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.

Come join us in dancing to the music and calling of our fine artists!


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

June 16, 2015 - air conditioned
Early Summer Party
Callers: Dereck Kalish & Angela DeCarlis
Music: Nova with Kathleen Fownes (fiddle), Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin (accordion, piano), & Everest Witman (guitar, foot percussion)
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)
Nova pic Dereck Kalish pic Angela Decarlis pic

June 30, 2015 - air conditioned
Summer Solstice
Caller: Chris Lahey
Music: No Strings Attached with Bruce Randall, Ray Salvo, & Deborah Gerstein
In Student Center 491 (4th floor)

July 14, 2015 - air conditioned
Bastille Day
In Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd floor)

July 28, 2015 - air conditioned
Mid-Summer Gala
Music: Eric Eid-Reiner and Friends
In Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd floor)

August 11, 2015 - air conditioned
August Chill
Music: Snow Date with Julia Hartman (fiddle), Jean Monroe (piano), & Bruce Randall (recorders, whistles, trombone, coconuts)
In Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd floor)

August 18, 2015 - air conditioned
Fall Anticipation
Music: Paul Lizotte & Friends
In Student Center 407 (4th floor)

September 15, 2015 - air conditioned
Welcome & Beginner Special
Caller: Ben Sachs-Hamilton
Music: The Utilities Are Here with Jon Cannon, Jonah Sidman & Sally Mann
In Lobdell Dining Hall (Student Center 2nd 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 16-June-2015.

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