Most Wednesdays - 7:30-10:30
Beginners Lesson at 7pm - bring your friends!

Adults: $10-15 — Students: $8 — High School: $6
First-timers who attend our 7pm Beginner's Lesson: FREE

Our Regular Venue (above) is the
Pacific Lodge Masonic Hall
99 Main St, Amherst, MA
Between the Black Sheep Deli and the Police Station

Our Summer Venue is the
Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst
121 N. Pleasant St, Amherst, MA

Our summer dances are held at the UU Church. Please enter through the right-side door. Our dance returns to the Masonic Hall in the fall.

Please bring a water bottle and soft soled shoes. This is a fragrance-free and substance-free event. Please refrain from wearing scented products. Dances are smoke, drug and alcohol free.

The Downtown Amherst Contra Dance prides itself on being a very safe and welcoming community. If you ever have physical or emotional safety concerns at our dance, please reach out to a committee member and we will attend to the issue as quickly as possible. Committee members are identifiable by our buttons, which say "committee" and have a ribbon around them. Help us make our dance as safe as it possibly can be for you and everyone else!

Dance Schedule

October 9, 2019 - No Dance

Go to the Hampshire College Red Barn! directions

Dancing: 7:30pm - 10pm; Beginner's Lesson: 7pm

Calling: Liz Nelson

Music: Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) and Donal Sheets (guitar)

More details in their Facebook event

October 16, 2019

Calling: Dereck Kalish

Music: Dead Sea Squirrels

Cathy Mason - fiddle
Craig Edwards - fiddle, mandolin, banjo
Henry Yoshimura - guitar

October 23, 2019

Calling: Lisa Greenleaf

Music: Cedar Stanistreet, Jesse Ball, and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin

Cedar Stanistreet - fiddle
Jesse Ball - mandolin, guitar, piano, feet
Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin - accordion, piano

October 30, 2019

Calling: Sarah VanNorstrand

Music: Casey Murray, Donal Sheets, and friends

Casey Murray - cello, guitar
Donal Sheets - cello, guitar, piano
And a guest fiddler

November 6, 2019

Calling: Hannah Johlas

Music: Wry Bred

Julie Sorcek - flute, sax
Mickey Koth - fiddle
Robert Messore - guitar

November 13, 2019 - No Dance

November 20, 2019

Calling: Kristen Planeaux

Music: Golden

Clara Stickney - fiddle
Jesse Ball - mando, piano, guitar, feet
Everest Whitman - guitar, feet

November 27, 2019 - No Dance

December 4, 2019

Calling: Dereck Kalish

Music: REELation

Carol Bittenson - Fiddle
Alex Cumming - Accordion/Piano
Steve Bittenson - Frets
Rick Kaufman - Bass

December 11, 2019 - No Dance

December 18, 2019

Calling: Liz Nelson

Music: Bartieni Street

Cedar Stanistreet - fiddle
David Cantieni - flute, sax, bombarde
Kate Barnes - piano, guitar

December 25, 2019 - No Dance

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
No Partner
Bring Clean,
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