Upcoming Events

All events take place at Annapolis Friends Meeting House unless otherwise noted. The Meeting is at 351 DuBois Road, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Directions below).

Friday, February 17 - 333 Coffeehouse: An Evening with Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
This will be a special night with the highly esteemed Scottish songwriter and folksinger Alan Reid, who led Battlefield Band to worldwide fame over a run of nearly 40 years and dozens of albums. He'll be joined by veteran guitarist Rob van Sante. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
Saturday, February 18 - Contra Dance
We welcome back Ricochet from Charlottesville, featuring Walter Hojka on fiddle and Rya Martin on piano, plus new member Brian Hamshar on clarinet. Kim Forry will be our caller.
Saturday, March 4 - English Country Dance
The excellent Tom Hinds will call to the music of Jeff Steinberg (fiddle), Judy Meyers (piano), and Colleen Reed (flute).
Friday, March 17 - 333 Coffeehouse
It's 333's 25th Anniversary Hootenanny! This will be a special night with all of 333's present and former hosts performing the music they play and love:
  • Tom Rhoads and Amy Ksir with eclectic songs, plus some Irish tunes with Jan Scopel on bodhran
  • Janie Meneely and guitarist Rob van Sante with Janie's great songs about the Chesapeake and Rob's classic Brit-folk repertoire
  • and not least, 333 founder Max Ochs with his inimitable songs, poems, and vintage blues!

Expect lots of singing along and general bonhomie! 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info

Saturday, March 18 - Contra Dance
We welcome Contratopia, a top-shelf band touring from the upper Midwest. They are Erik Sessions (fiddle), Patrice Pakiz (piano, oboe, percussion), Pat O'Loughlin (English concertina, banjo), and John Goodin (mandolin, guitar). Ted Hodapp will call.
Saturday, April 15 - Contra Dance
It's our annual Fun-Raiser Dance featuring the PHAT sound of the Annapolis All-Starz! Ann Fallon will lead our cavalcade of callers. Join us to raise money for ATDS and the maintenance of our dance floor! If you're interested in playing in the band, contact us.
Friday, April 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
We welcome Lulu's Fate back to 333 with their stripped-down, cool approach to old-time songs and tunes. They're riding the wave of their new CD, The Cowpalace Sessions. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info

Regular Dances - General Information

Directions

The Annapolis Friends (Quaker) Meeting House is located close to Rt. 50 and minutes away from downtown Annapolis. From US 50/301, take Exit 24 (Rt. 70/Rowe Blvd), and take the exit away from downtown (towards Bestgate Rd - this is a left if coming from the west, a right if from the east). The first stoplight after Rt. 50 is North Bestgate Rd. Turn right. Go for a short distance and turn left on DuBois Rd. (There is a sign for the Friends Meeting at the intersection.) Take DuBois until it ends, and turn left into the gravel parking lot.

Here's a map showing the Meeting House and surrounding area.

About ATDS

The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) Maryland corporation. ATDS has been around since 1988 and is affiliated with the Country Dance and Song Society.

Activities: ATDS holds a monthly contra and square dance, regular English country dances, and the monthly 333 Coffeehouse concert series.

We sponsor or co-sponsor special dance events, so contact us if you have an event you want to organize. We support and promote a variety of dance forms including waltz, swing and couples dancing, clogging, and Cajun.

All of our events are open to the public, and do not require any proven level of expertise.

Membership: You don't have to be an ATDS member to attend our events, but members receive a discount on admissions, and similar discounts on dances held by affiliated organizations including the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Baltimore Folk Music Society. Annual membership in ATDS costs $16 for an individual, $30 for a family. Ready to join? Here's a membership form.

Volunteer! ATDS is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. Why not get involved? If you'd like to be a part of putting together an exciting dance series, please join us! We need volunteers for the following:

If you have an interest in one of these volunteer positions, email Jan Scopel.

Contact Us

For general information:
annapolis.contra.dance "at" gmail "dot" com
To support ATDS with a tax-deductible donation:
annapolis.contra.dance "at" gmail "dot" com
or by mail to: ATDS, c/o Jan Scopel, 1277 Ritchie Highway #188, Arnold, MD 21012. (Please make checks payable to "Annapolis Traditional Dance Society.")
Contra Dance Band and Caller Contact:
Charlotte Featherstone
English Dance Band and Caller Contact:
Ann Fallon, (410)-268-0231, aefallon "at" verizon "dot" net
333 Coffeehouse Contact:
Tom Rhoads & Amy Ksir, (443)-333-9613, 333coffeehouse "at" gmail "dot" com
Website:
http://www.contradancers.com/atds