Maryland
Contra Dance, Square Dance, and Waltz
Schedule

This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Maryland including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Maryland which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.

Note: No current notes.

December 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): DeLaura Padovan; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Saturday, December 13, 2014  Dance Series: Chaptico Location: Chaptico Caller(s): Sargon de Jesus; Band(s)/Musician(s): Southern Maryland Open Band; Note:

Saturday, December 13, 2014  Dance Series: Pikesville - 2nd Saturday Location: Pikesville Caller(s): Kappy Laning; Band(s)/Musician(s): Contranella (Charley Beller, Megan Beller, John Wobus); Note:

Saturday, December 13, 2014  Dance Series: Pikesville - Family Location: Pikesville Caller(s): Kappy Laning; Band(s)/Musician(s): Contranella (Charley Beller, Megan Beller, John Wobus); Note:

Sunday, December 14, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Michael Hamilton; Band(s)/Musician(s): Honeysuckle Rose; Note:

Sunday, December 14, 2014  Dance Series: Greenbelt - Waltz - Practicum Location: Greenbelt Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Recorded music; Note:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014  Dance Series: Baltimore Location: Baltimore Caller(s): Dave Colestock; Band(s)/Musician(s): Charley Beller and Megan Beller; Note:

Friday, December 19, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): April Blum; Band(s)/Musician(s): Honeysuckle Rose (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, Andrea Hoag, Paul Oorts); Note:

Saturday, December 20, 2014  Dance Series: Annapolis Location: Annapolis Caller(s): Janine Smith; Band(s)/Musician(s): A. P. And The Banty Roosters (Art Abrams, Joe Langley, Mark Lynch, Andy Porter); Note:

Sunday, December 21, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Avant Gardeners (David DiGiusseppe, Ralph Gordon, Laura Light, George Paul, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Sunday, December 21, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Valerie Helbert; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Avant Gardeners; Note:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014  Dance Series: Baltimore Location: Baltimore Caller(s): No dance today; Band(s)/Musician(s): No dance today; Note: Christmas Eve

Friday, December 26, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Bob Isaacs; Band(s)/Musician(s): Contranella (Charley Beller, Megan Beller, John Wobus); Note:

Saturday, December 27, 2014  Dance Series: Frederick Location: Frederick Caller(s): Anna Rain; Band(s)/Musician(s): Jeremy Bass, Graham DeZarn and Stuart Jackson; Note:

Sunday, December 28, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Gigmeisters (Ralph Goron, Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts, Dave Wiesler); Note: Dance is on a 4th Sunday

Sunday, December 28, 2014  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Anna Rain; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Gigmeisters (Ralph Goron, Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Wednesday, December 31, 2014  Dance Series: Baltimore Location: Baltimore Caller(s): No dance today; Band(s)/Musician(s): No dance today; Note: See you at the FSGW ball tonight?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014  Dance Series: Chevy Chase - FSGW New Year's Eve Ball Location: Chevy Chase Caller(s): Janine Smith; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Love Mongrels Trio (Keith Carr, Alexander Mitchell, Orrin Star); Note:

January 2015
Thursday, January 1, 2015  Dance Series: Baltimore Location: Baltimore Caller(s): Perry Shafran; Band(s)/Musician(s): Charlie Beller, Megan Beller and Michael Raitzyk; Note: Dance is on a Thursday

Thursday, January 1, 2015  Dance Series: Hyattsville - Squares Location: Hyattsville Caller(s): Laura Brown, Ann Fallon, Eva Murray, Janine Smith, Susan Taylor; Band(s)/Musician(s): A. P. And The Banty Roosters (Art Abrams, Joe Langley, Mark Lynch, Andy Porter); Note:

Friday, January 2, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Frog Hammer (Jim Besser, Bob Collins, Glyn Collinston, Michael Ferguson, Andrew Marcus, Richard Seidel); Note:

Sunday, January 4, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Morrison Brothers (Jim Morrison, Owen Morrison, Will Morrison); Note:

Sunday, January 4, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Devine Comedy (John Devine, Ralph Gordon, Steve Hickman, Marty Taylor); Note:

Friday, January 9, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Steve Gester; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Saturday, January 10, 2015  Dance Series: Pikesville - 2nd Saturday Location: Pikesville Caller(s): Rebecca Denison; Band(s)/Musician(s): Callithump (Glyn Collinson, David Knight, Andrew Marcus); Note:

Sunday, January 11, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Friday, January 16, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Brad Kolodner, Ken Kolodner and Alex Lacquement; Note:

Saturday, January 17, 2015  Dance Series: Annapolis Location: Annapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Black Oranges (Sarah Foard, Gary Prince); Note:

Sunday, January 18, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Ricochet (Walter Hojka, Rya Martin); Note:

Sunday, January 18, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Steve Hickman, Alexander Mitchell and Marty Taylor; Note:

Friday, January 23, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): A. P. And The Banty Roosters (Art Abrams, Joe Langley, Mark Lynch, Andy Porter); Note:

Saturday, January 24, 2015  Dance Series: Frederick Location: Frederick Caller(s): Local Callers; Band(s)/Musician(s): Various bands; Note: Free Admission

Sunday, January 25, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Get Rights (Sabra Guzmán, Jake Hopping, John Miller, Ben Townsend); Note:

Friday, January 30, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Treble Makers (Emily Aubrey, Liz Donaldson, Brenna Hogan, Robin Wilson); Note:

Saturday, January 31, 2015  Dance Series: Baltimore - BFMS Mid-Winter Ball Location: Baltimore Caller(s): Dana Parkinson; Band(s)/Musician(s): Giant Robot Dance; Note:

February 2015
Sunday, February 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Dance du Jour (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell); Note:

Sunday, February 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Trio Con Brio (Elke Baker, Jonathan Jensen, Paul Oorts); Note:

Friday, February 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Nils Fredland; Band(s)/Musician(s): Maivish (Adam Broome, Matt Olwell, Jaige Trudel); Note:

Saturday, February 7, 2015  Dance Series: Greenbelt Location: Greenbelt Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, February 7, 2015  Dance Series: Takoma Park - Mid-Winter Festival Location: Takoma Park Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: One-day mini-festival featuring dance, music, storytelling, crafts and more

Sunday, February 8, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Nils Fredland; Band(s)/Musician(s): Maivish; Note:

Friday, February 13, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Rachel McCandliss; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Saturday, February 14, 2015  Dance Series: Pikesville - 2nd Saturday Location: Pikesville Caller(s): Rachel McCandliss; Band(s)/Musician(s): Audrey Knuth and Larry Unger; Note: Annual Chocolate Valentine Extravaganza from 2pm to 11pm

Sunday, February 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Rachel McCandliss; Band(s)/Musician(s): Audrey Knuth and Larry Unger; Note:

