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 Pennsylvania including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Pennsylvania 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.
Beaver Falls: A new contradance group is getting started at Geneva College in Geneva. Initial dances will use recorded music. Dance will run from 7:00-10:30pm (the lesson is 7:00-7:30) and will be held at 3400 5th Ave, Beaver Falls PA 15010, the College Hill Presbyterian Church. Admission is $1 per person, casual dress. Information: Hannah Wisniewski firstname.lastname@example.org - Geneva College Contra Dance Club President. Web site: None.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: The Valley Contra Dance is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley (UUCLV), 424 Center Street, corner of Wall Street in historic Bethlehem. The time is 7:30 - 10:30 PM , with dance instruction at 7:00. Generally, but not always, dances are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, with some 5th Saturdays and other dates. No partner or experience needed, families welcome. The moves in the dances are called by a caller. Music is live. Cost: $9.00 (age 7-15, students with ID $5.00, $1 discount for members) Bring a snack to share at the break. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing, to protect the floor (and our reputation)). PARKING ALERT: We try to avoid crowding the residents of the neighborhood around the church. Please consider using two nearby parking lots on Center Street belonging to: United Labor Unions, 1 block south of the church, or Herron Funeral Home, 1 block north. Web site: http://www.valleycontradance.org/.
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - ButterBall Friday: This special dance is a prelude to the ButterBall the next day and is sponsored by the Valley Contra Dance. The dance is held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley (UUCLV), 424 Center Street, corner of Wall Street in historic Bethlehem. The time is 7:30 - 10:30 PM , with dance instruction at 7:00. No partner or experience needed, families welcome. The moves in the dances are called by a caller. Music is live. $10 afternoon dance, $10 evening dance $18 both. Bring a snack to share at the break. Please carry in clean soft-soled shoes for dancing, to protect the floor (and our reputation)). PARKING ALERT: We try to avoid crowding the residents of the neighborhood around the church. Please consider using two nearby parking lots on Center Street belonging to: United Labor Unions, 1 block south of the church, or Herron Funeral Home, 1 block north. Web site: http://www.valleycontradance.org/.
Bethlehem - Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival: One contra dance is part of the series of events during this weekend festival in late September. Web site: http://www.celticfest.org.
Bethlehem - ContraCopia Friday: Dancing from 3pm to 10:30pm. Prices: $11 each dance ($20 both), $10 each dance members ($18 both), $5 each dance students ($10 both). Web site: http://www.valleycontradance.org/.
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania: We dance on the first Saturday of every month except July and August. Our monthly dances are mostly contras, with some square or round dances for variety. Partners are not required (singles are welcome) and newcomers are encouraged to join us. We recommend that first-timers of any age attend an informal half-hour session before the dance to learn the basics. (It's fun, and you'll do fine. We promise!). Most dances are held at 7:30 p.m. at Birdsboro Community Memorial Center 201 E. Main Ste (PA 724), Birdsboro, PA. The teaching session for newcomers usually begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $9, Members $8. Discounts for students and seniors. Prices may vary for special events. Web site: http://birdsborocontra.org/.
Bradford - Keith Blackmon Memorial Weekend - Squares:Celebrating the Rich Tradition of Round and Square Dancing in New York State. Location: Crook Farm, Bradford, PA, Great Valley Fire Company, Great Valley, NY and Cattaraugus County Museum, Machias, NY. Web site: http://cdss.org.
Bradford - Squares and Rounds: Dances, generally on the last Friday of the month at Crook Farm Homestead Bank Building (2nd building from the road), 476 Seaward Avenue Extension, Bradford, PA 16701. The Dance: This region of Western New York & Western Pennsylvania has a rich tradition of Square and Round dances with homegrown music and calling. We'll have a new format that combines Squares and Round dances in just the right combination! The Music: The Crook Farm All Stars will host the dance and invite other local musicians. The Caller(s): Keith Blackmon, our favorite local caller, was the centerpiece of this Dance for many years. Keith passed in 2011, but we'll never forget him. We will be honoring Keith by featuring a variety of local callers who learned dances from Keith and have developed their own style of calling the traditional (Eastern) singing and patter calls. Coffee, tea and snacks will be available. We contribute the income from snacks and coffee to help the Bradford Landmark Society defray expenses. You are encouraged to bring a treat to share, but it is not required. Dance is from 7pm to 10pm and admission is $3. For more information: Call Howard Blumenthal, 814-368-4057, or email. Web site: http://www.bradfordlandmark.org/index.php?TuesDance.
