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.
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: March 24
Perry Shafran calls to the brilliant playing of Sugar Beat: Elke Baker (Past U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion,) Susan Brandt (most brilliant improvisatory flutist in these parts) and Marc Glickman (Frederick’s own) on piano and bodhran. Repertoire from New England, Scotland, Ireland, the Appalachians and original tunes.
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Upcoming Schedule. . .
Good News! We have been cleared to use the venue through at least July, and hopefully beyond that, which we should find out over the next few months. But we will probably not have a May dance (Memorial Day weekend.)
April 28 — Shane Knudsen calling with Wild Wombats of the Chesapeake playing the tunes. Carl Friedman, fiddle & flute; Ralph Barthine, guitar; and Janina O’Brien, piano.
June 23 — Kappy Laning calls with the fabulous trio Triple Helix: Alexander Mitchell, fiddle; Colleen Reed, flute; and Keith Gillis, guitar
July 28 — SummerTunes returns! Workshop participants play in the mighty SummerTunes Orchestra led by Liz Donaldson at the pinao and Andrea Hoag on fiddle, with Ann Fallon calling the figures.
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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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