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 scented products. Dances are smoke, drug and alcohol free.

Dance Schedule

December 16, 2015

Music: Bartieni Street

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

Come join us Downtown for a fun evening of dance and music from this unique ensemble. Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), David Cantieni (winds) and Peter Barnes (keyboard and guitar).

December 30, 2015

Music: Pete’s Posse

Calling: Will Mentor

Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over hi-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards. 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.

December 31, 2015 at the Guiding Star Grange

Music: Nova

Calling: Nils Fredland

Nova exploded onto the scene last year and has been thrilling dancers ever since. They’ll be making only a few appearances with us this year due to busy schedules, so don’t miss them. Nova is Kathleen Fownes on fiddle; Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on keyboard, accordion and foot percussion; Everest Witman on guitar. The amazing Nils Fredland calls and electrifies the floor with his trombone!

January 6, 2016

Music: The Moving Violations

Calling: Maia McCormick (from NYC)

Valley favorites return! Van Kaynor on fiddle; Ron Grosslein on fiddle and mandolin; Eric Eid-Reiner on keyboard.

January 20, 2016

Music: Great Bear Trio

Calling: Mary Wesley

The amazing Great Bear Trio returns to Amherst! Upstate New York based Great Bear Trio features brothers Andrew VanNorstrand (fiddle, guitar and bouzouki) and Noah VanNorstrand ( fiddle, mandolin, feet) and their mom, Kim Yerton (piano).

January 27, 2016

Music: ‘Techno’ contra with Buddy System

Calling: Luke Donforth

Buddy System is Noah VanNorstrand of Great Bear Trio on fiddle and guitar and Julie Vallimont on keyboard, accordion, synths, effects and jaws harp. They are guaranteed to set your feet a-dancin’ with their musically rich blend of live fiddle and keyboard infused with infectious beats, loops, samples. Dramatic lighting with black lights and lasers (but no strobes). Bring your favorite glow-in-the-dark clothing, face paint, etc!

February 3, 2016

Music: Triple A

Calling: Sara VanNorstrand

Triple A is:

Audrey Knuth — Fiddle

Amy Englesberg — Piano
Andrew VanNorstrand — Guitar, fiddle and more

These three get straight As and go to the head of the class for inspiring dancers coast to coast with their recent cross-country tour. We are very please to have them join us!

February 12-14, 2016

Dance Flurry 2016 - Saratoga Springs, NY

Flurry Festival Website

February 17, 2016

Music: Free Association

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

Free Association is: Amy Larkin on Fiddle, Carol Bittenson, and Debby Knight.

February 24, 2016

Music: The Irregulars

Calling: Dugan Murphy

Dana Hartshorn - piano

McKinley James - cello

Oliver Scanlon - mandolin, fiddle

Chris Krag - fiddle

Eileen O'Grady - fiddle

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, Click HERE

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


All Dances
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