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Wednesday Night Contra & Square Dances


Great news for students!! BFMS is now waiving the admission cost to our regular dances for individuals under the age of 21 and students who present at the door with a valid student ID. Looking forward to dancing with you!!

With the end of the public health emergency, we are not currently requiring vaccinations or masks for our events. By participating you are agreeing to be mindful of the safety precautions that limit the spread of disease and to treat others with consideration and respect. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well and let us know if we should let attendees know about potential illness spread at our events..
We will still be requesting payment via the BFMS Website
We look forward to singing and dancing together! We once again welcome snack contributions for our dances and your help cleaning them up :-)

Were you there? You can access pictures and videos of Jeff and Renate's 50 Wedding Anniverary Dance for a limited time at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11TGRwe_ljwDtLD4oSmKEYFmwCWjzSTMX?usp=sharin

The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Contra and Square Dancing at 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 PM on 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.

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

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

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Wednesday, March 06 2024 
Penelope Weinberger calls to Amberwing - Emily Aubrey (fiddle), Janina O'Brien (piano) and Robin Wilson (flute, sax, and concertina). Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Wednesday, March 20 2024 
Music by Steve Epstein (clarinet and sax), Renee Mendenhall (accordion), Janina O'Brien (keyboard). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Wednesday, April 03 2024 
Come dance to Petrichord - Sophie Chang (cello) Colleen Holroyd (fiddle, feet), and Bobby LaRose (piano, mandolin, bones). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Wednesday, April 17 2024 
Great live music from the fabulous Baltimore Open Band! Come out and support your local musicians with a great night of dancing. If you'd like to join the Open Band, please email amdance[at]bfms[dot]org. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Wednesday, May 01 2024 
Music from Wyndream - Janet Muse (piano), Chelle Fulk (fiddle), and David Knight (fiddle). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Wednesday, May 15 2024 
Great live music and instruction! Details TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php
 
Wednesday, June 05 2024 
Music by Contra Intuitive - Peggy Kaiser (piano), Ryck Kaiser (fiddle), and special guest Dan Levenson (fiddle, banjo). Caller TBD. Intro lesson at 7:30pm. Dance starts at 8pm at Lovely Lane Church. Online payment only: https://bfms.org/contradancepay.php