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Wednesday Night Contra & Square Dances


BFMS is having in-person events again! Being mindful of the need to protect those most at risk of infection from Covid-19, we are requiring effective mask wearing, proof of vaccination and online ticket purchasing (allows contact tracing) for many events. We intend to adjust as the situation changes. We look forward to seeing you in-person soon!

The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Contra and Square Dancing at 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 PM every other Wednesday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Moving to 1st and 3rd Wednesdays beginning Sept 2022

Admission is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, Under 21 and full-time students with IDs: $7 for members, $10 for nonmembers.

All dances are taught and walked through beforehand. Music and dance styles include New England, Southern Appalachian, and Celtic styles. Nationally-known musicians and callers appear regularly. These dances are sponsored in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

New Dancers' workshops:
Free workshops introducing basic contra dance figures take place every dance evening at 7:30p.m. Beginners are encouraged to attend.

See our Contra dance FAQs for general information on Contra Dances

Please see our Behavior Policy

For more information call the BFMS hotline at 888-646-BFMS or email amdance at bfms.org.

Directions to Lovely Lane Church

Please help support our Callers and Musicians

BFMS encourages our members to donate to musicians and callers who had their BFMS sponsored gigs cancelled due to coronavirus. We are no longer accepting donations through our website, but CDSS has established a website for donations to musicians and callers.

CDSS send love to freelancers

If you cannot find contact info for specific performers, please contact our dance chairs, who can provide contact info.
Facebook Group
Check our Facebook group for the latest information.

Wednesday, August 10 2022 
Anna Rain calls to Petrichord - Sophie Chang (cello), Colleen Holroyd (fiddle, feet), and Bobby LaRose (piano, mandolin, bones). Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Wednesday, August 24 2022 
Ann Fallon calls to music by Backstep Cindy - Sandy Hofferth (fiddle), Joe Langley (guitar), Fred Cherney (banjo), and Shirley Echols (bass). Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Wednesday, September 07 2022 
Janine Smith calls to music by Ken and Brad Kolodner and Friends. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Wednesday, September 21 2022 
Music by Triple Helix - Colleen Reed (flute), Alexander Mitchell (fiddle), and Keith Gillis (guitar). Caller TBA. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Wednesday, October 05 2022 
Music by the Treble Makers - Liz Donaldson (piano), Emily Aubrey (fiddle), and Robin Wilson (flute, concertina). Caller TBA. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.
 
Wednesday, October 19 2022 
Wednesday night contra dance with live music! Band and caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30. Dance starts at 8 at Lovely Lane Church (now with air conditioning!). N-95/KN-95/KF-94 masks and proof of vaccination are required. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php . Attendance is limited so pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. No cash at the door.