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 Trinity Episcopal School, 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.
We have grown our dance little by little, with your support. We roll on in 2017 with a great schedule of the top musicians and callers from our own region, and hope you will continue to come out to dance to them. They are all we book. This dance is their home and yours!
Our Next Dance: June 24, 2017 —
Triple Helix is back, and so is the wonderful Eva Murray to call the figures. Super trio of Frederick’s own Alex Mitchell, mandolin and fiddle; Colleen Reed, flute; and Keith Gillis, guitar.
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
June 24 — Triple Helix, Eva Murray. See above.
July 22 — Liz Donaldson, Andrea Hoag and the mighty SummerTunes Orchestra with Ann Fallon calling. SummerTunes music workshops all day—contact Liz for info—followed by dancing to a fantastic big band. Plus…fireworks!
August 26 — Rambling House, the region’s best Irish ceili band (and among the
best for contra, too) with the renowned Kappy Laning calling. Joe DeZarn, fiddle; Tina Eck, flute; Patrick Cavanagh, tenor banjo and button accordion; Marc Glickman, piano and bodhran.
September 23 — No joke, it’s the local folk of the Polka Pants Band: fiddlers Andrea Hoag and Rebecca Weiss and pianist Charlie Pilzer, with Sargon de Jesus calling.
October 28 — Graham DeZarn, fiddle; Marc Glickman, piano; et al, and caller Anna Rain.
November 25 — The Bone Shakers: Joe DeZarn, fiddle; Gina Faber, mandolin; Paul Hammerton, guitar; Ralph Gordon, bass. Caller TBA.
December 23 — Caroline Barnes calling with 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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