Note: Winter and storms may cause cancelations or other changes for dances in New England. Check the web sites for specific dances for updates (don't rely on this list to have the most up-to-date information).
Note: Reminder to attendees at the dances at the Scout House in Concord. Please do not park in the church parking lot next door. They need their spaces.
While I try to keep this schedule complete and up to date as much as possible, it's hard for any one person to do so. So, I recommend checking the following contra dance listings in addition to this list:
The geography for this schedule is limited to anything these three states. Links to other pages in the www.contradancelinks.com web site are listed at the bottom of the page.
A variety of dances on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays (with occasional dances on Saturday and/or Sunday) happen at the Scout House in Concord, Massachusetts. While most of the dances have their own web sites, the Scout House does have some basic information and links to the individual dances.
And there is dancing at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Massachusetts just about every Friday and Saturday (plus waltzes once a month on a Friday and occasional dances on Sundays) sponsored by various groups, bands and callers plus a few special dances on other days.
Amherst, Massachusetts - 2nd Saturday: Dances on 2nd Saturdays at the Munson Library, 1046 S East Street. Dances begin at 7:30pm and admission is $8 ($6 limited income). Please wear soft-soled shoes. For more information: (413) 259-2003. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.alongtheriver.com/dances.html.
Amherst, Massachusetts - 4th Saturday: Dances on 4th Saturdays at the Munson Library, 1046 S East Street. Starting at 7:15 with beginner-friendly dances and progressing into a full-fledged contra dance ending at 10:30. Refreshments at the break. Newcomers and experienced dancers welcome. Suggested ages: 10 through adult. No partner needed. Sliding scale: $5-$10. Web site: http://www.alongtheriver.com/dances.html.
Amherst, Massachusetts - 4th Saturday - Fiddlers Green: It's fun for...newcomers who want to find out what contra dancing is all about, experienced dancers who enjoy this community-oriented scene, and everybody in between. Families, singles, couples - no partner or experience needed - Come one, come all! Sit-in musicians welcome. 7:30 pm on 4th Saturdays Sept-June (except Dec) Starting with beginner-friendly dances to orient newcomers, then gradually more advanced as the evening unfolds (till 10:30). Yummy potluck SNACKS! (bring one to share if you'd like) How much? Sliding scale (pay what you can) $5-10 per person, $15-25 for families of 3 or more. Young adults 12 and up are welcome to join us. Got questions? Email us below or call 413-256-0673. Location: Munson Library, 1046 S East Street. Web site: http://www.fiddlersgreencontra.org/.
Amherst, Massachusetts - 5th Saturday: Dances on 5th Saturdays at the Munson Library, 1046 S East Street. Dances begin at 7:30pm. Web site: http://www.alongtheriver.com/dances.html.
Amherst, Massachusetts - Most Wednesdays (excluding 2nd): Dances from 7:30pm to 10:30pm with an intro lesson at 7:00pm (sharp) at the Masonic Lodge, 99 Main Street. Admission: $10, Students: $8 , High School: $6. Please bring water and clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floor. Also please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and other highly scented products. All dances smoke, drug and alcohol free. Web site: http://amherstcontra.org..
Amherst, Massachusetts - Northeast Organic Farming Association: Annual conference with workshops organic farming, gardening and land care, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, spirituality, food politics, activism, and much, much more (including a contra dance). Held at the University of Massachusetts in August. Web site: http://www.nofasummerconference.org.
Amherst, Massachusetts - Hampshire College Group: Dance starts at 7:30pm. Dance will be at The Red Barn, 893 West Street/Route 116, (South) Amherst. (The Red Barn is visible from the road. It's about 3 miles south of Amherst Center, and about 1/2 mile north of Atkins Market.) The dance is free admission with a suggested donation of $5 for non-students. Bring food! We'll have time to mill around and eat during the break. If you're new, there will be a beginner's lesson given by the caller between 7 and 7:30. Make sure to show up on time if you want to make the most of your first contra dancing experience. The floor of the hall is kind of splintery, so wearing shoes is a really really good idea. Email questions to email@example.com. Web site: https://hampedia.org/wiki/Contra_Dance_Collective_%28CDC%29.
Amherst, Massachusetts - Amherst College: Marsh House (Marsh House is located at 81 Lessey Street, just across the road from the Masonic Lodge in Downtown Amherst) will hold a Contra Dance from 8 to 11 p.m., with an introductory lesson starting at 7:30 p.m. A Contra dance is a traditional American folk dance accompanied by live music and guided by the instructions of a "caller." The Pioneer Valley contains much of the nation's finest Contra dancing. Join us as we build a new Amherst tradition. No experience or partner is necessary, and all are welcome! Web site: http://www.amherst.edu.
Amherst, Massachusetts - Amherst College - Common House: Free session of dancing at 5pm at the Common House at Amherst Cohousing (120 Pulpit Hill Road) to hone Tim Van Egmond's calling skills. Web site: None.
Amherst, Massachusetts - Masonic Lodge - Concert/Dance: Event at the Masonic Lodge, 99 Main St, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002 from 7pm to 11pm. Web site: None.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Squares: at Park Avenue Congregational Church (PACC), 50 Paul Revere Road in Arlington Heights. Admission: - $8 for CDS Boston Members, - $10 Adults, - $6 Young People. Dance is from 8pm to 11pm. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/american/
Arlington, Massachusetts - Gammaldans: Easy old-time Scandinavian dances and waltzes (alternating), beginners welcome, on 2nd Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm at Arlington Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington with lead musicians John Chambers and Matt Fitchtenbaum plus sit-ins. All dances $7. Contributions of refreshments are welcomed at all events. Please bring clean shotes, preferably leather-soled, to make turning easier and to protect the floor. For information, call Erica at 781-891-3207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.speledans.org.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Speledans: Scandinavian dances on 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings from 8:00pm to 10:30pm at Arlington Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, with lead musicians John Chambers and Matt Fitchtenbaum plus sit-ins. Some teaching during the early part of the evening. Some dance experience is helpful. All dances $7. Contributions of refreshments are welcomed at all events. Please bring clean shotes, preferably leather-soled, to make turning easier and to protect the floor. For information, call Erica at 781-891-3207 or e-mail email@example.com. Web site: http://www.speledans.org.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Norwegian: Norwegian dances on 3rd Friday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon Street, Arlington. Some dance experience is helpful. Contributions of refreshments are welcomed at all events. Please bring clean shotes, preferably leather-soled, to make turning easier and to protect the floor. For information, call Erica at 413-253-0525 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.speledans.org.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Special Dance: The dance is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Park Avenue Congregational Church at 50 Paul Revere Road in Arlington. The church is just a moment up the hill from the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Park Avenue in Arlington Heights. Entry is $10 for adults, and $8 for students/children. Web site: None.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates: Introductory Workshop 7:00-7:30, Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm, Dessert Potluck during the break at the Park Ave. Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road. Admission will be a sliding scale from $5-10, with additional donations to BIDA welcome. There will be a potluck before the dance, at the church. Web site: http://www.bidadance.org/.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates - Sound Workshop: Workshop Noon-7:30 pm (includes potluck dinner). Contra dance open to all! 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA. 02476. Workshop: $15-$30 sliding scale (includes dance). Limited scholarships available! RSVP required. For performers and sound engineers. Web site: http://www.bidadance.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/111651555653913/.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Scandinavian dances and Waltzes: Easy old-time Scandinavian dances and waltzes, beginners welcome, on 2nd Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm at Arlington Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington with lead musicians John Chambers and Matt Fitchtenbaum plus sit-ins. All dances $7. Contributions of refreshments are welcomed at all events. Please bring clean shotes, preferably leather-soled, to make turning easier and to protect the floor. For information, call Erica at 781-891-3207 or e-mail email@example.com. Web site: http://www.speledans.org.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Gathering and Dance in Honor of Philip Zimmerman: For those who knew Philip Zimmerman, a few of us have taken on the role of coordinating a gathering and dance to honor and remember Philip. The event will be on Sunday, September 15th at the Park Avenue UCC church at 50 Paul Revere Road in Arlington, MA, 7-10pm. We will have time to share memories and stories and then celebrate Philip's life with contradancing. If you'd like more information, find Tamar Myers on facebook and message her. Web site: None.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Get Nor'easter on the Road: Benefit dance at the Park Ave Congregational Church (Park Ave and Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights) beginning at 8:00pm. Accessible via 77 bus. *The Story* - Julie’s vehicle was totaled while driving to a gig this winter. This was a real bummer. Rather than be bummed, though, we decided this was a great opportunity to have a big Saturday night dance party and raise some money to replace the vehicle. - *The Event* In addition to our usual rockin’ music, Nor’easter will be collaborating with some of our musical friends for some one-time music and dance experiences. (Want to call or play? Message us.) And what would a party be without Special Door Prizes? Don’t miss this! Come out to have a great time and help us get back on the road. Thanks for your support! *** Suggested Donation $10-$25 *** p.s. Donations from afar are welcome. Please send to Julie Vallimont, 36A Rogers Ave, Somerville, MA 02144. If you get them in before the event, we'll enter you for a door prize. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/779727765370777/.
Arlington, Massachusetts - Family Dance - Robbins Farm Park: The Folk Arts Center of New England holds a family dance at Robbins Farm Park on Eastern Avenue in Arlington Heights from 3pm to 5pm. Admission is FREE • Beginners and singles are always welcome. FAC's free outdoor summer folk dances in the Boston area offer basic instruction and dancing for all, sometimes accompanied by live music. It is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Web site: http://www.facone.org.
Athol, Massachusetts - Library Benefit: At the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main Street from 7pm to 10pm. All dances taught; no partners needed; beginners welcome. Proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Athol Library and the Library Renovation Project. Ticket prices: $7 ($5 if you are a member of the Friends or a student). Bake sale at the break. Web site: http://www.athollibrary.org.
Becket, Massachusetts - LCFD Fall Dance Camp: Camp Chimney Corners in Becket, Massachusetts in western Massachusetts after several years of camping elsewhere. This is a YMCA camp that hosts groups throughout the year. It is a very nice looking camp sited on a lovely undeveloped lake. Gender role free dancing is the theme of LCFD dance camps. Our main focus is contra dancing, but we regularly supplement the program with English country dancing and for this camp we will also have some additional dance form (TBA) taught for beginners. We mainly attract lesbian and gay women and men, yet we welcome and get anyone who wants to dance without reference to gender roles. You don't need to bring a partner. Don't be shy, just ask someone to dance. Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/lcfd/camp/.
Becket, Massachusetts - Swallowtail Anniversary Weekend: Dance weekend in mid-September at Camp Becket to celebrate the anniversary of the formation of the band Swallowtail. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.swallowtail.com.
Becket, Massachusetts - Northeast Squeeze-In: Annual fall weekend celebrating accordions and their relatives at the Chimney Corners, Camp Becket. There is a contra dance as part of the activities. Register in advance. Web site: http://squeeze-in.org/.
Becket, Massachusetts - Flights of Fancy: Dance weekend at Camp Becket. Along with dance and music, options will include boating, hiking, lounging and visiting, plus a sauna! We will have jam sessions, song swaps, and dance workshops. At night, of course, more dance and music until the wee hours. Web site: http://www.swallowtail.com/.
Bedford, Massachusetts - Green Dance: Dance from 7-10 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road, sponsored by Transition Town Bedford. 7-7:45 p.m - Young People’s Dance; 8-10 p.m., there will be a Family Contra Dance with a caller and contra dance instructions, so that everyone can participate. Web site: http://bedfordtransition.org.
Belmont, Massachusetts - Chestnut Calling Workshop: David Millstone will be conducting a special Chestnuts Calling Workshop for callers interested in learning how to call these wonderful dances! What's a "Chestnut?" A "Chestnut" is a traditional contra dance, typically associated with a particular tune. Callers: David has requested that all callers choose at least one dance prior to the workshop that you'd like to learn to call. Please contact Sally Bown asap for the list: firstname.lastname@example.org. Musicians: Are you a musician who would like to learn more about Chestnut tunes? Come and join us, too! Dancers: While this is a workshop and not a dance, we still need dancers. If you've ever danced Chestnuts, you know how much fun they are! If you haven't, come and see what they're all about. It's a great chance to support your fellow callers and musicians in this learning experience. Fee: Sliding scale fee of $5-$10 for all attendees. David brings a lot of experience and a deep enthusiasm for Chestnuts! This is an opportunity not to be missed! Location; Clark Baker's House, 426 Marsh St Belmont, 7:00pm Web site: http://bidadance.org/.
Berlin, Massachusetts: Berlin 1870 Town Hall, 12 Woodward Avenue, 2nd floor (Just down the street from the old location at First Parish Church). Dance is from 8 pm to 11 pm; Cost: $5 per person, $12 max per family; Refreshments will be served. Our contra dances are taught to all ages. Singles are welcome. We recommend wearing lightweight loose fitting clothes as well as clean soft soled shoes. Hope to see you there. Call 978-855-4419 for information or weather related cancellations. Web site: http://webpages.charter.net/brlncountryorch/.
Berlin, Massachusetts - Family Dance: Family Dances at the 1870 Berlin Town Hall, 12 Woodward Avenue, 2nd floor (Just down the street from the old location at First Parish Church) on Sundays from 3pm to 5pm and the cost is free. We recommend wearing lightweight loose fitting clothes as well as clean soft soled shoes. Hope to see you there. Call 978-855-4419 for information or weather related cancellations. Web site: http://webpages.charter.net/brlncountryorch/.
Bethany, Connecticut - Sound for Haiti: Dance at 312 Litchfield Turnpike, Bethany, CT. Silent Auction, Contra Dance, Food and Drink (Please bring something to add to the potluck), Live Music. Suggested Donation - $25 per person / $50 per family. For more information please contact Carol Taubl. By email at email@example.com or by phone at 203-623-3321. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/348534638580339/.
Bethel, Connecticut - Founders' Day: The Bethel Public Library is sponsoring a Founders' Day dance at the Stony Hill Firehouse from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Registration is required due to capacity regulations. Please call 203-794-8756 ex. 4. Please join us as we dance to the lively tunes of Patricia Campbell and The Reel Thing. No dancing experience is necessary. The caller will walk us through the steps so that we can follow her call once the music starts. This fun-filled event is for all ages: families, singles, and seniors alike. Web site: http://www.bethellibrary.org/.
Boston, Massachusetts - Guerilla Contra Irregular contra dances, generally outside, at various locations and dates in the Boston metropolitan area. We will meet, we will find new friends on the street, we will play music, and we will dance. This has the added benefit of spreading the word about all the contra opportunities in the Boston area. Check web site for details. Many times, volunteer callers and musicians are welcome to participate. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=91919942191#/group.php?gid=67927889785.
Boston, Massachusetts - Folk Dancing by the Fountain: in Boston's Copley Square - Participatory folk dancing - 7:30-10:00 pm Tuesdays, June, July, and August. Admission: FREE! Beginners and singles are always welcome! A Boston tradition since 1971, FAC's outdoor summer folk dance series offers basic folk dance instruction, often accompanied by live music. It is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Dances are held in Copley Square near the corner of Clarendon and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay, on the plaza in front of historic Trinity Church. To get there by public transportation, take any Green Line trolley to Copley Station. FAC's FolkFone provides a recorded announcement with information about current Boston-area folk dance events. Call 781-662-7476 after 5 pm on June, July, and August Tuesdays for the final word on cancellation of the Copley Square dance because of inclement weather or other unforeseen events, or check the home page on this website. Web site: http://www.facone.org/programs/outdoordance.html.
Boston, Massachusetts - New England Conservatory: Special dances on various dates and times at the New England Conservatory - Brown Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue. Free admission - open to the public. No experience or partners necessary. Come dance to awesome live music in a beautiful wooden hall! Web site: http://necmusic.edu/.
