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 water 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

April 3, 2019

Calling: Dereck Kalish & Hannah Johlas

Music: The Turning Stile

Joanne Garton - fiddle
Aaron Marcus - piano

April 10, 2019 - No Dance

April 17, 2019

Calling: Jeannine Ameduri

Music: Eileen Kalfass, Rachel Bell, Karen Axelrod

Eileen - fiddle
Rachel - accordion
Karen - piano

April 24, 2019

Calling: Lisa Greenleaf

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

Cedar - fiddle
Jesse - guitar, mandolin, feet, accordion
Guillaume - piano, accordion

May 1, 2019

Calling: Dana Dwinell-Yardley

Music: Kestrel

Dave Langford - fiddle
Kate Barnes - piano, guitar

May 8, 2019 - No Dance

May 15, 2019

Calling: Will Mentor

Music: New Brew

Eileen Kalfass - fiddle
Tom Santarsiero - guitar, mandolin
Jane Knoeck - piano, accordion

May 22, 2019

Calling: Jacqui Grennan

Music: Chicks N’Sync

Julie Sorcek - flute, saxophone
Robin Reid - guitar
Britt Goodman - hammered dulcimer, concertina

May 29, 2019

Calling: Sue Rosen

Music: George Wilson and Bruce Rosen

George - fiddle
Bruce - piano

June 5, 2019

Calling: Ron Blechner

Music: Light Reaction

Kathleen Fownes - fiddle
Jim Fownes - piano

June 12, 2019 - No Dance

June 19, 2019

Calling: Alex Deis-Lauby

Music: Cedar Stanistreet, David Cantieni, Jesse Ball

Cedar - fiddle
David - flute, sax
Jesse - mando, guitar, feet

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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