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 (the former Adventist 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 had a great year and grown our dance little by little, with your support. We will roll on into 2017 with a great schedule of the top musicians and callers from our own region, who are all that we book, and hope you will continue to come out to dance to them. This dance is their home and yours!
Our Next Dance: February 25, 2017 —
Treble Makers w/Shane Knudsen calling. Robin Wilson, flute & saxophone; Emily Aubrey, fiddle; Liz Donaldson, piano. From Baltimore and DC, one of our favorite local trios, with a varied and wonderful instrumental mix!
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
March 25 — The Washington Area Open Band (aka the Fabulous Glen Echo Open Band) led by Steve Hickman, with the equally fabulous Laura Brown calling the figures.
April 22 — Sugar Beat returns, with TBA.
May 27 — NO DANCE. Memorial Day Weekend. Taking a break this month!
June 24 — Triple Helix is back, and so is the wonderful Eva Murray to call the figures.
July 22 — Liz Donaldson, Andrea Hoag and the mighty SummerTunes Orchestra with Ann Fallon calling. SummerTunes music workshops all day—contact Liz.
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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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