Baltimore Folk Music Society


Wednesday Night Contra & Square Dances

The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Contra and Square Dancing at 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Admission is $9 for members, $13 for nonmembers. Under 21 and full-time students with IDs: $4 members, $6 non-members.

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 on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30p.m. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Contra dance FAQs.

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

Directions to Lovely Lane Church

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Event Dates:

Wednesday, October 26 2016 
Chestnut Night!*
Various Callers call to Devine Comedy: Marty Taylor (whistles, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), and John Devine (guitar).
*Chestnuts are the gems of the contra dance repertoire. Many date back to the 1700's, but some modern classics ("United we Dance") were written after 2001. New dancer orientation at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday, November 02 2016 
Donna Hunt calls to Dance All Night: Ryck Kaiser (fiddle), Jill Smith (piano), and Bruce Campbell (bass).
Wednesday, November 09 2016 
April Blum calls to the New Hip Trio: Joe DeZarn (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (piano), and Ralph Gordon (bass).
Wednesday, November 16 2016 
Kim Forry calls to the MetroGnomes - Bob Garber (clarinet), McGregor Yatsevich (fiddle, mandolin), and Mark Vidor (piano).
Wednesday, November 23 2016 
Greg Frock calls to Organic Family Band: Michael Raitzyk (guitar), Jakob Raitzyk (fiddle), Rebekah Gellar(fiddle), and Judith Gellar (French horn).
Wednesday, November 30 2016 
Caroline Barnes calls to the Contra Rebels Trio: Todd Clewell (fiddle), Barb Schmid (fiddle), and Henry Koretzky (guitar).
Wednesday, December 07 2016 
Kathy Anderson calls to the Tater Patch Kids: Patrick McAvinue (fiddle), Brad Kolodner (banjo), Luke Chohany (guitar), and Alex Lacquement (bass).
Wednesday, December 14 2016 
TBA calls to the Baltimore Open Band. The BOB is composed of local musicians, many of whom play in contra dance bands, who get together and play for their local dance community. They play great tunes; come out and dance to their music!
Wednesday, December 21 2016 
TBA calls to the Devine Comedy: Marty Taylor (whistles, concertina), Steve Hickman (fiddle), and John Devine (guitar).

Wednesday, December 28 2016 
TBA calls to the Lovely Lane String Band - Brenna Hogan (fiddle), Shane Knudsen (fiddle), John Sauer (guitar), Jay White (banjo), Artie Abrams (bass).
Wednesday, January 04 2017 
Ann Fallon calls to the Treble Makers: Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Robin Wilson (flute and sax), and Liz Donaldson (Piano).
Wednesday, January 25 2017 
Kim Forry calls to the Old Time Jam Band
Wednesday, April 05 2017 
Greg Frock calls to Laura Light Band