Broomall, Pennsylanvia - Mostly Waltz: Mostly Waltz invites you to an afternoon of dancing to beautiful live music. In addition to the waltzes, the program includes other couple dances, such as swing, tango, polka, one-step, schottische, fox-trot, etc...more. The Sunday afternoon program: 2:30 - 3:30 Intermediate Lesson (changes monthly); 2:45 - 3:30 Basic Waltz Lesson; 3:30 - 6:00 Dancing to Live Music, starting with a waltz mixer. (Bring your favorite recordings for the break at 4:45). Admission $12, full-time student $6 (includes lessons). Reduced admission for volunteers. Location: Felinton Hall, 715 Paxon Hollow Road. Web site: http://www.mostlywaltz.com/.
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Dance from 7:30pm - 10:30pm at the Pem Dance Studio. Web site (for the college): http://brynmawr.edu.
Canadensis, Pennsylvania - Spring Thing: Weekend run by volunteers with workshops and events in folk arts, music, dance, hiking, swimming, etc. in late May. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.pfs.org/SPR.php.
Centre Hall: Barn Dance sponsored by the Alliance Christian Fellowship. Location: 607 Smith Lane, Centre Hall, PA (near Linden Hall). This is about a 15 minute drive from downtown State College. Time: 7pm-10pm. Web site: http://www.acfpennstate.org/.
College Township - Millbrook Marsh: A short dance is one of the activities during this one-day event at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 548 Puddintown Road, College Township. Web site: http://www.crpr.org/sp-events/specials.html.
Corry, Pennsylvania - Hands On History Day: A day filled with old time activities for children, for example: playing five stones, nine pins, archaeological dig, drop spinning wool and over fifteen additional activities. Includes Old English country dance. Web site: http://www.corryareahistoricalsociety.org/.
Easton, Pennsylvania: Are you interested in being part of Valley Contra Dance history? Join up to be part of the contra dance flash mob at the Easton Farmer's Market on Saturday Oct 12 at 11:00 a.m. All that is required is to have a partner and learn the dance and be at the Easton Farmer's Market ready to appear out of the crowd to dance for about 10 min and then blend back into the crowd. And to be available to practice at the break at Valley Contra dance on Sept 28. If you want to join, sign up here! Location: The Circle, Easton, Pennsylvania. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/660483880642102.
Freeburg, Pennsylvania - Squares: The American Folk Musicians Association #11 Country and Western Music is hosting a country dance that includes square dance, round dance, line , and 2 step. Public is invited and beginners and families are welcome. The dance will be held at the Freeburg Community Center from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Contact: 717-395-3660. Web site: None.
Glenside, Pennsylvania - 3rd Saturdays: Contras and Squares from 8:00pm to 11:00 pm (Beginner's lessons shortly after 7:30). Glenside Memorial Hall at Waverly Rd. and Keswick Ave. Admission: Varies, see dance listing. Some dates may include an afternoon dance and a potluck. Refreshments served at the break. Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/ThirdSaturday.html.
Glenside, Pennsylvania - Thursdays: Dances from 8pm to 11pm every Thursday Night ~ Instruction at 7:30 pm. Admission $7 and $8 (see listings). Glenside Memorial Hall at Waverly Rd. and Keswick Ave. Free admission for children 12 and under. $5 for students of any age with valid student ID. [As of January 1, 2014, prices will be: Local band dances $8, students $5, Traveling band dances $10, students $7.] Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/.
Glenside, Pennsylvania - New Year's Eve: Special New Year's Eve Dance. Glenside Memorial Hall at Waverly Rd. and Keswick Ave. Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/.
Glenside, Pennsylvania - Winter Cotillion: Special dance sponsored by the 3rd Saturday series. Glenside Memorial Hall at Waverly Rd. and Keswick Ave. Come Dressed in Your Holiday Best - Seasonal Decorations & Scrumptious Refreshments. Admission $14; students $10. Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/ThirdSaturday.html.
Glenside, Pennsylvania - Holiday Afterglow: A fantastic live blend of traditional musicianship and Electronic dance music. Call it Techo Contra, Alternative music contra, or what ever you like. The lights will be low, the music steamy. With blacklights blaring we'll dance from 8 pm 'till midnight by glow-stick light in the afterglow of the holidays. $15 / $10 students with ID. Lessons at 7:30 for new dancers. (If you have never tried contra before, be sure to be there at 7:30. Better yet, give contra a try beforehand on Thursday http://www.thursdaycontra.com). The Party is at Glenside Memorial Hall which is located 185 South Keswick Avenue in Glenside PA 19038, home of the Thursday Night Contra Dance. Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/.
