Thursday Night Contra Dance in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA 19119

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Contra Dance in Mt Airy PA
Every Thursday night at the Commodore Barry Club
Third Saturdays at Summit Church
8 to 11 pm every Thursday Night ~ Instruction at 7:30pm
Local bands: $8, $5 students with ID
Out-of-town bands: $10, $7 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.

We dance every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve) in Mt. Airy at the Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (directions). The Third Saturday Contra Dance is at Summit Church, also in Mt. Airy. We thank the staff of Glenside Memorial Hall for supporting our dances for nearly 20 years.

Mar 2 Sue Gola
with local callers
SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Mar 9 Jan Alter
with local callers
CJJW Carol Wadlinger (flute, concertina), Judy Stellar (hammered dulcimer, banjo), Jansen Wendell (violin, mandolin), Wes Steenson (guitar)
Mar 16 Ridge Kennedy
with local callers
RAC Rick Mohr (fiddle), Adam Oleksa (fiddle), Chloe Mohr (piano)
Mar 18
Medley Marathon
6 great callers, 4 awesome bands, 3 hours of non-stop dancing
Location: Summit Church
Mar 23 Rick Mohr BJR Becky Tracy (fiddle), Julie Vallimont (piano), Rachel Bell (accordion)
Mar 30 Bob and the Graduates Caravan Kirsten Erwin (Flute, Whistles) Thane Glenn (Mandolin) Ben Kennedy (Piano) Adam Oleksa (Violin)
Apr 6 Jim Kitch JaneBob Bob Pasquarello and Jane Rothfield
Apr 13 Scott Higgs SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Apr 15
Susan Taylor Raise the Roof Double Dance
Location: Summit Church
Apr 20 Mark Hillegonds SBTJ Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax), Bill Nixon (fiddle), Thane Glenn (mando), Judy Minot (keyboard)
Location Alert: Summit Church Greene and Westview in Mt. Airy Click for a Google map
Apr 27 Ron Blechner Frost and Fire Viveka Fox (fiddle, djembe, bodhran), Peter Macfarlane (fiddle, low whistle), Aaron Marcus (piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion), Hollis Easter (flute, Scottish border pipes, whistle, guitar, mandolin)
May 4 Bob Isaacs Tempest Tim Ball (fiddle), Chuck Abell (guitar, mandolin), Eric Metzgar (percussion and drums)

Want to Know More?

See Welcome Information for more about the Thursday Night Dance and general information about Contra Dancing. See also Video Clip #1 or Video Clip #2. Steve Blum was interviewed and video taped by WHYY at the January 15, 2015, contra dance. See our contact page to get answers to your questions or to volunteer.

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The Summit Pick Up Dance Society (SPUDS) is open to all musicians who wish to participate, and has musicians of different levels of ability among its members. Since it is a contra dance band, the tunes range from reels and jigs to waltzes. We play for the Thursday night dance about seven times a year and occasionally for other events. For more information on how you can take part, including jams and rehearsals, visit the SPUDS website or contact SPUDS Coordinators Kim Neubauer and Bill Quern.



Third Saturday Contra Dance at Summit Church in Mt. Airy
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The Thursday Night Contra Dance is sponsored by Philadelphia Area Traditional Music and Dance (PATMAD), a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation that is an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. PATMAD also sponsors the Third Saturday Contra Dance, SPUDS, and Allons Danser. PATMAD's non-profit filings are available from

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