Upcoming Events

All events take place at Annapolis Friends Meeting House, unless otherwise noted. The Meeting is at 351 DuBois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Directions below).

Saturday, February 16 - Contra Dance
Abigail Hobart will call to music by local favorites the MetroGnomes: McGregor Yatsevitch on fiddle, Mark Vidor on piano, and Bob Garber on clarinet. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Saturday, March 2 - English Country Dance
Our first "ECD" of 2019 will feature caller Melissa Running, with music by Red and Well Fed - Kappy Laning, Diane Sorenson, Joanne Murphy, Paul Miller, Susan Farrer, Judy Hunt, and John Wells (A kaleidoscope of sound!). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, March 15 - 333 Coffeehouse
We'll bring 333 out of hibernation with a real barn-burner. Our headliner will be award-winning fiddler Mari Black with her trio. Two Sisters (Liz and Guen Spilsbury) will sing us an opening set, and the inimitable Max Ochs will host. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More details
Saturday, March 16 - Contra Dance
We welcome back the roving Midwesterners, Contratopia, last seen here for a wonderful dance in 2017. They are Erik Sessions (fiddle), Patrice Pakiz (piano, oboe, percussion), Pat O'Loughlin (English concertina, banjo), and John Goodin (mandolin, guitar). Ted Hodapp will return as the caller. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, April 19 - 333 Coffeehouse
The Bumper Jacksons play a lively mix of American roots music with strong threads of New Orleans jazz, country blues, classic hillbilly, and '50s-'60s Nashville. This will be a DUO SHOW with Jess and Chris sharing their songs and stories in our intimate setting. 7:30 PM; $12/$10.
Saturday, April 20 - Contra Dance
Once again our April dance will be our annual "Fun-Raiser" featuring the big sound of our own Annapolis All-Starz, with calling by our local luminaries. If you're interested in joining the band, e-mail Tom Rhoads (address at the bottom of the page). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, May 17 - 333 Coffeehouse
Program TBA.
Saturday, May 18 - Contra Dance
Annapolis' own Ann Fallon will call the dances with a band led by pianist Liz Donaldson. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Saturday, June 1 - English Country Dance
Kappy Laning will call the figures to music by Amberwing - Emily Aubrey (violin), Robin Wilson (concertina, flute, saxophone), and Janina O'Brien (piano, percussion). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Saturday, June 15 - Contra Dance
Steve Gester will call to music by longtime Annapolis-area band Some Assembly - Donna Moylan (piano/accordion), Joe Klausner (fiddle/mandolin), Mary Flora (woodwinds), and Adam Lee (guitar). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, June 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
Program TBA.

Regular Dances - General Information


The Annapolis Friends (Quaker) Meeting House is located close to Rt. 50 and minutes away from downtown Annapolis. From US 50/301, take Exit 24 (Rt. 70/Rowe Blvd), and take the exit away from downtown (towards Bestgate Rd - this is a left if coming from the west, a right if from the east). The first stoplight after Rt. 50 is North Bestgate Rd. Turn right. Go for a short distance and turn left on DuBois Rd. (There is a sign for the Friends Meeting at the intersection.) Take DuBois until it ends, and turn left into the gravel parking lot.

Map showing the Meeting House and surrounding area.

Alternate routes which may be useful when traffic is heavy on US 50/301 or in the downtown Annapolis area.

About ATDS

The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) Maryland corporation. ATDS has been around since 1988 and is affiliated with the Country Dance and Song Society.

Activities: ATDS holds a monthly contra and square dance, regular English country dances, and the monthly 333 Coffeehouse concert series.

We sponsor or co-sponsor special dance events, so contact us if you have an event you want to organize. We support and promote a variety of dance forms including waltz, swing and couples dancing, clogging, and Cajun.

All of our events are open to the public, and do not require any proven level of expertise.

Membership: You don't have to be an ATDS member to attend our events, but members receive a discount on admissions, and similar discounts on dances held by affiliated organizations including the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Baltimore Folk Music Society. Annual membership in ATDS costs $16 for an individual, $30 for a family. Ready to join? Here's a membership form.

Volunteer! ATDS is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Why not get involved? If you'd like to be a part of putting together an exciting dance series, please join us! We need volunteers for the following:

If you have an interest in one of these volunteer positions, email Jan Scopel.

Contact Us

For general information:
annapolis.contra.dance "at" gmail "dot" com
To support ATDS with a tax-deductible donation:
annapolis.contra.dance "at" gmail "dot" com
or by mail to: ATDS, c/o Jan Scopel, 1277 Ritchie Highway #188, Arnold, MD 21012. (Please make checks payable to "Annapolis Traditional Dance Society.")
Contra Dance Band and Caller Contact:
Charlotte Featherstone
English Dance Band and Caller Contact:
Ann Fallon, (410)-268-0231, aefallon "at" verizon "dot" net
333 Coffeehouse Contact:
Tom Rhoads & Amy Ksir, (443)-333-9613, 333coffeehouse "at" gmail "dot" com