Thursday night contra dances cancelled
through at least the end of March

Contra dancing is an activity with a uniquely high level of physical closeness and contact with most of the other participants. In view of the coronavirus pandemic, and the fact that community transmission has been occuring in the United States among people not showing symptoms, we have decided with heavy hearts to cancel the Thursday night dances for the rest of March. We will assess the possibility of dancing again at the end of each month that we remain dark.

We recognize that this dance cancellation causes considerable problems with the vote we are currently conducting on role terms. Our vote subcommittee will schedule a conference call and make contingency plans, to be shared with the membership as soon as possible.

More information about the COVID-19 outbreak:
World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Pennsylvania Department of Health: Coronavirus

As the Country Dance and Song Society remind us:

Our dance, song, and music traditions will not go away if we need to hit the pause button for a while. They’ve made it through population migrations, world wars, and the rise of digital entertainment. Dancing and singing together will continue with gusto after the initial virus has run its course. Be kind and understanding with the dancers, singers, musicians, callers, and organizers around you.

The PATMAD board
March 8, 2020

Our usual schedule:

Thursday, 7:30 PM

Every Thursday.

It's a thing.


For maximum fun, there are a couple basic moves you are going to want to learn.  We teach in a small group just before the big dance, and lessons start right at 7:30.  You don't need to be there at 7:30, but if you want to learn the basics, you should really consider arriving at 7:30. You will still have fun if you don't, but if you want to have Maximum Fun, consider taking the lesson.  BTW, lessons start at 7:30.  Hint Hint.

At 8:00 the dance begins.  Never fear, each dance is taught.  The dance ends at 11 but... After the dance, we move over to the bar attached to the hall.

Sometimes there is free pizza.

Bring your Ax, sometimes there is a jam session.

Sometimes there is dancing and merriment.


For a complete schedule of our bands and callers, click here.

For a schedule of PATMAD dances, click here.


Third Saturdays of the month from Sept. thru May we dance at the

Summit Presbyterian Church 

a couple blocks from the Thursday dance at

Greene and Westview Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19119

Street parking is generally available

Check the website for details 

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