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.
Sept 4
Dave Rupp
with local callers
Mind the Gap Kirsten Erwin - flute/whistle Adam Oleksa - fiddle Adlai Waksman - piano Jane Roberts - cello
Sept 11
Scott Higgs
with local callers
Live Wire Ben Kennedy - piano Josh Burdick - fiddle Aleksandra Taranov - fiddle Bill Quern - banjo, mando, squeezes, etc Sarah Gowan - guitar, concertina
Sept 18
Andrea Nettleton SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Sept 20
Andrea Nettleton Pieces of Eight
Sept 25
George Marshall Wild Asparagus Ann Percival on piano, guitar, and vocals, David Cantieni on flutes, whistles, oboe, saxophone, and bombard, Becky Tracy on fiddle, George Marshall on concertina and rhythm.
Oct 2
Bob Isaacs
with local callers
Root Mean Square Jo Anne Rocke - piano Paul Morrissett - violin Wes Steenson - guitar and mandolin
Oct 9
Jan Alter
with local callers
Coracree Jane Rothfield-fiddle Allan Carr-double bass Bill Quern-mandolin, tenor banjo, button accordian, 5 string banjo Sarah Gowan-guitar, concertina, foot percussion
Oct 16
Sam Rotenberg
with local callers
Big Trouble Rick Mohr (fiddle), Paul Prestopino (mandolin, tenor banjo, harmonicas), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
Oct 18
Scott Higgs Brooklyn Swing Ensemble
Oct 23
Anna Rain Party of Three
Oct 30
Donna Hunt
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Halloween Dance!
Due to renovation of Glenside Hall, we plan to dance at the Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy on Thursday nights in November and December, 2014

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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