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)
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 Dance Weekend, Edgewater, MD, near Annapolis - late April
Almost Heaven, at Ramblewood Camp, Darlington, MD - May 17-20, 2018
An English Trifle, at Timber Ridge - Memorial Day weekend, Sat-Mon - English Country dance
Hashdance Contradance Weekend, at Glen Echo Park - mid-July
Footfall, at Timber Ridge - September, the weekend after Labor Day - Contra & ECD
Dancing Leaves Contra Dance Weekend (aka 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 and Dance Map from the Country Dance and Song Society

More Dance Information

Scandinavian dancing in the Washington, DC area:   Weekly class, at NIH and
    Scandia DC and Nordic Dancers of Washington, DC and Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers
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)