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

March 23, 2016

Music: Mola Mola

Calling: Dave Eisenstadter

You know all these fabulous musicians - Andrew VanNorstrand, Julie Vallimont, Rachel Bell - from the many other bands they play in. Come hear them as Mola Mola make some great music for dancing led by Sara VanNorstrand.

March 30, 2016

Music: Cardinal Direction

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

Cedar Stanistreet - fiddle

Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens - clarinet

Jonathan Cannon - guitar

April 6, 2016

Music: Pete’s Posse

Calling: Will Mentor

Pete Sutherland - keyboard, guitar, fiddle

Oliver Scanlon - fiddle, foot percussion

Tristan Henderson - mandolin, guitar, feet


Music: Nova

Calling: TBA

April 20, 2016

Music: DownCellar (Cedar Stanistreet, Marko Packard, Corey DiMario)

Calling: Gaye Fifer (Philadelphia, PA)

April 27, 2016

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.

May 4, 2016

Music: Tuneship (Cedar Stanistreet, Karina Wilson, Larry Ungar)

Calling: Dereck Kalish

May 18, 2016

Music: The Gaslight Tinkers

Calling: Dave Eisenstadter

May 25, 2016

Music: Party of Three

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

June 1, 2016

Music: Autumn Rose Lester & Everest Witman

Calling: Dugan Murphy

June 8, 2016

No Dance

June 15, 2016

Music: Donal Sheets & Kelsey Wells

Calling: Linda Leslie

June 22, 2016

Music: Ensoliel

Calling: Jack Mitchell (from NC)

Check out this VIDEO of Ensoliel playing the Mill Work Dance in Michigan

Christine Hedden of Ensoliel and orchestra playing “A Taisce”

June 29, 2016

Music: Elixir

Calling: Nils Fredland

July 6, 2016

Music: Koehler & Kelly

Calling: Clinton Ross (NC)

July 20, 2016

Music: Sassafras Stomp

Calling: Mary Wesley

July 27, 2016

Music: TBA

Calling: TBA

August 3, 2016

Music: TBA

Calling: TBA

August 17, 2016

Music: Tempest

Calling: Rich Goss (Portland, OR)

August 24, 2016

Music: Atlantic Crossing

Calling: TBA

August 31, 2016

Music: TBA

Calling: TBA

September 7, 2016

Music: Stuart Kenney & Friends

Calling: Will Mentor

September 21, 2016   6th Anniversary Dance!!!

Music: Ed Howe & Bennett Konesni

Calling: Nils Fredland

September 28, 2016

Music: Seaglass (Andrew VanNorstrand, Rachel Bell, Eileen NIcholson - Rochester, NY)

Calling: Michael Karcher (Seattle, WA)

October 5, 2016

Music: TBA

Calling: Hilton Baxter

October 19, 2016

Music: Noodles (Seattle, WA)

Calling: TBA

October 26, 2016

Music: Cedar Stanistreet, Corey DiMario, Marko Packard

Calling: TBA

November 2, 2016

Music: Julie Vallimont, Rachel Bell, Audrey Knuth

Calling: Will Mentor

November 16, 2016

Music: Turning Stile (Aaron Marcus & Joanne Garton)

Calling: TBA

November 23, 2016

Music: TBA

Calling: TBA

November 30, 2016

Music: Pete’s Posse

Calling: Adina Gordon

December 7, 2016

Music: Buddy System (Techno Dance)

Calling: George Marshall

Julie Vallimont - keyboard, accordion, loops, synths, effects

Noah VanNorstrand - fiddle

December 21, 2016

Music: Bartieni Street (David Cantieni, Cedar Stanistreet, Peter Barnes)

Calling: Lisa Greenleaf

December 28, 2016

Music: TBA

Calling: TBA

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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


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