Glenside, Pennsylvania - Callers' Workshop: Callers workshop (Preparing for the Next Level) from noon to 4pm. Dance angels wanted (people to dance for the callers). Contact Donna Hunt (302.477.1867 or https://www.facebook.com/donna.hunt.77736) for details. Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association holds dances on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Dances include mostly contras, but also traditional squares, circles, mixers, hambos, schottisches, waltzes, and more. Location: Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church at 5501 Locust Lane. And begin at 8:00 pm Evening Schedule: Dance Intro: 7:30 pm; Dance: 8:00 - 11:00 pm. Costs: Adults: $9, Students: $5, Ages 13-19: $5, Ages 12 and under: free. Dress comfortably. The hall has a beautiful wood floor, wonderful for dancing, so bring and wear comfortable, non-marking shoes (high heels are not recommended for dancing). Web site: http://www.harrisburgcontra.org.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - New Year's Eve: The Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association holds the Locust Lane Contra Dance on New Year's Eve. Dances include mostly contras, but also traditional squares, circles, mixers, hambos, schottisches, waltzes, and more. Location: the social hall of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church at 5501 Locust Lane. Evening Schedule: Dance Intro: 7:30 pm; Dance: 8:00 - 11:00 pm. Costs: Adults: $9, Students: $4, Ages 13-19: $4, Ages 12 and under: free. Dress comfortably. The hall has a beautiful wood floor, wonderful for dancing, so bring and wear comfortable, non-marking shoes (high heels are not recommended for dancing). Web site: http://locustlanecontra.freeservers.com/.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Frolic in the Fall: Friday is a Techno Contra from 8-11pm, adults $10, students $5, at Camp Reily in Harrisburg. Overnight camping is permitted on the grounds. Saturday includes hour long non-stop medley, world's best potluck brought by you, 11am-11pm, adults $30, students $20, at Camp Reily in Harrisburg. Unfortunately no camping permitted tonight. Location: Camp Reilly, 300 Camp Reiley Road, Harrisburg, PA. More information: email@example.com - Web site: http://www.frolicinthefall.freeservers.com/.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Harrisburg Jazz and Multicultural Festival: Multi-genre music festival, lots of food, plus a contra dance. Held in early July. Web site: http://www.harrisburgrec.com/info/default.aspx.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Squares - State Museum: Be There and Be Square! In conjunction with the special exhibit "Making it Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania Today," The State Museum will host a square dance. Escorted tour of the "Making it Better" exhibition and dance practice 5-6 pm with dancing until 8:30pm. Free to the public, with support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Pennsylvania Folklife Archive at Jump Street. Location: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North Street Harrisburg, PA 17120-0024 Phone: (717) 787-4980 - Web site: http://www.statemuseumpa.org.
Haverford, Pennsylvania - Haverford College Folk Club: Dance is at Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Ave Haverford, PA 19041 from 8pm to 11pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/623879307686467/.
Haverford, Pennsylvania - Haverford College Ryan Gym: Dance at Haverford College, Beginners lesson at 7:30, Dancing at 8:00. Dance is in Ryan Gym on campus. Park in Haverford's South Lot. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/663859790400936.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Dancing at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. Lessons for beginners. Suggested donation $10/adult, kids under 15 free. A live band will play traditional jigs and reels, while a live caller will lead participants through various traditional dances. It's great fun for all ages. No need to bring a partner, and don't worry if you've never contra danced before. We'll teach you how! Put your dancing shoes on, and come on out to contra dance at The Cooperage. Refreshing beverages and snacks will be available to purchase. Call 570/253-2020 for information. Web site: http://thecooperageproject.org.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania: Dance the Cherry Ridge Campsites. Cost: $10 per person OR $6 If you are staying at Cherry Ridge. Dance from 7pm to 10pm. Web site: http://www.cherryridgecampsites.com.
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania - Folk College: The Huntingdon County Arts Council Folk College is a fun and friendly weekend of playing and listening to folk music - a fantastic three days of workshops, jam sessions, concerts, and group playing. The camp is designed for musicians with eclectic tastes. The weekend includes one contra dance. Register in advance. Held at the Juniata College campus in late May. Web site: http://simplegiftsmusic.com/folkcollege/.
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania - Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering: A weekend of music workshops, jamming, concerts and dancing at Greenwood Furnace State Park in Central Pennsylvania. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.folkgathering.com/index.html.
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania: Public dance and concert as part of the Folk College Weekend. Held at Juniata College. Before the dance gets underway, a concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Suzanne von Liebig Theater in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for both the concert and dance are only $10 ($8 for HCAC members) and can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Huntingdon County Arts Council. firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 643-6220. Web site: http://www.folkcollege.com.
Jim Thorpe: Location: Mauch Chunk Museum Ballroom, 41 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229. Dances start at 8PM with a Beginners' lesson at 7:30pm. Admission $9.00 benefits Roots Town Radio, Inc. This event is funded in part by the Gadd/Merrill Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society. Web site: None.
Kimberton - Hootenanny: A contra dance is part of this afternoon and evening event at Camphill Kimberton, 1601 Pughtown Road. Conrta dancing with a live band will be at 5:30 p.m. Craft vendors, kids games, face painting and raffles will be available. Admission is $10, $8 in advance. Food is sold separately. Web site: http://www.camphillkimberton.org/.
