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
March
26 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Tom and Myra with Tracy, Bell and Vallimont
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
April
02 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Adina Gordon and Pete's Posse
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
09 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Susan Taylor with the Free Raisins
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
16 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Ann Fallon with Black Oranges
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
23 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Rich Goss with Frog Hammer
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
30 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Tony Parkes with Tidal Wave
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
May
07 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Jubilea
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
14 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Melissa Chatham with Triple Helix
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
21 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Susan Kevra with Bell, Brooks, and Trudell
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
28 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra George and Tim and Swallowtail
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
June
04 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Diane Silver and Wild Rumpus
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
11 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Polka Pants
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
18 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Donna Hunt and Atlantic Crossing
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
25 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Green Light Karma
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
July
02 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra The Ripples
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
09 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra April Blum with Zeke's Fancy
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 Contra Rebels
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
30 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra
7:30 PM at Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom (Glen Echo,MD)
August
06 SundayFSGW Sunday Contra Sue Gola with Cabaret Sauvignon
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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