Upcoming Events

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

Saturday, October 12 - Galesville Community Square Dance
At Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Main Street, Galesville, MD 20765 (map)
A great little dance down by the West River. Squares, contras, circles and more called by Janine Smith. Family-friendly dances at 7 PM; more advanced dances from 8:30-10. Music by Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), friends and drop-ins. More info at the GCSD site. (Not an ATDS event, but we are glad to support it!)
Friday, October 18 - 333 Coffeehouse
We're excited to present Seth Kibel & the Kleztet. Seth is arguably our region's premier klezmer clarinetist, and the trio plays klezmer, jazz, swing and more. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. (Advance tickets $11 at BPT.)
Saturday, October 19 - Contra Dance
Caroline Barnes will call to to the big, hot sound of DC's Black Oranges - Sarah Foard (fiddle), Cynthia Marie (piano), Gary Prince (guitar), and Manny Arciniega (percussion). 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Saturday, November 2 - English Country Dance
Music by Roundabout - Mike Dunn (violin), Kathy Boyer (flute, pennywhistle, clarinet), and Janet Muse (piano). Tom Hinds will call the figures. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, November 15 - 333 Coffeehouse
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Billy Kemp is a Baltimore native (now working in Nashville) with charming "Americana" songs, decades' worth of stories, and a low-key, engaging style. 7:30 PM; $12/$10. (Advance tickets $11 at BPT.)
Saturday, November 16 - Contra Dance
We look forward to a repeat of last year's fantastic dance with Janine Smith and Susan Taylor calling contras (and great singing squares) to the excellent Dead Sea Squirrels - Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on more fiddle (and maybe banjo or accordion), and Henry Yoshimura on guitar. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).
Friday, December 20 - 333 Coffeehouse
Program TBA.
Saturday, December 21 - Contra Dance
Our own Kim Forry calls contras (and probably some squares) to the lively tunes of one of our favorite local bands, Backstep Cindy - Sandy Hofferth on fiddle, Howard Zane on banjo, Joe Langley on guitar, and Art Abrams on upright bass. 7 PM; $10/8/5 (price details).

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 can always use volunteers in roles such as:

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

Contact Us

For general information:
To support ATDS with a tax-deductible donation:
or by mail to: ATDS, c/o Kim Forry, 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)-507-0934, aefallon@verizon.net
333 Coffeehouse Contact:
Tom Rhoads & Amy Ksir, (443)-333-9613, 333coffeehouse@gmail.com