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, April 8 - Special Benefit Concert
Annapolis Friends Meeting presents a concert of Scottish traditional music with singer Katrine Anderson and her all-star band: Zan McLeod (OCEAN Orchestra), Tina Chancey (Hesperus) and Robert Spates (ex-IONA and many others). They've just released a new CD, Westering Home. Proceeds from the concert benefit Survival Press Corps, William Penn House, Quaker Working Group on Refugees, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. $15 (students $10). 7:30 PM (doors open at 7). More info: AFM web site, or call 410-257-2379.
Saturday, April 15 - Contra Dance
It's our annual Fun(d)-Raiser Dance featuring the PHAT sound of the Annapolis All-Starz! Ann Fallon will lead our cavalcade of callers. Join us to raise money for ATDS and the maintenance of our dance floor! If you're interested in playing in the band, contact us.
Friday, April 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
We welcome Lulu's Fate back to 333 with their stripped-down, cool approach to old-time songs and tunes. They're riding the wave of their new CD, The Cowpalace Sessions. Plus, a special guest: Lydia Sylvia Martin will open the show with her fine old-time banjo playing and singing. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
Friday, May 19 - 333 Coffeehouse
We are excited to present Keith Murphy from Vermont, best known for his work as a member of Nightingale. Keith's solo show explores his repertoire of New England and Canadian folk songs in both English and French, accompanied by stellar guitar playing and foot percussion. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
Saturday, May 20 - Contra Dance
We welcome back the new, expanded lineup of Some Assembly: Mary Corletta Flora, flute/whistle/sax; Donna Boylan, piano; Joe Klausner, fiddle/mandolin; Ian Sturrock, cajon/guitar/vocals; and Adam Lee, guitar. Lindsey Dodson will call the dances.
Saturday, June 3 - English Country Dance
Sweet music for your dancing pleasure from Karen Ashbrook (hammer dulcimer, Paul Oorts (guitar, harp guitar, accordion), and Sophie Chan (cello). April Blum will be our caller.
Friday, June 16 - 333 Coffeehouse
We welcome back the jazz/blues singer and songwriter Barbara Martin, whose appearance at 333 last December was snowed out. We're glad to have her back on the schedule. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
Saturday, June 17 - Contra Dance
The band will be I-97 - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Robin Wilson (concertina, flute, sax), Amy Ksir (whistle, accordion, oboe) and Tom Rhoads (your humble webmaster on guitar and mountain dulcimer). Caller to be confirmed.
Saturday, July 15 - Contra Dance
Band and caller TBA.
Friday, July 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
After doing a song here and a tune there as the hosts of 333 since 2011, Tom Rhoads and Amy Ksir are bringing their eclectic big band, Broadside Electric, back to 333 - Child ballads, klezmer, Irish jigs, Balkan dances, and more, delivered with a creative spirit, big harmonies and a shot of rock energy. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info

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.

Here's a map showing the Meeting House and surrounding 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