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
2017
August
20 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Perry Shafran with Back Step Cindy
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
27 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Emily Abel calls with a Graham DeZarn Joint
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
September
03 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Ann Fallon with Treble Makers
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion (Glen Echo,MD)
10 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Eileen Thorsos with Sugar Beat
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
17 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Janine Smith with Owen Morrison, TJ Crow and Ralph
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
24 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra CONTRASTOCK 7
1:00 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
October
01 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Yoyo Zhou calls with Lydia Martin, Robbie Caruthe
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
08 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
15 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Dugan Murphy with Organic Family Band
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
22 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Andrea Nettleton with Turnip the Beet
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
29 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Diane Silver Calls
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
November
05 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Maia McCormick with Switching Protocols
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
12 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Too Hot Mamas with Dead Sea Squirrels
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
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
December
03 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Ann Fallon with Rhapsody
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
10 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
17 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Susan Kevra and Eloise and Company
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
24 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra No Dance Tonight
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
31 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra New Years Eve Dance, not at Glen Echo
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)

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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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