Contra dance & English Country Dance in the Washington DC Area


Baltimore, MD (Pikesville) - BFMS English Country Dance
Harrisonburg, VA - Contra dance


Gadsby's Tavern, Alexandria, VA - Alexandria Assembly English Country Dancers
    Also, for Ball schedule & resources: Period Dancing at Gadsby's Tavern Museum


Baltimore, MD - BFMS Contra dance
Glen Echo Town Hall, MD - FSGW English Country Dance


Charlottesville, VA - C'ville Hoedown Contra & Square dance - First, Third and some Fourth Thursdays - Facebook page
Silver Spring, MD - Silver Spring Contra dance, Second Thursdays - Facebook page, FSGW co-sponsored


Glen Echo Park, MD - Contra dance - The Friday Night Dancers
Sterling, VA - Old Dominion Dancers, English Country Dance - most Fridays
    For most current schedule, go to: and search for Old Dominion Dancers


First Saturdays
Shepherdstown, WV - Contra dance - September through May
Greenbelt, MD - Greenbelt Contra dance - most months
Annapolis, MD - ATDS English Country Dance - March, June, September, and November
Washington, DC (Columbia Heights) - The Great American Square Dance Revival - Facebook page

Second Saturdays
Baltimore, MD - BFMS Contra dance
Dayton, VA - Contra dance
Richmond, VA - TADAMS Contra dance

Third Saturdays
Annapolis, MD - ATDS Contra dance
Bluemont dances - Hillsboro, VA - Contra dance - October through May
Great Falls, VA - The Leesburg Assembly - English Country Dance

Fourth Saturdays
Frederick, MD - MMFAC Contra dance
Richmond, VA - TADAMS Contra dance

Fifth Saturdays
Shepherdstown, WV - Contra dance - September through May


ECD in DC - Dumbarton House, Georgetown, Washington, DC - Twice a month, 1-3 PM
    Or look for English Country Dance on the Dumbarton House Calendar
Glen Echo Park, MD - FSGW Contra dance
FSGW Family dance - usually at Glen Echo Park or Glen Echo Town Hall, at 3 PM
Greenwood, VA - Contra dance - Second and Fourth Sundays - Facebook About page


Baltimore Square Dance (Schedule on Facebook) - at varying venues in Baltimore, MD
Club Contras - All around central VA (Contra to contemporary music) - Facebook page
Contra Sonic - Glen Echo Park, MD (FSGW Contra to contemporary music) - 2017: June, ...
The Hot Square Babes - usually at Ballroom Blum, Adelphi, MD (Square dance)
Staunton, VA - Occasional Contra dance - Facebook page
Washington Barn Dance Society - Barn style dances in the DC area

Dance Weekends nearby

Shenandoah Shindig, Dayton, VA, near Harrisonburg - January
Springforth Ball & Dance Weekend, Richmond, VA - early to mid April
Chesapeake, Edgewater, MD, near Annapolis - late April
Almost Heaven, at Ramblewood Camp, Darlington, MD - May 18-21, 2017 FINAL YEAR
An English Trifle, at Timber Ridge - Memorial Day weekend, 2015 - English Country dance
Footfall, at Timber Ridge - September, the weekend after Labor Day - Contra & ECD
Charlottesville Fall Festival - October

National Listings

Central Virginia: Charlottesville, Greenwood, Staunton, Dayton, Harrisonburg, Richmond
Ted Crane's Dance DB - for MD - for VA
Upcoming Events from the Country Dance and Song Society

More Dance Information

Scandinavian dancing in the Washington, DC area:
    Weekly class, at NIH and Scandi DC and Nordic Dancers of Washington, DC
Sunday afternoon Waltz Time at Glen Echo Park
Sunday afternoon Waltz Practicum at Glen Echo Park
Wikipedia on Contra dance
10 reasons not to book ahead (pdf)