Boston - Eden's Doctoral Recital and Barn Dance: This event starts at 2pm and features music by Eden M-S, Robert Cogan, Les Claypool, Cole Porter, and more with Hankus Netsky, Jeff Balter, Valerie Thompson, Abigale Reisman, Rachel Panitch, the Sail Away Ladies, Hayes Griffin, Lautaro Mantilla, and Dave Cordes. There will be fiddling, there will b...e singing, there will be dancing, there will be good food... Location: Brown Hall, New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/265573803535118/ or http://necmusic.edu/walking-between-worlds-eden-macadam-somer.
Bourne, Massachusetts: New England Contra Dances in Crain Hall at Bourne United Methodist Church 8 pm to 11 pm. An event open to the public, with experienced caller and musicians. Contra [line] dances use many of the same patterns as square dances. Singles are welcome; dancers commonly change partners for each dance. Admission fee: Adults $8; Youth 10-16 $4. Web site: http://bournecataumetparish.org/ or possibly http://capecontraorg.weebly.com/index.html.
Boxborough, Massachusetts - Boxborough Agricultural and Crafts Fair: A dance is included in this day of events in September. Web site: http://boxboroughfair.org.
Branford, Connecticut: NHCD Contra dances are usually held twice a month on Saturday nights, from 8:00 - 11:00 PM. Admission is $12.00. Students $5.00. Come Early for the Beginners Lesson at 7:30 and Join Us On The Dance Floor!! Partners are not needed; come alone or with a friend. No experience is necessary, a beginner's session, held 30 minutes before each dance, can teach you everything you need to know to get started. The only requirement is that you wear soft soled shoes (i.e. no soles that would mark up the floor, no high heels). For more information, a complete schedule or directions call: (203) 776-1812. Dances are held at the Branford Community House (BCH) (all dances in the summer are Air-Conditioned) and the Branford Canoe Brook Center (CBC). The location is noted next to each date on the schedule page. For directions to each location please click on the links. Web site: http://www1.ctcontra.com:81/nhcd/.
Bristol, Connecticut - Carousel Benefit: Benefit dance for the Carousel Museum. Admission, $12 and a free tour of the museum. Dance will be held at the Carousel Museum, 95 Riverside Avenue from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. For more information email Cate at firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://thecarouselmuseum.org/.
Bristol, Rhode Island - Community String Project: Stompin' for Strings! A traditional New England Barn Dance! Join us for an evening of reels, contra dancing, fiddle music and BBQ! Come learn the steps or just stomp on in for the fun! Raising fun(ds) for Community String Project! 7:00 pm–10:00 pm at The Barn at historic Mt. Hope Farm, Route 136, Bristol, RI. Tickets: $40.00. For more information call 401-254-0966. Web site: http://www.communitystringproject.org/.
Brookfield, Massachusetts: The Brookfield Cultural Council will sponsor a contradance at the Brookfield Town Hall (6 Central Street) on Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person. The contradance will be a traditional New England folk dance, with live music and a caller giving instructions on dance steps. The dance is open to all ages and all levels of experience. Dress is casual, and a dancing partner is not necessary. For more information, contact Bill Simpson at (508) 867-6897 or email@example.com. New this year: Pumpkinfest! The contradance this fall will feature a pumpkin decorating contest. Bring a carved or painted pumpkin to the Brookfield common between 4 and 5 p.m. on October 18, and help us decorate the path to the dance! Pumpkins will be lit after 6 p.m. Ribbon prizes will be awarded for child's best carved pumpkin, child's best painted pumpkin, adult's best carved pumpkin, and adult's best painted pumpkin. There will be a $50 prize for best overall pumpkin. The competition is open to residents of all towns. Web site: http://www.socialweb.net/Clients/Brookfield/?id=61001.
Buckland - Library Benefit Dance: If you are looking for a fun dance in the hill towns and for a good cause, come join us at the Buckland Public Hall for a fund raiser for the Buckland Library. Dance is from 7pm-10pm. The hall is located on Upper Street in upper Buckland. Feel free to call Steve at 413-522-3320 for more info or directions. Web site: http://bucklandpubliclibrary.org.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - MIT: Contra Dance for All at MIT, usually second and fourth Tuesdays. 8:00-10:30 PM, usually in the MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA, in rooms 491 or 407 (4th floor), or Lobdell Dining Hall or the Sala de Puerto Rico (2nd floor). Free parking in the N10 Lot, on Albany Street just east of Massachusetts Avenue. All welcome, especially students! No partner or experience necessary. All dances are taught. Want to play in the band or learn to call? Students and others are welcome to sit in with the band or call dances in this series! Donation: Free for MIT and Wellesley Students! Donation requested from other students: $3. Donation for non-students: $6. Free snacks at the break! For more information: contra-request [at] mit.edu - Website: http://mit.edu/fdc/contra.html.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates (BIDA): Introductory Workshop 7:00-7:30, Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm, Dessert Potluck during the break at the Cambridge Masonic Temple, 1950 Massachusetts Avenue. Admission: $5-10 sliding scale. Additional donations to BIDA are welcome to help fund future projects. Web site: http://www.bidadance.org/.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Cambridge River Festival: A FREE one-day celebration of the arts along the banks of the Charles River - featuring jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople! Generally occurs in June. Web site: http://www.cambridgema.gov/cac/community_river.html.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Special NEFFA Dance: Special extra Sunday experimental dance at the reconstructed VFW/Youth Center at 680 Huron Av. in Cambridge, MA. $5 admission for all tonite. 7:30pm-10:30pm. Web site: http://www.neffa.org/Thurs.html.
Cambridge - Waltz: Join us in Porter Square for an evening of waltz and other couple dances! Enjoy everything from a mix of fast and slow waltzes to swing, tango, polka, Lindy, cha cha, blues, and foxtrot, with a special mix of DJ'ed dance tunes from the traditional to the exotic! Location: Cambridge Masonic Hall, 1950 Massachusetts Ave (Porter Square), Cambridge. No partner needed! We encourage people to dance with many different partners. Special mixer dances will help you meet new dance friends! Gender-role-free dancers welcome! $10 per person; $8 students with ID. Free refreshments and holiday punch (alcohol-free)! All forms of waltz are welcome -- ballroom, folk, rotary, cross-step, and more! Basic waltz lesson: 7:30-8:00pm. Social dancing: 8:00-10:30pm. Web site: http://www.blank.org/susan/bostonwaltz.html.
Cambridge - Friends School: Dances from 8pm to 11pm Admission: $8, $6 under 21 at the Meeting Hall in Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge, MA 02140. The Meeting Hall is accessed from the end of the school at the corner of Wood Street and Cadbury Road. Parking is available on Cadbury Road (non-permit) and in the school parking lot entered at end of Wood Street. Web site: http://www.configular.com/dance/fourthsats/index.html.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Maple Morris Kickoff Contra Dance: Last year, Maple Morris travelled to the UK for a collaboration with England's foremost innovators, Morris Offspring. Through a week of workshops and rehearsals, Maple Morris and Morris Offspring produced "Must Come Down," a stage performance showcasing Morris dancing at its most inventive. A return leg of the collaboration in 2013 will see Maple Morris joined by Morris Offspring for two weeks of workshops and performances of a brand new stage production in Boston and Toronto. We will again welcome the participation of some exciting musicians and writing collaborators for this project. We need your help to make this possible! Come support Maple Morris at our Kickstarter Kick-Off Contra! Proceeds will go towards the 2013 Exchange. It will also mark the beginning of our Kickstarter Campaign to raise further funds for the 2013 project. Includes performances by Maple Morris. Location: First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Cost: $15-$20 sliding scale, with additional donations welcome! Maple Morris is a community of young dancers dedicated to promoting creativity, leadership, and continued excellence in the second generation of Morris Dancing. For more information on Maple Morris, or to make a donation, visit http://maplemorris.com/. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/290926964346674/.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: We have a CD, and we're hosting a dance to celebrate! $5-$10 sliding scale, from 7:30-10:30 at the Porter Square Masonic Hall, 1950 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA. Web site: http://freeraisins.com.
Cambridge - Sound Workshop: Before the BIDA dance at the Porter Square Masonic Hall, 1950 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA. Workshop 3:30-5:30, potluck dinner 5:30-6. (Optional: 6-7:00 Help set up sound system, observe sound check, ask questions). Stay and dance from 7:30 - 10:30! (and observe sound). Workshop: $5 if RSVP by March 20, $10 after. Dance admission $5-$10 sliding scale. Limited scholarships available! RSVP required for workshop. Web site: http://bidadance.org/.
Cambridge - Forbes Plaza: The Folk Arts Center of New England holds dances at Forbes Plaza in the Holyoke Center from 4pm to 6pm. Admission is FREE • Beginners and singles are always welcome. FAC's free outdoor summer folk dances in the Boston area offer basic instruction and dancing for all, sometimes accompanied by live music. It is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Web site: http://www.facone.org.
Carlisle, Massachusetts: Unitarian Church in Carlisle (27 School Street), located in Carlisle Center on the common, just off Route 225, by the only rotary on town. Pot-luck at 6:30, dance 8:00-10:30. $5. Info: (617) 661-1865 or (617) 965-0542. Web site: http://configular.com/dance/carlisle/index.html.
Carolina, Rhode Island - McBurney Birthday Dance: There will be a free contra dance/birthday party from 7-10pm, for Trish McBurney at the New Hope Chapel, next door to the Washington County Fairgrounds, 801 Richmond Townhouse Road, Carolina, RI 02801. All are invited! Pot luck appetizers are requested, but not required. Web site: None.
Charlestown, Massachusetts: Folk Fusion: Next Generation Music and Dance. American and international dancing for youthful dancers of all ages! Time: 7:30-11:30 pm Location: The Crosby Whistle Stop dance hall, 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, Massachusetts. 3 blocks from the Sullivan Square T station - free parking is available nearby. Admission $10 - Students $8. Beginners and experienced dancers, singles, couples, and groups are all welcome! The Folk Arts Center presents an evening of folk dance and music for and by the younger generation. All ages are welcome. The program includes international folk dancing, New England contra dancing and Balkan-based world music. Web site: http://www.facone.org.
Chatham, Massachusetts: 4th Saturday Contra Dance at 8pm, 7:30 beginners introduction. South Chatham Village Hall, 2567 Main St (MA-28) (corner of Mill Creek Rd), South Chatham. Suggested donation: $10. Information: 508-945-4827. Web site: http://capecontraorg.weebly.com/index.html.
Chatham, Massachusetts: An afternoon contra dance is part of the festivities of First Night. Web site: http://www.firstnightchatham.com.
Chelmsford, Massachusetts: Dances at the Chelmsford Old Town Hall from 7pm to 9pm. Web site: None.
Cheshire, Massachusetts: Heron Cove Folk Festival is a mostly music festival in early August with a contra dance. Location: Farnums Road at the Causeway between Cheshire Lake. Web site: http://www.heroncoveconcerts.com/.
Chilmark, Massachusetts: Dance is at 8 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Cost is $8. For details, call 508-693-4218. Web site: None.
Chilmark, Massachusetts - Joel Noe Barn Dance & Family Barbecue: Event is from 05:30pm - 09:00pm. Barbecue: Adults $7, Children $5 (kids under 4 are free) Admission to Square Dance: members free, non-members $5 (non-members welcome) A special "Barn Dance" has been organized to honor the memory of Joel Noe, a long time Chilmark Community Center member and parent. This is a special opportunity for new members of the CCC to be welcomed to the Center. Join us for some good old-fashioned contra and square dancing. If you can walk, you can dance! Fun for family members of all ages. The traditional July family barbecue at 5:30 will precede the festivities. Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. A special thanks to Mal Jones for generously sponsoring the Barn Dance! Web site: http://www.chilmarkcommunitycenter.org.
Concord, Massachusetts - Mondays: Concord Scout House -- 74 Walden St., Concord, MA . Route 2 to Route 126 (4 miles west of 128), north 1 mile. Hall is on left before Congregational Church. Plenty of free parking (but not in the church lot, please!). Walk-through instructions for all dances; beginners and singles welcome. Please bring a clean pair of shoes to change into for dancing. Dance is from 7:30-10:30pm. General Admission: Adults $8 ($3 after 9:30 pm); Age 22 (and under) $5. For more information call (781) 272-0396 or (978) 369-1232. Cancellations only when the police advise against all driving. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://mondaycontras.com.
Concord, Massachusetts - Cotillion: A party and dance featuring classic contras and 19th century lancers and quadrilles with a few couple dances, waltzes, etc.. Tony Parkes, prompter, with Spare Parts. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. For 2010, hours are listed as 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Dessert buffet at interval. Elegant attire (period, formal or festive) encouraged. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door if any remain; $10 for students under 22; attendance limited to 150. Info 781-272-0396 or 978/670-9333. Web site: http://www.hands4.com/cotillion.
Concord, Massachusetts - Summer Saturdays: Contras, Squares, and Couple Dances at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA 8 to 11 PM - Beginners and Singles Welcome - All dances taught. Admission $8.00 - For more information call 617-547-7781. Please bring a pair of clean shoes to change into for Dancing. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://www.configular.com/dance/summersats/index.html.
Concord, Massachusetts - 1st Saturdays: Very occasional 1st Saturday dance at the Concord Scout House (Scout House, 74 Walden St). Admission: $9 (CDS Boston Members $7). For more info, call (781) 662-6710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Country Dance Society, Boston Centre; New England Dance Committee. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/american - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - 2nd Saturdays: At the Scout House, 74 Walden St., 8 pm. $10 and $8 (CDS members); $6 for young people 21 and under. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in (not your street shoes). 8-11 pm. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/american.
Concord, Massachusetts - 4th Saturdays: Scout House, 74 Walden St., 8 pm. $8 admission, $6 for students under 20. Dances in 2008-2009 in September-June with a few exceptions. Contras and squares. Bring clean shoes, please! Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. For more information, call Walter Lenk at (617) 547-7781. Web site: http://www.configular.com/dance/.
Concord, Massachusetts - 5th Saturdays: Occasional 5th Saturday dances at the Scout House, 74 Walden St., 8 pm. Admission to the dance is $9, $7 for CDS Boston members; Bring clean shoes, please! Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Info: 781/662-6710. Sponsored by Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, American Dance Program. For more info, call (781) 662-6710 or 617-802-2905. Dance Contact: email@example.com. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/ - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - 5th Fridays: Occasional 5th Saturday dances at the Scout House, 74 Walden St., 8 pm. Admission to the dance is $9, $7 for CDS Boston members; Bring clean shoes, please! Info: 781/662-6710. Sponsored by Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, American Dance Program. For more info, call (781) 662-6710 or 617-802-2905. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Dance Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/ - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - Craft Fair: Generally the first Saturday in December - Scout House, 74 Walden Street near Concord Center. Contra Dance 8:00 - 11:00 PM; Sixth Annual Holiday Craft Fair: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Admission to the dance is $9, $7 for CDS Boston members; For more info, call (781) 662-6710. Dance Contact: email@example.com. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Over 30 craft and artisans exhibiting their wares from 10am to 5pm. Craft Fair Contact: Geatana Freniere (978) 369-2212. Sponsored by Country Dance Society, Boston Centre; New England Dance Committee. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/ - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - Challenging Contras: The First Friday Challenging Contra Dance series at the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord. This event features dances for those familiar with Contras. The dance is from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM; and admission is $9; under 21, $7. "Experienced" means that dancers should know how to do basic contra dance figures, and also know the figures "roll away", "California twirl," "pass through to a wave," and "contra corners" without being taught. Dancers should know where to be at the start of each dance phrase and how to recover from a lapse. Dancers assist their partner and neighbor to the next move and execute flourishes safely and on time without disturbing others. For more info, call (978) 779-6077. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://www.tiac.net/~mabaker/challenging-contras.html.
Concord, Massachusetts - Family Dances: NEFFA and Folk Arts Center Family Dances at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street. All dances will be taught. Dances are appropriate for ages 5 and up. Parents are responsible for their children. Admission: $5/person, $25/family maximum. Info: (781) 662-7476 FAC, (781) 662-6710 NEFFA. Dances are from 2pm to 4pm. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Help protect the wooden floor by bringing a separate pair of clean, soft-soled shoes to dance in. For safety's sake, childen must dance in shoes, not socks or bare feet. International folk dancing on other dates. Web site: http://www.facone.org/programs/familydance.html.