Sunday, February 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Audacious (Audrey Knuth, Emily Troll, Larry Unger); Note:

Friday, February 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Warren Doyle; Band(s)/Musician(s): Celador (Gretchen Caverly, David Hayes); Note:

Saturday, February 21, 2015  Dance Series: Annapolis Location: Annapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, February 22, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Janine Smith; Band(s)/Musician(s): Have-a-Heart Trappers; Note:

Friday, February 27, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Ted Hodapp; Band(s)/Musician(s): Contratopia (John Goodin, Pat O'Loughlin, Patrice Pakiz, Erik Sessions); Note:

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Dance Series: Frederick Location: Frederick Caller(s): Perry Shafran; Band(s)/Musician(s): Triple Helix (Keith Gillis, Alexander Mitchell, Colleen Reed); Note:

March 2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Ted Hodapp; Band(s)/Musician(s): Contratopia (John Goodin, Pat O'Loughlin, Patrice Pakiz, Erik Sessions); Note:

Sunday, March 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Taylor Among the Devils (Steve Hickman, Jonathan Jensen, Alexander Mitchell, Marty Taylor); Note:

Friday, March 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Jack Mitchell; Band(s)/Musician(s): Sugar Beat (Elke Baker, Susan Brandt, Marc Glickman); Note:

Sunday, March 8, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Sue Rosen; Band(s)/Musician(s): Graham DeZarn and TBA; Note:

Friday, March 13, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Saturday, March 14, 2015  Dance Series: Pikesville - 2nd Saturday Location: Pikesville Caller(s): DeLaura Padovan; Band(s)/Musician(s): Devine Comedy (John Devine, Steve Hickman, Marty Taylor); Note:

Saturday, March 14, 2015  Dance Series: Pikesville - Family Location: Pikesville Caller(s): DeLaura Padovan; Band(s)/Musician(s): Devine Comedy (John Devine, Steve Hickman, Marty Taylor); Note:

Sunday, March 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Coracree; Note:

Sunday, March 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Valse Impressions (Liz Donalson, Ralph Gordon, Carrie Rose, Edith Coakley Stowe); Note:

Friday, March 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Stringrays (Stuart Kenney, Rodney Miller, Max Newman); Note:

Saturday, March 21, 2015  Dance Series: Annapolis Location: Annapolis Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, March 22, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Will Mentor; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Stringrays; Note:

Friday, March 27, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Donna Hunt; Band(s)/Musician(s): Atlantic Crossing (Viveka Fox, Tristan Henderson, Rick Klein, Peter McFarlane); Note:

Saturday, March 28, 2015  Dance Series: Frederick Location: Frederick Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Carl Friedman, Charlie Pilzer and Robin Wilson; Note:

Sunday, March 29, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Love Mongrels; Note:

Sunday, March 29, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Waltz Weavers (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell, Carrie Rose); Note:

April 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Janine Smith; Band(s)/Musician(s): Run of the Mill Stringband (Mat Clark, Greg Loux, Palmer Loux, Paul Sidlick); Note:

Sunday, April 5, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Atlantic Crossing (Viveka Fox, Tristan Henderson, Rick Klein, Peter McFarlane); Note:

Sunday, April 5, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Waltz Magic (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Goron, Barbara Heitz, Alexander Mitchell); Note:

Friday, April 10, 2015  Dance Series: Edgewater - Chesapeake Dance Weekend Location: Edgewater Caller(s): Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert, Adina Gordon and Phil Jamison; Band(s)/Musician(s): Corn Potato String Band (Ben Belcher, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Lindsay McCaw), Fiddlemuse (Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts) and The Great Bear Trio (Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton); Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on April 12, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Saturday, April 11, 2015  Dance Series: Edgewater - Chesapeake Dance Weekend Location: Edgewater Caller(s): Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert, Adina Gordon and Phil Jamison; Band(s)/Musician(s): Corn Potato String Band (Ben Belcher, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Lindsay McCaw), Fiddlemuse (Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts) and The Great Bear Trio (Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton); Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015  Dance Series: Edgewater - Chesapeake Dance Weekend Location: Edgewater Caller(s): Matthew Duveneck, Anna Gilbert, Adina Gordon and Phil Jamison; Band(s)/Musician(s): Corn Potato String Band (Ben Belcher, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Lindsay McCaw), Fiddlemuse (Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts) and The Great Bear Trio (Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton); Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Adina Gordon; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Great Bear Trio (Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, Kim Yerton); Note:

Friday, April 17, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Waverly Station (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, David Knight); Note:

Sunday, April 19, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, April 19, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Addison Bleufonte (Marc Glickman, David Julian Gray, Andrea Hoag, David Lopez); Note:

Friday, April 24, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Percolators (c. w. abbott, David Cahn, Larry Edelman, Joe Fallon, Joe Herrmann); Note:

Saturday, April 25, 2015  Dance Series: Frederick Location: Frederick Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Devine Comedy (John Devine, Steve Hickman, Marty Taylor); Note:

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Percolators (c. w. abbott, David Cahn, Larry Edelman, Joe Fallon, Joe Herrmann); Note:

May 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Dead Sea Squirrels (Craig Edwards, Cathy Mason, Henry Yoshimura); Note:

Saturday, May 2, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz - Strauss Ball Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Olde Vienna (Elke Baker, Ralph Gordon, Barbara Heitz, Alexander Mitchell, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Sunday, May 3, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): A. P. And The Banty Roosters; Note:

Friday, May 8, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, May 10, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Dave Eisenstadter; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, May 10, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Blue Bamboo (Elke Baker, John Devine, Marc Glickman, Ralph Gordon, Barbara Heitz); Note:

Thursday, May 14, 2015  Dance Series: Darlington - Almost Heaven Dance Weekend Location: Darlington Caller(s): Wayne Albright, Gaye Fifer, Peggy Leiby, George Marshall, Janine Smith Ret Turner and Tim VanEgmond; Band(s)/Musician(s): DJ Improper, Swallowtail and The Tractor Family w/Taki Masuko, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger; Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on May 17, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015  Dance Series: Darlington - Almost Heaven Dance Weekend Location: Darlington Caller(s): Wayne Albright, Gaye Fifer, Peggy Leiby, George Marshall, Janine Smith Ret Turner and Tim VanEgmond; Band(s)/Musician(s): DJ Improper, Swallowtail and The Tractor Family w/Taki Masuko, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger; Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on May 17, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Frost and Fire (Hollis Easter, Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Aaron Marcus); Note:

