Please note: THE ELEVATOR IS OUT OF SERVICE. We hope to see you at the dance, but know that there has been no elevator service at the hall. (A lightning strike damaged the elevator, and the replacement part was out of stock.)

Yes, there is a full flight of stairs to climb. We hope you can make it.

Welcome back to the Thursday Contra! WhooHoo! We're back to in-person contra dancing, every two weeks for now, while COVID numbers stay low. See the schedule of upcoming bands and callers below.

Location: The Irish Center (a.k.a. Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center),
6815 Emlen St., Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Doors open: 7:00pm to check vaccination cards (photos ok) and sign waivers.
Beginner lesson: 7:30pm
Dance: 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Admission: sliding scale for local bands $5-15+.

Our dances require

(If you test positive for COVID a few days after a dance, please send email to so we can alert others to a potential exposure. Thanks.)

The evening may include extra breaks that can be taken outside to get fresh air.

Please read the full details if you plan to attend. We're looking forward to dancing with you!


More dances are listed in the full calendar.

Date Caller Band Notes
Sep. 1 Sue Gola coordinating Raise the Roof: Mat Clark (fiddle), Bob Pasquarello (bass), Judi Stellar (hammered dulcimer), Kathy Talvitie (guitar) Larks & Robins
Sep. 15 Sam Rotenberg coordinating Jovial Beggars: Helene Speer (fiddle), Ben Kennedy (keyboard), Peggy Leiby (recorders, feet), Rachel Hall (concertina) Gents & Ladies
Sep. 29 Jan Alter coordinating BASS: Bill Quern (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, melodeon), Adlai Waksman (keyboard), Sarah Gowan (guitar, concertina), Steve Epstein (clarinet, sax) Larks & Robins
Oct. 13 Jim Kitch coordinating Instant Ensemble: Dave Miller (fiddle), Roberta Goren (flute), Adlai Waksman (piano) Gents & Ladies
Oct. 27 Sue Gola coordinating Mohr Family Band: Rick Mohr (fiddle), Chloe Mohr (piano), Evan Mohr (cajon) Larks & Robins

Dances continue every other Thursday (except Thanksgiving): November 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, Dec. 15, etc. Details in the full calendar!


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PATMAD membership is free, but must be renewed annually. Membership forms are available online as well as at every dance; your membership will be until Dec. 2023. You will need to be a member to vote in the upcoming role terms vote.

NOTE: You can be on our email announcement list with or without being a PATMAD member.