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).

Friday, October 20 - 333 Coffeehouse
We are thrilled to welcome back the amazing Joe Crookston! Joe is in the front rank of modern folk singer-songwriters, the author of instant classics like "Fall Down as the Rain" and "Good Luck John" and many moving stories-in-song. He's a rich-voiced singer, a skilled player, and an engaging raconteur - he draws the audience into the flow of his show in a really inspiring way. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
Saturday, October 21 - Contra Dance
Caroline Barnes will be our caller, and the band will be the redoubtable MetroGnomes - McGregor Yatsevich (fiddle), Mark Vidor (piano), and Bob Garber (clarinet). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Saturday, November 4 - English Country Dance
Ann Fallon and Tom Spilsbury will call the figures to music by a new "mini-orchestra," Red and Well Fed (Kappy Laning, Paul Miller, Diane Sorenson, Joanne Murphy, Susan Farrer, John Wells, and Judy Hunt). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, November 17 - 333 Coffeehouse
Robin Bullock is an award-winning master instrumentalist on steel-string guitar, cittern and mandolin. His playing combines elegance, energy and top-flight technique on a repertoire that emphasizes Celtic and Appalachian tunes but also extends to Bach and beyond. A founding member of Helicon, he's worked with a true "who's who" of folk musicians in our area and toured all over. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
Saturday, November 18 - Contra Dance
The renowned fiddler Alexander Mitchell will lead a band of his musical buddies, and Ann Fallon will be the caller. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, December 15 - 333 Coffeehouse
Program TBA.
Saturday, December 16 - Contra Dance
Steve Gester will call for us to the charming and very musical Organic Family Band - Rebekah Geller and Jakob Raitzyk on fiddles, Judith Geller on piano, whistle and French horn, and Michael Raitzyk on guitar. 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.

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