Concord, Massachusetts - New Year's Eve: Contras, Squares and Couple Dances on New Year's Eve at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, 8pm-1am. $15 ($12 for those under 21). Desserts and other munchies welcome for the 10:30pm break. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Info: 617/547-7781. Web site: http://www.configular.com/dance/nyeve/index.html.
Concord, Massachusetts - Occasional Sundays: at the Concord Scout House is a series of uncommon dance events that will appear on random Sundays, less than once a month. All start at 7:30 PM. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. For more info, call (781) 662-6710 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by Country Dance Society, Boston Centre; New England Dance Committee. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/american - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - Benefit Dance: Benefit for the Scout House in Concord. 6:30 Waltzing; 7:00 PM - 10 PM Contra Dance at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord. Admission is $20; young people 21 and under $15. For more Information for this benefit: (781) 662-6710. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/ - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - Thanksgiving Benefit Dance: Thanksgiving Saturday Scout House Fundraiser Contra Dance plus Skirt and Shirt Sale. 2:00-5:00 p.m. - Admission: $15, $10 under 21. Back by popular demand: This special contra dance fundraiser is one of our most popular events! Also featuring a skirt & shirt sale to benefit the Scout House. We have an event flyer for your fridge or to print and distribute. Should you be on Facebook, check out our event there. For more information, call Robin Humes at 978-897-5000 or email Robin(dot)Humes(at)gmail(dot)com. So plan to come on 11/24/12 and support the Scout House while having a great time! Web site: http://concordscouthouse.org.
Concord, Massachusetts - Halloween: Dance is at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord. Costume awards and door prizes. Admission is $12; $8 for young people 22 and under. For more information call 857-499-8907 or e-mail email@example.com. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/american - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts Post-Thanksgiving Dance: Dance is from 8pm to 11:00pm at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord. Admission $9, CDS Boston Members $7, Students and Young people, $5. Please DO NOT park in the church lot next to the Scout House. For more information call 617-802-2905 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/american - American Dance Program.
Concord, Massachusetts - NEFFA Thursday Night: All dances at the Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord.7:30pm-10:30pm -- $8 ($5 for people 22 and under). Please bring soft-soled shoes! Info: (781) 272-0396 or (508) 229-2854. This dance is sponsored by NEFFA. We will cancel the dance if Concord declares a snow emergency, or if we feel that weather conditions would make for unsafe travel. No animals (other than service animals) are allowed in the building. Web site: http://www.neffa.org/Thurs.html.
Concord, Massachusetts - NEFFA Benefit: Please join us for an evening of dance and fun at the Concord Scout House on Sunday evening, March 1, 2009 from 5:30-10 p.m. The fun starts with a half hour of waltzing. Other planned events include a contra medley, a Hambo competition (with prizes!), and of course, lots of contra dancing! Attendance will be limited to the comfortable capacity of the hall, so tickets will be available in advance. If you'd like to volunteer or help us out in other ways, please contact Terry (email below) or Koren at email@example.com. Ticket prices: $17 Student/Low-income; $25 Regular Admission; $50 Friend; $75 Donor; $100 Benefactor; $200 Angel. Advance tickets are available. See one of the Committee members at a dance, or send your check and SASE by February 15, 2009 to Terry Huffaker, 12 Greenwood Lane, Acton MA 01720. Please make your tax-deductible check payable to NEFFA. For more information or any questions about tickets, please call Terry at 978-263-5458 or email Tee.firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Concord, Massachusetts - Ernie's Favorites - An Evening of Celebration: Location: The Scout House. Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM: Dessert Social; 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM: Dancing; 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM: Intermission; 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM: Dancing. Please join us at a special dance featuring Ernie Spence's favorite dances, dancers, musicians, and callers. We'll dance Chorus Jig, Money Musk, and other contras; we'll enjoy some singing squares; we'll share some stories; and, we'll raise a glass of lemonade to Ernie! Please help us spread the word to all who knew Ernie!! For more information, please contact Linda Spence at 781-254-1734 or email@example.com - This dance is a benefit for The Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Donations will be gratefully accepted. There is no admission fee for this event but we are asking for donations to aid research into Parkinson's Disease. Checks can be made payable to Parkinson's Disease Foundation (1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or http://www.pdf.org/en/fund_memdon). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178829402184906.
Concord, Massachusetts - Mostly Waltz: Waltzes and other couple dances, 2:00 pm-5:30 pm selected Sundays, November through June. Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, Massachusetts. Admission $12; Students $5. Beginners, experienced dancers, singles, and couples are all welcome! The Folk Arts Center and Mostly Waltz for Boston present Sunday afternoon sessions of live music for waltzing and other couple dances. This series duplicates the Mostly Waltz afternoons held in other cities across North America. Mostly Waltz for Boston also presents occasional special workshops in styles such as cross-step waltz. The regular Sunday dances in this series feature a lesson in waltz basics, figures, or styles from 2 to 3 pm, followed by live music for dancing until 5:30 pm, with intermediate-level "cool moves" or other dance variations taught during the break, 4:10 to 4:30 pm. A variety of waltz tunes and tempos are played during the session; every third number is a different couple dance, such as a polka, hambo, schottische, swing, tango, one-step, or zwiefacher. To protect the wooden floor and to make turning easier, please change from street shoes to clean shoes, ideally leather-soled, before dancing. For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragranced personal products at our dances. Thank you! Web site: http://facone.org/programs/mostlywaltz.html.
Concord, Massachusetts - Celebrate Music and Life of Jim Guinness Potluck/Dance: At the Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord MA. With many musicians and callers who have shared the stage with Jim over the years. 7 pm - potluck finger foods and desserts. (This will include an opportunity for people to share memories of Jim.) Followed by an evening of contradancing until 10pm No admission, but all donations will be gratefully accepted and given to the Scout House in Jim's memory. For more information call 617-547-7781. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/120716368129059/.
Concord, Massachusetts - Scout House Warming: The Scout House is throwing a fund-raising party to celebrate completion of this summer's construction project. It's our Scout House Warming! Special mix of Alternative Music arranged just for contra dances. That's rock 'n roll, Latin groove, electric Celtic, and pop tunes! We'll have refreshments and a raffle of 3 special, dance-related items. Admission is $15 or $10 for those age 21 and under. 8pm to 11pm. All proceeds benefit and support the ongoing work at the Scout House, a non-profit organization. Web site: None.
Conway, Massachusetts - Grammar School: Dance (6:30pm-8:30pm) and spaghetti dinner (5:30pm-6:30pm) at the Conway Grammar School, 24 Fournier Road Conway, MA 01341. $10/plate, $5 for those equal to or less than 12 years old. All dances will be taught; wear comfortable shoes. Web site: http://www.cgs.conway.ma.us/.
Cornwall, Connecticut: Motherhouse sponsors contra dances at the Town Hall, 24 Pine Street, generally on the 1st Saturday of the month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Suggested Donation: $5/adult, $3/child. For more information send us an email or call Rachel Gall (860) 672-6328. Web site: http://motherhouse.us/programs-events/family-events/contra-dances/.
Cotuit, Massachusetts: Freedom Hall, from Route 28 (just east of the intersection of Route28 and Route 130) take Main Street. into Cotuit. Go through the center of the village, Freedom Hall is number 976 on your left. Admission is $8. Dance is from 8pm to 11pm. Contact 508-563-6750. Web site: http://www.capecontra.org.
Cotuit, Massachusetts: Pecks Boats, 3800 Route 28. Free. Dancing starts at 8:00PM. Cookout & Potluck - BYO food and drinks to share if you like, Party starts at 5:00PM. Also, a Wind Turbine Dedication. For more info Call 508-428-3483. Web site: http://www.capecontra.org.
Coventry - Nathan Hale Homestead: There will be a Country Dance at the Nathan Hale Homestead on at 7pm. 18th Century clothing is encouraged but not mandatory. $10 per person. Web site: http://www.ctlandmarks.org/index.php?page=nathan-hale-homestead/.
Cranston, Rhode Island: The Southside Community Land Trust hosts an annual hoedown (Farm tours, live music, dancing, local food and beverages!) from 4pm to 8pm at the Urban Edge Farm in the western part of Cranston, 31 Pippin Orchard Road. Call (401) 273-9419 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site http://www.southsideclt.org/.
Cumberland, Rhode Island: The Blackstone River Theatre sponsors contra dances from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. There will be a beginner workshop at 7:30 p.m. and all dances will be taught. All are welcome - beginners and experienced dancers; singles, couples and families; old friends and new... Wear cool, comfortable clothing and flat, soft-soled shoes. Refreshments will be available. Get ready to tap your toes, stomp your feet, twirl your skirt, and smile. Cost is $8; seniors and children are $5. Web site: http://www.riverfolk.org.
Cummington, Massachusetts - Hilltown Spring Festival: Family Contra-Dance at Hilltown Spring Festival from 5-7pm at the Cummington Fairgrounds! Come early and enjoy live music and dinner from the many local food vendors. For more info call the Hilltown CDC at 413-296-4536 x112. Cummington Fairgrounds is located at 97 Fairgrounds Rd. in Cummington, MA (>$, kids 12yo and under FREE). Web site: http://www.hilltowncdc.org/.
Danbury, Connecticut: Contra Dances at Western Connecticut State University at the midtown campus in the Bill Williams Gymnasium on Osborne Street, in Berkshire Hall on the 4th Saturday of the month. Ample free parking. Donation: $8 (WCSU students $5 with ID). Please: Clean soft-soled shoes only! No high heels. Grit from the street will damage the gym floor! Bring clean shoes to change into from your street shoes. Dance on hiatus until September 2008. Web site: http://www.conntras.org/danbury.htm.
Dorchester, Massachusetts: At the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church located on top of Meetinghouse Hill at 10 Parish Street. BBQ and Square Dance. Fried chicken and fixings: 6-7 PM $10. Square Dance featuring Cliff and Senta Brodeur: 7-9 PM $15. Beer, wine and soft drinks available. Proceeds to benefit building restoration fund. E-mail: email@example.com. Telephone: 617-436-0527. Web site: http://firstparish.com.
Dorchester, Massachusetts: Annual square dance. This is an entry-level dance aimed at parishioners, but non-members are very welcome. Recorded music. The dance runs from 7 to 9; admission is $10/person and $20/family. Includes a variety of circle, square and longways dances from all parts of North America, with some English dances thrown in. Location: 10 Parish Street. Web site: http://www.firstparishdorchester.org.
Dover, Massachusetts: Dance is part of the annual Fall Festival at the Powisset Farm in Dover sponsored by the Trustees of the Reservations. Phone: (508) 785-0339. Web site: http://www.thetrustees.org.
East Hartford, Connecticut - Mostly Waltz: Except as noted, 3-6 pm Sunday afternoons at the South Senior Center, 70 Canterbury Street, East Hartford, with a free beginner workshop 2-3 pm and intermediate-level first and second band break workshops by Robert Bolstrum. Three of every four dances are waltzes. Dance admission is $11 ($10 for HCD members). Refreshments served, all ages welcome, no partner required. Web site: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm.
East Sandwich, Massachusetts: The East Sandwich Grange Hall is about an hour south of Boston. From Exit 3 of the Mid Cape Highway (Route 6) go north on Quaker Meetinghouse Road for about a mile, until you reach Route 6A. Turn right on 6A and travel for one mile. Turn right on Old County Road (across from the East Sandwich Post Office). The Grange Hall is on the left a bit past the railroad tracks and next to the Benjamin Nye Homestead. Admission is $8. Dance is from 8pm to 11pm. Contact (508) 362-2767 or 508-563-6934. Web site: http://www.capecontra.org.
Edgartown, Massachusetts: Contra dance at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 34 North Summer Street, Edgartown, MA 02539. Time: 8pm. Family: $25.00, Adult: $7.00 Web site: None.
Enfield, Connecticut: Shindigs at the Barn (Powder Mill, that is). The Powder Mill Barn contra dance is (usually) the 4th Sunday of each Month, October through May, from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, with a beginner workshop starting around 6:30 PM. Live Music. Admission is $10; students $5. Each dance taught quickly by Ralph Sweet or other guest callers. Have fun the first time you come! You don't have to bring a partner! Learn by doing! Casual dress (best no high heels, though). Web site: http://www.sweetheartflute.com/Barn/calendar.html.
Essex, Massachusetts - Cape Ann Farmers' Market Hoedown: Fundraising dance at the Essex County Greenbelt, 82 Eastern Avenue, Route 133, Essex, 978-768-7241. Bring a picnic and explore the Greenbelt from 6pm to 7pm and then dance at 7pm. $15 per person or $40 per family. All proceeds will help to offset costs of the Cape Ann Farmers' Market. Beer and wine will be available for cash purchase. Web site: http://capeannfarmersmarket.org.
Florence, Massachusetts: Dancing at Rocky Hill CoHousing at 100 Black Birch Trail in Florence (Northampton) from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, followed by a potluck. $5-$10 sliding scale. Newcomers and experienced dancers welcome. For more information, e-mail Susan Janssen at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Foster, Rhode Island - Rhode Island Folk Festival: The Festival is an annual music and dance event held in Foster, Rhode Island. Ticket prices vary between adults and children and full day, day and evening sessions. The festival is held at the Peeptoad Coffeehouse, 81 East Killingly Road in the North Foster Baptist Church. For more information contact Elwood Donnelly at 401-392-1322 or e-mail email@example.com. Web site: http://www.fosteringarts.org/rifolkfestival.html.
Foster, Rhode Island: held at Little Rhody Vasa Park, 10 Boswell Trail. Dance is from 7:30pm-10:30pm with admission: $8.00 with a family maximum of $20. Join us for a fun night of traditional contra dancing (circle mixers, squares, and line-dancing). All dances are taught. No experience necessary. Partners are not required. Contact: Elwood Donnelly. Phone: (401)-392-1322. Web site: http://fosteringarts.org/.
Framingham - Helene Cornelius Memorial Dance: Event from 7:00 PM — 11 PM, Nevins Hall, 150 Concord Street, Framingham. Web site: http://cds-boston.org/.
Gardner, Massachusetts: Dances at the Fraternal Order of Eagles - 71 City Hall Ave, Gardner, MA with FREE Dance Lessons 7:15 pm and the dance from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Set to live music, contra dancing is a traditional New England dance that is easy to learn as all dances are taught by the caller. No need to bring a partner. Beginners and Experienced Dancers. All ages and level of ability - Welcome! Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes. $8.00 per person - $5.00 Students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for other dance dates or call Terry @ 978-632-6677. Web site: http://www.uusg.net/category/Spring_Contra_Dances/c52.
Gloucester, Massachusetts: Dances at the First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave, Gloucester. Each evening begins with a Basic Contra Moves Workshop at 6:30. The dance begins at 7:00. Newer dancers are encouraged to come early, as the dance program begins with easier dances and gradually introduces more elements and challenge as the evening progresses. The Basic Contra Moves Workshop is a great way for all dancers to warm-up and enjoy the evening together. Cape Ann Contra Dance is dedicated to establishing regular contra dance events on Cape Ann that: welcome and encourage new dancers, musicians and callers; are inter-generational and family friendly; build and celebrate community; and reflect the unique character of Cape Ann. Live music for the dancing will be led by the Cape Ann Contra House Band, with Cammy Kaynor calling. Additional musicians are invited to sit in. Sheet music will be provided. This event is supported in part by the Outreach Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society, http://www.cdss.org/, and by Folk Life Studio. Suggested donation: $10. Dancers under 16 are free. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Info: mailto:email@example.com - Web site: http://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnContraDance.
Goshen, Massachusetts - Traditional Square Dancing: also known as "Eastern Style" or "Old Fashioned Square Dancing" at the Goshen Town Hall (Route 9, about 12 miles West of Northampton MA) on second Saturdays in Oct, Nov, and Dec, and again in Mar, Apr and May to live music. This has always been easy, fun square dancing where anyone could come at any time without having to take lessons and enjoy themselves, as they still do today at the contra dances.
