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.

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?

The next SPUDS dance is June 1. See you and your new dancer friends there!

Apr 20 Mark Hillegonds
with other callers
SBTJ Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax), Bill Nixon (fiddle), Thane Glenn (mando), Judy Minot (keyboard)
Location Alert: Summit Church
Greene and Westview in Mt. Airy Click for a Google map
Apr 27 Ron Blechner Frost and Fire Viveka Fox (fiddle, djembe, bodhran), Peter Macfarlane (fiddle, low whistle), Aaron Marcus (piano, concertina, banjo, foot percussion), Hollis Easter (flute, Scottish border pipes, whistle, guitar, mandolin)
May 4 Bob Isaacs Tempest Tim Ball (fiddle), Chuck Abell (guitar, mandolin), Eric Metzgar (percussion and drums)
May 11 Melanie Axel-Lute The Flying Buttresses Bob Stein (Accordion) Kathy Talvitie (Piano) Miranda Weinberg (Fiddle)
May 18 Scott Higgs
with other callers
East Coast Hoosiers Deb Shebish, fiddle John Mahony, banjo Johnandrew Bellner, guitar, Christopher Griffith, bass
May 20
Dan Blim ESCapade English | Scottish | Contra workshop
Josh Burdick (fiddle) and Chloe Mohr (piano)  
3:00pm to 6:00pm Location: Summit Church
May 20
Rick Mohr Josh Burdick, John Krumm, and Bob Stein
8:00pm to 11:00pm Location: Summit Church
May 25 Diane Silver Cantabile Bill Nixon (fiddle), Clare Maher (cello), Kirsten Erwin (flute, whistles), Adlai Waksman (keyboard)
June 1 Dave Rupp
with other callers
SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Recruit a New Dancer Night
June 8 Donna Hunt Atlantic Crossing Viveka Fox (fiddle, bodhran, djembe), Peter Macfarlane (fiddle, low whistle, vocals), Tristan Henderson (mandolins, tenor banjo, foot percussion, vocals), Rick Klein (guitar, vocals)
June 15 TBA
with other callers
Hot Wasabi Dave Miller (fiddle), Chris Carpenter (banjo, clarinet, mandolin), Roberta Goren (flute), Adlai Waksman (piano)
June 22 TBA
with other callers
Run of the Mill String Band Palmer Loux fiddle greg Loux guitar Paul Sidlick Banjo, mandolin, tenor guitar Mat Clark upright bass
June 29 Emily Abel Contraforce Andrae Raffield (violin), Jimi Peirano (guitar), Joey Dorwart (percussion/sax)
July 6 Ridge Kennedy
with other callers
Live Wire Sarah Gowan - guitar, feet Ben Kennedy - piano Bill Quern - mandolin, banjo, squeezes, etc TBD - fiddle player
July 13 Sue Gola Gotham Gals Robin Russell (piano), Julia Hartman (fiddle), third TBD
July 20 Dave Rupp
with other callers
SPUDS Philadelphia's Phabulous Pickup Band
Ice Cream Social Recruit a New Dancer Night
July 27 Sam Rotenberg
with other callers
RRDC Rick Mohr (fiddle), Ross Harriss (sax, whistles, banjo), Doug Healy (guitar, bass, dumbek), Chloe Mohr (fiddle)

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.

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.


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
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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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