Saturday, May 16, 2015  Dance Series: Darlington - Almost Heaven Dance Weekend Location: Darlington Caller(s): Wayne Albright, Gaye Fifer, Peggy Leiby, George Marshall, Janine Smith Ret Turner and Tim VanEgmond; Band(s)/Musician(s): DJ Improper, Swallowtail and The Tractor Family w/Taki Masuko, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger; Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015  Dance Series: Darlington - Almost Heaven Dance Weekend Location: Darlington Caller(s): Wayne Albright, Gaye Fifer, Peggy Leiby, George Marshall, Janine Smith Ret Turner and Tim VanEgmond; Band(s)/Musician(s): DJ Improper, Swallowtail and The Tractor Family w/Taki Masuko, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger; Note: Dance weekend; register in advance; event ends on May 17, 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Frost and Fire (Hollis Easter, Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Aaron Marcus); Note:

Friday, May 22, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Swallowtail (David Cantieni, Ron Grosslein, George Marshall, Timm Triplett, Tim van Egmond); Note:

Sunday, May 24, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): George Marshall and Tim Van Egmond; Band(s)/Musician(s): Swallowtail (David Cantieni, Ron Grosslein, George Marshall, Timm Triplett, Tim van Egmond); Note:

Sunday, May 24, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Swallowtail (David Cantieni, Ron Grosslein, George Marshall, Timm Triplett, Tim van Egmond); Note: Band is tentative

Friday, May 29, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Saturday, May 30, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Washington Folk Festival Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Free music, dance, storytelling and craft festival; event ends on May 31, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, May 31, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Washington Folk Festival Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Free music, dance, storytelling and craft festival; event ends on May 31, 2015

June 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, June 7, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Frannie Marr; Band(s)/Musician(s): Maivish Quartet; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Sunday, June 7, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Maivish (Adam Broome, Nils Fredland, Matt Olwell, Jaige Trudel); Note:

Friday, June 12, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, June 14, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Friday, June 19, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Steam (Alice Boyle, Dave Firestine, Robert Rosenberg, Claire Zucker); Note:

Sunday, June 21, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Gaye Fifer; Band(s)/Musician(s): Steam (Alice Boyle, Dave Firestine, Robert Rosenberg, Claire Zucker); Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Sunday, June 21, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Green Light Karma (David Knight, Andrew Marcus, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Friday, June 26, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Love Mongrels (Ralph Gordon, Danny Knicely, Alexander Mitchell, Orrin Star); Note:

Sunday, June 28, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The New Hip Trio (Joe DeZarn, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon); Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

July 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Richard Goss; Band(s)/Musician(s): Tempest; Note:

Sunday, July 5, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Sunday, July 5, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Honeysuckle Rose (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, Andrea Hoag, Paul Oorts); Note:

Friday, July 10, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, July 12, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Friday, July 17, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Callithump (Glyn Collinson, David Knight, Andrew Marcus); Note:

Sunday, July 19, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, July 19, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Rhapsody (Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell, Marty Taylor, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Friday, July 24, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): ContraForce (Joey Dorwart, Jimi Peirano, Andrae Raffield); Note:

Sunday, July 26, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

August 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Sunday, August 2, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Mountain Air (Jodi Beder, Andrea Hoag, David Lopez, Melissa Running); Note:

Friday, August 7, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, August 9, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Friday, August 14, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, August 16, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Ivory Boys; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Sunday, August 16, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Ivory Boys (David DiGiuseppe, George Paul, Jim Roberts); Note:

Friday, August 21, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, August 23, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Friday, August 28, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, August 30, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Waverley Station; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

September 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Latter Day Lizards (Peter Barnes, Dave Langford, Bill Tomczak); Note:

Sunday, September 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Carol Ormand; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Latter Day Lizards; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Sunday, September 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Latter Day Lizards (Peter Barnes, Dave Langford, Bill Tomczak); Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Friday, September 11, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, September 13, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Luke Donforth; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Free Raisins (Amy Englesberg, Jeff Kaufman, Audrey Knuth); Note:

Friday, September 18, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, September 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Contrastock V

Sunday, September 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Alexander Mitchell and friends; Note: Location: Bumper Car Pavilion

Friday, September 25, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, September 27, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Jean Gorrindo; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Crabapples; Note:

October 2015
Friday, October 2, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Sligo Creek Stompers (Adrian Erlinger, Sarah Foard, Jess Eliott Myhre, Chris Ousley); Note:

Friday, October 2, 2015  Dance Series: West River - FSGW Fall Getaway Location: West River Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Weekend music and dance camp; event ends on October 5, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015  Dance Series: West River - FSGW Fall Getaway Location: West River Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Weekend music and dance camp; event ends on October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Terpsichore; Note:

Sunday, October 4, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Notorious Folk (Eden MacAdam-Somer, Larry Unger, TBA); Note:

Sunday, October 4, 2015  Dance Series: West River - FSGW Fall Getaway Location: West River Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Weekend music and dance camp; event ends on October 5, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015  Dance Series: West River - FSGW Fall Getaway Location: West River Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Weekend music and dance camp; event ends on October 5, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, October 11, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Friday, October 16, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Terpsichore (Elke Baker, Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon); Note:

Sunday, October 18, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): George Marshall; Band(s)/Musician(s): Wild Asparagus (David Cantieni, George Marshall, Ann Percival, Becky Tracy); Note:

Sunday, October 18, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Wild Asparagus; Note: Band is tentative

Friday, October 23, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Avenue X (Ross Harriss, Christopher Jacoby); Note:

Sunday, October 25, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Friday, October 30, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Party of Three (Joe DePaolo, Lily Pearlman, Neil Pearlman); Note: There will be a COSTUME CONTEST and prizes will go to the best Classic Scary, Current Event, Most Artistic, and Best Pair. This is a fund raiser for the benefit of Glen Echo Park. Admission $11.00.

November 2015
Sunday, November 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Party of Three; Note:

Sunday, November 1, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Sugar Beat (Elke Baker, Susan Brandt, Marc Glickman); Note:

Friday, November 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Will Mentor; Band(s)/Musician(s): Perpetual e-Motion (John Coté, Ed Howe); Note:

Sunday, November 8, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Will Mentor; Band(s)/Musician(s): King Kontra; Note:

Friday, November 13, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, November 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, November 15, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Cabaret Sauvignon (Karen Ashbrook, Andrea Hoag, Paul Oorts, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Friday, November 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Mary Wesley; Band(s)/Musician(s): Sassafras Stomp (Johanna Davis, Adam Nordell, Putnam Smith); Note:

Sunday, November 22, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Mary Wesley; Band(s)/Musician(s): Sassafras Stomp; Note:

Friday, November 27, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Morrison Brothers (Jim Morrison, Owen Morrison, Will Morrison); Note:

Friday, November 27, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note: Techno contra after the regular dance; 11:35pm to 1:30am; $7/$5 (if went to regular dance); location: Annex