Grafton, Massachusetts: Dance sponsored by Apple Tree Arts and the Willard House and Clock Museum and held at the Museum, 11 Willard Street. Dance begins at 6pm, is open to the public and a $5 donation is requested. Musicians include participants in various fiddle workshops. Web site: http://www.appletreearts.org.
Granby, Connecticut: Since 1994, Granby Family Dance has danced French-Canadian circle dances, English country dances, square dances, Virginia Reels and contra dances. 1st Fridays, 7:00pm-9:00pm, October-June. Enjoyed by all ages from the young to the young at heart. South Church Parish Hall, 242 Salmon Brook Rd. (Rt. 10) (.2 mi south from Rt. 10-Rt 20 junction). Children under 6 need an adult partner. Under 3 free. $5 for children 3-12. $8 for 13 and over. Come and join the fun. Web site: http://www.granbyfamilydance.org/.
Granby, Massachusetts - Red Fire Farm Tomato Festival: As part of the Festival, a contra dance is held in the evening. The Festival is held in late August at 7 Carver Street in Granby. Web site: http://www.redfirefarm.com/news/tomatofestival.html.
Granby, Connecticut: Granby Grange #5 host square and contra dances on the fourth Friday night of each month from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Featuring live music and with light refreshments available for sale to benefit our Kitchen Improvement Fund, this will be a series of evenings of fun for all ages (10 years old and up). Dress style and formality is optional, but be sure to wear comfortable clotnhing and shoes. Come to 212 North Granby Road (aka CT Rt. 189, North) across the street from North/First Congregational Church. No experience is necessary and dancing is a valid excercise, besides being fun. Admission is $8.00 per single or $15.00 per couple and the live music incluldes "Fiddler Friends" each night. For more information, call Carol Innes at 860-627-5053. Master RoseAnna Smith at 860-816-2721 or the Grange Hall at 860-653-6175. Web site: http://www.granbygrange.org.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - 1st Friday: Generally with The Moving Violations and guest callers at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. Swedish dancing from 8:00 to 8:30; contras from 8:30. Admission $8-$10. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html
Greenfield, Massachusetts - 1st Saturday: Generally with Wild Asparagus and caller George Marshall at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. The dance starts at 8:00 with a short beginner's workshop and goes till 11:30. Admission is $10 ($8 students) at the door. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html
Greenfield, Massachusetts - 2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays: Music from the Greenfield Dance Band (or members of) with guest callers at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. 6:30 PM: Potluck Supper (all welcome!) 7:30 PM: Music for Swedish dances (hambo, polska, etc.) 8:00 - Midnight: Contras, more Swedish, etc. Admission is by self-determined donation (a.k.a. The Honor System) with $10 or barter equivalent suggested. For more information: David Kaynor, (413) 367-9380, firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - 2nd and 4th Saturdays: Tophill Dances Featuring varied bands and callers at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. More info: (413) 773-1671 or Tophill Music. Start times and admissions vary but usually the dance starts at 8pm with admission from $8 to $12. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - 3rd Fridays: Various bands and callers at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. 6:30 PM: Potluck Supper to which all are invited; 7:30 PM music for Swedish dances; 8:00 - midnight: Contras, more Swedish, etc. Admission by self-determined donation; $10 or barter equivalent suggested. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - 3rd Saturdays: An eclectic variety of top musicians and callers at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. Start time: 8pm with admission from $8 to $10. Info: 413 774-2830. Inquiries about booking this night contact: email@example.com. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Various Saturdays: Different programs (musicians and callers) for each dance at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. Admissions vary. Dances usually begin at 8pm. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Various Sundays: Different afternoon and evening dances with various callers and musicians on some Sundays at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. Start times and admission cost vary. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Fall Frolic: A full day of dancing for the benefit of the Friends of the Guiding Star Grange at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - New Year's Eve: 8:0p0-12:30am. Dance at the Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street. New Year's Eve dance, sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Dance. Dessert potluck at the break. Cost: $12 / $10 students, low income Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Family Dance: Annual Family Contra Dance to benefit the Greenfield Center School. Dancing at 2:30 - 5:30pm at the Guiding Star Grange,401 Chapman Street. There will be a short break for songs and snacks. $8/6/4 for adults/seniors/kids (5 and under free) Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Mostly Waltz: Monthly Mostly Waltz dance at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street from 7:30pm to 9:30pm with recorded music and waltzing with a smattering of other couple dances. $3-$5 contribution recommended. E-mail Richard Wyatt for more information. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Special: A special dance on a special night at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street. Times and admission vary. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Square Dance Lab: Nils Fredland writes: I am looking for a small group of dancers to help me work with a collection of singing squares for a new CDSS publication. Read on for more details...The singing squares collection I'm working with is from an 84 year old square dance caller from Southwestern NY named Keith Blackmon. The collection is very large - over 250 dances - which isn't surprising considering he started calling when he was 14 years old. For purposes of the CDSS publication, I've pared the collection down to about 50 squares. The dances are quirky and antiquated; as fascinating as it is to just do the transcriptions, I would very much like to see the choreography in action, and discuss how it feels with a small group of dancers. I'm not setting out to correct or improve the choreography, but rather to understand how these squares work, to understand what they say about the regional tradition from which they came, and to understand how I can present them in a way that will be relevant and fun for the dancers I come in contact with as a caller. By working with this material in a Square Lab setting, I anticipate increasing my own personal connection to the collection, as well, which will make my contribution as an editor that much more sensitive. Tentatively scheduled meetings are Saturday, 2/12 in Greenfield, MA from 4-6 PM, and Sunday, 2/13 in Brattleboro, VT from 3-5 PM. If you're interested in participating, please call or email me ASAP for location details. I can be reached anytime at (603) 903-2369 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Zwiefache Session: This afternoon will feature zwiefache-lots of them. Location: Greenfield Guiding Star Grange. Program: Starting at 2 p.m. will be an approximately hour-long workshop, led by Richard Wyatt, on zwiefache. After a short break, there will be dancing until 6 p.m.; mostly zwiefache, interspersed with waltz and possibly other couple dances. Rhythm patterns for the various zwiefache will be posted at the dance. Cost: $10. Contact Richard Wyatt - email@example.com for more information. Web site: None.
Greenfield - Joshua and Laurel's Wedding: Celebratory dance at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street. Note(s): Free, Cake cutting at break plus free desserts. Please RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/l/f09e9EJubb-9q2vxTueGAvBM1Vg/https%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2Fsite%2Flaurelandjoshwedding%2F - Web site: http://www.facebook.com/l/f09e9EJubb-9q2vxTueGAvBM1Vg/https%3A%2F%2Fsites.google.com%2Fsite%2Flaurelandjoshwedding%2F.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Waltz Workshop: Each evening will be divided into three sections: 7:00-8:15-Beginner series; 8:15-8:45-open waltzing for practice (or fun) (recorded music of various tempos); 8:45-10:00-Intermediate series. No partner needed, although there is no guarantee of gender balance, either-but this somehow almost always works out. I always ask people to switch partners throughout the workshops. The first workshop in each series is the most important; missing any of the others is no great impediment, but missing the first one, unless you've taken my workshops before, usually results in difficulty. The workshops are aimed at contradancers-thus the tempo of the music is faster than ballroom, and the use of the steps different because of the tempo. Organized by Richard Wyatt - firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Greenfield, Massachusetts - Mostly Waltz - Friday: Dances occur on the 1st Friday of each month. In addition, there will be a full workshop each session, with enough time dedicated to teach significant material. Intermediate workshop from 7:30 to 8 or 8:15. Beginners' workshop from 7 to 7:30 for the forseeable future, shifting to intermediate at 7:30, and dancing around 8 or 8:15. Location: Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/.
Groton, Massachusetts - Banjo Camp North: Banjo Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles. The camp is at a beautiful wooded lakeside setting near Groton. Cabins are heated, so you don't have to worry about our unpredictable New England weather. Contact Mike Holmes, Banjo Camp North, 35 Crescent St. #213, Waltham, MA 02453 or (781) 209-1130 or e-mail email@example.com. Web site: http://www.mugwumps.com/bcn.html.
Groton, Massachusetts: The Contra Banditos hosts a Family Barn Dance series at the Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney Street. Dance is from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Donations accepted at the door. Adults $5, children and seniors $3, Family maximum $15. Refreshments served! For more info contact Ashling at (978) 448-3990 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.contrabanditos.com or http://www.grotongrange.com/calendar.htm.
Groveland, Massachusetts: Dances on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Location: Pingree hall, at Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland MA, 01834, 978-521-9345. Sit musicians welcome. Snack / dessert pot luck at the break. Admission, $7. Seniors $6, under 12 1/2 price, under 6 free. Singles, couples, groups, all welcome. Web site: http://www.veaseypark.org.
Hamden, Connecticut - Friends of Brooksvale Park: will hold a dance as part of its annual meeting. The dance begins at 7pm. $10 per person at the barn. 524 Brooksvale Avenue, off Route 10 in northern Hamden. Bring snacks to share; water provided. Phone: 203-287-2669. Web site: http://www.brooksvale.org/.
Hamden - Unitarian: Dance at the Unitarian Church, 700 Hartford Turnpike from 7:30pm-10:00pm. Contact Steve Holland steveholl at aol dot com for questions. Web site: None.
Hamden - Eli Whitney Barn: A barn dance at the Eli Whitney Museum, 915 Whitney Avenue in Hamden, CT from 7pm to 9pm. Web site (but no information): http://www.eliwhitney.org/museum/-historic-site/barn.
Hampton, Connecticut - Town Celebration: Country dancing is included amongst the activities (parade, speeches, barbeque, softball tournament, staged reading) for Memorial Day, May 26 in Hampton. Dance will be at noon at the Little River Memorial at the bottom of Hammond Hill Road. Web site: http://www.hamptonct.org/.
Hanson, Massachusetts: Bluegrass on the Bog includes a Saturday morning contra dance at Camp Kiwanee, Indian Head St (Route 58). The event is held in mid-June. Web site: http://www.bluegrassonthebogs.com/index.html.
Holden, Massachusetts: The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce will present its Holden Days celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual event promises great food, fun and entertainment for the entire family, as well as promotional opportunities for area businesses and organizations. A variety of events and activities are part of the even including a contra dance. The WRTA is offering free roundtrip shuttle bus transportation from the parking lots of the Dawson Elementary School, 155 Salisbury St., and Wachusett Regional High School, 1401 Main St., in Holden to the center of town. The buses will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact the Chamber office at (508) 829-9220 or email@example.com - Web site: http://www.wachusettareachamber.org.
Hudson, Massachusetts: The public is invited to a Contra Dance at Grace Baptist Church, 353 River Road, Hudson from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. There will be an $8 per person cover charge. All dances will be taught so that inexperienced dancers may join in the fun. Attendees will dance with a different partner for each dance, although dates who attend together and significant others might dance with each other more than once. For more information, contact Judie Emery at 978-562-6790. Web site: http://www.gracehudson.org/.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts: Boston Gay and Lesbian Contra Dancers present contras, some squares and English country dancing, featuring live music at most dances. Location: 1st Church of Jamaica Plain (Unitarian-Universalist), corner of Centre and Eliot Streets (at the monument), Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA. Time: 7:30-10:30pm. Admission: For regular evening dances: $10. Students are $6. Pay less if you can't afford it. Children under 12 get in free. For afternoon workshops and advanced dances: $10. Coupon books: $40, good for five admissions*. Second dance free cards: newcomers can come again and dance free*! (*except special dances). For more information: JP-Dance (at site) LCFD.com or call Janet: (617) 522-2216 or Chris Ricciotti at home: 781-982-8042, cell 617-852-4042. Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/jp/.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts - New Year's Eve: Boston Gay and Lesbian Contra Dancers present a special night of contras, some squares and English country dancing, featuring live music at most dances. Location: 1st Church of Jamaica Plain (Unitarian-Universalist), corner of Centre and Eliot Streets (at the monument), Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA. Time: 7:30-11:00 (these hours may change for this dance). Admission: For regular evening dances: $10. Students are $6. Pay less if you can't afford it. Children under 12 get in free. For afternoon workshops and advanced dances: $10. Coupon books: $40, good for five admissions*. Second dance free cards: newcomers can come again and dance free*! (* except special dances). For more information: JP-Dance (at site) LCFD.com or call Janet: (617) 522-2216 or Chris Ricciotti at home: 781-982-8042, cell 617-852-4042. Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/jp/.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts - Squares - Spontaneous Celebration: Dance at 45 Danforth Street, in Jamaica Plain, near Stony Brook T Stop, around the corner from the mini City Feed, etc.) from 7-10 pm. Tickets available at the door: $3-10 sliding scale entry. Beginners are welcome. All dances will be taught first, then called. Web site: http://spontaneouscelebrations.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/secondSundaySquareDance.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts - Boat House: A guerrilla contra dance at the Jamaica Plain Pond Boat House. No experience necessary! Come to dance, learn how to dance, or just enjoy the tunes. 6:00 musicians and callers warm up. 6:30 dancing starts! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/576287219077514/.
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts - Leather Ball: It's a contra dance...with a kink! 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Gender-neutral. Non-scuff boots only, please. Details on web site. Web site: http://leather.contracorner.com/.
Jamaica Plain - Square Dance Callers' Workshop: Want to be a Square Dance Caller? From 2:30-5:30 there will be a calling workshop. We'll need people to dance while the callers-in-training practice so feel free to join us for that part, too! (We'll also need a couple musicians, anyone interested?) Please me email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the workshop or to be a dancer/musician or with any questions. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/SecondSundaySquareDance.
Killingly, Connecticut - Traditional Square Dancing: (not MWSD) Square Dancing at the Killingly Grange Hall on 2nd Saturdays. Web site: http://www.sweetheartflute.com/Barn/tradsq.html with e-mail contact listed.
Lenox, Massachusetts: 3rd Saturday night of each month. Admission: $8-10 adults, $6 children. Beginner Workshop from 8PM to 8:30PM. Dance starts at 8:30PM. The dance is held at Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker Street. Experience the pleasure of dancing on a beautiful wood floor, in a high-ceiling second floor (handicap accessible) ballroom with a raised stage. Web site: http://www.berkshire.net/CLDMS/CLDMS-DanceInfo.htm.
Lenox, Massachusetts - Squares: Dance at Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., Lenox, Massachusetts 01240 from 7pm to 10pm. $5 at the door. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/moonshineholler.
Lexington, Massachusetts: The band Roaring Jelly hosts a series of monthly dances, with caller Susan Elberger which run from 8-11pm every third Friday from September through June (September 2009 will be fourth Friday (September 25, 2009). Most dances are at the First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA. There is plenty of free parking in back of the church. Directions to the dance. All dances are taught and called. There is also a special beginner session at 7:45pm. Refreshments are served at intermission. June is an Ice Cream Social. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 teens, children 12 and under free, $20 max for families. Any weather-related cancelations will be reported on the answering machine at (781) 944-3544 after 3:00 PM on the day of the event. More info: RoaringJelly@comcast.net. Web site: http://www.roaringjelly.org. Roaring Jelly Dance Friends email list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RJDanceFriends.
Lexington, Massachusetts - Hastings Elementary School: Dance from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the school, 7 Crosby Road. Web site: http://hastings.lexingtonma.org/index.html.
Lexington, Massachusetts - Public Library: The Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will host square and contra dancing among the dictionaries and databases at Cary Library. The event is open to all Lexingtonians (and friends of Lexingtonians) ages 12 and over, and is free! No experience or partner is necessary. The Library is located in Lexington Center, with ample parking in its lot (accessible from Clarke Street) and on nearby streets. It is accessible by public transportation as the Lexpress busses stop in Depot Square nearby, and the 62 and 76 T busses stop on Mass Ave. Additional travel info is online at http://www.carylibrary.org/aboutus/directions.html. Web site: http://www.carylibrary.org.
