The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

FSGW's Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance

The Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance is held in The Spanish Ballroom, restored to all its 1933 splendor, or in the adjacent wonderful, covered, radiant-heated Bumper Car Pavilion. The Ballroom and the Bumper Car Pavilion are not thoroughly climate controlled, so please dress accordingly. Our dances welcome both experienced and new dancers and feature a variety of traditional American contras, squares, waltzes, and mixers performed to wonderful live music. You do not need to bring a partner.

Welcome/Orientation to Traditional American Dance session at 7:00 pm. Come early to get the inside scoop on all this stuff, personalized to suit your needs!

Admission prices: $10.00 for members of FSGW and affiliated groups (BFMS, CDSS, ATDS) and $13.00 for all others. Children ages 7 to 22 (over 17 with student ID) $5.00.

FSGW sponsors events that are intended to foster a pleasant environment and a tolerant community, and to provide a comfortable experience for all. As a sponsoring organization, FSGW has the responsibility to ensure attendees', participants' and performers' safety and security at FSGW events. Behavior that FSGW deems to be disruptive, aggressive, threatening, harassing, dangerous, or inappropriate in any way will not be tolerated.

If you are an attendee at an FSGW event and you experience such behavior, please immediately verbally report the incident to the nearest FSGW representative, and, if possible report the incident in writing to the President and/or Vice President, or to the Officer responsible for the event (e.g., Dance@fsgw.org if the incident occurs at an FSGW-sponsored dance event).

Please provide as much detail as possible.

If Glen Echo Park is closed due to severe WEATHER or other circumstances, the dance is cancelled. Call the Park at (301) 634-2222 (and press option 9) or at (301) 320-2330 after 3pm the day of the dance for more information.


Coming Events
2014
December
21 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Valerie Helbert with Avant Gardeners
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
28 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Anna Rain and Gigmeisters
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
2015
January
04 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Gaye Fifer with The Morrison Brothers Band
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
11 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Janine Smith calls with Barefoot (feat. Ed Howe and Jamie Oshima)
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
18 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Ann Fallon calls with Ricochet
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
25 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Bill Wellington with The Get Rights
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
February
01 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Perry Shafran with Dance Du Jour
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
08 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Nils Fredland with Maivish
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
15 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Rachel McCandliss w Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
22 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Janine Smith with Have-a-Heart Trappers
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
March
01 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Ted Hodapp and Contratopia
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
08 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Sue Rosen with a Graham DeZarn Joint
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
15 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Maia McCormick with Coracree
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
22 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Will Mentor and Stringrays
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
29 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Tom and Myra with The Love Mongrels
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
April
05 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Perry Shafran with Atlantic Crossing
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
12 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Adina Gordon and Great Bear Trio
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
19 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
26 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra The Percolators
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
May
03 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra AP and the Banty Roosters
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)

Current Articles

For More Information Please Contact
FSGW Sunday Contra Coordinator, Steve Burnett


FSGW sponsors this dance series in cooperation with the National Park Service, Montgomery County, and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture.


To find the dance at the park, follow the paved path toward the carousel (also yellow), and bear left.
You'll see the Bumper Car Pavilion up ahead. The Spanish Ballroom is on the right.


If you came by Metro, and need a ride back, ask the person at the door when you arrive to ask the dance chair to announce that you need a ride back to Metro. We've never left anyone at the Park.

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