FOLK DANCING 'ROUND BOSTON
* marks a dance recommended for beginners (may include a “Newcomers” session).
NOTE! marks special events, or significant changes for regular events.

This calendar includes most participatory dances in the
Greater Boston area (mostly inside Rte. 128).
We try for accuracy, but Life Happens.

For confirmation or more info, call the info number, visit the dance's website, or call the Folk Fone, 781/438‑4389.

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Regularly Scheduled Events

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*BULGARIAN/BALKAN DANCING – Green St. Dance Studios, 185 Green St., Cambridge (Central Sq), 7-8:30 pm, beginners’ session 6:30-7:30. $15, or $50/4 classes. Info: 617/840‑2362.

*ISRAELI FOLK DANCING – Temple Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St., Brookline, 7:30-12. Partner dances 7:30-8:30, circle/easier dances (some instruction) 8:30-10. More advanced 10-12. $5/students $3. Info: 617/308‑8850

*MONDAY CONTRAS – Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, 7:30-10:30. Various callers and musicians. $8 adult/$5 ≤22/Youth 2-for-1 ≤30/$3 all after 9pm. Bring clean shoes, please! Info: website link, 978/369‑1232.

*SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE – Canadian–American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, 7:45-10:15. NOTE! NO DANCE May 26. June 30: Party & Ice Cream Social, $12/Members $10. Instruction till 9, social dancing 9:15 on. Live music. $8/students $4. Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Info: 617/923‑2778.


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*CONTRA DANCE FOR ALL: at MIT Student Center, Rm. 491 (4th floor), 84 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 8-10:30. May 6, May 13 (Lobdell, End-of-Semester fiesta), June 10, June 17 and June 24. Always live music, frequent special parties. $6-$10 donation/MIT & Wellesley students free. MIT Folk Dance Club. $6–$10 donation/MIT & Wellesley students free. MIT Folk Dance Club. Info, sit-ins, new/training callers, call 617/354‑0864.

*Gender-Free ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING1st Church of Jamaica Plain, Centre & Eliot Sts., Jamaica Plain, 7:30-10. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, Experienced dance on 5th Tuesdays. Beginners welcome, all dances taught. $7. Info: website, 617/522‑2216 or 617/512‑5554.


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*ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE – Park Ave Congregational Church, Park Ave. at Paul Revere Rd., Arlington Hts., 7:30-10:30. NOTE! LAST DANCE June 18, End-of Season party. Basic instruction at 7:10. $9/CDS members $7/students and first timers $4. For more details, Country Dance Society. Info: 617/721‑0600

*FRAMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE Parish Hall of Edwards UCC Church, 39 Edwards St., Framingham, 7:30-10. NOTE! LAST DANCE June 11, End-of Season party. Instruction & requests. Soft-soled shoes please! $6/FFD members $5/student or senior $1 discount/1st time FREE. Info: 978/897‑7549.

*GREEK FOLK DANCING – 2nd floor function hall, 288 Green St., Cambridge (Central Sq.), 7–9. Instruction; donation $3. Boston Lykeion Ellinidon. Info: 508/393‑3563.

*ISRAELI DANCE at MIT – MIT Student Center, 84 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 2nd floor (Sala or Lobdell), 8-11:30. NOTE! Exc: May 7, in Rm. 491 (4th fl.). NOTE! Dances on May 21, May 28 and June 4 at Temple Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St., Brookline. $1 donation suggested/MIT students free. MIT Folk Dance Club, , 617/253‑FOLK.


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EXPERIENCED INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE – 1st Parish of Watertown Church, 35 Church St., Watertown Sq., 8:15-10:45. NOTE! NO DANCE June 19. Instruction & requests. $9/FAC members $7/students $5. More details. Folk Arts Center: 781/438‑4387.

NEFFA CONTRAS at the SCOUT HOUSE Concord Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord MA, 7:30-10:30. Various local & touring performers; live music. $8 (≦22 $5). Thursday Contra Calendar & more details. Info: 617/299‑1590.


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*INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE – Park Ave Congregational Church, Park Ave. at Paul Revere Rd., Arlington Hts., 8-11. NOTE! LAST DANCE for the season on June 13.. Instruction & requests, beginners always welcome! Frequent special events/guest teachers/live music—check flyers or more details for more info. $10/FAC members $7/students $5. Info: Folk Arts Center, 781/438‑4387.

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CHALLENGING CONTRASScout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, 8-11. For experienced dancers. Various callers & bands. $10/≤21, $8. Info: 978/779‑6077.

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE for EXPERIENCED DANCERS – Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St., Brookline, 8-11. NOTE! NO DANCE ’till Fall! For dancers thoroughly familiar with basic English figures. Various leaders and musicians, all dances taught. $10/CDS members $8. Country Dance Society. Info: 617/721‑0600.


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*CARLISLE DANCE (Contra dancing with live music) – Unitarian Church, 27 School St., Carlisle. Pot-luck at 6:30, dance 8:00-10:30. Caller Sue Rosen, music Debby Knight, David Titus, Bruce Rosen & Walter Lenk. $5. Flyer. Info: 617/661‑1865 or 617/965‑0542.