Lexington - Depot Square: Dance is from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Depot Square. Admission is free. Beginners and singles are always welcome! FAC's free outdoor summer folk dances offer basic instruction and dancing for all, sometimes accompanied by live music. It is not necessary to have previous dance experience or to attend with a partner. Part of the Folk Art Center's series of folk dances in various outdoor locations in the Boston area. Web site: http://www.facone.org.
Lexington - Community Tradition - The Story of New England Contra and Square Dancing: Lexingtonian and dance pianist Eric Eid-Reiner will give a talk, and also play some traditional tunes with Andy Reiner on fiddle, as he shares the music, dances, and cultural significance of this lively and enduring New England tradition at 7pm at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Don't forget your dancing shoes (sneakers are just fine!). After immersing yourself in this tradition, you'll surely be excited for the opportunity to do several of these participatory, beginner-friendly dances right then and there. A caller will teach all the dances, and no experience is needed. Admission is just $5 at the door. This event is sponsored by the Lexington Tourism Committee, and one of many "Revolutionary Revelry" events taking place in Lexington this May. See http://www.libertyride.us/ for further information on visiting Lexington and the countless other great events of the month. Web site: None.
Lexington - Free for All: Come create a community dance! We will be hosting a free dance with volunteer callers and musicians. If you want to call, get in touch with Chris Lahey. If you want to play in the band, get in touch with Jeff Kaufman. If you want to dance, just show up! Admission is free. All performers are volunteers, but we'll pass a metaphorical hat for donations to help pay for the hall rental. Dance is from 8pm to 11pm at the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA. Web site: None.
Leyden - Family Dance: TopHill Music is happy to share with you all a new music series "Music on the Hill" monthly at the Leyden Town Hall, 16 West Leyden Road. Family dance and dessert potluck from 2:30-5 at the Leyden Town Hall. Optional: Bring a dessert treat to share at the break. This dance is FREE to Leyden residents, and $5 per non-resident. It is in part supported by the Leyden Cultural Council, a local agency, and by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a State Agency, and of course TopHill Music. For more info please email directly: email@example.com. Web site: None.
Lincoln, Massachusetts - Thanksgiving Day: at the Smith School Gym, Ballfield Road, Lincoln from 7-10 p.m. Lincoln First Parish sponsors a Thanksgiving Day contra and square dance. $5 adults and students; $3 children ages 10 and under. For more information, call 781-259-0692 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.firstparishinlincoln.org.
Litchfield, Connecticut - Historical Society: The Litchfield Historical Society will host a contra dance at 3 p.m. on the Tapping Reeve House lawn, 82 South St. Registration is required for these events. Those who would like to reserve a spot may e-mail Web site: http://litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.
Little Compton, Rhode Island - Family Day: Dance as part of the annual family day. Web site: http://www.littlecompton.org.
Lowell, Massachusetts - Lowell Folk Festival: Weekend festival including music, food, crafts and dancing (sometimes contra, Quebecois, square, etc.). Free! Web site: http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org.
Madison, Connecticut - Look for Good: Look for the Good Project exhibition opening at Mercy Center: 167 Neck Road in Madison, CT from 7 - 9:30 (with the dance starting 8 PM). Web site: http://www.lookforthegoodproject.org.
Mansfield, Massachusetts - New England Folk Festival (NEFFA): The festival is a fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands. The Festival is held in mid-April in Mansfield, Massachusetts (near Interstate 495 and 95) at the Mansfield High and Middle School. One of the things that makes the Festival special is that all performers donate their talents as volunteers. Web site: http://www.neffa.org/~neffa.
Mashpee, Massachusetts - Cape Cod Dance Weekend: Event sponsored by the band, Elixir in early mid-October at Camp Farley with singing, jamming, and even a little bit of Scandinavian dance. Register in advance. Web site: http://capedanceweekend.elixirmusic.com.
Mattapan, Massachusetts: Dance at Miss Betsey's House, 64 Tampa Street. Instruction at 1:30pm, dance from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Mostly squares. Free admission, beginners welcome, no partner needed. Questions, call Beth at 617-543-4900. Web site: None.
Medford, Massachusetts - Christmas Day: Christmas English and Contra Dance at Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford Square, MA. 8:30 dance. Harp concert at 7pm. Suggested donation of $8. Special rates for families. No partner necessary. Newcomers welcome. Info: 781/665-3835. For more information: Campbell.Kaynor@biogenidec.com". Web site: http://www.springstep.org/.
Medford, Massachusetts - Mostly Waltz: This series duplicates the Mostly Waltz afternoons held in other cities across North America. A variety of waltz tunes and tempos will be played, and every third number will be a different couple dance polka, hambo, schottis, swing, tango, one-step, zwiefacher, etc. All regular dances are on Sunday afternoons from 2:15 to 5:30 pm at Springstep (http://www.springstep.org) in Medford, MA. $12 admission, $8 for students. Singles and couples welcome. There will be basic rotary waltz instruction from 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm, followed by wonderful live music for dancing until 5:30 pm. Please bring clean shoes, ideally leather-soled, to make turning easier and to protect the floor. Springstep is located at 98 George P. Hassett Drive in Medford Square. http://facone.org/programs/mostlywaltz.html.
Medford, Massachusetts - Contra for a Cause: MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Greater Boston Memory Walk team are hosting a contra dance, a form of New England folk dance, to raise money for Alzheimer's research. The dance will be held at Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Drive from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for those 21 and under. For more information go to the Memory Walk website or contact Jessica Armour at 978.944.7408, email@example.com. Web site: http://www.springstep.org.
Medford, Massachusetts - Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates (BIDA): Spring Sundays Workshop for Families and Children at Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Drive in Medford Square from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Web site: http://www.bidadance.org/.
Melrose, Massachusetts: 3rd Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm. Come to listen, listen and dance, or try your hand with the live band. All dances are taught by a caller. Mix of English, contras, squares and couple dances. Tell your friends and bring your neighbors--this is a great family event and opportunity to socialize with your neighbors! All ages and abilities are welcome, no partners necessary! Refreshments provided. Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson Street. Donations voluntary ($6 suggested). Web site: http://mysite.verizon.net/manystrings6/dance/.
Melrose, Massachusetts - Christmas Day: English and Contras from 7-10PM at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, across from the library, 70 West Emerson St. in Melrose MA, Donations voluntary (suggested $6-8). Cammy Kaynor with family and friends will continue a long tradition of music and dancing, from English to Contra, on Christmas night. We welcome sit-ins in the band and newcomers on the dance floor for this community event. Call 781-665-3835 or email CammyDance@earthlink.net. Web site: None.
Melrose, Massachusetts - Dance Tune Sessions: Third Saturday Music Sessions from 4:00-7:00PM in the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 70 West Emerson St., Melrose MA. Ever wanted to learn a dance tune? Bring an instrument or come listen and dance a few. Third Saturday late afternoons in the lovely little hall in Melrose is the place to be! Cammy Kaynor and Peter Butcher will lead whomever comes, through some mixed repertoire of music that spans skill levels and genres. Each event has a slightly different theme. Instruction for couples dances and set dances to accompany the music is available for the non-musician attendees. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org - Telephone: 781-665-3835. Web site: http://www.manystrings6.com/dance.
Middletown, Connecticut: Contra dances at Wesleyan College. 8:00pm-11:00pm, 92 Theatre, top of the hill, off of High Street or Beckham Hall (on Wyllys Avenue). Everyone is welcome. Contact: Rebecca McCallum at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Web site: http://wescontra.blogspot.com.
Middletown, Connecticut - Vinnie's Jump and Jive: Dance from 8pm-10pm. Admission: $10 general, $6 students at Vinnie's Jump and Jive, 424 Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut. Telephone: 860 347 6971 ex 3777. Country-line dancing and square dancing for all! Come kick up your heels to a mix of current and old-timey tunes and a rocking beat. The dances are easy and fun and some basic instruction will be provided so we can all have a great time dancing together. Beginners are most welcome. Bring friends or come on your own, no partner is necessary. Contact Emily Troll for more information -email@example.com - Web site: None.
Middletown - Middnight on Main: A contra dance is one of the activities at this New Year's Eve celebration. Web site: http://www.middnight.org.
Middletown, Rhode Island: Newport County Community from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Aquidneck Elementary School, 70 Reservoir Rd. All ages welcome. Singles, couples, families -- come and bring your friends, and soft-soled shoes. Admission: $5 for students/seniors, $7 adults, 10 years old and under are free. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone (401) 849 3466. Web site: http://www.newportdance.org/.
Montague, Massachusetts - Various Thursdays: Montague Grange #141, 34 Main Street. Dancing from 8:00pm-10:30pm (summers), 7:30pm-10:30pm (fall and winter), beginners are welcome, admission is $8. More info: (413) 658-5320. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html#Montague.
Montague, Massachusetts - LCFD: Montague Grange #141, 34 Main Street. Dancing from 7pm to 10pm except for experienced sessions (see web site for details). Admission: $7-$10, $5 with valid student ID. Please bring soft-soled non-street shoes to protect the wooden dance floor. Also please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes and other highly scented products. All dances smoke, drug and alcohol free. Affiliated with Lavender Country & Folk Dancers & Country Song & Dance Society. Info: Dave at 413-773-3568 email@example.com or Mary at 413-522-5932 firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/westma/.
Montague, Massachusetts - Scandinavian: An afternoon of Scandinavian dances at the Montague Grange #141, 34 Main Street. Dancing from 2pm to 5pm if on Sunday; 7pm to 10pm if on Saturday. Cost: $12 / $8 students, seniors, low income. Web site: http://www.montaguescandia.org/.
Montague, Massachusetts - Open Band/Open Mic: All-Comers Band with Open Mic for Callers, hosted by April Grant. Admission free, but donations for hall accepted and appreciated. Dances are held at the Montague Common Hall, 34 Main Street. Info: 413-584-7725 or e-mail email@example.com. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html#Montague.
Montague, Massachusetts - Special: Special dances on special days. Check web site for times, admission prices, etc. Dances are held at the Montague Grange #141, 34 Main Street. Web site: http://www.guidingstargrange.org/Events/events.html#Montague.
Montague, Massachusetts - Family: Family Dances at the Grange in Montague Center Grange from 4-6pm. Primarily for families with children, often very little ones, but any real beginner would also enjoy this dance. A healthy, light snack will be provided at half time! Good family fun! Please join us. Web site: http://mapleleafmusic.com/calendar.cfm.
Montague, Massachusetts - Wednesday: Fun, rollicking music by the All Comers Band; calling by David Kaynor and friends. Schedule: 7:30-9:30 (or thereabouts): Contra dances and other pleasures. Cost: Self-determined free will contribution, barter welcome. All contributions fund maintenance and repairs to the Montague Grange Hall. More info: David Kaynor, 413-367-9380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosted by the Friends of Montague Grange. Montague Grange Hall, 34 Main Street. Web site: http://www.montaguema.net/Montague_Grange.
Montague, Massachusetts - Squares: Dances at the Common Hall, 34 Main Street, from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Square dance to live old-time music. Music and caller vary month to month. Admssion $5. All are welcome. email@example.com if you need more information. Web site: http://www.montaguecommonhall.org or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montague-Square-Dance/1450685828492724.
Montague, Massachusetts - Callers' Workshop: To be held at the Montague Common Hall, 34 Main Street, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm before that evening's dance. Open to callers of all levels (no experience necessary) and dancers, to. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know what to plan for. If you want to participate as a caller - please plan to stay the whole time out of respect to your fellow participants. Dancers should feel free to come and go. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montague-Square-Dance/1450685828492724.
Mystic, Connecticut: At Frohsinn Hall aka the German Club, Route 27, across from Mystic Seaport, from Exit 90 on Interstate 95 (1 mile from I-95 exit 90 no turns! From I-95 S: Exit 90, south on Rt. 27 toward Mystic Seaport. Hall is on left after you pass Seamen s Inne restaurant and just before the Mystic Seaport Stores and main Mystic Seaport entrance). Beginners, singles, GLBT and families welcome. The dance is from 8:00pm to 11:00pm with a beginner's workshop at 7:45pm. We have changed our admission price - it is now $10 (students $5) -- but there is a way to get free pie! Sign up for a six-month Pie Pass for $60. Checks accepted. In addition, any first-time dancer will receive a half-off coupon for their next dance! Information: 860-961-9321 or 401-487-9713. Parking is on the street. Wear soft-soled shoes and cool, comfortable clothing. Smoke- and alcohol-free. Apple cider never tasted so good!. Web site: http://mysticdance.webs.com/.
Mystic, Connecticut - Sea Music Festival: Hosted by Mystic Seaport, the weekend's festivities include concerts, special performances for children, instructional workshops, and a unique opportunity to witness sea music at work aboard the Museum's historic vessels. The festival also features the Music of the Sea Symposium, a two-day program that explores the interaction between sea, music, and song. Held in the first half of June. Includes a contra dance on Saturday afternoon. Web site: http://www.mysticseaport.org.
Narragansett, Rhode Island - South County Museum Benefit: Location: Canonchet Farm, Strathmore Street, Narragansett, RI. Free Museum Admission, BBQ by Dale Bishop, Free lemonade, cash bar. $25/person. Reservations required: please send check to SCM, PO Box 709, Narragansett, RI 02879. Event begins at 5pm with dancing from 7pm to 9pm. For more information - Web site: http://southcountymuseum.org.
New Bedford, Massachusetts - Working Waterfront Festival: celebrating commercial fishing with a variety of events and demonstrations along with music and dance. Web site: http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/.
New Haven, Connecticut - NOMAD: NOMAD (NOrtheast Music, Art and Dance) 2007 will be Nov 2-4, 2007, at the Wilbur Cross High School. The annual festival of traditional music and dance features participatory dance sessions, including contras, squares, English country, international, and more, concerts of folk music from the US and around the world, musical instrument workshops, sing-alongs and song-swaps, dance performances, family song, dance, and craft activities, storytelling for kids and adults, handcrafts and folk bazaar,hHallway jams (and a place to check your instruments), great food and much more The festival is very kid friendly. For example, this year there will be an extended hands-on craft area in the cafeteria. Web site: http://www.nomadfest.org/.
New Haven, Connecticut - Elm City Waltz: Elm City Waltz on various Fridays including waltzes, tango, schottische, one-step, and polka. Yale School of Forestry, Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, 205 Prospect Street. $5 per person, $3 under 21 or with Yale/other Student ID. Lesson 7:45pm-8:15pm, dancing 8:30pm-11:30pm. http://www.lse.org/waltz/.
New Haven, Connecticut - Village of Villages: As part of the International Festival of Ideas, there is a weekend of events, "Village of Villages" on the New Haven Common, including a contra dance demonstration. Web site: http://artidea.org/event.php?id=218.
New Haven, Connecticut - East Rock Park Oktoberfest: Dance as part of this annual event in October sponsored by the Friends of East Rock Park. Web site: http://www.friendsofeastrockpark.org/.
New Haven, Connecticut - Orange Street Block Party: Dance at 1:00pm as part of this day long event. Web site: http://luluscoffee.com/calendar/orangestreetblockp/.
New London, Connecticut - Connecticut Storytelling Festival: Weekend storytelling festival with one dance. Web site: http://www.connstorycenter.org/.
Newport - String Project: Dance at Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn Street, Newport, Rhode Island starting at 2pm. These simple old-time dances are fun for all ages. No partner or experience necessary. Web site: http://www.newportstringproject.org/.
Newtonville - Fiddle Pal Camp: Four day fiddle (and other instruments) camp in late August at the Suzuki School of Newton, 225 Nevada Street, Newtonville MA. Register in advance. Camp includes one dance. Ages 9 and up. Web site: http://brianwicklund.com/new_england_camp.html.
