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.

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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.

June 25
Ridge Kennedy
with local callers
Contraptions Chloe Mohr - piano, Bill Quern - mandolin, banjo, Nora Smith - Fiddle
July 2
Rich Goss *Patriotic* *Star Spangled* theme dance
Tempest Tim Ball (fiddle), Chuck Abell (guitar, mandolin), Eric Metzgar (percussion and drums), Larry Unger (bass)
July 9
Jan Alter
with local callers
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, Ross Harriss - Sax
July 23
Janine Smith Contra Rebels Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle), Henry Koretzky (guitar)
July 30
Dave Rupp
with local callers
Ice Cream Social!
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
August 6

with local callers
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
Rick Mohr
with local callers
Adam, Jane, Bob, and Wes Adam Oleksa- violin Jane Roberts- cello Bob Stein- accordion Wes Steenson- guitar, mandolin
August 27

with local callers
Brew Full Lager Josh Burdick -- fiddle Jo Anne Rocke -- keyboard Steve Epstein -- clarinet, sax Bill Quern -- mando, banjo, melodeon, Adlai Waxman accordion

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. Steve Blum was interviewed and video taped by WHYY at the January 15, 2015, contra dance. 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


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.


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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