The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society
Annapolis, Maryland, USA
For over 25 years, the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society has brought monthly contra dances and
other traditional dance events to the Annapolis area.
ATDS also sponsors the 333 Coffeehouse, Annapolis' monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music.
Come dance with us!
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, August 19 - 333 Coffeehouse
- It's another of our summer Community Music Nights - an open stage and song circle for the performers in our community. 7:30 PM; suggested donation $5. More info
- Saturday, August 20 - Contra Dance
- We welcome a new band to our dance, Wild Wood: Steve Bocian (mandolins and djembe), Joanne Murphy (hammered dulcimer, concertina), Pierce Crowell (guitar) and Ed VandenBosche (cello, recorder). Caroline Barnes will call the dances.
- Friday, September 16 - 333 Coffeehouse
- We're excited to bring Simple Gifts to 333: two talented women with a dozen instruments and a diverse repertoire of mostly traditional instrumental music from all over America and Europe. Plus, we'll have the awards from the 2016 Benjamin Peace Writing Contest. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. More info
- Saturday, September 17 - Contra Dance
- Perry Shafran will call contra and square dances to the music of the duo Contra Intuitive - Ryck Kaiser on fiddle and Peggy Shutes on piano.
- Saturday, October 15 - Contra Dance
- Sue Gola calls to music by a trio of veteran players, the Rhythmajigs: Walter Hojka (fiddle), Patti Reum (flute) and Jack Maus (piano).
- Friday, October 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
- Program TBA.
- Saturday, October 29 - English Country Dance
- Anna Rain will call the figures, with music by Edith Coakley Stowe, fiddle; Carrie Rose, flute; and the redoubtable Dave Wiesler, piano.
- Friday, November 18 - 333 Coffeehouse
- We're thrilled to be bringing the fantastic Bing Futch to 333. More info to come.
- Saturday, November 19 - Contra Dance
- Another big new local ensemble makes their Annapolis debut: Emil's Fling is Jack Brumbaugh, Sharon Brewer, Bob Dowd, Joanne Murphy, and Romey Pittman. Kappy Laning calls.
- Our contra dances are held the third Saturday of each month.
- Our English country dances are usually held on fifth Saturdays - see the calendar.
- Dances run from 7 to 10 PM.
- Dances are held at the Annapolis
Friends Meeting House, at 351 DuBois Rd in Annapolis. Parking is
free. The hall is climate controlled and cooled with extra fans in
- No experience is required. A free beginners' workshop is held at
6:30 PM. If you're new to contra dance, try to come early even if you
can't make the workshop. The evening starts off with easier dances and
- You don't have to bring a partner.
- Wear comfortable clothing, and bring shoes with soft, non-marking
soles. "Street" shoes should be cleaned before dancing (we have
brushes, but it's best to bring clean shoes and change before you
begin). No high heels, please (they can damage the floor, and
they're terrible for contra dancing anyway).
- Our contra dance evenings usually also include a few square
- Snacks are provided (honor system donation box)... or bring
something to share!
- Dance Admission Prices:
*Member prices apply to members of ATDS and affiliated organizations
including FSGW (Washington) and BFMS (Baltimore). (More
|Students with ID
|Little Kids (under 6)
First-time dancers receive a
Next Dance Free coupon.
The Annapolis Traditional Dance Society is a
501(c)(3) Maryland corporation. ATDS has been around since 1988 and is
affiliated with the Country Dance
Activities: ATDS holds a monthly contra and square dance,
occasional swing dances, and also sponsors dancers' and callers' workshops.
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. We
sponsor or co-sponsor special dance events, so contact
us if you have an event you want to organize.
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:
- Dance/concert hall set-up
- Gate committee
- Dance managers
- Sound crew
- Food prep
- Publicity: putting up posters, social media...
If you have an interest in one of these volunteer positions, email Jan Scopel.