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, September 15 - Contra Dance
Traffic Alert - A Navy home football game will be ending shortly before this dance. Main routes in our area may be congested. Consider these alternate routes.
The dynamic duo of Janine Smith and Susan Taylor will call contras (and probably some squares) to the music of the excellent Dead Sea Squirrels - Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on more fiddle (and banjo and more), and Henry Yoshimura on guitar. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, September 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
We are thrilled to kick off 333's fall calendar with the singer-songwriter and activist Erin McKeown, who was just starting out when she last played 333, back in our early days at UUCA. Since then, she's grown into a widely known and fiercely conscious artist, with a compelling style and 9 studio albums to her credit (plus a well-reviewed off-Broadway musical).
333's Host Emeritus, Max Ochs, invited Erin for this special return engagement - he will be our host for the evening. This show is also scheduled to include the awards ceremony for the annual Fred B. Benjamin Peace Writing Awards (a statewide essay contest for middle schoolers).
Advance tickets may be needed for this show. (As of the first week if September, it's not sold out yet.) To get the latest updates on availability, you can sign up here for e-mail notification, follow @333Concerts, or join the 333 Tickle list by e-mailing 333coffeehouse@gmail.com. 7:30 PM (doors open by 7). Advance tickets start at $10.75. $12/$10 at the door (if seats remain).
Friday, October 19 - 333 Coffeehouse
333 will welcome back the inimitable Mike Agranoff. Mike is kind of a one-man folk festival. He draws on an amazing repertoire of great songs collected over decades in the folk world, plus a few of his own making. He plays sweet fingerpicking guitar and adventurous concertina arragements. And he mixes in hilarious anecdotes, compelling narrative poems (think Robert Service, but funnier), a little Irish music, a bit of Bach, and a few groan-inducing puns (nobody's perfect). 7:30 PM; $12/$10. (Advance tickets $10.75)
Saturday, October 20 - Contra Dance
Who will play for us? Go Figure! From Charlottesville, they are the duo of Mike Dunn (fiddle) and Janet Muse (piano). They're noted for their original waltz tunes. The well-traveled Emma Anderson of Massachusetts will call the dances. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Traffic Alert - A Navy home football game will be ending shortly before this dance. Main routes in our area may be congested. Consider these alternate routes.
Saturday, November 3 - English Country Dance
Stephanie Smith will call the figures as we dance to the music of Elke Baker (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), and Paul Oorts (everything else). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, November 16 - 333 Coffeehouse
We welcome Zoe Mulford, a thoughtful songwriter with a long career of shows in both the US and the UK. She has written some really touching songs, but also has a lively sense of humor. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. (Advance tickets $10.75)
Saturday, November 17 - Contra Dance
We'll forward-and-back to music by Backstep Cindy, a new(ish) band combining the core of the New Southern Cowtippers with the rhythm section of A.P. and the Banty Roosters: Sandy Hofferth on fiddle, Howard Zane on banjo, Joe Langley on guitar, and Art Abrams on upright bass. Susan Taylor will call. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Traffic Alert - A Navy home football game will be ending shortly before this dance. Main routes in our area may be congested. Consider these alternate routes.
Saturday, December 15 - Contra Dance
Greg Frock will be our caller as we revel and revolve to the fine playing of Liz Donaldson and her players to be named later (watch this space for updates). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).

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