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

Sliding scale -- pay what you can!
Local bands: $15-$5; *touring bands $20-$8.
Free admission for children 12 and under.
July 4 Quena Crain Long Pond Rounders - Jonah Sidman (fiddle), Corey Walters (flute, mandolin), Michael Friedman (piano), Ness Smith-Savedoff (percussion)
July 11 Rick Mohr
with other callers
SPUDS - Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band - with ice cream at the break!
July 18 Chuck Abell Boaz, Sara, Rick, Chloe - Sara Outing (fiddle), Rick Mohr (fiddle), Boaz Kim (harmonicas), Chloe Mohr (piano)
July 25 Will Mentor The Faux Paws - Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Chris Miller
(Larks and Ravens will be used for this dance.)
Aug. 1 Anne Lutun
with other callers
The Phase Shifters - Jeff Gauthier (whistle, percussion), Ross Harriss (guitar, whistle, tenor banjo), Nathalie Levine (fiddle), Miranda Weinberg (fiddle)
Aug. 8 Jan Alter
with other callers
Allemande - Christopher Germain (fiddle), Heidi Sanders Germain (bass), Greg Loux (guitar), Palmer Loux (fiddle)
Aug. 15 Jim Kitch George, Max, and Friends - George Wilson, Max Cohen, Molly Hebert-Wilson, Alex Bell.
Aug. 22 Liz Burkhart Calluna - Eileen O'Grady (fiddle), Gus Cantieni (banjo, mandolin), Jesse Ball (guitar, piano)
Aug. 29 Sue Gola
with other callers
SPUDS - Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band

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.


Sliding Scale Admission

We offer admission to our Thursday night dance on a $15-$5 sliding scale *($20-$8 for touring bands).
Some guidelines to help you decide how much to pay:

Local bands *Touring bands
$15 $20 Dance supporter - you make it possible for others to come to our dance. Thank you!
$10 $12 Dance sustainer - you make our dance sustainable by paying enough to help us meet our costs.
$5 $8 Basic admission - you are a valued member of our community. We're happy you're coming to dance!

No one is turned away for lack of funds. Ask us about work grants.

Tell your friends!

If this is your first time, WELCOME! 
"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.

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!

Want to Know More?

See Welcome Information for more about the volunteer-run Thursday Night Dance and general information about Contra Dancing. See also the article "Mt Airy Contra, Dancing with your Neighbor" (by Kae Kalwaic, with a video clip). 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.

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.

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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
Join us on Facebook
Join us on Meetup

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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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