Thursday Contras


Photos by Doug Plummer
Covid Precautions: All attendees must be fully vaccinated and boostered, when eligible. Proof of vaccination is required. Please email a photo or scan of your vaccination card to or come early and present a copy at admissions. We will not photograph or keep a record of your vaccination cards (and you only need to do this once for us in 2023). We offer NO exceptions to this vaccination protocol. Overall attendance is limited to 125 to allow for more comfortable dancing. Properly fitting masks are required: Either N95, KN95, or KF94. No eating in the hall; please bring a labeled water bottle.

Location: The Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, MA

7:30 PM-10:00 PM, introductory pre-dance workshop at 7:10pm

We no longer require pre-registration—pay at the door (cash or check). We still require vax and masks!

Doors open at 6:45. If we don’t have your vax information, you can save time by submitting it to

Admission: $10-15, sliding scale.

We have the talent!

  • May 4 Dereck Kalish with Julie Metcalf, Dan Africk, and Max Newman
  • May 18 Steve Zakon-Anderson with Rose Jackson, Oliver Scanlon, Sam Zakon-Anderson, and Max Newman
  • June 1 Lisa Greenleaf and Stomp Rocket (Dave Langford, Glen Loper and Bethany Waickman)
  • June 15 Will Mentor with Charlie Pilzer, Rose Jackson, Rebecca Weiss
  • July 6 Lucia Watson and Crossover (Len Bittenson, Carol Bittenson, and Alex Cumming)
  • July 20 Don Veino and The Syncopaths (Ryan McKasson, Christa Burch, and Jeffrey Spero)
  • Aug 3 Tony Parkes and Anadama (Emily Troll, Amelia Mason, and Bethany Waickman)
  • Aug 17 Wendy Graham with Amy Larkin Band
  • Sep 7 Sue Rosen with Audrey Jaber and Bruce Rosen 
  • Sep 21 George Marshall and Calico (Eric Boodman, Casey Murray, and Jesse Ball)
  • Oct 5  Ben Sachs-Hamilton with a Cedar Stanistreet Band    
  • Oct 19 Dereck Kalish with Dave Langford and Colin McCaffrey 
  • Nov 2 Lisa Greenleaf and Red Case Band (Clara Stickney, Stuart Kenney, max newman, and Matt Kenney)
  • Nov 16 Steve Zakon-Anderson with Molly Tucker, Casey Murray, and Sam Zakon-Anderson
  • Dec 7 Julian Blechner and The Dead Sea Squirrels
  • Dec 21 Will Mentor and Stomp Rocket (Dave Langford, Glen Loper and Bethany Waickman)

We use Larks/Robins role terms.This dance is sponsored by NEFFA. We are a diverse community of friendly people who enjoy and promote the lively tradition of contra dance. Please read our code of conduct: Dance Etiquette and Safety.

Watch contra dance videos! Video #1 Video #2

We will cancel the dance if we feel that weather conditions would make for unsafe travel, or if community Covid levels become too high.

No animals (other than service animals) are allowed in the building.

Check the NEFFA homepage for weather-related notices

Dance History


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

Bookings (contact Lisa Greenleaf laleaf AT gmail DAHT com)


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