Kingston, Pennsylvania: The Folklore Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania sponsors New England Contra Dancing for the entire community. Dances are usually held on the first Saturday of the month, 7:00-10:00pm. A free introductory workshop begins at 6:45pm. A pot-luck dinner for dancers begins at 6pm. Please bring a dish to pass. Dances are held at the Church of Christ Uniting, 190 South Sprague Avenue. Newcomers and people of all ages, with or without a partner, are welcome and can learn the steps the first night. Admission is "pay what you wish.". You can also call for more information: 570-333-4007. Web site: http://www.folkloresociety.org/Dancing.html.
Kresgeville, Pennsylvania - Head for the Hills: A weekend mix of contra, English, ceilidh, swing, performances, music, etc. in the Poconos in November. Sponsored by the Princeton Country Dancers. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.head-for-the-hills.com/index.htm.
Lake Como, Pennsylvania: The Folk Music Society of New York sponsors a spring weekend of concerts, workshops and classes in late May at the Kiskak Adult Center. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.minstrelrecords.com/fmsny/weekends.html.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania: The Lancaster Contra Dance happens every 3rd Saturday of the month, except for July. Whether you're an experienced dancer, or have never attended a dance before, you'll find that our community is warm and welcoming. It is NOT necessary to attend the dance as a couple. The dance runs from 7 to 10 pm (Beginner's Workshop 6:15). Admission: $9, $6 for students,and free for ages 15 and under. For further questions, please contact email@example.com or Karen at (717) 951-4317. Summer dances are at Pavilion #11 in Lancaster County Central Park. Join us at 5:30 in August for a pot luck dinner. Non-summer dances are at St. John's Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut Street. Web site: http://www.lancastercontra.org/.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Youth Contra Dance: Special Youth Contra Dance sponsored by The Lancaster Contra Dance. This is a dance for youth age 13-20 or thereabouts. (We won't be checking IDs) Dances will be taught and called. Admission is free. For further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen at (717) 951-4317. Non-summer dances are at St. John's Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut Street (7:15pm Beginners' Workshop; 8:00pm Dance). Web site: http://www.lancastercontra.org/.
Laural Highlands, Pennsylvania - Ski Dance Weekend: A combo weekend in February of contra dance and cross-country skiing sponsored by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (Ski-Touring Section) and the Sierra Club. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.skidance.com/.
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania: Dances are held on 3rd Saturdays (September through May) at 7:30 pm (usually until 10:30 pm) at the Donald L. Heiter Community Center, 100 North Fifth Street. Admission: Usually $8; free for those under 18 and $5 for students. Web site: http://lewisburgcontra.com/.
Ligonier, Pennsylvania: Dances at the Chestnut Ridge Community Center from 8pm to 11pm. $5 per person for adults; youth 18 and under free. Basket raffles and 50/50 drawing. Raises funds for improvements to the building and to create activities and events to help bring some new faces to the center. Web site: None.
Lower Merion, Pennsylvania: Special evening concert and couples dancing at Merion Friends Meeting Activity Building, 615 Montgomer Avenue from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission: $10; students $7. Sponsored by the 3rd Saturday dance series. Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/ThirdSaturday.html.
Malvern - Malvern Bible Chapel: Join us for MBC's Annual Hoe-Down on November 10th at 7pm to 10pm. This year we will just have the square and contra dancing event with a break for light refreshments. This is an all-ages event - please feel free to come and invite friends! RSVP on Facebook if you are planning to attend. Location: Woodland Avenue & Roberts Lane. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/482329531798202/.
Meadville, Pennsylvania: The Allegheny College Contra Dances are every Wednesday during the semester when the College is in session, except during campus breaks. Public and students are welcome. Check this schedule for correct dates. All students are FREE and community members/guests only pay $2. Location: Montgomery Hall - Main Level. Dancers assemble at 7:45, and music begins at 8pm. Web site: http://toppish.com/index.html.
Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania - Battle of Chamber's Ridge Contra Dance: Contact Linda Estupinan Snook at 570-966-5052 for more information. Dance at the VFW Bandstand Site at 7:30 pm. Join the Lewisburg Contra Dancers and the fun for the 6th Annual Chamber's Ridge Event. Contra and Civil War music have many songs and steps in common - jigs, reels and waltzes to name a few. The Contra Rebels will be playing and the Lewisburg group will be helping everyone to learn the dances. Come and experience 19th century music at its finest and benefit Mifflinburg's unique treasure - The Buggy Museum. The dance will begin at 7:30 pm on the grass in front of the bandstand. There is never an admission fee and parking is free. Come and mingle with the Civil War soldiers and their ladies as well as the Contra dancers. There will be a Cake Walk - an activity attributed to the Civil War era - where when the music stops, if you are in front of a cake - it is yours! Enjoy the Civil War heritage of Mifflinburg and benefit the museum as well. Admission is free, fun is priceless! Call 570-966-5052 or 570-966-1355 for more information or to donate a cake - you can!!!! Web site: http://www.buggymuseum.org.