Sunday, November 29, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, November 29, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Avant Gardeners (Laura Light, Loren Oppenheimer, George Paul, Dave Wiesler); Note:

December 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, December 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Loper, Julie Metcalf and Bethany Waickman; Note:

Sunday, December 6, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): Waltzing Stars (Liz Donaldson, Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell, Marty Taylor); Note:

Friday, December 11, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Glen Echo Open Band; Note:

Sunday, December 13, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): Honeysuckle Rose; Note:

Friday, December 18, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, December 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

Sunday, December 20, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Waltz Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA ; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Gigmeisters (Ralph Goron, Alexander Mitchell, Paul Oorts, Dave Wiesler); Note:

Friday, December 25, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Friday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): No dance today; Band(s)/Musician(s): No dance today; Note: Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 27, 2015  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): TBA; Band(s)/Musician(s): TBA; Note:

January 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016  Dance Series: Glen Echo - Sunday Location: Glen Echo Caller(s): Will Mentor; Band(s)/Musician(s): The Stringrays; Note:

Venue and dance information

Adelphi - FSGW New Year's Eve Contra Ball: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's New Year's Eve Ball is at the the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church. Dust off the tiara and get the tux outta mothballs cause it's gonna be one swell affair. Dance contras, squares, and waltzesCome ring in the New Year with a lovely evening of dancing and revelry, complete with a toast at midnight. Pre-registration only, no tickets available at the door. Hurry, act now! Registration deadline is December 15th. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Adelphi - Raise Rhys' Roof: Fundraiser for Rhys Jones. There's gonna be a party! Sixteen raucous hours of singing, dancing, picking, eating, drinking... ending with a pancake breakfast until 9:00 AM Sunday! A fundraiser for Rhys Jones is scheduled to take place at Ballroom Blum, 8300 Osage Rd. Adelphi MD. Series of events, each $20, from 2pm to 9am including Challenging Dance 2 pm - 5 pm, Concert 7 pm - 9:15 pm, Evening Dance 9:30 pm to 12:30 am, Dawn Dance 1 am to 6 am, Pancakes! 6 am - 9 am. Space is limited so reserve in advance. Web site: http://raiserhysroof.blogspot.com/.

Adelphi - After Taxes Dance: Dance at the Blum Ballroom, 8300 Osage Terrace, Adelphi, MD (home of Gerry and April Blum). Dancing from 7:30pm to 10:00pm (or thereabouts). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/491074747608330/.

Adelphi - Special: Dance at the Blum Ballroom, 8300 Osage Terrace, Adelphi, MD (home of Gerry and April Blum) from 7pm to 10pm. Please carpool or consider taking transit as parking can be difficult and it is a residential neighborhood; bring a dish to share. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/616671781723331/.

Annapolis: The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society sponsors dances at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 DuBois Rd, in Annapolis. Dances now run at the family-friendly time of 7 to 10 pm! In order to protect the floor, we are asking people to bring soft-soled shoes with a non-marking heel. We also request that you bring the shoes to the hall and change shoes inside. No high heels, please (they can damage the floor, and they're terrible for contra dancing anyway). Dances are on the third Saturday of the month. ATDS dances feature mainly contras. However, we encourage callers to mix in some square dances, circles, etc. at all of our contra dance events. Admission: Members, $8.00, Nonmembers, $10.00. (students & seniors, $6.00, members; $8.00 non-members;). Maximum family rates: $25 members, $30 non-members. Children, aged 6-12, $5. Little kids, under 6, free. Workshops start at 6:30pm with a half hour of contra basics. Newcomers are urged to arrive early even if you can't make the workshop. The program starts off with easier dances and more instruction. Web site: http://www.contradancers.com/atds/index.html.

Baltimore: The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Square and Contra Dancing at 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street. Admission is $9 for members, $13 for nonmembers. Under 21 and full-time students with IDs: $4 members, $6 non-members. All dances are taught and walked through beforehand. Music and dance styles include New England, Southern Appalachian, and Celtic styles. Nationally-known musicians and callers appear regularly. These dances are sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. New Dancers' workshops: Free workshops introducing basic contra dance figures take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30p.m. Beginners are encouraged to attend. For more information call the BFMS hotline at 410-366-0808 or email amdance at bfms.org. Web site: http://www.bfms.org.

Baltimore - Saturday - Challenging: Special challenging contras from 8pm to 11pm at The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore. Admission: $12 members, $16 non-members. Web site: http://www.bfms.org.

Baltimore - Urban Agriculture Harvest Festival: Dance is part of a one-day event held in mid-October at 4500 Harford Road Market Connection (site of Hamilton/Lauraville Farmer's Market) from 2pm to 5pm with locally grown food, information booths, kid's activities, storytelling. Free but donations of $5-$10 accepted. Web site: http://www.baltimoreurbanag.org/.

Baltimore - Mid-Winter Ball: The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents a Mid-Winter Ball. Location: Ballroom of the Temple of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry, 3800 North Charles Street. Reception at 7:00 p.m; Grand March at 7:30 p.m. Dancing from 7:40pm to 11:00pm. Check web site for admission costs. Contributions of finger foods for the reception encouraged. For Information E-mail: midwinterball at bfms.org or call (410) 433-4419 The Baltimore Folk Music Society is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Baltimore - Dickey Mill: Come Contra Dance in air conditioned comfort in Baltimore at a converted 19th century mill with a great wooden floor and air conditioning. Where: ChileSwing Studio www.chileswing.com, 4900 Wetheredsville Road, Baltimore, MD 21207. Cost: $10 per person ($20 max per family). From 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. This dance can be a challenging dance if experienced dancers come or a family friendly dance if families come. The caller is prepared for whatever the dancers desire. This dance is growing, so come and make it into the dance that you want. Pass this onto anyone that you think might want to promote it or attend. Thanks! For more information call Becca at 301-606-7115 or email Becca at satdance at bfms.org - We plan to dance every 3rd Sunday. Web site: http://www.bfms.org/dickeyMillContra.php.

Baltimore - Mobtown Ballroom: Dance at the 861 Washington Boulevard Baltimore MD 21207. Admission: $12.00 members - $16.00 non-members. Time: from 8pm to 11:30pm Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Baltimore - Squares - Mobtown: Dance at the Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland. The time has come for you to channel your inner foot-stomper and get ready for a full night of rockin' the Do-Si-Do. By popular demand, the Mobtown Ballroom is teaming up with the Baltimore Old Time Jam to bring a little old-time, country fun into Baltimore City. So, put on your boots and plaid, and bring all your friends. No experience necessary, as all the dances will be taught. Doors at 7:30, dance at 8. $8/$7 for students. Web site: https://mobtownballroom.com/.