Newtown, Connecticut - C. H. Booth Library: Live music and called dances for couples, families, singles and fun-seekers of all ages! From 6pm to 8pm in the library meeting room. Plus a Cookie Challenge: Bring your best homemade cookie(s) to share. "Best Cookie Award" and Door Prizes too! Lemonade and soft drinks will be provided. Registration preferred. Web site: http://www.chboothlibrary.org/.
Newtown, Connecticut - Healing Newtown: Patricia Campbell and the Reel Thing present this event designed to bring families and our community together. Traditional circle, square, and longways dances – no experience needed. The evening will include: A terrific guest caller; The Reel Thing and friends playing music for dancing; sea chanteys and other chorus songs with The Johnson Girls; and more! This is a free event for Newtown and friends of Newtown. There will be 2 donation baskets for the evening: one to benefit Healing Newtown and another fund yet to be confirmed. Come dance, sing, hold hands with friends and neighbors and new friends! Location: HealingNewtown Arts Space, 5 Queen Street, Newtown, CT 06470 from 6pm to 10pm. Web site: http://healingnewtown.org.
North Adams, Massachusetts: 3rd (generally) Friday night of each month. Dances are held at All Saints Episcopal Church Social Hall at 59 Summer Street which is basically in the big parking lot on the right side of Main Street in downtown North Adams (Main Street is one way). 7:00pm for the dancing warm-up/lesson with the actual dance running from 7:30-10:30ish. The dance is $5-$10 per person for the whole event with live music/caller and pot-luck goodies at the dance break. Please give as much as you possibly can to help us fund the use of space, band and caller. Please Bring: soft soled clean shoes for dancing to protect/respect both your feet and the floo, pot-luck goodies for the dance break like cookies, a water bottle so that we do not need to waste disposable cups. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/songsailorstudio/home/north-adams-contra-dance.
North Adams, Massachusetts - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Dance from 7:00pm to 11:00pm in Venable Hall. Web site: http://www.mcla.edu/.
North Adams, Massachusetts - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - Bard Bash: There is a contra dance which you are welcome to play for and/ordance from 5 until 7 PM. The dance is part of the MCLA Shakespeare club's Bard Bash which occurs from 2PM until 7PM. The Bard Bash occurs on Taconic Lawn which is a grassy area just south of Murdock Hall on Church Street above the volleyball court. If it rains, the dance will move to Venable Gym. Which is on the south end of the Quad across from the library. The rain date is May 12th. Web site: http://www.mcla.edu/.
North Andover, Massachusetts: At the Old Center Hall, 3 Great Pond Road from 6pm to 9pm and sponsored by the North Parish Unitarian Universalist Church and by Interweave North Parish. $8 for adults and $5 for children, maximum of $25 per family. Call 978-996-6373. Web site: http://www.northparish.org/.
North Easton, Massachusetts: In Conjunction with Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, The Easton Grange 196 presents A Country Barn Dance from 7:30-10:30pm at the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, 3 Barrows Street, North Easton, MA. Open Dancing - Prizes for Best Costume - Beer and Wine Cash Bar - Raffles - Family Friendly Event-Children 10+ welcome. Web site: http://www.eastongrange196.org.
North Kingstown, Rhode Island - Squares: Join us from 6:30- 8:30pm for a community square dance in room 200 of the Shady Lea Mill, 215 Shady Lea Road, North Kingstown, RI (a great old mill filled with artists' studios!) This is an all ages event, open to everyone! Live southern Appalachian music will be provided. Please help us make this a monthly community event by showing up, enjoying the music, and joining in the fun! Asking for a $5 donation, or sliding scale, but no one will be turned away! Come see how much fun square dancing can be! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/112669615527125/.
North Scituate, Rhode Island - People's Power and Light: There will be a benefit contra dance for the People's Power and Light (PP and L), Rhode Island s non-profit Energy Consumer s Alliance to support its Oil Bank program from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Scituate Preservation Society's Historic Grange Building #33, at 706 Hartford Pike in North Scituate. Sponsors include the Scituate Advocates for Everyone (SAFE) and Scituate High School's NEED Project and all donations will go to the Oil Bank. For more information, contact Celia Winsor at 401-323-8297. Web site: None.
North Scituate, Rhode Island - NEED Project: There will be a benefit contra dance and the three dollar entrance fee for the dance will go to support the SHS NEED Project. Student leaders from the club plan to travel to the NEED Youth Awards Conference in Washington, DC, in June. The club is currently running two other fundraisers that are also consistent with the club s goals of helping people to reduce their individual carbon footprints. If you wish to support the SHS NEED Project in their quest to raise funds for their trip to Washington DC more directly, donations can be sent to SHS NEED Project, Scituate High School, 94 Trimtown Rd., N. Scituate, RI 02857. We hope to see you at the dance on April 4th from 7-10pm at Scituate High School! All ages are welcome. All dances are taught. No partners are necessary. Individuals under 18 not accompanied by an adult must arrive by 7:30 and remain until 9:45. Contact Shannon Donovan email@example.com for more information. Web site: None.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Montville Farm: Benefit for the Montville Neighborhood Farm. Dance to be held at the Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center Street from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Delicious treats will be served! This is a beginner friendly dance, no partner or experience necessary. Suggested donation is $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Web site: http://www.montviewfarm.org/index.php.
Northampton, Massachusetts - New Year's Eve: There is usually a contra dance or a family dance as part of Northampton's First Night celebration. Web site: http://nohoarts.org/.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Family Dance: The Northampton Family Dance is a New England folk dance gathering for young children and their families--from babes-in-arms to grandparents. Most of the children who are regulars are between 2 and 10. We dance contras, circles, simple international, or singing dances. We always have live music and a fun caller who teaches all the dances. A small snack is provided during a break. We meet 3-5pm on the third Sunday of the month from November to March in the community hall of First Churches, Northampton, MA. $4 per person age 3 and up, or $15 max per family. Enter through the side door on Center Street, across from the Iron Horse. For more information email familydancenorthampton at gmail dot com or call Donna at 413-549-7808 (or possibly (413) 256-2613 with an e-mail of judystern44 at yahoo dot com. Web site: http://sites.google.com/site/northamptonfamilydance/ (although out of date).
Northampton, Massachusetts - Laurel Park Spring Festival: Dance is part of the annual festival, held (rain or shine) in and around Normal Hall, located in Historic Laurel Park, Northampton. From 1pm to 3pm there is Maypole, Morris Dancing, Music and Merriment, including Bake Sale, May Basket making, and Plant Swap area (trade your divides and overflows for some new greenery) and from 3pm to 5pm a family contra dance. Sit-in musicians welcome. Beginners welcome, dances taught, $5-10 donation is requested for the contra dance. Directions: 1 mile north of River Valley Market on King st (Rt 5) or 1/8 south (Rt 5) off Rt 91 ext 21. Web site: http://www.laurelparkassociation.org/home.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Laurel Park: Dances at Normal Hall, located in Historic Laurel Park, Northampton from 5pm to 8pm. Sliding scale donation requested, $5 - $10. Beginners welcome, dances taught. Directions: 1 mile north of River Valley Market on King st (Rt 5) or 1/8 south (Rt 5) off Rt 91 ext 21. Web site: http://www.laurelparkassociation.org/home.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Chautauqua Weekend: A contra dance is the last of the activities of this weekend (check site for more details about other events). Dance occurs from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Normal Hall in Laurel Park.$5-$10 donation requested. Beginners welcome. To see the full weekend schedule go to: Web site: http://www.laurelparkassociation.org/upcoming-events.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Center for the Arts: Barn Dance and World Music Jam Concert. Dancers welcome, listeners welcome. Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm. Tickets: $5-$10 at the door. Location: Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New South St, Northampton, MA 01060. Web site: http://nohoarts.org.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Community Music Center Benefit: NCMC is thrilled to announce our benefit contra dance. All ages and skill levels are welcome! The dance will be held from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the Flywheel Arts Collective at 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. There will be a beginners class from 3:00 – 3:30pm. All proceeds benefit NCMC programs and scholarship fund. General admission is $10 and child/student/senior tickets are $5. Please feel free to contact Heather Antonelli at NCMC for more information or visit our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/630951596957809/ - Web site: http://ncmc.net/.
Northampton, Massachusetts - Parents' Center: Family dance for very young children as part of a Family Fun Night. Northampton Parents Center is having a Family Fun Night from 4 to 7 pm. Playgroup and optional potluck dinner will be from 4 to 5:15. Dessert from Herrell's for everyone will be served at 5:15. Music and a family dance will begin at 5:30. Everyone is welcome! This event is free. Northampton Parents Center is located in the lower level of Edwards Church at the corner of State and Main Streets in Northampton. Please use the back door and public parking. Web site: http://www.northamptonparentscenter.org.
Northboro, Massachusetts: Held at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Northboro. The dance begins at 8:00pm and goes until 11:00pm with a break halfway through the evening. Admission is $8 per person, $6 student with ID, $18 family which includes refreshments served at the break. Singles and couples, new and experienced dancers are welcome. If the weather on the day of the dance is questionable, check the web site for confirmation that the dance is being held. We'll try to make decisions on weather cancellations by 5:00pm the evening of the dance. Web site: http://www.northborocontra.com.
Norton, Massachusetts - Wheaton College: Occasional dances at Wheaton College at various locations. Web site (sometimes, try the calendar): http://wheatoncollege.edu.
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts: Dance at the Portuguese American Club, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs. 7 to 9 p.m. No experience or partner necessary. $10 adults, kids free. Web site: None.
Orange, Connecticut - Milford Christian Church Barn Dance: Event includes best dessert contest, hayride, scavenger hunt for the kids, contra and line dancing. Family style dinner at 6pm. Location: Camp Cedarcrest in Orange, CT. Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm. $10 per adult; $5 for children eight and under. Need to reserve in advance. Limited quantities available. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/397013470369457/.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Fiddle and Dance: Various events with music and dance classes and celebrations. Web site: http://www.fiddleanddance.org/. Blog: http://fiddleanddanceproject.blogspot.com/.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Le Foyer Workshop and Dance : Part of the Fiddle and Dance Project. Workshop from 2:00pm-4:30pm with Donna Hebert, Daniel Boucher and Max Cohen. Contra dance at 6:30pm. Call Le Foyer at 401-728-8328 to find out how to attend one or both events, with dinner buffet in between. Workshop free to students. Location: 151 Fountain Street. Web site: http://www.fiddleanddance.org/. Blog: http://fiddleanddanceproject.blogspot.com/.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island - Family Dance: Family Barn Dance at the Slater Mill Labor and Ethnic Heritage Festival at the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, next to the River. The festival is from noon to 5, and will include, a variety of music, performers, crafts, a petting zoo, and delicious food. Come on out, listen to some great music; dance a dance or two; see the crafts; pet the animals; and have some ice cream! It's free, and a lovely way to spend the afternoon! Web site: http://www.slatermill.org.
Peacedale, Rhode Island: The South Shore Community Contra Dance sponsors dances at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County meeting house at the Lillypads Professional Center, 27 North Road in Peacedale form 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission by donation, $8 suggested. (Sponsored in part by Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Kingstown Free Library). Web site: http://www.uusouthcountyri.org.
Phillipston, Massachusetts - 225th Anniversary: Dance is a part of the 225th Anniversary celebration. Dance begins at 8:00pm. Web site: http://www.phillipston-ma.gov/.
Phillipston, Massachusetts - Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust: The Trust is holding a benefit contradance at Red Apple Farm from 6pm-9pm at the Red Apple Farm, which protected 103 acres next to their orchards in Phillipston in 2007, will host a benefit contradance at their events barn. Suggested donation $10-$15. Stop by early for pick-your-own apples or to hike the trails to Thousand-Acre Swamp behind the farm. Web site: http://mountgrace.org/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - First Weekend: The Country Dance Society Boston Centre at Pinewoods. First Weekend from in mid-June. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/camp.html.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Independence Day Weekend: Country Dance Society Boston Centre at Pinewoods. Independence Day weekend in early July. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/camp.html.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Family Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Family Week in July or August. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - English-American Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. English and American Dance Week in August. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Campers' Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Campers Week in August. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Contra Callers Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Contra Callers Week in August. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - American Dance and Music Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. American Dance and Music Week in August. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Folk Music Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Folk Music Week in July. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Square Dance Callers Week: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Square Dance Callers Week in August. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Community Dance Leaders: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Community Dance Leaders Week in July. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Harmony of Song and Dance: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. Community Dance Leaders Week in the summer. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - Labor Day Weekend: The Country Dance Society Boston Centre at Pinewoods. Labor Day Weekend in late August/early September. Web site: http://www.cds-boston.org/camp.html.
Plymouth, Massachusetts - American Dance Musicians: The Country Dance and Song Society at Pinewoods. American Dance Musicians Week in August/September, held during the English and American Dance and Music Week. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/programs/.
Princeton, Massachusetts: Benefit dance for Hearts for Heat at the NORCO Club, Houghton Road (at the end of Bullard). Dance is from 7:30-10:30 pm. Admission: $8, Families $20. All dances will be taught - no partner necessary. Cakes, snacks, drinks. Beginners are welcome, so come - even if you've never contra danced before. This is a great family event - good for all ages!! More information: Katie Green, 978-464-5146, www.katiegreenstories.com. Web site: http://www.heartsforheat.org.
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University Folk Festival: Held in the late spring, the Brown University Folk Festival sometimes includes contra dancing Web site: http://www.brownfolkfest.org/.
Providence - College Hill: Dances at our beautiful new hall is in the Community Church of Providence at 372 Wayland Avenue (the corner of Lloyd and Wayland). This location is a contra dance hat trick: it's on the East Side, its floor is wood, and its square footage is perfect. If you felt suffocated in St. Stephen's, but lost in Sayles, this hall will feel perfect! Dancing will begin at 8 PM. Admission will be $10 ($7 for students under 23) (special prices on some nights). As always, no partner or experience is necessary. If there were ever a time to bring a few new friends, this dance would be the one! Contributions to the snack table (or one or two dollars in lieu of that) are heartily encouraged. Our sumptuous break feast can be even more sumptuous with your help! Web site: http://www.providencecontra.com.
Providence, Rhode Island - Waltz: Mostly Waltz RI, at the Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Avenue. 2:00pm to 2:45pm, Rotary Waltz instruction. 2:45pm to 5:00pm, open dancing. Admission: $12, full-time students (under 22) $5. This dance duplicates the Mostly Waltz afternoons that are held in other cities across the country. Basic 45 min lesson followed by waltzes and other social dances to live music. Every third number will be a different couple dance - possibly a hambo, polka, schottische, one-step, zweifacher, or another popular ballroom dance. No partner or experience is necessary. Singles and couples are welcome! Basic waltz lesson & advanced dance lesson at break. For more information, contact Don Heinold at Cell 401-477-4247 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.mostlywaltzri.com/.
Providence, Rhode Island - Urban Barn Dance/Family Dance: Dance series at AS 220, 115 Empire Street, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. $3 individual/$8 family. This is a participatory dance for the entire family. All ages and abilities are welcome. No partner necessary, all dances are taught and are child and adult friendly. Web site: http://www.as220.org.
Providence, Rhode Island - Community Dance: At The Carriage House, 7 Duncan Ave from 2:00pm-4:00pm. http://www.rifiddleproject.org.
Providence, Rhode Island - West Side: Dance in Dexter Park, (corner of Parade and Hollywood street) from 6 to 8pm. Web site: https://www.wbna.org/.
Reading, Massachusetts: Ivy Chord Coffeehouse - Contra and Square Dance with Sarah Gregory-Smith. Instruction at 7:00pm; dance begins at 7:30pm in Fellowship Hall, Dancing for everyone - no experience needed, singles and couples. Unitarian Universalist Church, 239 Woburn Street. (781) 944-0494. Web site: http://www.uureading.org/ (Look for Ivy Chord).
Rehoboth, Massachusetts: All dances taught. Beginners of all ages welcome. Partners not necessary. Dances are from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. General admission: $8.00; $5 for ages 16 and under; $18 for families with children under 16. Location: Goff Hall, Bay State Road, Rehoboth. Call Shawn at 508-252-6375 or e-mail: email@example.com. Web site: http://www.contradancelinks.com/rehoboth.html.