Ottsville, Pennsylvania: Graceful Home Design and the River Valley Waldorf School invite you to a Gypsy Costume Contra Dance. Please wear your favorite Gypsy Attire and come to the workshop starting at 6:30 with the dance from 7pm to 10:30pm at Graceful Home Design in Ottsville, PA, 250 Durham Road, 18942 across from the Fire House and Ottsville Inn. Children are welcome. Suggested donation $9.00 at the door. Fundraising beverages light supper and snacks will be served by the River Valley Waldorf School 8th Grade - rsvp email@example.com - Web site: None.
Ottsville, Pennsylvania - Traditional Arts Center: Dances at the Traditional Arts Center (Graceful Home Design (?)) 250 Durham Road, 18942, across from the Fire House and Ottsville Inn. 6:30 - 7:00 Beginner Workshop, 7:00 - 10:30 Dance. $9 Suggested donation. Tasty food fundraiser from the River Valley Waldorf School begins at 6 and runs all night - come join us for dinner beforehand! Web site: http://ottsvilletradarts.weebly.com.
Oxford, Pennsylvania - Janie's Jumpstart Weekend Music Camp: It is a weekend long music camp with great Old Time musicians and highly experienced teachers in a small class setting (maximum 8 students per instructor) and over 12 hours of instruction and 6+ hours of jamming! The focus of this camp is to help you get to the next level in your playing and of course to have a lot of fun! In addition to small group and individual classes, there will be band/jam sessions to help you learn how to “play well with others” as well as listening sessions dedicated to original source material. This camp is designed for the intermediate/advanced level musician who wants to not only increase and develop their repertoire of Old Time music, but also to work on techniques and strategies to get to the next level in their playing. No dance listed. Web site: http://www.janiesjumpstart.com/.
Oxford, Pennsylvania - Janie's Jumpstart Weekend Banjo Camp: Janie's Jumpstart promises small class settings of a MAXIMUM of 8 students per instructor so there is alot of attention to the individual needs of each student. Plus over 12 hours of instruction and 6+ hours of jamming! This Jumpstart weekend will be held in a comfortable country home setting in SE Pennsylvannia and includes fresh, tasty food (including snacks and beverages throughout the weekend Accomodations are NOT provided but a Janie's Jumpstart discount is available at area hotels (see info on registration form). No dance listed. Web site: http://www.janiesjumpstart.com/.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - ButterBall: A twelve-hour dance with several callers and bands held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (U.S.) at the St.Thomas Indian Church in NE Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Heritage Dance Association, Princeton Country Dancers, Thursday Night Dance Committee and Valley Contra Dance. Web site: http://www.strutyourstuffing.org/.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Turkey Trot: The Philadelphia Canoe Club sponsors this annual dance in late November at the PCC Club House, 4900 Ridge Avenue. 6:00pm Dinner; 8:00pm Dancing 8:00pm. (These times may move slightly, check back for final times to be posted here.) Trot with the turkeys of PCC. Enjoy Square Dancing, Food, Live Music and Fun! Contact: Paul Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: $15 at the Door (NO advance ticket sales; Cash preferred but, checks are ok. Cash is preferred to make it easier to pay the band!) Web site: http://www.philacanoe.org/trot.html.
Philadelphia - ContraCopia: Dance from 2:00pm - 11:00pm at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1009 Unruh Ave, Philadelphia, PA. Contras, Squares, Waltzes. Including a Multi Caller Contra Medley and Grid Squares. 3 Great Callers and 3 Awesome Bands. Only $25 ($20 for students with ID). Food will be for sale on site. Please bring soft soled shoes to protect the floor. More Info? Call Donna Hunt 302-477-1867. Sponsored by PATMAD (Philadelphia Area Traditional Music and Dance). Not associated with Contracopia.net - Web site: http://www.thursdaycontra.com/contracopia.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - English/Contra Workshop: English/Contra Workshop and Dance at the Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119-3508 from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. English country dancing moved quickly to the American colonies in the 17th Century, but dances, figures, music and more have traveled back and forth in both directions ever since. The hey for four and gypsy are favorite modern examples, both going from relatively obscure English traditional or historical dances to mainstream contra choreography, then later making the journey back into mainstream ECD choreography. This workshop will explore a set of dances representative of transmission across cultures. Admission: $7. Full-time students half price. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/157483754411197/.
