Other Dances

 
 

Contra Dancing in Western Massachusetts & Nearby


  1. Except as noted, all dances feature a continuously changing roster of bands and callers.

  2. For a specific date, check the Events calendar at http://guidingstargrange.org (for Greenfield dances) or the website or Facebook page for the dance.

  3. “Intro” means an introductory workshop for new/newer dancers. Highly recommended.

  4. “Challenging” means a dance geared for experienced dancers who are comfortable with all the basic contra figures. Not recommended for first time or very new dancers.



1st Wednesday - Downtown Amherst; (Intro 7, Dancing 7:30-10:30)

1st Friday - Greenfield, Mostly Waltz; (Intro 7; Intermediate Wksp 7:30, Dancing 8-10:30

1st Saturday - Greenfield; Wild Asparagus (Intro 8; Dancing 8:30-11:30)


2nd Wednesday - Hampshire College Red Barn (Sept-Apr; Intro 7; Dancing 7:30-10:30)
2nd Wednesday - Downtown Amherst (July & Aug, sometimes other months, check schedule)

2nd Friday - Greenfield, Swinging Star Contras; (Intro 7:30; Dancing 8-11)

2nd Saturday - Greenfield, TopHill Dance; (Dancing 8-11:30)

2nd Sunday - Brattleboro, Old Stone Church; (Intro 6:45; Dancing 7-10)


3rd Wednesday - Downtown Amherst;  (Intro 7, Dancing 7:30-10:30)

3rd Friday - Greenfield; David Kaynor & Friends with frequent guest performers (Dancing 8-11)

3rd Saturday - Greenfield; The Moving Violations (Intro 7:30; Dancing 8-11)

3rd Saturday (usually) - Montague, MA; Western MA Gender-Free (Sept-May; Dancing 7-10)


4th Wednesday - Downtown Amherst;  (Intro 7, Dancing 7:30-10:30)

4th Friday - Greenfield; Challenging Contras;  (Dancing 8-11; not rec. for new dancers)

4th Saturday - South Amherst, MA; Fiddlers Green Contra Dance; (7:30-10:30)

4th Saturday - Greenfield; TopHill Dance; (Dancing 8-11:30)

4th Sunday - Brattleboro; Old Stone Church;  (Intro 6:45; Dancing 7-10)


5th Wednesday - Downtown Amherst;  (Intro 7, Dancing 7:30-10:30)

5th Friday - Greenfield; Cost-Free Newcomer’s Hour & Contra Dance (Intro 7-8; Dancing 8-11)

5th Saturday - Greenfield; (Dancing 8-11:30)



Slightly farther away (1 to 2 hour drive):


1st Friday - Bennington, VT  (Dancing 7:30-10:30)

1st Saturday - Peterborough, NH  (Intro 7:30-8; Dancing 8-11)

2nd Saturday - Worcester, MA  (Intro 7:30-8; Dancing 8-11)

3rd Saturday - Northboro, MA  (near Worcester); (Intro 7:45; Dancing 8-11)

3rd Saturday - Lenox, MA  (Intro 8; Dancing 8:30-11:30)

3rd Saturday (usually) - Stafford, CT  (Oct-April; Dancing 7:30...)

3rd or 4th Sunday - Enfield, MA (Oct-May; Intro 6:30; Dancing 7-10)

Last Saturday of the month - East Putney, VT;  (Intro 7:30-8; Dancing 8-11)

Last Saturday of March, June, Sept and Dec. - Sheffield, MA (Intro 7:30-8; Dancing 8-11)


Every Thursday - Concord, MA;  (Dancing 7:30-10:30)

Every Monday - Concord, MA;  (Dancing 7:30-10:30)

Every Monday - Nelson, NH; (Dancing 8-10:30)



Venues


  1. Guiding Star Grange #1, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

  2. Downtown Amherst - Masonic Lodge, 99 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

  3. Fiddler’s Green - Munson Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA 01002

  4. Brattleboro Contra - Stone Church, 210 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

  5. Montague Common Hall (formerly Montague Grange) - 34 Main Street, Montague, MA

  6. Powder Mill Barn - 32 South Maple St, Enfield, CT 06082

  7. ...more to come....