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
FIRST TIME FREE for new contra dancers!
Local bands: $8, $5 students with ID
* Touring bands: $12, $8 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.
Apr. 4 Angela DeCarlis Chimney Swift - Zoƫ Madonna (accordion), Cecile Leroy (cello), Daniel Raine (cittern, guitar), Yaron Shragai (percussion, whistles)
Apr. 11 Anne Lutun
with other callers
SPUDS - Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Apr. 18 Rich Goss Lake Effect - Matt Sloboda (fiddle), Chuck Abell (guitar), Harry Aceto (bass)
Saturday
Apr. 20
Bob Isaacs

Double dance - Location: Summit Church
Afternoon dance with challenging contras and squares starts at 4:30. Potluck supper at 6:30; newcomers' lesson at 7:30; evening dance at 8:00.

New Brew - Jane Knoeck (piano, accordion), Eileen Kalfass (fiddle), Tom Santarsiero (guitar, mando)

Apr. 25 Sam Rotenberg
with other callers
Mad Katters - Marnen Laibow-Koser (violin, viola), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Adlai Waksman (piano)
May 2 Ridge Kennedy
with other callers
Hot Feat - Mat Clark (fiddle, mandolin), Dave Wiesler (piano, guitar), Paul Morrissette (bass)
May 9 Ron Blechner JaneBob - Jane Rothfield (fiddle, banjo), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
May 16 George Marshall Location: Glenside Memorial Hall, 185 S. Keswick Ave. (at E. Waverly Rd.), Glenside, PA (Google map)
Swallowtail - George Marshall, Ron Grosslein, Tim Van Egmond, Timm Triplett, David Cantieni
Saturday
May 18
Anne Lutun Pieces of Eight - Location: Summit Church
May 23 Donna Hunt
with other callers
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes - Mike Rovine (fiddle), Jill Smith (piano), Wes Steenson (guitar,banjo)
May 30 Jan Alter
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.


FIRST TIME FREE!

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!

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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