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.

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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 Ave., 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/full-time students, ≤22 $5 (2-for-$5 arriving together)/$3 for all after 9:30. Bring clean shoes, please! Info: website link, 781/272‑0396, or 978/369‑1232.

*SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE – Canadian–American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, 7:45-10:15. Instruction till 9, social dancing 9:15 on. Live music. $8/students $4. Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Info: or 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. WEEKLY, except: NOTE! NO DANCE March 25 or April 15. 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, 5th Tuesdays Experienced dance (April 29). 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. March 19: St. Patrick's Day party. April 23: pre-NEFFA party at the Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord. 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. 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: March 12 and 19, in Rm. 491 (4th fl.); April 9, location TBA, check website. $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. 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, 781/272‑0396, or 508/229‑2854.


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*INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE – Park Ave Congregational Church, Park Ave. at Paul Revere Rd., Arlington Hts., 8-11. NOTE! NO DANCE April 25. 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. 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! NO DANCE April 25 (come to NEFFA)! 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. NOTE! NO DANCE in April (come to NEFFA)! A class for those who would like more of a dancing challenge. $10/students $5. RSCDS Boston Branch, Info: 617/864‑8945.

*RENAISSANCE DANCE for EVERYONE – First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St (Harvard Sq), 7:30 pm. March 21, April 25 (4th Fri.) 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, NOTE! NO DANCE in April (come to NEFFA)! 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. NOTE! NO DANCE March 22 (see “Special Events” instead), & April 19. 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. March 1, March 29, April 19. $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. 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. March 22: Advanced dance 2:305 ($10/$6), potluck supper; standard evening dance. NOTE! NO DANCE April 26 (come to NEFFA)! 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. March 22: music by Goat Dynasty. NOTE! NO DANCE in April (come to NEFFA)! All requests, no teaching, live music. 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. NOTE! NO DANCE in April (come to NEFFA)! 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). NOTE! NO DANCE March 16. Apr. 13, location TBA; Apr. 27 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 Note location! Brookline Academy of Dance, 136 Westbourne Terr., Brookline. Basic & experienced instruction. 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. $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, 7:3010. March: open band/open caller; potluck. 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, 25:30 pm. Teaching until 3. Waltzes, plus other couple dances. $12/$10 FAC member/$6 young adult. Details. Info: 781/646‑7861.



Special Events

Sunday, March 2
PRE-PLAYFORD BALL English Country Dance WORKSHOPPark Ave Congregational Church, Park Ave. at Paul Revere Rd., Arlington Hts., 1:30-4:30pm. Leaders Barbara Finney & Christine Robb, music Jacqueline Schwab. Ball registrants $7/others $9. Info: 617/721‑0600.

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*NEFFA/FAC COMMUNITY DANCEScout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, 2-4pm. New England Contras, Squares, and International Folk Dances w/ Dave Titus and Marcie Van Cleave, music by Cal Howard & Friends. All dances taught, all ages (5 and up) welcome. $5/person, $25 family max. Bring clean shoes, please! Info FAC: 781/438‑4387, or NEFFA: 617/299‑1590.

Saturday, March 8
BOSTON PLAYFORD BALL – Memorial Building, 150 Concord St., Framingham, 8pm-midnight. MC Barbara Finney, music by Bare Necessities. $50, preregistration REQUIRED. Info.to register: 617/721‑0600.

Saturday, March 15
*29th Annual BALKAN MUSIC NIGHTFriends of the Performing Arts in Concord, 51 Walden St., Concord, 7 pm-2:30 am. Concert & dance party, all live music. All evening $30, party only $20. $5 discount until March 1; discount for FAC members, seniors, under 12. Advance ticket purchase recommended! Info & tickets: FAC, 781/438‑4387.

Saturday, March 22
*3rd Annual MALIOTIS GREEK DANCE WORKSHOP – Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Ave., Brookline, 8:15 am-3:30 pm. Age 12 and up. $45 incl. breakfast, 5 hrs of classes w/ 4 teachers, lunch, T-shirt. Pre-reg. required! Info: 617/522‑2800.

Sunday, March 23
*NEFFA/FAC COMMUNITY DANCEScout House, 74 Walden St., Concord, 2-4pm. New England Contras & Squares w/ Dudley Laufman, music by Cal Howard & Friends. All dances taught, all ages (5 and up) welcome. $5/person, $25 family max. Bring clean shoes, please! Info FAC: 781/438‑4387, or NEFFA: 617/299‑1590.

Sunday, March 30
ISRAELI DANCE WORKSHOP with SHMULIK GOV-ARI – Osgood Landing, 1580 Osgood St., North Andover. 3:30-4:30 Basic, 4:45-6:45 Advanced. Before March 18: Basic $8, Advanced $12; at the door $10/$15. Both sessions $20/$23. Info or pre-registration: 978/388‑6995.

Saturday, April 5
SILK ROAD BAZAAR – 1st Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Rd., Weston, 7:30-11. A fundraiser to benefit the Folk Arts Center. Dance performances, name-that-tune contest, silent auction, great food, wine & beer, and dancing for all. $35. Info: 781/438‑4387.

Friday-Sunday, April 25-27
*NEW ENGLAND FOLK FESTIVALMansfield High and Middle Schools, Mansfield, MA. All-weekend festival including dancing, music, crafts, workshops, exhibits, family events. Bring clean shoes to change into for dancing! Info: NEFFA, 781/662‑6710.

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