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.
Our Next Dance: July 27
Ann Fallon calls to the mighty SummerTunes band, led by Andrea Hoag, Liz Donaldson and Paul Oorts. Workshops all day on playing contradance music—contact Andrea.
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
July 27 — SummerTunes returns! Day-long dance music workshops will be led by Andrea Hoag and Paul Oorts. Liz Donaldson will join them to lead the evening dance with the big SummerTunes Band, and Ann Fallon calling. Always a grand event!
For SummerTunes returns Workshop info, please contact Andrea ~ email@example.com.
August 24 — Caroline Barnes will call as the marvelous trio Triple Helix returns to play: Alex Mitchell, fiddle/mandolin; Colleen Reed, flute/saxophone; Keith Gillis, guitar.
September 28 — Greg Frock will call to the extraordinary Are We There Yet? Tina Chancey, fiddle; Susan Brandt, flute; Tom Wright, mandolin/guitar; and Charlie Pilzer, piano.
October 26 — The Treble Makers play: Robin Wilson, flute/concertina/sax; Emily Aubrey, fiddle; Liz Donaldson, piano. Another of our outstanding local favorites. Caller TBA.
November 23 — Kappy Laning will call with Rambling House, the region’s premier
Irish ceili and contradance band.
December 28 — A great new trio of dance band veterans: Carl Friedman, fiddle/Irish flute; Jim Besser, Anglo concertina; Francine Krasowska, piano. Caller TBA.
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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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