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: $12, $8 students with ID
Free admission for children 12 and under.
Feb. 1 Mark Hillegonds Contra Rebels - Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle), Henry Koretzky (guitar)
Feb. 8 Sue Gola
with other callers

Caravan - Kirsten Erwin (whistles, flute), Thane Glenn (mandolin), Ben Kennedy (piano), Adam Oleksa (fiddle)

Eagles theme night: "Fly, Eagles, Fly, on the road to victory!"
Feb. 15 Jim Kitch
with other callers

ACED - Adlai Waksman (keys), Carol Carpenter (flute, piccolo), Enid Diamante (fiddle),* Doug Healy (guitar, percussion, mandolin)

*with guest musician Adam Oleksa (substituting for Enid) - the band's name for tonight is DACA.
Feb. 17
Rick Mohr
Quarters on the Machine - Location: Summit Church
Bronwyn Bird (nyckelharpa), Justin Nawn (guitar), Daniella Frischetti (fiddle), Tim Ryan (upright bass)
Feb. 22 Dave Rupp
Peter, Paul, Ed Garry - Peter Szego (guitar, fiddle), Paul Prestopino (mandolin, banjo, guitar), Ed Jankiewicz (upright bass), Garry Moore (fiddle)
Mar. 1 Jan Alter
with other callers
SPUDS - Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Recruit a New Dancer Night
Mar. 8 Bob Isaacs
with other callers
Hot Wasabi - Adlai Waksman (piano), Chris Carpenter (banjo, mandolin, clarinet, sax, pennywhistle), Roberta Goren (flute), and Dave Miller (fiddle)
Mar. 15 Ridge Kennedy
with other callers
Live Wire - Sarah Gowan (guitar, concertina), Ben Kennedy (piano), Tom Krumm (fiddle, mandolin), Bill Quern (mandolin, banjo, melodeon)
Mar. 17
Dave Rupp,
Donna Hunt,
Rick Mohr,
Ridge Kennedy,
Sue Gola
, and
Scott Higgs

Medley Mar-O'Thon - Location: Summit Church
Non-stop dancing! ☘ Six great callers Four great bands:

Alias (Adam Oleska, Kirsten Erwin, Adlai Waksman),
By The Way (Ben Kennedy, Tom Krumm, Wes Steenson),
C-Pappies (John Krumm, Paul Prestopino, Bob Stein), and
Raise the Roof (Mat Clark, Judi Stellar, Kathy Talvitie, Bob Pasquarello)

Potluck supper 6:30-7:30. Continuous dancing 8-11 with waltz breaks every hour.
No beginner lesson; no walk-throughs; some contra dance experience expected.

Admission $15 ($10 students). The Medley Marathon is a fun(d) raiser benefiting Third Saturday Contra and PATMAD events.

Mar. 22 Jim Kitch
with other callers
Raise the Roof - Mat Clark (fiddle), Bob Pasquarello (bass), Judi Stellar (hammered dulcimer), Kathy Talvitie (guitar)
Mar. 29 Alexandra Deis-Lauby ContraPositive - Matthew Christian (fiddle, mandolin, flute, Irish whistle and Highland pipes), Matt Diaz (guitar, bouzouki and flute), Joe Depaolo (drums)

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.

Every SPUDS night is now Recruit a New Dancer Night! Whenever SPUDS plays (every ~7 weeks), your new dancer friends get in free!

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 a SPUDS night and they will also get their free new dancer pass to come back another time.

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 we 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?

Click here for upcoming SPUDS dances. See you and your new dancer friends there!

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
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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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