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
FIRST TIME FREE for new contra dancers!
Local bands: $8, $5 students with ID
* Touring bands: $12, $8 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.
June 7 Scott Higgs
Poster: Donna Hunt is turning 60! Come celebrate with a Beatles Birthday Bash [etc.]

An evening of awesome contra tunes and favorite Beatles songs, including vocals for singing along!

~~~ Celebrating Donna Hunt's birthday! ~~~

Sgt. Pepper's Only Contra Band - Rick Mohr (fiddle); Chloe Mohr (piano); John Bergen (bass); Bruce Panula (drums); Ilan Cohen, Mark Engler, Bob Langish, Gordon Richardson (guitars); Renee Drezner, Mary Hagenbach, Jamie Wessels (vocals)

Dress in your favorite '60s and '70s attire!

Cost: $5 for everyone                         (see poster)

June 14 Sam Rotenberg with other callers Jovial Beggars - Craig Newberger (hammered dulcimer), Helene Zisook-Speer (fiddle), Jo Anne Rocke (piano), Peggy Leiby (feet, recorder), Rachel Hall (concertina)
June 21 Bob Isaacs

Nova - Kathleen Fownes (fiddle), Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (accordion, piano), Everest Witman (guitar, mandolin, feet)

Barbara's farewell dance - she's treating us to ice cream, with toppings!

June 28 Jim Kitch with other callers The Orphans - Peter Buchak (accordion), Ben Kennedy (piano), Miranda Weinberg (fiddle)
July 5 Sue Gola
with other callers
SPUDS - Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
July 12 Ridge Kennedy with other callers Fair Warning - Mat Clark (fiddle), Ross Harriss (sax), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
July 19 Desiree Melegrito-Halcomb and Jan Alter
Allemand - Palmer Loux (fiddle), Christopher Germain (fiddle), Paul Sidlick (banjo), Greg Loux (guitar), Heidi Germain (bass)
July 26 Sue Gola with other callers Hot Feat - Mat Clark (fiddle), Dave Weisler (piano, guitar), Paul Morrisette (bass)

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.


Any Thursday night, people new to contra dancing get in free!
"If you can walk and count to 4, you can contra dance!"

Not your first time? Bring your friends and let them too discover the joy, energy, swirling awesomeness, and just plain fun of contra dancing!

As contra dancers, we need to always be recruiting in order to grow our dance and have more fun. Now is the time to start talking to that friend who you think would love to dance with us. Bring them for free on any Thursday night.

The best way to get people to try something new is to personally ask them: share your love for dancing, bring them early, teach them how to swing, et cetera. The more we grow our dance, the more fun we can all have. Who will you recruit? Will it be someone from work? Someone from your place of worship? Someone from your knitting group or Zumba class? A stranger on the street?

See you and your new dancer friends soon!

Want to Know More?

See Welcome Information for more about the volunteer-run 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.


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
The Seven Day Dance Guide for links to dances in the Philadelphia region
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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