Upcoming Dance Opportunities and Events...
Third Saturdays of every month (except June 2023) * Cancellations due to hazardous weather conditions will be posted here by noon on the day of the dance.
Time: 7:00-10:00 p.m. New dancer lesson: 6:15 p.m.
Location October - April: St. John's Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603
March 18, 2023 Caller: April Blum Band: Jill Smith (keyboard) Todd Clewell (fiddle, mandolin) and Barb Schmid (fiddle)
April 15, 2023 Caller: Caroline Barnes Band: The Faux Paws with Andrew, Noah, and Chris *Special Dance Co-hosted by SFMS https://www.sfmsfolk.org/info/home.html
Location May - September: Lancaster County Central Park Pavilion #11, 733 Williamson Rd. Lancaster, PA 17602
May 20, 2023 Caller: Andrea Nettleton Band: BASS: Bill Quern (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, melodeon), Adlai Waksman (keyboard), Steve Epstein (clarinet and sax), Sarah Gowan (guitar and concertina) ASS - Bill Quern, Adlai Waksman, Sarah Gowan, Steve Epstein
June 17: No June Dance this year.
July 15, 2023 Callers: Liesl Jandrey & Alex Burka Band: Henry (fiddle), Steve (clarinet), Jill Smith (Keys) and Laura Alexander.
August 19, 2023 Caller: Sue Gola Band: Ladies in the Parlor - Barb Schmid (fiddle) Freya Qually (guitar) Sharon Sacks (banjo) Suzanne Gates (bass) * This band is sponsored by Terry Bachman (Thank you for this generous gift Terry!)
September 16, 2023 Caller: Sargon DeJesus Band: Back Oranges with Sarah Foard (fiddle) somebody on guitar, somebody on percussion, and a piano player
October 21, 2023 Caller: TBA Band: Gooseberries with Rich Dodson (fiddle) and Jill Smith (keyboard)
COVID Precautions: * Masks are welcomed but not required for Lancaster Contra dances.
All ages are welcome! Bring the whole family, or come on your own! No partner or prior dance experience necessary!
Bringing a water bottle is encouraged. Other tips and information can be found here: https://www.tcdance.org/contra-tips.php
Cost: sliding scale $12-20+ cash only
Children 13 or younger dance FREE
*Please bring cash we can not accept check or credit cards at this time.
Dance lessons! A New Dancers practice lesson is included in admission and takes place at 6:15 before each dance. If you can count to 4 and walk, you can do this dance!
Contra Dance is a social dance with roots in English country dancing. We dance to live music that has influences from bluegrass to old-time Appalachian and from Irish to French Canadian and swing.
See Contra Dancing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxmSElVZcMc from Swingin' Tern dance Hanover, NJ July 17, 2021