Baltimore - Squares - Creative Alliance: Dance at The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Maryland 21224. Admission: $15, $10 members. Event starts at 7:30pm. Web site: http://www.creativealliance.org/.

Baltimore - Spring Faire: The Baltimore Folk Music Society Spring Faire (In partnership with The Cromwell Valley Park Council ) is holding the Spring Faire at Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Baltimore, MD, Sherwood Farm entrance from 12 PM to 5 PM. Admission is FREE ($5 voluntary donation to support Cromwell Park). There will be jamming, dancing, singing, crafts for sale, maypole dancing, storytelling, sword and Morris dancing, picknicking, juggling, all sorts of fun. Web site: http://bfms.org.

Baltimore - Special: Dance from 8pm to 11pm at The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street, Baltimore. Admission: $15 for members of BFMS, FSGW, ATDS, and CDSS, $18 for all others. Web site: http://bfms.org.

Bendict: Dance at Serenity Farm to benefit St. Jude's Hospital from 1pm to 5pm. Musicians get in free, all others $5 at the door. For more info call: Allison (443) 532-0032. Web site: http://www.smtmd.org/.

Bethesda - FSGW New Year's Eve Contra Ball: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's New Year's Eve Ball is at the the Woman's Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Rd. Dust off the tiara and get the tux outta mothballs cause it's gonna be one swell affair. Dance contras, squares, and waltzesCome ring in the New Year with a lovely evening of dancing and revelry, complete with a toast at midnight. Pre-registration only, no tickets available at the door. Hurry, act now! Registration deadline is December 15th. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

California: Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance sponsors dances with live music is provided by the Southern Maryland Open Band. This band is comprised of talented, local musicians. The band's repertoire for Contra Dances includes Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and 18th century waltzes. As it is an "Open" band, musicians interested in playing this type of music are welcome to join in. Dances are the 2nd Saturday of each month at the St. Andrews Parish Hall in California.. Any changes to the schedule or location will be posted on the web site. Admission: $7 non-members; $5 members; 12 and under free. Web site: http://www.smtmd.org/.

Cambridge: Dances are at Cambridge's Whatley Hall past Christ Church on Maryland Avenue. Cost is $10.00 for adults. $8.00 students. There is no membership fee. Dances run from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Wear comfortable clothing, tennies, short sleeves if you're new, you'll probably get warm! Snacks are allowed at the Church too, so bring some food or drinks (and cups!)There is no membership fee. Wear comfortable clothing, tennies, short sleeves if you're new, you'll probably get warm! Snacks are allowed at the Church too, so bring some food or drinks (and cups!) For directions: 410-603-7754. For more information, call: 410-673-9825 (Renee). Web site: http://www.dancetrad.org/dancep1.html.

Chaptico: Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance sponsors dances with live music is provided by the Southern Maryland Open Band. This band is comprised of talented, local musicians. The band's repertoire for Contra Dances includes Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes and 18th century waltzes. As it is an "Open" band, musicians interested in playing this type of music are welcome to join in. Dances are the 2nd Saturday of each month at Christ Church Parish Hall on Zach Fowler Road. Any changes to the schedule or location will be posted on the web site. Dancing lessons start at 7 p.m. with the band striking up at 7:30. Admission: $8 non-members; $6 members; 12 and under free. Web site: http://www.smtmd.org/.

Chevy Chase - Folklore Society of Greater Washington New Year's Eve Ball: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's New Year's Eve Ball is at the the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase from 8:00pm to 1:00am. Dust off the tiara and get the tux outta mothballs cause it's gonna be one swell affair. Dance contras, squares, and waltzes. Come ring in the New Year with a lovely evening of dancing and revelry, complete with a toast at midnight. The following is from previous years, check site for details: Pre-registration only, no tickets available at the door. Hurry, act now! Registration deadline is December 15th. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Chevy Chase - Barn Dance: Sponsored by the Washington Barn Dance Society. Dance from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at the Stone House at Meadowbrook, 7901 Meadowbrook Lane. Waltz jam at the break - bring your favorite tune. Bring a dish to share include (in part) local foods. Suggested donation: $6-$20 to support the Brickyard Educational Farm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Barn-Dance-Society/232519553542508.

College Park - Squares: Join us for an evening of rocking traditional American square dancing and general all around merrymaking to smoking hot LIVE music by some of the DC area's most talented musicians. Dances are held from 8:30 - 11:00 p.m, except as noted, $9.00 admission. Cherry Hill RV Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Road. Please drive very slowly in the park. Please bring a snack to share. Web site: http://home.comcast.net/~hotsquares/.

Darlington - Almost Heaven: is a Long Weekend of Contra, Swing, Waltz and More with workshops in Swing, Hambo, Waltz and a Children's Program plus plenty of contra dancing at the Ramblewood Camp, in mid to late May. Singles, Couples, and Families are all welcome. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/ahsince1988/home.

Edgewater - Chesapeake Dance Weekend: The dance and music weekend takes place at at YMCA Camp Letts in Edgewater in early April. Register in advance. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Frederick: The Mid-Maryland Folk Arts Council and the Frederick City Department of Recreation host contra and square dances on the 4th Saturday of each month. The dances are from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. A free beginners' workshop starts at 7:15 p.m. Beginners are welcome at the dances and it is not necessary to bring a partner. Location is Trinity Episcopal School (the former Adventist School), 6040 New Design Rd, Frederick, MD 21703. Admission is $10 general, $5 students, $5 age 12 and under. To ask questions in real time, talking to a real person, call Boe Walker at 301-694-6794 or dancefred at gmail dot com Web site: http://www.contradancers.com/mmfac/.

Galesville - Squares and Contras: Community square dances on various Saturday nights. 5:30 p.m. Doors open; 6:00 p.m. Potluck dinner; 7:00 p.m. Family-friendly dancing; 8:30-10 p.m. More challenging dancing. Live traditional Appalachian dance music. No partner, experience, or lessons necessary. Yes, YOU can do it! Sit ins welcome on fiddle, guitar, and clawhammer banjo. Square dances, Circle dances, Contra dances - Come join the fun! $10 adults, $5 ages 5-17, under 5 free. Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Main Street. Sponsored by the West River Improvement Association. Web site: http://communitysquaredance.wordpress.com/.

Greenbelt - Waltz - Practicum: Greenbelt - Waltz - Practicum: Sessions at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, in the Dance Studio. Waltz lovers, please join us for an open practicum. There is no group teaching, just us working on our skills to recorded music. Eclecticism and fusion are highly encouraged. Please bring dance shoes as the venue does not allow street shoes on the dance floor. $5 suggested donation. 2-4 pm Second Sunday of every month. Web site: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Mq_PAAAmZL0os3Hwmab0WG_WgF0UqNpj7A4W4XH0BKQ/pub.

