Please notify us at 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


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.


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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