Welcome to the Frederick, Maryland Contra Dance, where you dance to the finest bands and callers of the Maryland-DC-Northern Virginia region (and nearby West Virginia)—which means great music and great dances every time!
We are a community dance: The community consists of dancers, callers, presenters and musicians from our local area—among the best anywhere— combining to offer a program consistently of the highest quality. Please join us and support the performers you know best!
If you haven’t contra danced before, it is easy to learn! Beginners are welcome at the dances and it is not necessary to bring a partner. Just come early for the workshop.
Sponsored by Mid-Maryland Folk Arts Council (MMFAC) and the Frederick City Department of Recreation.
About the Dance
Dances are the fourth Saturday of each month, from 8 to 11 p.m. A free beginners’ workshop starts at 7:15 p.m.
Our location is the former Trinity Episcopal School building,
6040 New Design Rd, Frederick, MD 21703, right next to Harry Grove Stadium, where the Frederick Keys baseball team plays. Downtown Frederick is right nearby, with great restaurants and attractions. Convenient to all major routes if you are coming from DC, Baltimore, nearby VA, PA or WV or right here in Frederick County. Directions here.
Admission is $10 general, $5 students, $5 age 12 and under.
See below how to bring a new dancer and dance free next time.
For the second half of 2018, we are presenting
A series of fiddle/piano duos
featuring some of the area’s very finest players.
Don’t miss these dynamic dance musicians! . . .
Our Next Dance: November 24
Another super duo:
Joe DeZarn, fiddle and Marc Glickman, piano
playing Irish and American tunes, with the wonderful
Caroline Barnes calling.
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
December 22 — Andrea Hoag & Rebecca Weiss, fiddles; Jonathan Jensen, piano.
Kappy Laning will be the caller.
January 26 — Tea and Honey: A great new band with Rebecca Weiss and Colleen Holroyd, fiddles; Sophie Chang, cello; and Bobby LaRose, piano. April Blum calling the figures.
February 23 — Sugar Beat: A great old band with Susan Brandt, flute; Elke Baker, fiddle; Marc Glickman, piano. Greg Frock will call.
March 23 — Abigail Hobart, new to our dance, will call, and Triple Helix returns to play. Alexander Mitchell, fiddle; Colleen Reed, flute & saxophone; Keith Gillis, guitar.
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SEE WHO HAS PERFORMED AT OUR PREVIOUS DANCES HERE.
- Bring a new dancer (or a few new dancers!) to the dance.
- Pay the admission for both/all of you this month.
- Sign both/all names on the Get-A-Free-Dance list.
- At the following month’s dance you both/all get in free.
(Offer is good for the following month only)
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