai Waksman-piano, accordion Enid Diamante-fiddle Kirsten Erwin- whistle, flute Craig Newberger- hammered dulcimer
Thursday
August 13
Sue Gola Groovemama Donna Hebert (violin), Jane Rothfield (violin), Max Cohen (guitar), Julie Sorcek (flute, horns), Alex Bell()
Thursday
August 20
Rick Mohr
with local callers
Adam, Jane, Bob, and Wes Adam Oleksa- violin Jane Roberts- cello Bob Stein- accordion Wes Steenson- guitar, mandolin
Thursday
August 27
Donna Hunt
with local callers
Brew Full Lager Josh Burdick -- fiddle Jo Anne Rocke -- keyboard Steve Epstein -- clarinet, sax Bill Quern -- mando, banjo, melodeon, Adlai Waxman accordion
Thursday
Sept 3
TBA
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Thursday
Sept 10
Rick Mohr The Free Raisins Audrey Knuth (Fiddle), Jeff Kaufman (mandolin, trumpet), Amy Englesberg (piano, accordion) from Boston, MA
Thursday
Sept 17
Susan McElroy-Marcus Raise the Roof Mat Clark (Fiddle), Judi Stellar (hammered dulcimer), Kathy Talvitie (guitar), and friend (bass)
Thursday
Sept 24
TBA
with local callers
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes Mike Rovine (fiddle), Jill Smith (piano), Wes Steenson, (guitar, mandolin, banjo)
Thursday
October 1
TBA
with local callers
Cantabile Clare Maher (cello), Bill Nixon (fiddle), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Adlai Waksman (keyboard, accordion)
Thursday
October 8
TBA
with local callers
Gravel Hill Gambolers Thane Glenn (mandolin), Greg Synnestvedt (fiddle, banjo, mandolin), Derek Austin (guitar), Joralyn Glenn (bass)
Thursday
October 15
Susan Kevra Old World Charm Rachel Bell & Karen Axelrod
Thursday
October 22
TBA
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Thursday
October 29
TBA
with local callers
ACED Adlai Waksman (keyboard, accordion), Carol Carpenter (flute, piccolo), Doug Healy (percussion, guitar, mandolin), Enid Diamante (fiddle)
Thursday
November 5
Geoff Cubitt (UK) King Kontra (UK) Matt Crum: piano and soprano sax; Geoff Cubitt: caller, percussion and feet; Vere Foster: fiddle; Pete Smale: guitar, bass and 5 string banjo; Ian Wilson: mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo and accordion
Thursday
November 12
TBA
with local callers
Big Trouble Rick Mohr (fiddle), Paul Prestopino (mandolin, tenor banjo), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
Thursday
November 19
Mary Wesley Sassafras Stomp Joanna Davis: fiddle, banjo, vocals; Adam Nordell: guitar, feet, banjo, vocals
Thursday
November 26
No dance on Thanksgiving.
Thursday
December 3
Nils Fredland Bethany Waickman (guitar), Glen Loper (mandolin), Julie Metcalf (fiddle)
Thursday
December 10
Sue Gola
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Thursday
December 17
TBA
with local callers
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux-fiddle Greg Loux- guitar Paul Sidlick - banjo, mandolin Mat Clark - bass
Thursday
December 24
No dance on Christmas eve.
Thursday
December 31
TBA New Years Eve special dance at the Commodore Barry Club - save the date

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. 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.

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

Contact our Carpool Coordinator

SPUDS

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.

Links

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
Mostly Waltz
ContraCopia
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PATMAD

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.


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