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: September 22
Come celebrate the Autumnal Equinox!
Greg Frock will be our caller, with Tina Chancey on fiddle and Charlie Pilzer at the piano. Also joining them, Susan Brandt on flute and Tom Wright on ten-string mandolin, comprising the quartet known as Are We There Yet?
What a band! What a night!
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
Our series of outstanding fiddle/piano duos (and one trio)
continues through the fall and winter! . . .
October 27 — Elke Baker, fiddle; Liz Donaldson, piano. Scottish, Irish and American tunes. Eva Murray calling the figures.
November 24 — Joe DeZarn, fiddle; Marc Glickman, piano; with Caroline Barnes calling.
December 22 — Andrea Hoag & Rebecca Weiss, fiddles; Jonathan Jensen, 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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