MIT Folk Dance Club presents--

Contra Dance for All: @ MIT
Several Tuesdays per month.

Great live music every time!

MIT students and the general public are welcome at all our dances.

Most dances are in the Student Center (84 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA).
Click here for directions and parking information.

No partner or experience is necessary. All dances are taught.

Free snacks at the break!

Want to play in the band or learn to call?
Students and others are welcome to sit in with the band or call dances.
To find out more, and for booking inquiries, email contra-request [at]

Check out our Photo Gallery.


All dances are from 8:00 to 10:30 PM.

September 13, 2016
Fall Welcome Beginner Dance
Caller: Laura Johannes
Music: Audrey Budington (fiddle) & McKinley James (cello)
In Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd floor)
Audrey Budington pic McKinley James pic

September 20, 2016
Equinox Gala
Caller: Tod Whittemore
Music: Chimney Swift with Zoë Madonna, Daniel Ley, & Cecile Leroy, plus Eric Boodman
NOTE: 6:45 - 9 pm, at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, outdoors in downtown Boston
Tod Whittemore pic Chimney Swift pic Eric Boodman pic

September 27, 2016
Harvest Festival
Caller: Paul Wilde
Music: JUMP START with Paul Lizotte & Victor Troll
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

October 4, 2016
Autumn Leaves Party
Caller: Yaron Shragai
Music: Floor Play with Debby Knight, Carol Bittenson, & Paul Lizotte
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

October 18, 2016
Klezmer Style
Caller: Jacob Bloom
Music: ContraKlez with John Chambers & Friends
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

October 25, 2016
Halloween Party. Festive costumes encouraged!
Caller: Ann Cowan
Music: Chimney Swift with Cecile Leroy (cello), Zöe Madonna (accordion), Daniel Ley (cittern), & Yaron Shragai (doumbek, whistles)
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)
Chimney Swift pic

November 15, 2016
Peace Day Gala
Caller: Alison Stevens
Music: Ishmael the Fiddler, Deborah Gerstein, & Michal Truelsen
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

November 29, 2016
Thanksgiving Party
Caller: Laura Johannes
Music: Eric Boodman & Friends
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

December 13, 2016
Gala Holiday Festival
Caller: Ron Blechner
Music: REELATION with Carol Bittenson (fiddle), Alex Cumming (accordion), Steve Bittenson (guitar), & Rick Kaufman (bass)
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

Trying to remember who that awesome band was a few years ago? Check out our web archive at .


Optional suggested donation

Free for MIT and Wellesley Students!
Optional suggested donation: $5 from other students; $8-$10 from the general public.

For More Information

Send an email to contra-request [at] mit [dot] edu

See the Folk Arts Center's website Folk Dancing 'Round Boston for a guide to other folk dances in this area, including contras.

E-mail List

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Updated 14-October-2016.

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