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
2016
July
03 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Bill Wellington and Wheelhouse
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
10 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Gaye Fifer with Anadama
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
17 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Steve Gester calls with The Ripples
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
24 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Andrea Nettleton calls
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
31 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Charlotte Crittendon with Contraforce
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
August
07 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra April Blum with Zekes Fancy
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
14 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Maia McCormick calls with Ricochet
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
21 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Frannie Marr calls with The Stuff
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
28 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Janine Smith with Organic Family Band
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
September
04 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
11 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Pete's Posse
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
18 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Janine Smith and Susan Taylor with Dead Sea Squirrels
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
25 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
October
02 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra CONTRASTOCK VI
1:00 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
09 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
16 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
23 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Challenge Contra! Will Mentor and Riptide
3:00 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
23 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Will Mentor and Riptide
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
30 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Avant Gardners
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
November
06 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Mary Wesley with Maivish
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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