Rehoboth, Massachusetts - Jammers' Dance: We play every Sunday. Once a month the session is a "Community Dance", usually, but not always on Second Sundays, at which we teach everything that needs teaching, depending on the experience of the dancers. A potluck at 6:00pm precedes each Community Dance. Admission is free. For information or to check about cancellations, call Bob Elliott at 508-669-5656, or you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html.
Rehoboth - Jammers' Dance - New Year's Eve: The Jammers are sponsoring a special dance on New Year's Eve. Dancing, singing, and desert pot luck happening from 8pm-midnight. Admission is free. For information or to check about cancellations, call Bob Elliott at 508-669-5656, or you can email him at email@example.com. Web site: http://www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html.
Rehoboth, Massachusetts - Memorial Dance for Barbara Hirsch: On Saturday evening, January 3, there will be a memorial dance for Barbara Hirsch at Goff Memorial Hall in Rehoboth. The dance will go from 8 to 11 p.m., and there will be no admission charge. A potluck will precede the dance at 6 p.m., followed by story sharing and remembrances of Barbara. Organized by Sarah Hirsch and hosted by the Sunday Night Jammers, this dance will also feature a variety of callers and musicians who are coming together to celebrate Barbara's life and her contributions to the dance community. For more information, you can contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can check out the Newport County Dance Web site at http://www.newportdance.org/, where more details will be posted in the near future. In the event of bad weather, a cancellation notice will be posted on the Newport Dance Web site by mid-afternoon. Web site http://www.newportdance.org/.
Rockland, Massachusetts: Barn dance! Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Channing Unitarian-Universalist Church 45 Webster Street, Rockland. Community Barn Dance Program of Contra Dances, Squares, International Folk dancing and English Country Dances Admission: $5.00/person, Max limit of $20.00 per family. Dance is smoke and Alcohol Free! Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. No partner or experience needed! All dances will be taught! Come and enjoy community dancing!All dances will be taught. No partners or experience needed. Wear light comfortable clothing. Adults, Kids, Teens, grandparents families & singles, all welcome! Snacks, beverages and home baked goods served during the break. This is a community fundraising event hosted by the Channing UU Church in Rockland, MA. Web site: None.
Rockland, Massachusetts - Budding Talent: We are assembling a fun filled evening of contra dancing to help support the budding callers and musicians from the Boston Gender-Free Contra Dance community. We encourage contra dancers from all over the Boston area community and beyond to come out in force to give support to and encourage our new talent! Without dancers, it wouldn't be a dance! Not only great fun, but your support and encouragement of our budding talent would be greatly appreciated! Location: Channing Church, 45 Webster Street, Rockland, MA 02370. Plan of events: 5:00pm - 6:30pm: Community Pot Luck dinner (all who are planning to attend - place bring home made dinner food) - we have full kitchen facilities available at the church. 6:30pm - 7:00pm: Dinner clean up and set up for the dance. 7:00pm - 10:00pm: Dance Party - Featuring Budding callers and Musicians from the Boston Gender-Free Contra Dance community (there will be a dessert pot luck about 8:30pm or so - please plan to bring something for the dessert pot luck). Admission: $5.00/person All proceeds to benefit Channing UU Church (A Welcoming & Affirming Community). We encourage car pooling from the Boston area. Please let us know if you are planning to come by contacting Chris Ricciotti at (781) 982-8042, or (617) 852-4042, or by email Ricciotti@aol.com Web site: None.
Rockport, Massachusetts - Harvest Fest: Dance from 2:30pm to 5:30pm in Dock Square as part of the day's activities. Web site: http://www.rockportartfestivals.com/.
Royalston, Massachusetts - Village School: Bring the family and lanterns to join in the Annual Fall Lantern Walk. The public is invited to participate in this seasonal celebration. The evening starts at 5:00 p.m. at the school with a gathering in the dark for a bonfire, stories, and songs. Everyone will then join in a procession on Royalston Common to the Town Hall, singing and carrying glowing candle-lit homemade lanterns. Bring a lantern! A community pot luck Italian supper at the Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. will be followed by a contra dance beginning at 6:30 p.m. All over Europe, children participate in lantern walks to mark the seasonal transition in nature from light and warmth to darkness and dormancy. The Village School has adopted this custom with songs, stories, and handmade lanterns that bring light in the darkness. The contra dance will be called, and children of all ages will find it easy to join in the dances. Donations are suggested of $5 per adult, $2 per child, or $10 per family. Web site: http://villageschoolma.org.
Rutland, Massachusetts: Dances at the Finnish Heritage Society-Sovittaja, Finn Park Rd., Rutland Ma. It's one of the best dance floors around, with many fans to keep you cool on a warm summer night of dancing! Welcoming session at 7:30pm with dances from 8pm to 11pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/SummerContraDanceSeries.
Salem, Massachusetts: First Saturday Salem Contra Dance at the Tabernacle Congregational Church, 50 Washington Street in Salem. Dance starts at 7:30pm. Admission is $8 per person; $6 seniors and students; $20 family maximum. Wheelchair accessible. Alcohol and smoke-free. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes. Beginners welcome. For more information, call (978) 745-9391. Web site: none.
Salem, Massachusetts - Vintage Dances: Salem's Old Town Hall (32 Derby Square) once again witness the lively music and sprightly dances of its past. Come and experience 19th century social dances, including quadrilles, contra dances, waltzes and polkas. This is a new series of dances, with prompting by Barbara Pugliese. Salem Vintage Dances will take place from 8:00 to 10:30 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Live music will be provided and all dances will be taught. Beginners will find that no prior experience is needed. Historical costumes are admired but not required. Please wear comfortable indoor shoes, but no sneakers or rubber soled shoes. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students. There are parking lots in the area and street parking is free after 5 pm. There is a commuter rail from Boston's North Station to Salem. The final run from Salem back to Boston is at 11:30 pm. We hope to encourage carpooling and have set up a livejournal community (see below), to facilitate this. Web site: http://vintagedancers.org/salem.html.
Sandwich, Massachusetts - 375th Birthday Bash: Dance at the Town Hall from 7pm to 9pm. This dance is not the same dance that will occur in East Sandwich on same day and time. Web site: http://sandwich375.com/bash/.
Saunderstown, Rhode Island: Community Contra Dance from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Rte. 1A. Web site: None.
Scituate, Rhode Island - Scituate High School NEED Club Contra Dance: Event at Scituate Community House, 546 W. Greenville Rd North Scituate, RI 02857 from 8pm to 10pm. Recently we have been asking "What can one person do?" Well, it seems that there is a lot that we can do, including turning off our TVs and video games, and getting together from some real fun! The Scituate High School NEED Project is hosting a community contra dance as a fund raiser for their club and as a way for people to meet some local farmers. How do we build a local and sustainable food system? We need farmers, and they need us, the consumers. SO, come out and dance and get to know your farmers. Oh, by the way, if you are a local farmer, you dance for free. Farmers, please contact us with your info if you plan to come so we can list you in our program. Thanks!! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/723641284353046/.
Sharon, Connecticut: Join Taghhannuck Grange #100 for Squares, Contras, Polkas and Waltzes from 7pm-10pm. The Hall is located at 4 Dunbar Road, Sharon, CT. This is between Sharon and Cornwall Bridge off Route #4 behind Ellsworth Hill Farm. Square dancing is a "courtesy" recreation rather than one of competition so come and have fun no matter what level of dance you are at. Square Dances are a great place to meet people and make new friends. The suggested donation is $7.00 for Adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. Refreshments will be served at the break. For directions or information call Barbara Prindle at (860) 364-5373. Web site: http://www.ctstategrange.org/subgrangepage.asp?GrangeID=215.
Sheffield - Dewey Hall: Dance at Dewey Hall, Sheffield Center, MA; $10 adults, $8 students and no more than $25 for families with children under 12. Potluck at 6pm, instruction and family dancing from 7pm to 8pm, contras and squares from 8pm to 11pm. Web site: http://sheffieldcontradance.wordpress.com/.
Sheffield, Massachusetts: Come dance with us at the Dewey Memorial Hall, on Route 7, just 1/2 mile south of the grange in Sheffield. Our dances are held each month except December on the 4th Saturday. The dance evening starts at 8:30 p.m. and runs til 11:30. We bring a variety of a callers to work with us at the Grange. All dancers are welcome, including beginners, singles, couples, families, experienced dancers, everyone in the mood for fun. All the dances and figures are taught. Sorry, no alcohol is allowed at our dances. Admission is $8-10 for adults, $5 for children; we accept BerkShares! Web site: http://www.mountainlaurelband.com/grangedance.htm.
Somerville, Massachusetts - Outdoor Contra: Dance from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Davis Square. Informal outdoor contra dance in Davis Square this Wednesday. You probably want sneakers instead of dance shoes, as we'll be dancing on pavement. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109071575805436.
Southbridge, Massachusetts - May Day Festival: Day-long event with a variety of activities including a dance. Web site: http://www.qvcah.org.
Stafford Springs, Connecticut: Dance at the Stafford Springs Public Library, 10 Levinthal Run (next to Stafford High School and across from Stafford Elementary School) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Web site: http://www.staffordlibrary.org/.
Stafford, Connecticut - New England Barn Dance: Dances begin at 7:30pm. "New England Barn Dance - Community Dancing at its Best". It will be in Memorial Hall, 275 Orcuttville Rd, in Stafford , CT, Corner of Rtes 19 and 319), North of Stafford Springs. Sponsored by the Stafford Arts Commission and organized by Rich Sbardella, it will be an ideal chance to bring new people of any age to enjoy themselves doing Square Dances, Appalachian Big Circle dances, and contra dance and have a great time. Everything will be taught, but it will seem much more like a real DANCE, than a lesson. Live music - Dress Casual, no experience necessary! Come with or without a partner! We hope to see you there! More Information: Rich Sbardella 860-684-3466, or email@example.com - Web site: None.
Stamford, Connecticut: at the North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road. All dances are suggested donation $15 (minimum $12), 8:00-11:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified, with basics for beginners at 7:30. Partners not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890 (private residence). Web site: http://www.roundhill.net/
Stamford, Connecticut - Thanksgiving Saturday: at the North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road. An experienced dance from 4:00pm to 6:00pm ($8), brown bag supper from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, beginner session from 7:30pm to 8:00pm and a regular dance from 8:00pm to 11:00pm ($15; both dances for $22). Partners not required. Please bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing. For further information, call 203-372-3890 (private residence). Web site: http://www.roundhill.net/
Storrs, Connecticut: Quiet Corner Contra Dances held on the 1st Saturday of the month at Storrs Congregational Church at 2 North Eagleville Road (Corner of Rte. 195 and North Eagleville Road). Adult members: $8.00; Adult non-members: $10; Children under 12: $3; High School and College Students: $5. Memberships are $12 per year. Marc (860) 617-3227 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave at (484) 844-5203 or email@example.com. Web site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuietCornerContraDance or http://quietcornercontradance.tripod.com/.
Sudbury, Massachusetts - Twelveth Night: at the Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road. Sponsored by the Sudbury Minutemen. Takes place in early January. Web page: http://www.sudburyminutemen.org/12thNiteBall.htm.
Sudbury, Massachusetts - Regimental Ball: at the Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road. Sponsored by the Sudbury Minutemen. Takes place in mid-April. Web page: http://www.sudburyminutemen.org/RegimentalBall.htm.
Tiverton - Sandywoods Center: Location: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton, behind the new skatepark at Bulgarmarsh Rec Area. Dance is from 7pm to 1pm. $6 general admission, $3 for ages 16 and under, $14 for families with kids. All ages and experience levels welcome. Folks new to contra dancing are especially welcome! Please bring food to share at the potluck, or perhaps something for the dessert table. Donations for the musicians and caller are encouraged and appreciated. Directions at www.sandywoodsfarm.org/directions.html - For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 241-7349. Web site: http://www.sandywoodsmusic.com/contra-dance.html.
Turners Falls - Upper Valley Music Festival: Events at several venues in Turners Falls during the day and evening. All proceeds from the festival will benefit for the American Cancer Society, and the $15 admission gets you in to all events all day and night long. Web site: http://www.uppervalleymusicfest.com/.
Varies, Massachusetts - BIDA Dance Party: We're having a tune jam / dance party / potluck - come swap tunes, meet new people, share your ideas, do a little dancing and see what BIDA is all about. Last month's party was a blast, with great people, good food, and some music and dancin'. Bring a dish to pass, a dance to call, soft-soled dance shoes (or stocking feet), your instrument if you have one, and yourself if you don't. Feel free to bring anyone who might be interested in BIDA and the Boston dance scene. Potluck dinner, tunes/dance/party. BYOB. Please send a quick email to RSVP so that we get a rough idea of how many are coming. Hope to see you there! To RSVP: email@example.com or 617.319.5941. Web site: http://www.bidadance.org.
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts: Waltz Lesson, 7 p.m., Fanny Blair Hall, North William street, Vineyard Haven. Ballroom dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Couples or singles, $3 per person. Call 508-696-8428. Web site: None.
Wallingford, Connecticut: Dance series has ceased. Dances at the Wallingford Grange Hall from 2:00pm to 5:00pm with a beginners' workshop at 1:30pm. Location: 586 East Center Street. Admission $10.00. Children Under 12 are FREE. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and because of the beautiful wooden floor, please carry with you into the dance street-clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes for dancing. No Experience is necessary. All dances are taught. For more information, please e-mail Linda Daley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www1.ctcontra.com:81/wfgrange.html.
Waltham, Massachusetts - Brandeis University: Dance at the Brandeis Shapiro Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room from 3-6 in the afternoon. Admission is free. Web site: None.
Wareham, Massachusetts: Bluegrass on the Bog includes a dance during this weekend event in May at Maple Park, 290 Glen Charlie Rd. East Wareham, MA 02538. More information on camping or call 508-295-4945 (for camping info & reservations). Discounted rate given when purchasing a full weekend festival ticket. Festival Tickets sold seperately - can be purchased directly at the gate or contact email@example.com to purchase in advance. Web site: http://www.bluegrassonthebogs.com/index.html.
Wareham, Massachusetts - Redcoats and Residents: Put on your dancing shoes and learn to Contra Dance with the Redcoats and Residents militia troops! See how our ancestors performed what is known as the New England Folk Dance during the 18th and early 19th centuries. These line or square dances were a very popular form of entertainment in Wareham’s early history. To make it even more real, try wearing a period costume! At the Tremont Nail Factory Area on Elm Street, Wareham at 7pm. Web site: http://wareham2014.com/.
Warren, Rhode Island - East Bay Contra Dance: Contra dancing in Warren, RI to various callers and live bands. Contra is a two line folk dance with easy walking steps and lots of swinging, danced to live music. A caller explains the movements and prompts the dancers throughout the dance. After each dance, individuals change partners, making contra a great opportunity to meet new people in the community..People at contra dances are friendly and welcoming! The dance starts at 7:30pm and ends at 10:30pm with a short break for snacks and water. There is usually a waltz before the break and at the end of the evening. Dances are held every first Thursday of the month except for June - August at the Warren Community Center (Mary V. Quirk School) 790 Main Street, Warren, RI 02885. NO experience necessary! Beginners welcome! Alcohol Free! Our dance is only $8 (students are $5). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/eastbaycontradance.net.
Warwick - 250th Anniversary Gala Costume Ball: Dance from 8pm to 11pm at the Warwick Town Hall. Attendees are encouraged (not required) to come in costume from ANY period in Warwick history. Suggested donation: $5-$10. Refreshments served plus cash bar. Web site: http://www.warwickma.org.
Warwick: 2nd Annual 250th Anniversary Gala Costume Ball - Dance at the Warwick Town Hall. 7pm to 10pm. A historic evening of country/contra dancing in the Warwick Town Hall. The first half will feature dances from the 18th C. and there will be modern contras during the 2nd half The dance begins at 7:00 and historic dress "from any chapter of Warwick's history" is encouraged but not required. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar. Snow date is Feb. 7. Web site: None.
