Thursday Contras


Photos by Doug Plummer

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

7:30 PM-10:00 PMintroductory pre-dance workshop at 7:10pm. Doors open at 6:45.

NEW! As of September, we will be a mask-optional dance. Mask-wearing is always a respected option, but If you feel any symptoms, keep it safe and please stay home!  We will monitor local and state COVID numbers throughout the fall and winter, and will reintroduce precautions as necessary.

Admission: $10-15, sliding scale.

We have the talent!

  • 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 Special Admission Night! Age 30 and under FREE. Tony Parkes and Anadama (Emily Troll, Amelia Mason, and Bethany Waickman)  
  • Aug 17 Wendy Graham with Amy Larkin, Julie Metcalf, and Kate Barnes
  • Sep 7 Sue Rosen with Audrey Jaber, Bruce Rosen and Benjamin Jaber 
  • Sep 21 George Marshall and Calico (Eric Boodman, Casey Murray, and Jesse Ball)
  • Oct 5 Special Admission Night! Age 30 and under FREE. Ben Sachs-Hamilton with Sycamore (Cedar Stanistreet and Michael Sokolovsky)
  • 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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