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.

We dance every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving) 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 nearly 20 years of supporting our dances.

Sept 24
Jan Alter
with local callers
Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes Mike Rovine (fiddle), Jill Smith (piano), Henry Koretsky (guitar, mandolin)
Themed dance Super heroes vs. Super villains
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Oct 1
Bob Isaacs
with local callers
Cantabile Clare Maher (cello), Bill Nixon (fiddle), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistle), Adlai Waksman (keyboard, accordion)
Oct 8
Dave Rupp
with local callers
Gravel Hill Gambolers Thane Glenn (mandolin), Greg Synnestvedt (fiddle, banjo, mandolin), Derek Austin (guitar), Joralyn Glenn (bass)
Oct 15
Susan Kevra Old World Charm Rachel Bell & Karen Axelrod
Oct 22
Sam Rotenberg
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Oct 29
Scott Higgs
with local callers
ACED Adlai Waksman (keyboard, accordion), Carol Carpenter (flute, piccolo), Doug Healy (percussion, guitar, mandolin), Enid Diamante (fiddle)
Themed dance Halloween
Nov 5
Geoff Cubitt King Kontra (UK) Matt Crum: piano and soprano sax; Geoff Cubitt: caller, percussion and feet; Vere Foster: fiddle; Pete Smale: guitar, bass and 5 string banjo; Ian Wilson: mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo and accordion
Nov 12
Jim Kitch
with local callers
Big Trouble Rick Mohr (fiddle), Paul Prestopino (mandolin, tenor banjo), Bob Pasquarello (piano)
Nov 19
Mary Wesley Sassafras Stomp Joanna Davis: fiddle, banjo, vocals; Adam Nordell: guitar, feet, banjo, vocals
Themed dance Throwback Thursday
Nov 26
No dance on Thanksgiving.
Nov 28
Contracopia3 great bands, 3 great callers, 9 hours of dancing
Dec 3
Nils Fredland Bethany Waickman (guitar), Glen Loper (mandolin), Julie Metcalf (fiddle)
Dec 10
Sue Gola
with local callers
SPUDS Philly's Phabulous Pick-Up Band!
Dec 17
Melissa Taggart
with local callers
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux-fiddle Greg Loux- guitar Paul Sidlick - banjo, mandolin Mat Clark - bass
Dec 24
No dance on Christmas eve.
Dec 31
TBA New Years Eve special dance at the Commodore Barry Club - save the date

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.

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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 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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