Philadelphia - Mt. Airy Barn Dance: Live music and dancing at an old-fashioned barn dance. Fun group dances everyone can do, including longways sets, circles, and squares. Beginners welcome! Dances are 3:00-4:30 (followed by a potluck snack) on 2nd Sundays, October through March, at Summit Church, on the corner of Greene St. and Westview (6757 Green St.), in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. Adults: $5; Kids age 4-18: $2; $15 max per family. Web site: http://www.germantowncountrydancers.org/.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - FarmFest at the Oval: The Oval will bloom into a Farm Festival, complete with fun, free activities for all ages for one weekend only. From farm-inspired games to beer gardens and food trucks, live bluegrass, an egg hunt and folk music, Grid Alive and even a petting zoo, don’t miss the first weekend reactivation of Philadelphia’s newest park on the parkway. Includes a barn dance on Saturday. Web site: http://www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation/programsandactivities/pages/theoval.aspx.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Waltz - Lessons - Summit Church: Lessons at the Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $20 for 2 classes or $12 for 1 class. Web site: http://mostlywaltz.com.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Dances meet regularly every Friday from 8:00-11:00pm unless otherwise noted (instruction at 7:30pm). All dances are $10 and $7 for students unless otherwise noted. Location: Swisshelm Park Community Center, 1050 Windermere Drive in Pittsburgh (Swisshelm Park neighborhood). All ages and experience levels are welcome at our dance. Dress is casual and comfortable -- there is no special dress. Shoes should be comfortable, low-heeled and soft-soled. To protect the dance floor do not wear street shoes or high heels. Web site: http://www.pittsburghcontra.org.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Fall Dance Weekend: A dance weekend in November. Registration in advance is recommended. Web site: http://www.pittsburghcontra.org.
Pittsburgh - Lawrenceville: Contra dance in the Lawrenceville Area of Pittsburgh. It is being held at "Belvedere's", located at 4016 Butler Street. There will be a lesson at 7:30 p.m. The dance is from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost of the dance is $3. (As always, beginners are welcome.) Web site: None.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - New Year's Eve: Special dance on New Year's Eve from 8pm to 11pm. All dances are $8 and $5 for students unless otherwise noted. Location: Swisshelm Park Community Center, 1050 Windermere Drive in Pittsburgh (Swisshelm Park neighborhood). All ages and experience levels are welcome at our dance. Dress is casual and comfortable -- there is no special dress. Shoes should be comfortable, low-heeled and soft-soled. To protect the dance floor do not wear street shoes or high heels. Web site: http://www.pittsburghcontra.org.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Carnegie-Mellon: We get together for contra, waltzes, squares, and other traditional social dances. Beginners welcome! Dances generally on 1st Sundays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Skibo Small Gym, 5098 Tech Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. This dance welcomes all ages and is beginner-friendly, even though experienced dancers are welcome. The dance is free to CMU students, because the university pays our rent. We ask others to leave a donation so we can pay the band! Web site: https://thebridge.cmu.edu/organization/catsdance/.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Callers' Workshop: Monday nights 7:00-8:30 PM for six weeks at the Wilkins School Community Center in Regent Square. Free. Call Ron Buchanan at 412-519-2929 for more information. Web site: None.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Callers' Practice: Monday nights in June 2013 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Skibo Small Gym, 5098 Tech Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. All are welcome. Dancers welcome. Come on out and help support our new callers. Yes it may be small and move slower than a regular dance, but we have fun. Callers Welcome. Hopefully in addition to the afore mentioned NQRFTBTC we may be joined by our other area callers who may want to try something new, such as a Square. Or something new you may not want to do on Friday night. Web site: None.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Squares - Steel City Squares: There will be a Square Dance at The Shiloh Center in Lawrenceville, 3900 Mintwood Street, corner of Mintwood and 39th, Pittsburgh, PA, 15224. It all starts at 8 pm. Admission $5 to $10 by "sliding scale." All ages are welcome. (Ages 17 and under pay $1.) Bring a friend, bring a group, and BYOB. Proceeds for this dance benefit the Steel City Squares - to help us establish this as a monthly event! Message us here, or email email@example.com for more information. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/steel.city.squares.
Pittsburgh - Squares - High Energy Hoedown/Conservation Consultants Benefit: Benefit Square Dance for Conservation Consultants (non-profit that promotes responsible energy and resource use in homes and buildings). The event includes music, square dancing and tasty vittles and goes from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. If people list the special promotional code “MOONSHINE,” they can get the early-bird price of $35/ticket. Held at the Mayernik Center, on Route 279 North, Camp Horne Exit. The Center is part of the Avonworth Community Park, 498 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15237. Web site: http://www.ccicenter.org.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Family: Dance on Sunday from 4pm to 6pm. $5 per person; $10 per family of 2 or more. Location: Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave, Swissvale, PA 15218. Dress is casual and comfortable -- there is no special dress. Shoes should be comfortable, low-heeled and soft-soled. To protect the dance floor do not wear street shoes or high heels. Web site: http://www.pittsburghcontra.org.
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania: Pocono Waltz Weekend in late October with workshops and events with waltz, Polkas, Flemish Mazurka, Viennese Waltz, Calypso and Cha Cha. Register in advance. Web site: http://poconowaltzweekend.org/.