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*HARVARD SQ. ENGLISH SERIES – Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 7:30-9:30pm. NOTE! LAST DANCE for the season on June 13. Beginner-friendly English dancing, all dances taught. Live music. $7/$6 CDS members/$4 students. Country Dance Society. Info: 617/524‑8869 or 781/591‑2372.

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ADVANCED SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLASS – Calvary Church, 300 Mass Ave., Arlington, 7:30-9:30. June 20: Guest teacher Stella Fogg. A class for those who would like more of a dancing challenge. $10/students $5. RSCDS Boston Branch, Flier. Info: 617/864‑8945.

*RENAISSANCE DANCE for EVERYONE – First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St (Harvard Sq), 7:30 pm. NOTE! LAST DANCE May 16. Beginners welcome, all dances taught by Ken Pierce. Live music, vegan refreshments. Suggested donation $10. Info: 617/661‑3353.


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*CONTRAS & SQUARES with ROARING JELLY – 1st Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd., Lexington, 8-11, beginners’ session 7:45. Caller Susan Elberger, music director Debbie Knight. Adults $7; teens $5; under 12: free; family max $20. Info: 781/259‑0753.

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*GREEK FOLK DANCING – 2nd floor function hall, 288 Green St., Cambridge (Central Sq.), 12-2. Instruction; donation $3. Boston Lykeion Ellinidon. Info: 508/393‑3563.

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“TUESDAY NIGHT REVIVAL” (experienced Balkan) DANCEChurch of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon St., Arlington. 8-11. May 3, June 7. $4. Info: 781/648‑6887.

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*BALKAN DANCE PARTY & CONCERT with ZDRAVETS Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon St., Arlington, 8-11 pm. NOTE! MAY 10 DANCE will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge St. Newton Corner, MA. Dancing & music from Bulgaria and her neighbors. Protect our floor–bring clean shoes, please! $7. Info: or 617/964‑2003.

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*BOSTON GENDER-FREE CONTRA DANCE –1st church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian-Universalist, Centre & Eliot Sts., Jamaica Plain, 7:30-10:30. More details. All welcome, always live music. $10/students $6/under 12 Free. Info: 617/852‑4042 or 781/982‑8042.

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FAC INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE PARTY – Payson Park Church, 365 Belmont St., Belmont. 8-11. May 17 (3rd Sat): music by Shining Moon. June 27 (4th FRIDAY: at air-conditioned First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington St., West Newton—music by The Pinewoods Band. All requests, no teaching. Refreshment donations appreciated. $12/FAC members $10/Students $7. More details & a flyer.. Info: Folk Arts Center, 781/438‑4387.

*CONTRAS & SQUARESCambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Rd., Cambridge. 8-11. Contras, couple dances, and possibly Squares. Guest Callers and musicians with Debby Knight & Walter Lenk. Protect our floor, please bring clean shoes. Flyer with a map. $8/students, <21 $6. Info: 617/547‑7781.


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*INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING at MIT – Student Center, 84 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 2nd Floor (Sala/Lobdell). Except: May 25, June 1 and June 8, location TBA, subject to cancellation. Check website. Instruction & requests 8-9; requests 9-11. $1 donation requested. MIT Folk Dance Club: 617/253‑FOLK.

IMPROVISATIONAL HUNGARIAN DANCEChurch of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon St., Arlington. 6:30 to 8:30. Teacher Dénes Takácsy. $10. Info: Website, 781/891‑3918.

*SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE Brookline Academy of Dance, 136 Westbourne Terr., Brookline. NOTE! LAST DANCE June 22, an end-of-Season party, location TBA. 6:30-8:30. Bring soft-soled shoes please. $5. Info: 617/864‑8945.


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INTERNATIONAL MUSIC CLUB – Goddard House, 165 Chestnut St., Brookline. Learn International dance repertoire! Instrumental session (Patrick Yacono) 1-3 pm; singing session (Julia Poirier) 3:30-5:30 pm. NOTE! No meeting in June. $12 per session, $20 for both. More details and a flyer. Info: 617/208‑3862.

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*BIDA (Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates) CONTRA DANCEMasonic Hall (Porter Sq.), 1950 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, 7:30-10:30. Live music, various callers and bands. $5-$10 sliding scale. Flyer. Info: BIDA website; 502/550‑5981.

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*2nd SUNDAY SQUARE DANCE – Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, 7:30–10. Traditional square dancing with live oldtime music and great callers. All welcome. More details. $5-$10 (sliding scale). Info: 205/789‑7907.

*MOSTLY WALTZ for BostonScout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, 2–5:30 pm. June 8, End-of-Season Bash. Teaching until 3. Waltzes, plus other couple dances. $12/$10 FAC member/$6 young adult. Details. Info: 781/646‑7861.



Special Event

Thurs.-Mon., June 19-23; Mon.-Thurs., June 23-26
Folk Arts Center’s PINEWOODS INTERNATIONAL WEEKEND and FOLK DAYS – Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth MA. Roberto Bagnoli (dances from around the world), Sari Suokas (dances from Finland), and the Pinewoods Band. $435 (weekend), $325 (Folk Days), full week $760. FAC member discounts, work exchange, and children's fees available. Info: FAC, 781/438-4387.

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