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.
DISCONTINUED AS OF JANUARY 2020. Please read below.
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: December 28, 2019
Shane Knudsen calls with Red Toad Road, a great new trio of dance band veterans: Carl Friedman, fiddle/Irish flute; Jim Besser, Anglo concertina; Francine Krasowska, piano.
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
With regret, we announce that we are suspending our dance indefinitely. Our current venue’ s availability has become uncertain and unpredictable. We have not found another space that is both appropriate and affordable, and our attendance has gotten to be consistently too low to sustain the operation.
We thank all the dancers, callers and musicians who have supported us over these many years of contra dancing in Frederick. Perhaps the opportunity will arise to do it again a some future time on a regular or sporadic basis, in which case we will be in touch!
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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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