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 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.

We have a new Samboni ® for cleaning our dance floor. Video (5 seconds) on Antal's site (works in Chrome) or Facebook.

Feb 11
Rick Mohr
with local callers
Jovial Beggars Craig Newberger (hammered dulicmer) Helene Zisook-Speer (fiddle) Jo Anne Rocke (keyboard) Peggy Leiby (recorder, feet) Rachel Hall (concertina)
Valentine Dance
Feb 18
Chuck Abell New Caledonia Laura Light (fiddle), Janet Muse (piano)
Feb 20
Sue Gola Pieces of Eight Location: Summit Church.
Feb 25
Sue Gola
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
March 3
Bob Isaacs Nor'Easter Julie Vallimont (piano), Max Newman (mandolin), and Cedar Stanistreet (violin)
March 10
Ridge Kennedy
with local callers
Live Wire Josh Burdick (Violin), Sarah Gowan (Guitar, concertina, feet), Ben Kennedy (Piano), Bill Quern (Mandolin, banjo)
March 17
Sarah VanNorstrand Seaglass Andrew VanNorstrand (guitar) Eileen Nicholson (fiddle) Rachel Bell (accordion)
March 19
Medley Marathon Contra Dance
4 awesome bands, 6 great callers, 3 hours of NON-STOP dancing!
Location: Summit Church.
March 24
Donna Hunt
with local callers
Beyond the Ale Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Josh Burdick (fiddle), Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax), Doug Healy (guitar)
March 31
Dave Rupp
with local callers
Finger Pyx Enid Diamante (fiddle), Wes Steenson (Guitar and Banjo), Jo Anne Rocke (Piano), Jansen Wendell (Fiddle and Mandolins)
Apr 7
Chart Guthrie SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Apr 14
Sam Rotenberg
with local callers
ATKB Kirsten Erwin (Whistles, flute), Thane Glenn (Mandolin), Ben Kennedy (Piano), Adam Oleksa (Violin)
Apr 21
Ron Blechner Itsy Bitsy Spiders Bill Nixon (fiddle), Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax), Adlai Waksman (keyboard)
Apr 28
Jim Kitch
with local callers
Coracree Jane Rothfield (fiddle, banjo) Bill Quern (mandolin, banjo, melodeon) Allan Carr (bass) Sarah Gowan (guitar, feet)

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.

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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 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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