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: The Greenbelt Waltz Practicum scheduled for May 31 has been canceled.
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/.
Glen Echo - Gala Dance: Event is a fundraiser to support the arts and cultural programs at Glen Echo Park, as well as its historic facilities, including the Spanish Ballroom. Tickets are $25 per person* and include dessert and coffee, carousel rides, photo booths, a silent auction, and admission to two dances! Location: Bumper Car Pavilion and the Spanish Ballroom. Contra dance lesson at 8pm. Dancing from 9pm to 11:30pm. Web site: http://www.glenechopark.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/.
Oella - Colonial Market Fair: BFMS is sponsoring participatory dances, performances, workshops and discussions related to the roots of American music, song and dance at the Colonial Market Fair at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, MD from 10 AM to 4 PM. Musicians are invited to workshop the tune "Jefferson and Liberty" and play along for the dance by the same name, which follows the same form as modern contradances. Music and dance from the day will be included in the special Second-Saturday BFMS evening dance called by Carl Friedman which will celebrate roots of traditional American contradance. You can learn more about the Colonial Market Fair at - Web site: http://benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com/colonial-market-fair/.
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.