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!

  • Jan 18 Sue Rosen with Julie Metcalf, Max Newman, and Dan Africk
  • Feb 1 Ben Sachs-Hamilton and Starling (Mo Brachfield and Jared Kirkpatrick)
  • Feb 15 Harris Lapiroff and Crossover (Carol Bittenson, Len Bittenson, and Alex Cumming)
  • Feb 29 Don Veino and The NOB (Neffa Open Band) Julie Metcalf, Director. Melody instruments welcome! Please arrive by 6:45 to secure a spot. We will be using the Portland Collection for tunes. No amps or percussion, please.
  • Mar 7 Steve Zakon-Anderson and The Moving Violations (Autumn Rose Lester, Ron Grosslein, and Eric Eid-Reiner)
  • Mar 21 Lisa Greenleaf with Alex Cumming, Max Newman, and Audrey Knuth Jaber – Alex is celebrating his CD release!
  • Apr 4 Will Mentor and Joy Factor (Henry Yoshimura, Rebecca Weiss, and Gianna Marzilli Ericson)
  • Apr 18 Pre-Festival Callers’ Showcase and Stomp Rocket (Dave Langford, Glen Loper, and Bethany Waickman) – Come dance to callers who are in town for the NEFFA Festival
  • May 2 Tony Parkes and Eloise and Co (Becky Tracy, Rachel Bell, and Bethany Waickman)
  • May 16 Julian Blechner and Kingfisher (Cecilia Vacanti and Jeff Kaufman)
A typical evening at the Thursday Night Dance
A documentary on contra dancing by caller Doug Plummer

Diversity+

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.

COVID Policy+

IMPORTANT! Masks are REQUIRED as of January 18! Please wear a properly fitting N95, KN95, or KF94.

Cancellations+

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

Lost and Found+

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