The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
For over 25 years, the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society has brought monthly contra dances and
other traditional dance events to the Annapolis area.
ATDS also sponsors the 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis' monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music.
Come dance with us!
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
- Our contra dances are held the third Saturday of each month.
- Our English country dances are normally scheduled for the first Saturdays of March, June, September and November - see the calendar.
- Dances run from 7 to 10 PM.
- Dances are held at the Annapolis
Friends Meeting House, at 351 DuBois Rd in Annapolis. Parking is
free. The hall is climate controlled and cooled with extra fans in
- No experience is required. A free beginners' workshop is held at
6:30 PM. If you're new to contra dance, try to come early even if you
can't make the workshop. The evening starts off with easier dances and
- You don't have to bring a partner.
- Wear comfortable clothing, and bring shoes with soft, non-marking
soles. "Street" shoes should be cleaned before dancing (we have
brushes, but it's best to bring clean shoes and change before you
begin). No high heels, please (they can damage the cork floor... and
they're not good for contra dancing anyway).
- Our contra dance evenings usually also include a few square
- Snacks are provided (honor system donation box)... or bring
something to share!
- Dance Admission Prices:
*Member prices apply to members of ATDS and affiliated organizations
including FSGW (Washington) and BFMS (Baltimore). (More
|Students with ID
|Children (10 and under)
First-time dancers receive a
Next Dance Free coupon.
The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society is a
501(c)(3) Maryland corporation. ATDS has been around since 1988 and is
affiliated with the Country Dance
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:
- Dance/concert hall set-up
- Gate committee
- Dance managers
- Sound crew
- Food prep
- Publicity: putting up posters, social media...
If you have an interest in one of these volunteer positions, email Jan Scopel.