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 We will not photograph or keep a record of your vaccination cards (and you only need to do this once for us in 2022). Deadline is 12:00 Noon the Thursday of the dance. We offer NO exceptions to this vaccination protocol. Overall attendance is limited to 125 to allow for more comfortable dancing, pre-registration only (see below). 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

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

Attendance is by pre-registration only; cash sales and walk-ins are not permitted. Registrations are not transferable. Deadline is 12:00 Noon the Thursday of the dance.   Your money will be refunded if the committee cancels the dance due to weather or community health reasons. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the committee within 24 hours before or after the dance. Please let us know if you would like a refund or would be willing to consider your fee a donation. Thanks for supporting us! REGISTER HERE:

Admission: $10-15, sliding scale.

Please note: In the unlikely event that we need to cancel the dance because of health concerns, your admission fee will be refunded.

We have the talent!

  • Nov 17 Sue Rosen and Calico (Eric Boodman, Casey Murray, and Jesse Ball)
  • Dec 1 Will Mentor with Sam Bartlett, Max Newman, Julie Metcalf, and Stuart Kenney
  • Dec 15 Lisa Greenleaf and Stomp Rocket (Glen Loper, Dave Langford, and Bethany Waickman)
  • Jan 5 Julian Blechner with Cedar Stanistreet, Julie Metcalf, and Max Newman
  • Jan 19 Steve Zakon-Anderson with Rose Jackson, Oliver Scanlon, Sam Zakon-Anderson, and Max Newman
  • Feb 2 Ben Sachs-Hamilton and Daybreak Trio (Anna Patton, Naomi Morse, and Owen Morrison)
  • Feb 16 Don Veino and Stomp Rocket (Glen Loper, Dave Langford, and Bethany Waickman)
  • March 2 Lisa Greenleaf and Red Case (Clara Stickney, Max Newman, Matt Kenney, and Stuart Kenney)
  • March 16 Sue Rosen and Dogtown (Becky Miller, Norb Spencer, and Avi Randall )
  • March 30 George Marshall and Eloise & Co (Becky Tracy, Rachel Bell, and Bethany Waickman) Special dance tonight! We are happy to host members of the National Folk Organization for their annual conference of folk dancers from around the country.
  • April 6 Dereck Kalish and The Dead Sea Squirrels (Cathy Mason, Craig Edwards, and Henry Yoshimura)
  • April 20  Neffa Caller Showcase and River Road (Jesse Ball, Sarah-Hadley Yakir, and Kristen Planeaux) Join us for our Pre-Festival cavalcade of callers!

*Don’t miss a night of great dancing! Remember to pre-register for each dance at:

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.

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.

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