|June 7||Scott Higgs
An evening of awesome contra tunes and favorite Beatles songs, including vocals for singing along!
~~~ Celebrating Donna Hunt's birthday! ~~~
Sgt. Pepper's Only Contra Band - Rick Mohr (fiddle); Chloe Mohr (piano); John Bergen (bass); Bruce Panula (drums); Ilan Cohen, Mark Engler, Bob Langish, Gordon Richardson (guitars); Renee Drezner, Mary Hagenbach, Jamie Wessels (vocals)
Dress in your favorite '60s and '70s attire!
Cost: $5 for everyone (see poster)
|June 14||Sam Rotenberg with other callers||Jovial Beggars - Craig Newberger (hammered dulcimer), Helene Zisook-Speer (fiddle), Jo Anne Rocke (piano), Peggy Leiby (feet, recorder), Rachel Hall (concertina)|
|June 21||Bob Isaacs||
Nova - Kathleen Fownes (fiddle), Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (accordion, piano), Everest Witman (guitar, mandolin, feet)
Barbara's farewell dance - she's treating us to ice cream, with toppings!
|June 28||Jim Kitch with other callers||The Orphans - Peter Buchak (accordion), Ben Kennedy (piano), Miranda Weinberg (fiddle)|
|July 5||a cavalcade of callers
||SPUDS - Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band|
|July 12||Ridge Kennedy
||Fair Warning - Mat Clark (fiddle), Ross
Harriss (sax), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
|July 19||Desiree Melegrito-Halcomb and Jan Alter
||Allemand - Palmer Loux (fiddle), Christopher
Germain (fiddle), Paul Sidlick (banjo), Greg Loux (guitar),
Heidi Germain (bass)
|July 26||Sue Gola
||Hot Feat - Mat Clark (fiddle), Dave Weisler
(piano, guitar), Paul Morrisette (bass)
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.
Any Thursday night, people new to contra dancing get in free!
"If you can walk and count to 4, you can contra dance!"
Not your first time? Bring your friends and let them too discover the joy, energy, swirling awesomeness, and just plain fun of contra dancing!
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 any Thursday night.
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 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?
See you and your new dancer friends soon!
See Welcome Information for more about the volunteer-run 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.
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
Join us on Facebook
Join us on Meetup
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.