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, 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.

Regular Dances - General Information


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, 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:

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