Ross Township, Pennsylvania - Waltz - Classes: 6 week beginner waltz class at the Ross Township Community Center Gymnasium, 8-9PM, starting on June 13, 2012. No class on July 4th. No partner necessary. Registration must be through Ross Township Parks and Rec Dept. Must have 10 registered by June 8, 2012 to hold the class. Web site: http://www.ross.pa.us/parks/parks.html?genInfo.html.
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Folk Festival: is a mostly music weekend festival held in August with camp sites and day parking available near Clemmers Mill Road and Salford Station Road. Web site: http://www.pfs.org/PFF.php.
South Park, Pennsylvania - UUCSH Contra Dance: Dance at the Buffalo Inn is in South Park, at Brownsville Road and Corrigan Drive, South Park Township, Pa., 15129 and sponsored by the UU Church of the South Hills. Park cars beside state police headquarters. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a 30-minute lesson is planned for 6:30. The dance will begin promptly at 7:00 and conclude at 9:30. The first set will be family friendly. Onsite child care will be available for ages 4-11. Please make a donation to show your appreciation for our caregivers. Suggested donations for tickets: Dancers 12-18: $10; Dancers over 18, ticket presold at established contra dance venue:* $15; Dancers over 18, ticket purchased at the door: $20. More information and tickets are available by calling 412-561-6277 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.sunnyhill.org/contra-dance/.
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania - South Central Pennsylvania Old Time String Band Music Festival: Informal music festival at Elicker's Grove in Spring Grove. For Old Time musicians, bands, aficionados of traditional music and dancers. No contests, workshops or concerts, just jamming, picnicking, hanging out with friends, listening and dancing. No admission charge for the festival. For dances, separate donations will be accepted and divided among the bands and callers. (If you would like to call, or your band would like to play for some of the dances, please let us know.) Web site: http://www.sfmsfolk.org.
State College, Pennsylvania: The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association sponsors dances on the 3rd Friday of the month. Dances from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Experienced dancers please come to help. Location: Friends School, 1900 University Drive Extension, State College. Admission is $7 for members, $9 for non-members, and $6 for students. Children under 12 are admitted free.Memberships are $16 per calendar year for individuals, $30 for families. Web site: http://cpcda.org/.
State College - New Year's Eve: A contra dance is part of State College's First Night activities. Dancing will be from 8-11 PM in Harkins Hall which is downstairs at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St., State College, PA. There is plenty of parking behind the church. Admission is by First Night button which provides admission to most First Night performances. Buttons can be purchased for $8 at sites listed in the program guide, including First Night Information sites and at the performances. Children under 5 are admitted free with a button-wearing adult. Web site: http://www.firstnightstatecollege.com/.
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania: At Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Web site: None.
Swissvale, Pennsylvania: There will be an extremely informal (chaotic?) contra dance beginning at 8:00pm at the Wilkens School Community Center (WSCC). It will be a pickup band and volunteer callers. No admission charge, but I will pass the hat for the rent on the hall. Please bring your jamming instruments and/or your favorite dances. Matt already has a minimal quorum of performers (thank you facebook), but with a few more, everyone can play or dance or call as the mood strikes. WSCC is at 7604 Charleston Ave Swissvale, PA 15218-1265. Coming from the parkway, go up the hill Swissvale hill (into Regent square). Take the second left (first legal left) and left again at the stop sign. At the next stop sign, WSCC is diagonally across the intersection. Start looking for parking. Parking is going to be a problem, although it is not as bad as most of the rest of the east end. Due to snow they are permitting parking on the grounds (the old playgrounds), but we will not be the only people in the building until after 9:00. They suggested self organized car pools from the big parking lot at edgewood town center. After 9:00, we can double park each other, and park the playgrounds solid. Note: this is not a CDN/CDSSP dance. Matt Mathis organizing this on his own. Web site: None.
Swissvale, Pennsylvania - Waltz and Contra Jam: Waltz from 2:00pm to 3:30pm with a contra jam from 3:30pm to 5:00pm for callers, musicians and dancers at the Wilkins School Community Center (WSCC) 7604 Charleston Ave. What's a Contra Jam? An opportunity for callers, musicians and dancers to hone their contra skills. Callers: Please arrive at 3:00. We will meet somewhere down stairs to get ready. Musicians: Please setup on the stage at about 3:30. We will have recorded music for backup, if you want to both dance and play. Dancers: Please come for the whole shabang, if you can. Cost: we will pass the hat among callers and dancers to cover the hall rental. (Free for Musicians). If this works just half as well as the emergency contra dance, we might try to do these monthly or more during the summer and holidays. Contact Matt Mathis at matt dot mathis at gmail dot com for more information. Web site: None.
