Most Wednesdays - 7:30-10:30
Beginners Lesson at 7pm - bring your friends!
Newcomers and beginners ALWAYS welcome! 
Intro lesson at 7pm at every dance
FREE ADMISSION for new dancers who attend Intro Lesson!
Masonic Lodge 99 Main Street - Amherst, MA
 (near the Black Sheep Deli and the Police Station)
Admission: $10, Students: $8, High School: $6
Please bring water and clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floor. 
This is a Fragrance-Free and Substance-Free event. Please refrain from wearing highly scented products. Dances are smoke, drug and alcohol free. 

Dance Schedule 

April 1, 2015
Music: Cedar Stanistreet, Corey Walters and Roger Kahle
Calling: Ron Blechner
Another great trio of Western New England talent with our own Ron Blechner calling.

IMPORTANT NOTE for April 15 Dance (only) 
Location Change - UU Church next to Bart’s - see map below

April 15, 2015
Music: Audrey Knuth, Everest Witman, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin
Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson
NOVA fans take note: The awesome and versatile fiddler Audrey Knuth of the Free Raisins, will be sitting in for Kathleen Fownes for what will be a very hot dance with Steve Zakon-Anderson teaching and calling. You can’t go wrong!

The Masonic Lodge was not available this night but we wanted the dance to go on so we’re trying out an alternate venue at the Unitarian Universalist Society building just around the corner, next to Bart’s Ice Cream and Rao’s Coffee (121 North Pleasant Street). Look for signs and use the side entrance.

April 22, 2015
Music: Nor’easter
Calling: Nils Fredland

“toe-tappin', foot-stompin', shoe-shufflin', heel-clickin', booty-shakin' ”
the fabulous Nor’easter returns to Downtown Amherst. Nor’easter has the distinction of playing the first ever Burning Man contradance in addition to wowing dancers all over the country. Nor’easter features Julie Vallimont on keyboards, Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle and Max Newman on guitar and mandolin. Come hear one of the finest bands in the Northeast with calling by the equally fine Nils Fredland calling. Nils teaches a great beginning workshop so bring your friends at 7 for a great intro to contra dancing.

Friday, April 24   8–11pm 
 Challenging Contras 
Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA

April 24, 2015
Music: Pete’s Posse
Calling: Mary Wesley

This dance is open to anyone but will be geared toward experienced dancers so it’s probably not the best night to introduce someone to contra (there will not be a beginner lesson). 

"Experienced" means:

 You know how to do a roll away, California twirl, pass through to a wave, contra corners, and the basic moves without being taught
 You know where to be at the start of each dance phrase and how to recover from a lapse
 You assist your partner and neighbor to the next move
 You execute flourishes safely and on time without disturbing others

The Greenfield Challenging Contras 4th Friday series is managed by Will Loving. For further information see the series Facebook page.

April 24-26, 2015 - Mansfield, MA
New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) Weekend
NEFFA Website

April 29, 2015
Music: Pete’s Posse
Calling: Adina Gordon

Pete’s Posse is composed of multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo and vocals), Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, dobro, foot percussion and vocals) and Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, bodhran, foot percussion and vocals).

Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over hi-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. Old songs and tunes, lyrical and driving, along side brand new ones. That’s the multi-generational heart and mind of “Pete’s Posse”, at work and at play. And, we’re very pleased to have Adina Gordon joining us again to call.

May 6, 2015
Music: Swallowtail
Calling: George Marshall & Tim VanEgmond

An evening with a group that has been making sublime dance music together for over 30 years: David Cantieni - winds, Ron Grosslein - fiddle, Timm Triplett - keyboards, Tim Van Egmond - hammer dulcimer and calling, George Marshall - concertina, bodhran and calling. A night not to be missed.

Click here to download a PDF of the current Amherst flyer

Dances organized by Amherst Area Contradances, a group of local dance enthusiasts. For information, contact Will Loving

This dance series is funded in part by the New Leaders, Good Leaders Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society

All Dances
No Partner
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