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Second Saturday Square & Contra Dance


Great news for students!! BFMS is now waiving the admission cost to our regular dances for individuals under the age of 21 and students who present at the door with a valid student ID. Looking forward to dancing with you!!

With the end of the public health emergency, we are not currently requiring vaccinations or masks for our events. By participating you are agreeing to be mindful of the safety precautions that limit the spread of disease and to treat others with consideration and respect. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well and let us know if we should let attendees know about potential illness spread at our events..
We will still be requesting payment via the BFMS Website
We look forward to singing and dancing together! We once again welcome snack contributions for our dances and your help cleaning them up :-)

The Baltimore Folk Music Society presents American Square and Contra Dancing on the 2nd Saturday of the month running from 8:00 'till 10:30 pm, with a short break in the middle.

Admission is: $10 BFMS Members & Affiliates, $15 non-members. Under 21 and full-time students with ID: Free.
Beginners, singles, couples, and families are welcome. No Experience necessary; you don't need to bring a partner.
Contra dance FAQs.

Please download our Saturday Dance Flier
Check out some pictures from the Free dance on August 8th. See what you missed. Click Here

Please see our Behavior Policy
For more information email Carol at satdance at bfms.org or call the BFMS hotline at 888-646-BFMS.

The dance is held at the Church of the Nativity, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Directions to the Church of the Nativity
Introduction to Contra Dance: 7:30–8 pm
Contra Dance: 8–10:30 pm

Help spread the word, distribute our new dance flier. *Click Here*


Saturday, April 13 2024 
8-10:30 PM
Sargon de Jesus calling to The Hollertones, Paul Brown - banjo, mandolin & fiddle, Linda Scutt - fiddle, Jeanie Thieken Creamer - guitar, Nick Weiland - upright bass
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, May 11 2024 
8-10:30 PM
Andrea Nettleman calling to Terpsichore ~ Elke Baker, fiddle, Liz Donaldson, piano, and Ralph Gordon, bass
7 pm Annual Membership Meeting, followed by the dance at 8, including ECD and contra
Dance lesson: 7:45-8:00 (if meeting has ended)
Members arriving by 7:10 attend dance for free.
Otherwise, online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
If you want to attend the meeting via Zoom, email 2ndsatatbfms.org (replace at with @) by April 30.
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
 
Saturday, June 08 2024 
8-10:30 PM
Steve Gester calling to Renee Mendenhall (accordion), Janina O'Brien (keyboard), and Steven Epstein (clarinet and sax)
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, July 13 2024 
7-9:30 PM (one hour earlier)
Greg Frock calling to Charley Beller and Megan Wobus, and friends
Dance lesson: 6:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, August 10 2024 
8-10:30 PM
Kim Forry calling to The Orphans - a high energy trio, with a specialty for French Canadian tunes,
Peter Buchak on accordion, Ben Kennedy on piano, Miranda Weinberg on fiddle.
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, September 14 2024 
8-10:30 PM
Sue Gola calling to Zachary Mills fiddle & feet, Bobby LaRose mandolin, and Charlie Pilzer piano
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, October 12 2024 
8-10:30 PM
Andrea Nettleman calling to Nova, a neo-trad trio hailing from New England featuring Kathleen Fownes on fiddle, Everest Witman on guitar and mandolin, and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on accordion and piano.
Dance lesson: 7:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, November 09 2024 
7-9:30 PM (one hour earlier)
Andrea Nettleton calling to Brenna Hogan – fiddle, Shane Knudsen – fiddle, and others
Dance lesson: 6:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, December 14 2024 
7-9:30 PM (one hour earlier)
Kappy Laning calling to Amberwing ~ Emily Aubrey - fiddle, Robin Wilson - flute, concertina, and sax, Janina O'Brien - piano
Dance lesson: 6:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.
 
Saturday, January 11 2025 
7-9:30 PM (one hour earlier)
TBD calling to Wild Wombats of the Chesapeake ~ Carl Friedman - fiddle, Robin Wilson - flute, concertina, and sax, Ralph Barthine (guitar), and Janina O'Brien - piano, bodhran, and whistle
Dance lesson: 6:30
Online payment only. Pre-payment is encouraged to reserve your spot. http://bfms.org/secondsatpay.php
Location: The Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter, 6112 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212
Admission is: $10 BFMS members & affiliates, $15 non-members. People under 21 and students with ID: free
Potluck snacks at the break.