Greenbelt: Dance at the Greenbelt Community Center Gym, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770 from 7:00pm to 9:45pm (intro dance lesson at 6:30pm. Fee: $10, ages 18 and under $5; 6 and under free. Call 301-397-2208 for more information. Co-sponsored by FSGW and the City of Greenbelt. Web site: http://www.fsgw.org.

Glen Echo - Sunday: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance is held in The Spanish Ballroom, restored to all its 1933 splendor, or in the adjacent wonderful, covered, radiant-heated Bumper Car Pavilion. The Ballroom and the Bumper Car Pavilion are not thoroughly climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Our dances welcome both experienced and new dancers and feature a variety of traditional American contras, squares, waltzes, and mixers performed to wonderful live music. You do not need to bring a partner. FREE Welcome/Orientation to Traditional American Dance session at 7:00 pm. Come early to get the inside scoop on all this stuff, personalized to suit your needs! Admission prices: $10.00 for members of FSGW and affiliated groups (BFMS, CDSS, ATDS) and $13.00 for all others. Children ages 7 to 22 (over 17 with student ID) $5.00. Special prices may apply, see event details. Our dancers who are sensitive to fragrances will be grateful if you use them gently. If Glen Echo Park is closed due to severe WEATHER or other circumstances, the dance is cancelled. Call the Park at (301) 634-2222 (and press option 9) or at (301) 320-2330 after 3pm the day of the dance for more information. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Family Dance: The Family Dance, welcoming all ages, takes place the second Sunday of each month beginning at 3:00pm. It offers a rare opportunity to experience the joy of dance with your children and with your community. Bring the entire family, neighbors, church or synagogue group, birthday party, girl or boy scout troop. No experience is necessary, just come on out and dance. An experienced family dance leader shows you everything you need to know right then and there, with a focus on HAVING FUN! The dance takes place at the Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion from May through October. It moves to Glen Echo Town Hall from November through April. The Family Dance is a unique opportunity for the very young and their parents, to experience the joyful community event of a contra and square dance. The target age children are 4-12, though many babies have started their dancing by bouncing along in a parent's baby backpack. Kids and adults learn together through movement and music, experiencing the best in live music and enjoying the spirit of this folk tradition. It provides an opportunity to encourage an appreciation of folk culture, further inspiring future generations to get involved and make their own fun. Admission is $5 for ages 4 and older. The Family Dance has been an ongoing event for the past 12 years. Please note that we may stray from the Second Sunday on rare occasions, due to availability of our dance spaces. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Inaugural Ball: To the inauguration of the 44th President, there will be a great dance celebration held at the Glen Echo Park Ballroom! 7:30 pm: contra/square dance; 8:30 pm: waltz and couple dances; 9:30-11 pm: swing dance. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Inaugural Ball: To the inauguration of the 44th President, there will be a great dance celebration held at the Glen Echo Park Ballroom! 7:30 pm: grand march and then waltzes and couple dances. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Tuesday: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington sponsors the Techno Contra series with recorded music and live calling on the 3rd Tuesday night of each month at the The Spanish Ballroom, so bring all your friends! Admission: $5 for members, students, $7 non-members. 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Our dancers who are sensitive to fragrances will be grateful if you use them gently. If Glen Echo Park is closed due to severe WEATHER or other circumstances, the dance is cancelled. Call the Park at (301) 634-2222 (and press option 9) or at (301) 320-2330 after 3pm the day of the dance for more information. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Contra Sonic: It's high energy, it's loud, and it's glow stick fueled! FSGW now offers traditional called contra dancing with live mixed DJ music on the third Tuesday of the month. Could be techno, trance, electro pop, but whatever it is, it's fun to dance to. It's on 3rd Tuesdays, generally at the Ballroom Annex(check site for details). Lesson at 7:30pm; dancing from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Admission: $8, $6 for youth and students. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Contra Thursday: It's high energy, it's loud, and it's glow stick fueled! FSGW now offers traditional called contra dancing with live mixed DJ music on various Thursdays. Could be techno, trance, electro pop, but whatever it is, it's fun to dance to. In the Spanish Ballroom from 7pm to 11pm. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Contra Sonic - Saturday: It's high energy, it's loud, and it's glow stick fueled! FSGW now offers traditional called contra dancing with live mixed DJ music on the third Saturday of the month. Could be techno, trance, electro pop, but whatever it is, it's fun to dance to. Generally at the Spanish Ballroom (check site for details). Lesson at 7:30pm; dancing from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Admission: $8, $6 for youth and students. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Waltz: Waltz Time is an all-volunteer group of dancers who have produced the twice-monthly waltzes at Glen Echo Park since 1995. The group has donated all net proceeds to the renovation of the Spanish Ballroom and the Bumper Car Pavilion, and to help continue Park programs. All of the Sunday afternoon waltz dances are held at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., in the Spanish Ballroom or occasionally in the Bumper Car Pavilion. The Sunday afternoon waltz program follows a similar format at each event. A lesson is offered from 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm and starts with basic concepts for those not familiar with the folk style of waltz. At 3:15 pm, we teach an "advanced" step for returning dancers looking for a little something extra to add to their repertoire. The lesson is followed by dancing to live music from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Cost is $10, including the lesson from 2:45 - 3:30 pm. Dress is casual. You do not need a partner. You do not need prior dance experience. Tickets are sold at the door - there are no advance ticket sales. Please visit our FAQ page for more answers to your questions. You can also email us at info AT waltztimedances DOT org. We invite you to join the lively community of waltzers and enjoy the afternoon dances at Glen Echo Park. We know that you will have a great time! Web site: http://www.waltztimedances.org.

Glen Echo - Waltz - Strauss Ball: Don't Miss This Night - our Annual Strauss Ball and Benefit Dance for Glen Echo Park Partnership! It promises to be a wonderful night of classical waltzes, polka, tango, and schottische. Viennese Waltz Lesson at 8 pm followed by dancing until midnight in the Spanish Ballroom. Enjoy the traditional Grand March, dance cards and refreshments; fancy attire recommended, $20/person, tickets at the door (no advance sales). Carousel rides until 10:30 pm, $1.25/person. Viennese Waltz Classes: If you'd like to brush up on your Viennese waltz skills, you can join the Viennese waltz classes taught by Donna and Mike on Wednesdays, April 4 - 25, from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park. Visit dancedc.net for details or go to Glen Echo Park's website to pre-register for the 4-week session. Web site: http://www.waltztimedances.org.

Glen Echo - Waltz - Workshops: Cross-Step Waltz and a special Foxtrot session. Saturday at Glen Echo Park, Ballroom Annex from 10:00am to 1:15pm and Sunday at Glen Echo Park, Bumper Car Pavilion from 10:00am to 1:15pm. Two workshops per day, each 90 minutes, with 15 minutes after each one for rest or practice. Registration at the door, 9:30 am; cash or check made out to Waltz Time. One workshop (90 minutes) - $20; One full day (two 90-minute workshops) - $30; Both days - $55. Web site: http://www.waltztimedances.org.