Swissvale, Pennsylvania - Waltz Class: Beginner waltz classes on various dates. The classes are held from 7 to 8 PM (beginner) and 8 to 9 PM (intermediate) at the Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Avenue. Cost will be $45 for the series. (This fee will support the community center.) The class will focus on basic waltz steps, with an emphasis on the nuances of clear leading and aware following. Much of what they teach concerning communication and connection with the music, and with your partner, is applicable to many forms of dance. They will teach American folk waltz, rather than Viennese or ballroom. No partner is necessary. For more information or questions, call 412-731-3436. Web site: None.
Swissvale, Pennsylvania - Waltz Session: Waltz Sesion at the Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Avenue on various times and dates. Donation of $5 appreciated. Refreshments following at Wayne & Gaye's. For questions or more info., call 412-731-3436. Web site: None.
Titusville - Heart of the Arts Music Festival: Music festival with some dancing held at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville in mid-July. Web site: http://www.hotafest.com/.
Union City, Pennsylvania: Barn Dances at Barry's [Smith] Barn, 10323 Mitchell Road, Union City, Pa 16438. 7 PM Potluck Dinner- Bring a dish to share and BYOB. 8 PM Contra dancing. All skill levels and ages are welcome :-) Bring a friend. Be prepared for the possibility of mud, weather, and temperatures, though there are heaters in the barn. Please use the off-road parking that is available. $5-$15 donation requested. Web site: None.
Wellsboro: Join us for a community dancing experience in the social atmostphere of Contra Dancing! All ages are welcome! 7PM in the Coolidge Theatre, 104 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA, 16901. $5 admission. Web site: http://deanecenter.com.
Wellsville: Kenny's Contra Dance from 7pm to 11pm (beginners' workshop at 6:15pm) at the Wellsville Fire Hall, 95 Community Street, Wellsville, PA, 17365. Comfortable clothing, especially shoes. $10 for adults, $5 for students, 12 and under free. Web site: None.
West Chester, Pennsylvania: Occasional community dances at the Unitarian Fellowship of West Chester, 501 S High St. If You Can Walk, You Can Dance! All dances taught. No experience or partner necessary! All ages welcome! Admission $5 adults, $2 children ages 5-12 (under 5, free). The dress is comfortable and casual; shoes should be flat and soft-soled. Web site: http://www.ufwc.org/community_dance.htm.
Williamsport - Lycoming College: Mike Smith, a math prof at Lycoming College has, as his class final, the requirement that each student write a Contra dance. These dances will be danced by anyone who wants to have a fun evening of Contra dancing. Time is 7- 9:30 at Lycoming College Academic Center, Pennington Lounge. This is free, open to anyone, and should be a hoot!! More info? Contact Mike Smith: email@example.com - Web site: http://www.lycoming.edu.
Willow Grove: Philadelphia Area Techno Contra from 6:00pm to 11:00pm at the Calvary Presbyterian Church Gymnasium, 405 N Easton Rd. Willow Grove, PA. A five hour, intense contra dance event with special lighting and fantastic techno/traditional/modern/beat looped/ music. Cost for the event will be $20. $15 for students with ID. The hall will be darkened and illuminated with blacklight floodlights, color washes, and other suitable and interesting lighting effects. There will be two 1.5 hour dance sets and a 1 hour medley with .5 hour breaks. There will be a beginner lesson at 5:30 before the evening gets underway, but the event may be a bit intense for beginners. If you haven't been contra dancing before, go to a regular dance somewhere to get the idea. Pot-luck snack donations will be appreciated. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=206196312748888.
York: Susquehanna Folk is pleased to host a community square dance in collaboration with York's Downtown, Inc. as part of York's First Friday. First Friday is a monthly happening in downtown York, featuring kid-friendly activities, street vendors, games and giveaways, special entertainment, and extended hours and promotions at downtown shops. The hub of activity is the first block of North Beaver Street, between Market and Philadelphia Streets, one block west of Central Market and Cherry Lane Park where the square dance will be held. 6-8pm at Cherry Lane Park, behind Central Market House, 34 West Philadelphia St (Rt 72) at Cherry Lane, York, PA 17401. Web site: http://www.sfmsfolk.org/dances/CommunitySquareDance.html.
York - Elks Club: Dances from 7pm to 10pm at the Elks 223 North George St. York, PA. Sponsored by York Social Dance Studio. Open to the public like all of our dances :D Come out for a good old fashioned social dance country/folk style! No partner or experience required and families encouraged to attend. This is bound to be one of the most fun times you will have this year so be sure to be dressed appropriately for the occasion- break out your best pair of jeans, boots, and that plaid shirt or dress. We can't wait to laugh and dance with all of you! Doors open at 5:45. Buffet available for separate price tickets from 6-8 (will cost between 1.50-$5/person). Bar available for beverage purchases for those of age throughout the night. General Admission $10, students $7. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/yorksocial.dancestudio.
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.