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.

!LOCATION ALERT #5 and Final!

We are dancing on Thursday nights at the Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy for the foreseeable future. The Third Saturday Contra Dance will be at Summit Church, also in Mt. Airy. We thank the staff of Glenside Memorial Hall for nearly 20 years of supporting our dances.

Steve Blum interviewed and video taped by WHYY at the the January 15 contra dance!

April 2
Scott Higgs
with local callers
JaneBob Jane Rothfield (fiddle), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
April 9
Ridge Kennedy
with local callers
Live Wire Aleksandra Taranov (violin), Ben Kennedy (piano), Bill Quern (banjo, mandolin, box), Josh Burdick (violin), Sarah Gowan (guitar, concertina, feet)
April 16
Ron Blechner Gooseberries Matthew Burke, Dave Cottrell, Rich Dodson, Jill Smith
April 18
Ridge Kennedy Pieces of Eight
Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
April 23
Melissa Taggart
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
April 30
Yoyo Zhou Mind the Gap Adlai Waksman (piano), Adam Oleksa (violin), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Jane Roberts (cello)
May 7
Maia McCormick Big Chaos Aleks Taranov - fiddle Steve Epstein - clarinet, sax Daniel Hawkins - cello Mike Lunapiena - cello Em McKeever - guitar
May 14
Donna Hunt Frost and Fire Viveka Fox (Addison, VT) -fiddle, djembe, bodhran. Peter Macfarlane (Addison, VT) -fiddle, low whistle. Aaron Marcus (Montpelier, VT) - piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion. Hollis Easter (Potsdam, NY) - flute, Scottish border pipes, whistle, guitar, mandolin
May 16
Bob Isaacs Pieces of Eight
Location: Summit Presbyterian Church, Mt. Airy
May 21
Hot Feat Mat Clark, fiddle Dave Wiesler, piano and guitar Paul Morrissette, bass
May 28
Game 7 Jansen Wendell- violin, mandolin, octave mandolin Carol Wadlinger- flute, concertina Wes Steenson- guitar
June 4
Frannie Marr Colonel Mike's Dance Band Bob Stein Accordion John Krumm Fiddle, Tom Krumm Fiddle, Guitar Bob Pasquarello Piano
June 11
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
June 18
Jim Kitch STEAM Alice Boyle, fiddle; Dave Firestine, mando; Claire Jamieson Zucker, bodhran and feet; Robert Rosenberg, guitar
June 25
Contraptions Chloe Mohr - piano, Bill Quern - mandolin, banjo, Nora Smith - Fiddle
July 2
Bob Isaacs Tempest Tim Ball (fiddle), Chuck Abell (guitar, mandolin), Jamie Kubala (percussion and drums)
July 9
Sarah, Rick, Maria, Chloe Sarah Thomas - fiddle, Rick Mohr - fiddle, Maria Thomas - clarinet, Chloe Mohr - piano
July 16
Elinor Preston Higher Ground Ben Kennedy - Piano Josh Burdick - Fiddle Tom Krumm - Fiddle, Mandolin Daniel Hawkins - Cello
July 23
Contra Rebels Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle), Henry Koretzky (guitar)
July 30
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
August 6
Herd of Cats Adlai Waksman-piano, accordian Enid Diamante-fiddle Kirsten Erwin- whistle, flute Craig Newberger- hammered dulcimer
August 13
Sue Gola Groovemama Donna Hebert (violin), Jane Rothfield (violin), Max Cohen (guitar), Julie Sorcek (flute, horns), Alex Bell()
August 20
Adam, Jane, Bob, and Wes Adam Oleksa- violin Jane Roberts- cello Bob Stein- accordion Wes Steenson- guitar, mandolin
August 27
Dancewiz Josh Burdick -- fiddle Jo Anne Rocke -- keyboard Steve Epstein -- clarinet, sax Bill Quern -- mando, banjo, melodeon

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
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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 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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