Glen Echo - Waltz - Folk Waltz Workshops: May 15 - Beyond the Basics of Folk Waltz; June 5 - Advanced Folk Waltz Workshop. Payment for all single-night workshops is at the door (no pre-registration). No partner is required, but always encouraged to maintain lead/follow ratios. $22 per person at the door. Location: Ballroom Annex, Glen Echo Park Web site: http://www.waltztimedances.org.

Glen Echo - Washington Folk Festival: The Washington Folk Festival is held in late May. The festival runs from noon to 7:00pm on Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park. The festival is FREE to the public. The festival features music, dance, storytelling, and crafts from artists in the Washington, DC area. With performances representing cultures from around the world as well as around the country, it is your chance to find out what is going on in the folk communities of the area. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Glen Echo - Friday: Dances in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park start promptly at 8:30 pm and end at 11:30 pm. Admission: $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for 17 and under. Open Band nights are free for 17 and under. A contra dance lesson for beginners is given every Friday starting at 7:30 pm and is included in the price of admission. The Friday night dances are brought to you by the Friday Night Dancers, Inc (a nonprofit, community-based organization) in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, MD. Dances are held every Friday evening from 8:30 to 11:30. You do not need to bring a partner. Dance all evening to top quality live music in a smoke- and alcohol-free environment. The Spanish Ballroom is neither heated nor air-conditioned, so be prepared. Fans relieve the heat in summer. Dress casually and in layers. Soft-soled, low-heeled shoes are recommended. We also recommend that you bring a bottle of water with you. Music may be traditional or modern inspired by folk tunes. Web site: http://www.fridaynightdance.org.

Glen Echo - Black Friday Bash: Dances from 3pm to 2am on the Friday after Thanksgiving (U.S.) with an afternoon contra dance in the Spanish Ballroom 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Potluck 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Please sign up and bring a dish. Waltzing to CDs in the Spanish Ballroom 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Evening contra lesson - 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Evening contra dance from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. and a Techno contra dance from midnight to 2:00 a.m. Admission $10 for either the afternoon or evening dances ($18 for both). Techno contra separate admission of $5. The Spanish Ballroom is neither heated nor air-conditioned, so be prepared. Fans relieve the heat in summer. Dress casually and in layers. Soft-soled, low-heeled shoes are recommended. We also recommend that you bring a bottle of water with you. Music may be traditional or modern inspired by folk tunes. Web site: http://fridaynightdance.org.

Glen Echo - Black Friday Techno Contra: Immediately following the Friday night dance there will be a late night dance, in the annex (or the ballroom, if more than 100 tickets sell by the break) from 11:30pm to 1:30am. Club music, hot calling, fun lighting, excellent dancing. Admission: $5.00 if you attend the regular Friday Dance, $7.00 otherwise. See you there. Web site: http://fridaynightdance.org.

Glen Echo - Celebration of DC Dance: Day-long event including Contra, English, Ceilidh and Waltz. Folks can also dance on Friday night and Sunday night at the Glen Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom. Event is at the ballroom. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/272592606152633/.

Glen Echo - Squares: From 8pm to 11pm in the in the Ballroom Annex. Lesson at 7:30pm. Admission: $10. Web site: http://www.fsgw.org/.

Glen Echo - Challenging">: Dance from 2:30pm - 5:30pm at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland 20812. Bring a potluck picnic item to share between the afternoon and evening dances! Web site: http://www.fsgw.org/.

Hyattsville - Squares: Dance from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Ballroom Blum, 8300 Osage Terrace, Hyattsville, MD 20783. Potluck (bring a dish to pass) supper to follow right after the dance. Suggested donation: $10 to pay the band. Web site: http://fsgw.org.

Jefferson - Fox Haven Learning Center: Barn dance at the Red Barn of the Fox Haven Learning Center, 3630 Poffenberger Rd, Jefferson, MD 21755. From 7pm to 8pm people can learn about various jugband instruments and make one of their own from recycled materials. We will then have the dance from 8:30-9:30 and beyond. Folks can join in playing music or just dance or a bit of both. It is family oriented. Web site: http://www.foxhavenlearningcenter.org/.

Jessup - American Ceilidh Extravaganza: Not quite a contra. Event at the historic Blob's Park Bavarian Beer Garden, 8024 Max Blob's Park Road, Jessup, Maryland. High energy music and dance, what else could you possibly want? A wild night of musical mayhem and super fun dancing. Invite your friends; no experience needed. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/155759541297158/.

La Plata: Christ Church of La Plata, in association with KOProductionsUSA, announces a new American contra dance series this fall in Southern Maryland. On 3rd Saturdays, there will be a free half-hour contra dance lesson at 7 p.m. with dancing beginning at 7:30. "Christ Church Contras" will be offered at Christ Church at 112 E. Charles St. in La Plata. An $8 donation will be taken. Contact KOProductionsUSA@gmail.com or 301-535-8231 for more information. Web site: None.

Leonardtown - St. Mary's Hoedown Fundraiser: Dance is a fundraiser for St. Mary's County Community Mediation Center, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at St. Mary's County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 42455 Fairgrounds Road. Square dancing, line dancing, two-step, waltz, any-old-step - we'll show you how if you don't already know OR just sit back, listen to the music and enjoy a beer or glass of wine, sodas or fruit punch, and lite snacks. A family event - ALL AGES. Tickets: $7 in advance or $10 at the door. [Children under 12 free]. Recommend that you purchase tickets on-line as attendance is limited to 200. Web site: http://www.hoedownatfairgrounds.com/.

Lexington Park - Chesapeake Public Charter School: Plan to join us in this special event to be held at the Chesapeake Public Charter School, 20945 Great Mills Road. The dance begins at 6:00 pm. which is a special starting time for our dances. The dance will go until 8:00, or later. The purpose for the event is to support "Relay for Life" a cancer awareness / support org. Two people at the charter school were recently diagnosed with the disease, and we would like to support a team from the school to attend "Relay for Life" events. The cost is $5 for individuals, $15 for a family of 4 - what a great deal. call the Charter School at (301) 863-9585 for more information. Web site: http://www.smtmd.org/.

