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Folk Dance in Southern New England
and Nearby New York

Want to move your feet to a traditional beat? There are many regular folk dance events in Southern New England.


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Always on Sunday

International Folk Dance/Wethersfield, CT

Every Sunday, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.

$8 (party and workshop nights $12)

http://www.alwaysonsunday.us/ or call 860-521-6440.

No partner or experience needed. Warm-up and beginner instruction 7:00-8:00 p.m., general dancing until 10:00 p.m. Wear comfortable, clean-soled shoes.


English Country Dance/New Haven, CT

Friday, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.

Neighborhood Music School Recital Hall

100 Audubon St., New Haven, CT.

http://www.nmsmusicschool.org/ or 203-776-6929

Dances taught by Paul McGuire. Music by Marshall Barron, Grace Feldman and Margaret Ann Martin with musicians from Marshall's Dance Band Workshops. Admission $8.00. Cheerful dances, friendly community, beautiful music. All dances taught. Beginners welcome. No partner required.


Farmington Folk Dancers/Farmington, CT

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Sept.-June)

Amistad Hall, First Church of Christ, 75 Main Street, Farmington, CT (across from Miss Porter's School on Route 10).

Email Kathydncr@aol.com or 860-747-4711

Beginners and people with 'two left feet' welcome. $3; refreshments served.


Hartford Community Contradance/Various Locations

Second Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m.

Griffin Academy (former American Legion Post)

275 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, CT.

http://www.hcdance.org/contra.htm or 1-888-423-0423

Minimum age for dancers is 14.  There's a free beginners' workshop at 7:30 pm.


Israeli Dancing/Woodbridge

Thursday nights

Jewish Community Center, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT.

Beginner dancing 7:30-9 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced 9-11 p.m. Both sessions include teaching.

Call Yossi at 860-677-5040 or email ntibi@aol.com

Circle dances, line dances, and partner dances to a Middle Eastern beat. Dance incorporates many elements of Swing and Salsa. No partner or experience necessary. Light refreshments.


Mostly Waltz/Wethersfield

First Sunday, Beginner lessons at 2 p.m., dancing from 3-6 p.m.

Griffin Academy, Wethersfield, CT


Waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances like blues, swing, tango, and polka. Except as noted, our events are typically the first Sunday of the month, with beginner lesson 2-3 pm and dancing 3-6 pm. We offer a mini lesson on some aspect of waltz (or another popular dance style) during the band breaks. Dance admission is $15 (students with ID $7). Your ninth regular HCD dance admission is free with your HCD frequent dancer card.


Motherhouse Community Contra Dance/Cornwall

First Fridays, 7-10 p.m.

Cornwall Town Hall, 24 Pine Street, Cornwall, CT


Suggested donation: $5 adults, $3 children


Family-friendly contradancing with a variety of callers.


New Haven Country Dancers/Branford

First and Third Saturdays

Branford Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford, CT

http://www.ctcontra.com/nhcd/ or call 203-776-1812

Contradances with beginner's lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance 8-11 p.m. Bring soft-soled shoes or sneakers. Admission $10.00.


Round Hill Country Dances/Stamford

Second Saturday of every month (except Aug), and the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Stone House, North Stamford Congregational Church, 31 Cascade Road, Stamford, CT

8-11 p.m. with beginners basic at 7:30.

http://www.roundhill.net/ or call 914-262-0653 or 203-762-5370.

Contradance. Partners not required. Bring a separate pair of clean, flat, soft-soled shoes for dancing.


Scottish Country Dancing/New Haven

Tuesdays, 7:45 to 10:00 p.m.

Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT.

Email newhavenscottish@gmail.com or call Leslie, 203-281-6591.

Enjoy the social dances of Scotland. New dancers welcome. All dances taught. No partner required.


Scottish Country Dancing/Middletown

Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

First Church of Christ, Congregational, 190 Court St., Middletown, CT.

Call Lucile, 860-347-0278, or Joyce, 203-238-0694.

Beginners welcome for lessons and dance. Soft soled shoes.


Third Saturday Barn Dance/Stafford

Third Saturday, 7:30 p.m., October through April

275 Orcutville Road, Stafford, CT

Call Rich, 860-684-3466


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