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, November 16 - 333 Coffeehouse
We welcome Zoe Mulford, a thoughtful songwriter with a long career of shows in both the US and the UK. She has written some really touching songs, but also has a lively sense of humor. She has a sweet, strong voice and plays banjo and guitar. Her song "The President Sang Amazing Grace" was recently recorded by Joan Baez. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. (Advance tickets $10.75)
Saturday, November 17 - Contra Dance
We'll forward-and-back to music by Backstep Cindy, a new(ish) band combining the core of the New Southern Cowtippers with the rhythm section of A.P. and the Banty Roosters: Sandy Hofferth on fiddle, Howard Zane on banjo, Joe Langley on guitar, and Art Abrams on upright bass. Susan Taylor will call. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Traffic Alert - A Navy home football game will be ending shortly before this dance. Main routes in our area may be congested. Consider these alternate routes.
Saturday, December 15 - Contra Dance
Greg Frock will be our caller, as we revel and revolve to the fine playing of Liz Donaldson (piano), Susan Brandt (flute) and Tom Wright (mighty 10-string mandolin). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, December 21 - 333 Coffeehouse
Program TBA.
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 333 Coffeehouse
Program TBA.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - Contra Dance
Kappy Laning calls to I-97: Emily Aubrey, fiddle; Robin Wilson, flute/concertina/sax; Amy Ksir, whistles/accordion/oboe; and Tom Rhoads, guitar/dulcimer.

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.

Map showing the Meeting House and surrounding area.

Alternate routes which may be useful when traffic is heavy on US 50/301 or in the downtown Annapolis 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