Dances start promptly at 8:30 pm and end at 11:30 pm. Admission is $9. A contra dance lesson for beginners is given every Friday starting at 7:30 pm and is included in the price of admission.
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June 1 -- Michael Barraclough calls to The Figments, which includes Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle; Anna Patton on clarinet; and Owen Morrison on guitar (and feet). The Figments incorporate an eclectic mix of styles into their inspired performances. Whether grooving on an Old-time, Irish or French Canadian fiddle tune, trading daring improvisations on a gypsy jazz or swing number, or exploring the nuances of a graceful waltz or elegant English country dance tune, this trio of versatile musicians makes dynamic, spontaneous and electrifying music.
This dance will be held in the Bumper Car Pavilion. June 8 -- Greg Frock with the fabulous Glen Echo Open Band. June 15 -- Steve Gester calls to Terpsichore. Elke Baker, 1995 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, rhythmically-inspired pianist Liz Donaldson, and versatile bassist and cellist Ralph Gordon have played together as the ensemble Terpsichore since 1992. June 22 -- Gaye Fifer with Hotpoint, featuring Mark Burhans on fiddle; Hilarie Burhans on banjo; Marlene Shostak on piano; Mark Hellenberg on percussion; and Nick Weiland on bass. Characterized by their own brand of sizzlingly hot contradance tunes, high-energy squares, and string swing, Hotpoint plays an eclectic mix of high-energy original and traditional old-time and Celtic fiddle tunes. June 29 -- Janine Smith and Susan Taylor call to and sing with the Avant Gardeners, featuring Laura Light on fiddle; George Paul on piano; and a bunch of other great musicians. The deep grooves of the band's mixture of traditional and composed tunes have contributed to the delirium of dancers at countless dances and concerts from coast to coast.