Washington - Congregational Church UpLift Benefit: The First Congregational Church on the Green in Washington is to hold a traditional New England Country Dance for all ages at 7 p.m. in Wersebe Hall, as a benefit for its UpLift Project for Physical Accessibility for all at its historic Meeting House on the Green. Suggested donations are $10 for adults; $5 for children, and $25 for families. For more information, call Karen Esslinger at the parish house at 860-868-0569. Web site: http://www.firstchurchwashingtonct.org.
Washington, Connecticut - Congregational Church: Dance at the Parish House, 6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT at 7pm. Admission $10*; *Children $5, Family maximum $25. Circle, Square and Longways Dances. All dances taught/walked through - No Experience Necessary. Come with or without a partner. NOTE:￼6:00 p.m. pre-dance workshop for all interested musicians. Musicians attending the workshop are invited to play with the band for a portion of the dance. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/168072803354083.
Watertown, Massachusetts - Thanksgiving Day: at St. John's United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., two blocks from Watertown Square, near Starbucks. Join us for our annual Thanksgiving contradance. Cammy Kaynor, Al, Walter Lenk, Debbie Knight, and numerous others will fill the hall with classic favorites. Thanksgiving is a great time to join with friends and neighbors for a traditional New England pass-time. Newcomers and sit-ins welcome, handicapped accessible. For information, call 781-665-3835. Suggested Donation $6. Web site: http://mysite.verizon.net/manystrings6/dance/.
Watertown, Massachusetts - Canadian-American Club: A variety of dances (mostly squares or Cape Breton) on a variety of nights. 202 Arlington Street, East Watertown. Phone: 1-617-924-9827 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.canamclubofboston.com/index.html.
Watertown, Massachusetts - Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety: As part of its 30th anniversary celebration (including workshops and an evening potluck), there will be a contra dance at 8pm at St. John's Methodist Church, 80 Mount Auburn Street. Free. Web site: http://watertowncitizens.org/.
Watertown, Massachusetts - Christmas Day: at St. John's United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., two blocks from Watertown Square, near Starbucks. Dance a few squares, waltzes, contras, and some of the old English and Scandinavian dances. Newcomers and sit-ins welcome, handicapped accessible. For information, call 781-665-3835. Suggested Donation $8. Web site: http://mysite.verizon.net/manystrings6/dance/.
Watertown, Massachusetts - Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates (BIDA): Introductory Workshop 7:00-7:30, Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm, Dessert Potluck during the break at the St. John's Church, 80 Mount Auburn Street. Admission: $5-10 sliding scale. Additional donations to BIDA are welcome to help fund future projects. Web site: http://www.bidadance.org/.
Wayland - 375th Anniversary: Dance at the Wayland Town Building Gym from 7pm – 10 pm. Admission (to cover costs of music): $10, children under 12 free. Come alone, come with your partner, come with your children – come to the Town Building Gym on Saturday October 26 and dance the night away. Children as young as seven can participate as long as parents are responsible for keeping non-dancing children out of harm’s way. Most people dress for comfort and in anticipation of vigorous exercise. Loose, light dresses or skirts or slacks or shorts – some men wear kilts. Be sure to bring a separate pair of soft-soled, comfortable shoes for dancing. Web site: http://wayland375.com.
Wellfleet, Massachusetts - 250th Anniversary: As part of Wellfeet's 250th anniversary celebration there will be New England Square and Contra Dances from 7pm to 10 pm at the bandstand at the end of Wellfleet Town Pier. Free. Rain location: Wellfleet Elementary School, 100 Lawrence Rd. Web site: http://wellfleet250.org.
Wellesley - Regeneration Farm: The Farm is holding a contra dance from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Alumnae Hall Ballroom, Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481. Open to the Boston / Wellesley community, no experience, partner, rhythm, or athletic ability required. Entrance: Sliding scale of $3-$10. Web site: None.
Wendell, Massachusetts: For the first hour, from 7 'till 8 we will be doing what we're calling a family dance. The dances will be good for beginners and little ones with parents. Around 8:00 we'll start doing more standard Contra Dancing, which will go on 'till around 10:30. Location: Wendell Town Hall. Admission is free but if feel you can make a donation please do. Donations are not required, but the dance is a fund raiser for the Swift River School's Music Department. Web site: http://www.wendellmass.us.
West Hartford, Connecticut - New Year's Eve: Contra Dance Party West Hartford Town Hall. Admission $20 ($15 In Advance). Children Under 12 Free - Students $10 At The Door. 6:45PM-7:45PM Pot Luck Supper. 8:00PM-12:20AM NYE Dance With Toast At Midnight Web site: http://www1.ctcontra.com:81/newyears/nye-dance.html.
West Hartford, Connecticut - Post-Thanksgiving Day: Contra Dance - West Hartford Town Hall. Admission $10 ($15 for non-members). Children Under 12 Free - Students half-price. 8ppm-11pm. Web site: http://www.hcdance.org/contra.htm.
West Hartford, Connecticut - Summer Dance Fest. Annual summer HCD Dance Fest 7:15pm-11:30pm, at the air conditioned West Hartford Town Hall, 50 S.Main Street, West Hartford Center. The DanceFest features a sample of swing, contra, Cajun/zydeco and waltzes. Admission is free for current, renewing, and newly joining HCD members; and $10 for others. Web site: http://www.hcdance.org/.
West Newton, Massachusetts: The Second Church in Newton, United Church of Christ, 60 Highland Street will host a contra dance from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. This will be a fun evening of toe-tapping live music and dancing, with a caller to teach and lead each dance. Light refreshments. $10 per adult; children under 18 with adult admitted free of charge. Call the church office at 617-244-2690 or e-mail them at email@example.com. Web site: http://www1.shore.net/~second/index.htm.
West Tisbury, Massachusetts - Living Local Harvest Festival: We welcome you to join us to celebrate neighbor-to-neighbor connections, the sharing of skills and knowledge, living sustainably on Martha's Vineyard and the bounty of the Vineyard's fall harvest. Storytelling, interactive demonstrations, food events, etc. plus a contra dance on Saturday night. Web site: http://www.livinglocalmv.org/.
West Tisbury: Dance at the Agricultural Hall, 35 Panhandle Road, West Tisbury. Dance at 7pm, potluck before, bring a dish for 6 to share, your placesetting and $5 for the band. Web site: None.
Westford, Massachusetts: Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street (on the Common). Call (978) 692-6333. Looking for foot stomping, toe tapping, swing your partner type of fun? Join us for barn dancing. "Oh, CONTRAire" provides the live music, with a different caller providing the dance direction. Instruction at 7:30pm. The dance goes from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. Refreshments served. All experience levels welcome. $6 per person, FREE to students with ID, maximum $15 per family. Please bring soft shoes, our pine floor is 175 years old! First-time dancers who arrive by 7:30 also get free admission to the dance. Web site: http://www.westford.com/pca/?page_id=314.
Westford, Massachusetts - Family Dance: Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street (on the Common). Call (978) 692-6333. Family Contra Dances on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 3pm to 5pm. Beginners welcome - all dances taught. Adults $5, Children $3, Family $12. Dances are appropriate for age 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring soft shoes, our pine floor is 175 years old! Call the number above after 1pm in case of snow. Web site: http://www.westford.com/pca/?page_id=314.
Weston, Connecticut - Barn Dance: Barn Dance at the Norfield Grange, 12 Goodhill Road in Weston at 7pm. Come to dance, watch, listen, or eat as we spice up the winter with an old-fashioned good time! No experience necessary. Come early for chef Craig's award-winning veggie chili and corn bread, and bring a snack or dessert to share. This event is a community-building collaboration sponsored by Wakeman Town Farm and the Norfield Grange in Weston. Contribution: $10/person, $25/family - RSVP and Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1452097768347259/.
Westport, Massachusetts: Contras and squares at Howland Hall, behind the Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Road, Take Route 88 south from Interstate 195 toward Horseneck Beach, 10.4 miles to right at 5th traffic light onto Drift Road. Take next left for .2 miles to parking area next to cemetery. (508) 636-2036. Family dances are 8 to 10:30 p.m. with emphasis on children's dances from 8 to 9 p.m. Grand march at 9 p.m. Casual attire. $5 per night, $10 per couple, $25 per family. An emphasis on Children's dances is from 8 to 9 p.m., and more experienced dances begin at 9 p.m. Attire is causal. For more information, call Rich Brewer at (508) 636-4364. All are welcome. Web site: Try http://aldenhill.com/Church_News.htm or http://aldenhill.com/essay/community_page_2.htm.
Wethersfield, Connecticut: The Hartford Community Dance series. Dances are typically 8pm-11pm second Saturdays at the wood-floored, air-conditioned American Legion Post, 275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT [map]. There's a free beginners' workshop at 7:30pm. Dance Admission: Normal adult admission: $12; Seniors (65+): $10; Students (junior high, high school, college - age 14+): $5; Kids under 14: Free to watch (minimum age to dance is 14). All dancers at our HCD Contra dances must be age 14 or older. Different admission rates may apply for special dances. No Experience Necessary. Dress is very casual. No Partner Needed. All Dances Taught. Web site: http://www.hcdance.org/.
Wethersfield, Connecticut - Mostly Waltz: Dance are held at the American Legion Post, 275 Main Street from 3pm to 6pm. Beginner lesson 2:00 to 3:00 (come a little early, and learn or practice the basics). Mini lesson on some aspect of waltz (or another popular dance style) during the band breaks. Three of every four dances are waltzes. Normal admission: $12; Students w/ID (teens & college): $5; Special events (asterisked in the "admission" column below) have different prices and are not eligible for "get in free" passes or redemption of HCD 'frequent dancer" cards. Refreshments served, all ages welcome, no partner required. Web site: http://www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm.
Wethersfield, Connecticut - Scandinavian: Monthly Sunday dances at Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main St, Wethersfield, Connecticut 06109 from 2:00pm-5:30pm. All levels of dancers are welcome. Suggested but not required donation of $5-10, pay what you can. Review and Party. Live & recorded music. Local and guest teachers. Lessons in ½ hr. increments: Beginner lesson; review of last session; Basics party; Swedish lesson; Norwegian lesson; 1 hr. Party. (The Always on Sunday International Folk Dance with more Scandi dances is in same location that day, from 7-10 p.m.). Contact Charlie for more info: email@example.com - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scandinavian-Dance-in-CT/296884736994543.
Whately, Massachusetts. Dances on various dates throughout the year at Richard and Flora's Whately Dance Barn (half way between Greenfield and Northampton, MA - an easy 6 minutes off Rt. 91). Please remember that should you come to one of our dances, please bring clean, non-street, soft-soled shoes to protect the dance floor. For more information, contact Flora or Richard at florafauna *at* the-spa.com, or call (413) 665-0484. Web site: http://www.whatelydancebarn.com/.
Whately, Massachusetts - Mother's Day Dance: On Mother's Day (2nd Sunday in May) at Richard and Flora's Whately Dance Barn (half way between Greenfield and Northampton, MA - an easy 6 minutes off Rt. 91). Please remember that should you come to one of our dances, please bring clean, non-street, soft-soled shoes to protect the dance floor. For more information, contact Flora or Richard at florafauna *at* the-spa.com, or call (413) 665-0484. Web site: http://www.whatelydancebarn.com/.
Whately, Massachusetts - Mostly Waltz>: Richard and Flora's Whately Dance Barn (half way between Greenfield and Northampton, MA - an easy 6 minutes off Rt. 91). Please remember that should you come to one of our dances, please bring clean, non-street, soft-soled shoes to protect the dance floor. For more information, contact Flora or Richard at florafauna *at* the-spa.com, or call (413) 665-0484. Web site: http://www.whatelydancebarn.com/.
Williamstown, Massachusetts: Dances sponsored by the Dancing Folk Club at Williams College from 7:30pm to 10:30pm in Currier Ballroom. Of the Folk's approximate ten monthly dances, two are usually professional bands and callers and the remaining are played by Rude Cider and called by students. Dancing Folk is the campus's folk dancing group, most known for holding monthly contradances, but whose dances often include selections of square, hambo, polka, waltz, English country, and anything else the members want to experiment with.Two dances, one near Halloween and one near Valentine's, are themed dances with traditions. Web site: http://wso.williams.edu/wiki/index.php/Dancing_Folk.
Williamstown - House of Local History: Free family dance from 3:00pm-4:30pm as part of Family Day at the Williamstown House of Local History, 1095 Main St. (Milne Public Library). Web site: None.
Williamstown - Northern Berkshire: Most 3rd Fridays - 7:00PM Warm-up/Beginner's Lesson. 7:30PM-10:30ish Dance, Dance, Dance. Admission $10. First Congregational Church in Williamstown, 906 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267. Please Bring: -soft soled clean shoes for dancing to protect/respect both your feet and the floor; -pot-luck goodies for the dance break like cookies; -a water bottle so that we do not need to waste disposable cups. You may join us for a pot-luck before the dance beginning at 6PM. Bring a dinner dish to share with all and your own table setting/silverware. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/songsailorstudio/home/north-adams-contra-dance.
Williamstown - Callers' Workshop: If you're interested in learning to call contra, no matter what your experience level--or just can't get enough of dancing and want to be dummy dancers for our callers--come to the Callers' Workshop from 5pm to 7pm in Perry Goat Room! Web site: None.
Woburn - Squares: New Hot Square Dance from 8-11 PM. Come On Down and Get Your Hoedown On! It's a dance party! All dances taught. Great dance hall at Spence Farm. 41 Wyman St. Woburn, MA. Easy to get to. Plenty of parking. Please join us for the kick-off to an exciting new dance series. Web site: None.
Woodbury - Benefit Haiti - Harvesting Hope: Come dance at the Woodbury Town Hall Rte 6, Woodbury, CT to benefit Great Commission Family Home of Hope, Haiti. Great hall with excellent acoustics! 6:30pm until 9:30pm. $8 per person (kids under 5 - FREE!) $25 MAX for family. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/332533206792279/.
Woods Hole, Massachusetts: At the Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. Take Rt. 28 South into Falmouth, until Rt 28 South turns left (toward Falmouth Ctr). Continue straight for about 4 miles onto Water Street in Woods Hole. Community Hall is just across the drawbridge on the left. Admission is $8. Dance is from 8pm to 11pm, with International Dance during the break. Call (508) 548-6661. Web site: http://www.capecontra.org.
Woodstock, Connecticut - LCFD Spring Dance Camp: Gender role free dancing is the theme of LCFD dance camps. Our main focus is contra dancing, but we regularly supplement the program with English country dancing and for this camp we will also have some additional dance form (TBA) taught for beginners. We mainly attract lesbian and gay women and men, yet we welcome and get anyone who wants to dance without reference to gender roles. You don't need to bring a partner. Don't be shy, just ask someone to dance. Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/lcfd/camp/.
Woodstock - LCFD Winter Weekend: Weekend of dance and music workshops and events at Senexet House. Fundraiser for Lavender Country and Folk Dancers (LCFD). Web site: http://www.lcfd.org.
Worcester, Massachusetts: Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main Street is at the north end of Main Street, at the corner with State Street, the second church from the Courthouse, near Lincoln Square. Park on State Street or in parking lot behind the church. General Admission $8 per person. Family Admission $18. Students with ID $6. Children 12 and under FREE. Beginners' Lessons 7:30pm. Dance from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. For more information contact the Three Decker Dancers at 508-853-4351 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.worcesterdance.org/.
Worcester, Massachusetts - Summer of Solutions: Benefit dance at the Woo Pilgrim Church, 911 Main Street from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. All are welcome to attend this benefit contra dance. Beginners encouraged, no partner necessary. Please bring clean soft soled shoes, if possible. This is a scent and alcohol free event. Please, no colognes, hair sprays, perfumes, etc. Sponsored by: Summer of Solutions Worcester. Contact E-mail: email@example.com or Phone: 860-898-0101. Web site: http://www.summerofsolutionsworcester.org.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.