Pikesville - Thanksgiving: The Baltimore Folk Music Society hosts a Thanksgiving Day/Burn-Off-the-Calories Dance at St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Parish Hall, 2620 Reisterstown Road from 8:00pm-10:30pm. There will be easier, kid- and beginner-friendly dances from 8:00pm-8:30pm. Bring your leftover desserts to share (they lose calories in transit). Bring your dinner guests or hosts and come on over. This is an all-volunteer evening featuring an open band and open mic for callers (English, contras, squares). Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Pikesville - 2nd Saturday: The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Square and Contra Dancing on the 2nd Saturday of the month running from 8:00 'till 11:00 pm, with a short break in the middle. Admission is: $8 BFMS Members and Affiliates, $12 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: $5 members, $6 non-members. Beginners, singles, couples, and families are welcome. No Experience necessary; you don't need to bring a partner. For more information call the BFMS hotline at 888-646-BFMS or call Becca at 301-606-7115 or email Becca at nutritionexpeditions at yahoo.com. The dance is held at St. Marks on the Hill, 1620 Reisterstown Road. Introduction to Contra Dance: 7:30-8 pm; Contra Dance: 8-11 pm. Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Pikesville - Family: The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents a Family on the 2nd Saturday of the month running from 5:00 'till 6:30 pm, often followed by a potluck. Admission is: $5 members; $20 member family; $7 non-members; $28 non-member family. No Experience necessary; you don't need to bring a partner. For more information call the BFMS hotline at 888-646-BFMS or 410-321-8419. The dance is held at St. Marks on the Hill, 1620 Reisterstown Road. BFMS is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts. Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Potomac - Squares - St. Francis: Family square dance at St. Francis Church located at 10033 River Rd in Potomac, MD from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Must RSVP to: Fitnesstogo@aol.com *All proceeds will be donated to a local women's charity. Web site: None.

Sharpsburg - Heritage Festival: The Sharpsburg Heritage Festival is an event celebrating the rich history, current happenings and future of the town of Sharpsburg and includes a community dance from 7pm to 9pm in the town square on Saturday. Web site: http://www.sharpsburgheritagefestival.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharpsburg-Heritage-Festival/125894664145857.

Silver Spring: Dance series (2nd Thursdays) sponsored jointly by Carpe Diem Arts and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington (FSGW). Location: Silver Spring Civic Building—Great Hall (sprung wood floor!), One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD. Time: 7-7:30pm (beginner dance workshop) / 7:30-10pm dancing. Contras and Squares, Circle and Line Dances. Plenty of parking in public lot across the street, 801 Ellsworth Dr. Admission: $10 general / $8 FSGW members / $5 students and those without income. For more info: busygraham@gmail.com / 301-466-0183. Web site: http://fsgw.org or http://www.carpediemarts.org.

St. Mary's: Join the St. Maries Citty Militia and Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance. Learn some basic steps and dance the night away to live traditional music. 7pm. Location: 18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City, MD. Web site: https://www.stmaryscity.org.

St. Michaels: Dances (circles, squares, lines and contras) on 4th Saturdays at Christ Church Parish Hall, 103 Willow Street, starting at 7:00pm. Presented by Carpe Diem Arts, in partnership with St. Michaels Community Center and St. Michaels Studio. Contact Busy Graham at 410-745-5654 or busygraham@gmail.com for more information. All ages are welcome. Admission: $7 adults, $3 students (includes refreshments). Please pay what you can - less or more. No need to bring a partner. Arrive anytime and stay as long as you like. No experience necessary. A professional dance caller will lead the way. Those who want to watch from the sidelines and enjoy the music are also welcome. The last part of the evening (8:30-9:15) will feature more advanced dances for the pleasure of our more experienced dancers. For local musicians (teens and adults) - there will be an open band session 7-7:30 pm (and again at the end of the dance) -- for anyone who plays an instrument and would enjoy the opportunity to play some tunes in an ensemble setting. (Arrive 6:30 for warm-up before dancing starts at 7pm). Visit http://www.CarpeDiemArts.org to download tunes and practice in advance. Please encourage your musician friends to give it a try. The tunes are great fun to learn and sound even better with a band! Web site: http://www.carpediemarts.org.

Takoma Park - Mid-Winter Festival: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's Midwinter Festival is a family-friendly extravaganza of music, dance, stories, workshops, and crafts. Held around the first weekend in February. The Mini-Fest provides all comers with a wonderful opportunity to beat the winter blues, visit with friends and neighbors, and be part of some of the finest music that the Washington area has to offer! It is held at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Want to get in free? Scroll down for information on volunteer opportunities. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Takoma Park - Folk Festival: in mid-September, 11 am to 6:30 pm at the Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Rt. 410). Music, crafts, food and a variety of dancing. Web site: http://www.tpff.org/.

Thurmont - Catoctin Spring Weekend: The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors the Catoctin Mountain Music and Dance Spring Weekend featuring traditional music, dancing, and crafts with programs run by volunteers. The spring weekend is held in mid-June. The camp runs from about 6 p.m. on Friday to about noon on Sunday. The camp is held at Camp Misty Mount in Catoctin Mountain National Park. Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Thurmont - Catoctin Fall Weekend: The Baltimore Folk Music Society sponsors the Catoctin Mountain Music and Dance Spring Weekend featuring traditional music, dancing, and crafts with programs run by volunteers. The fall weekend is held in mid-late October. The camp runs from about 6 p.m. on Friday to about noon on Sunday. The camp is held at Camp Misty Mount in Catoctin Mountain National Park. Web site: http://www.bfms.org/.

Towson - Towson Ballroom Dance Club Contra Dance: On campus at the Potomac Lounge from 9pm to 11pm. Donations to the TUBDC welcome. No prior dance experience necessary. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/474015236048980/.

Upper Marlboro - Fairhaven School: Fundraising dance at the Fairhaven School, 17900 Queen Anne Road. Telephone: 301 249-8060. There will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and refreshments. 7 PM. Open to all (admission by donation). Proceeds benefit Fairhaven's tuition assistance fund. Web site: http://www.contradancers.com/atds/index.html.

West River - FSGW Fall Getaway: Get away from it all, at the height of the autumn color season, and make music together with your neighbors and musicians from all over the world at the West River Conference Center. It has heated facilities and flat terrain, and is on the shores of an inlet of the Chesapeake Bay. West River is a lovely spot with lots of inviting places to jam or sing, from first light to the wee hours. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.

Westminster - Common Ground Traditions Week 1: A July week of workshops, classes, events and a limited amount of contra dancing. Web site: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org

Westminster - Common Ground Traditions Week 2: A July week of workshops, classes, events and a limited amount of contra dancing. Web site: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org

Westminster - Common Ground Traditions Festival: Two-day festival in July of music, dance and other folk arts, sometimes including contras, squares and other participatory dancing. Web site: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org

Westminster - Common Ground Evenings: Evening programs during the Common Ground weeks (in July) are open to the public by paid admission and may or may not include dancing (and may or may not include contras, squares, etc.). Web site: http://www.commongroundonthehill.org


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