Please notify us at  thursdaycontras@neffa.org if you become symptomatic within 5 days of attending a dance. We will send out a general alert (no names) to the community via the Thursday Contras Facebook group.

Thursdays 7:30-10 pm at the Concord Scout House
74 Walden Street, Concord, MA. Doors open at 6:45,  introductory pre-dance workshop at 7:10pm. $10-15, sliding scale.
What Is Contra Dancing?
Check out this handy FAQ about Contra Dancing in Greater Boston with links to local dances.

We have the talent!

  • June 20 Cancelled due to extreme heat!
  • (no dance on July 4)
  • July 18 Dereck Kalish with Cedar Stanistreet and friends
  • [No August dances: CSH floor refinishing. It will be worth the wait!]
  • Sep 5 Lucia Watson and The NOB (Neffa Open Band); Julie Metcalf, conductor
  • Sep 19 Don Veino with Julie Metcalf, Cecily Mills, Ben Leddy, Dan Africk, and Max Newman
  • Oct 3 Andrew Stout and Anna and the Alphabet (Anna Patton, Sarah Hadley Yakir, and Michael Freeman)
  • Oct 17 Will Mentor and Anadama (Emily Troll, Amelia Mason, and Bethany Waickman)
  • Oct 31 Julian Blechner and Crossover (Carol Bittenson, Len Bittenson, and Alex Cumming) Costumes encouraged–BOO!
  • Nov 7 Liz Nelson and Good Company (Cecily Mills, Rohan Weedon, and Helen Kuhar)
  • Nov 21 Ben Sachs-Hamilton and Stomp Rocket (Dave Langford, Glen Loper, and Bethany Waickman)
  • Dec 5 Dereck Kalish and Daybreak Trio (Anna Patton, Naomi Morse, and Owen Morrison)
  • Dec 19 Lisa Greenleaf and Red Case Band (Clara Stickney, Max Newman, Stuart Kenney, Alex Cumming, and Matt Kenney)
A typical evening at the Thursday Night Dance
A documentary on contra dancing by caller Doug Plummer

We use Larks/Robins role terms (as defined in the FAQ section above). We are a diverse community of friendly people who enjoy and promote the lively tradition of contra dance. Service animals are the only animals allowed in the building.

On a weekly basis, we monitor Covid levels in surrounding areas. When COVID levels in our area are low we are a mask-optional, when higher we initiate a masking requirement or take other action as needed. The current masking policy is at the top of our Thursday Contras page.

If you or someone in your household tests positive or is experiencing symptoms, we will miss you but please stay home.

If you test positive after a dance, please notify us at thursdaycontras@neffa.org. We will alert the community while maintaining your privacy.

We will cancel the dance if we feel that weather conditions would make for unsafe travel, or if community COVID levels become too high. Check the NEFFA homepage for weather-related notices.

All Thursday Lost and Found items will be retained at the Concord Scout House for a period of time.

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