Thursday Night Contra Dance in Glenside PA

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Thursday Night Contra Dance in Glenside PA
Glenside Memorial Hall ~ Waverly Rd. and Keswick Ave.
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.


Due to renovation of Glenside Hall, we are dancing at the Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy on Thursday nights in November, 2014, through January, 2015. Yes, that's one month longer than originally announced.

Dec 18
Dave Rupp
with local callers
SPUDS 30th Anniversary Dance Celebration!
Come celebrate 30 years of SPUDS pick-up goodness at the Commodore Barry Club, followed by a post-party in the same location.
Dec 20
Donna Hunt The Winter Cotillion
Glenn Loper, Lissa Schneckenberger, Bethany Waickman
Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
Dec 25
No dance on Christmas.
Dec 30
Rick Mohr Special Tuesday Between the Holidays dance
Mara Shea (Elftones) and Dave Wiesler (Gig Meisters, Goldcrest, Green Light Karma, and some bands that don't begin with G)
Jan 1 2015
No dance on New Years Day
Jan 8
Buddy System Noah VanNorstrand & Julie Vallimont
Jan 15
Donna Hunt
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Jan 17

Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
Jan 22
with local callers
Finger Pyx Enid Diamante (fiddle), Wes Steenson (guitar, banjo), Jo Anne Rocke (piano), Jansen Wendell (fiddle, mandolin, octave mandolin)
Jan 29
TBA Welcome Philadelphia Folk Song Society members
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux (fiddle), Greg Loux (guitar), Paul Sidlick (banjo, mandolin), Mat Clark (bass)
Feb 5
Jim Kitch
with local callers
Beyond the Ale Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax, bass clarinet), Josh Burdick (fiddle), Kirsten Erwin (flutes, piccolo, whistles), Doug Healy (guitar, mandolin, banjo)
Feb 12
with local callers
Valentine's Dance
Jovial Beggars Craig Newberger (hammered dulcimer), Helene Zisook-Speer (fiddle), Jo Anne Rocke (piano), Peggy Leiby (recorder, foot percussion) Rachel Hall (concertina)
Feb 19
Adina Gordon
with local callers
Coracree Jane Rothfield (fiddle), Allan Carr (bass), Bill Quern (mandolin, banjo, box), Sarah Gowan (guitar)
Feb 21

Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
Feb 26
Ted Hodapp
with local callers
Contratopia Eric Sessions (fiddle), John Goodin (Mandolin and Guitar), Patrice Pakiz (Oboe, piano), and Pat O'Loughlin (banjo,concertina, and percussion)

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. See our contact page to get answers to your questions or to volunteer.

Weather Related Cancellations
In case of inclement weather please check this website or our Facebook page.
Interested in Carpooling?

Contact our Carpool Coordinator

Parking Alert

To alleviate the parking crunch around the Glenside Memorial Hall and adjacent facilities, Cheltenham Township is directing all users of the Hall (that's us) to park in the Glenside Library lot, which is just across the intersection from the Hall. It is also OK to park along Waverly St. across from the Hall. The Township asks that we not park along either side of Keswick Ave. so that those spaces can be used by residents and users of the adjacent recreation facilities. See Map

To maintain good relations with our neighbors and the Township (which is kind enough to rent the Hall to us), and to help insure our continued use of the Hall, the Dance Committee urges all dancers to cooperate.


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 to jigs and 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


The Seven Day Dance Guide for links to dances in the Philadelphia region
Third Saturday Contra Dance at Glenside
Ted Crane's Dance Database
Contra Dance Links
Germantown Country Dancers
Mostly Waltz
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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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