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: $10-12, 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

January 4, 2017

Music: Bacon Ave

Calling: Rachel Shapiro Wallace

Bacon Ave is Glen Loper, Bethany Waickman, and Edward Wallace

January 11, 2017 - No Dance

January 18, 2017

Music: DownCellar

Calling: Jack Mitchell

DownCellar is an exceptionally talented trio of local musicians: Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Marko Packard on flute and guitar, and Donal Sheets on guitar and cello.

January 25, 2017

Music: Pete’s Posse

Calling: Lisa Greenleaf

Twin fiddles, hi-powered guitar and pounding footwork, with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards.

February 1, 2017

Music: Heathen Creek

Calling: Linda Leslie

Heathen Creek is Mark Koyama on mandolin, Pete Johannsen on guitar, and Maia Rutman on fiddle.

February 8, 2017 - No Dance

February 15, 2017

Music: Barefoot

Calling: Maia McCormick

Barefoot is Ed Howe and Jamie Oshima.

February 22, 2017

Music: Free Association

Calling: Luke Donforth

Free Association is Amy Larkin on fiddle; Deborah Knight on piano & fiddle; and Carol Bittenson on fiddle.

March 1, 2017

Music: The Figments

Calling: Dugan Murphy

March 8, 2017 - No Dance

March 15, 2017

Music: Polaris

Calling: Ron Blechner

March 22, 2017

Music: Wry Bred

Calling: Dereck Kalish

The contra dance trio Wry Bred engages in joyful musical conversations with driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies. With Julie Sorcek on flute and saxophone, Mickey Koth on fiddle, and Robert Messore on guitar, Wry Bred sensitively supports dancers and callers alike.

March 29, 2017

Music: Frost & Fire

Calling: Dave Eisenstadter

We’re delighted to have this great Northern Vermont band return, multi-instrumentalists all AND Pipes! Hollis Easter (flute, border pipes, whistle, guitar, mandolin), Peter Macfarlane (fiddle, low whistle), Viveka Fox (fiddle, bodhran, djembe), and Aaron Marcus (piano, concertina, feet, banjo)

April 5, 2017

Music: Gaslight Tinkers

Calling: Melanie Axel-Lute

African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music you can dance to. It's the genre-bending future of the music of the past. Featuring Peter Siegel on guitar and mandolin; Garrett Sawyer on bass ; Joe Fitzpatrick on drums; and Audrey Knuth on fiddle.

April 12, 2017 - No Dance

April 19, 2017

Music: Barefoot

Calling: Frannie Marr

April 26, 2017

Music: TBA

Calling: TBA

May 3, 2017

Music: Bruce Rosen and George Wilson

Calling: Sue Rosen

May 10, 2017 - No Dance

May 17, 2017

Music: Dead Sea Squirrels

Calling: Steve Holland

May 24, 2017

Music: Party of Three

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

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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