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) or Lobby 13 (in the main campus complex at 77 Mass Ave).
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!

Register now and earn a certificate for our 6-session fall semester Contra Dance Class beginning on September 9, 2014! Pay for 5 and get 6.


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

August 5, 2014
A Bit of Klez Contra
Caller: Jacob Bloom
Music: ContraKlez with John Chambers, Ben Pasamanick & Cal Howard
In Lobby 13 (air conditioned)

August 12, 2014
Fall Anticipation
Caller: Dereck Kalish
Music: Firefly with Cedar Stanistreet, Becca Bosworth-Clemens, & Mike Sokolovsky
In Lobby 13 (air conditioned)

September 2, 2014
Pre-Fall Introduction
Caller: Don Veino
Music: Carol Bittenson, Steve Bittenson, & Debby Knight
In Kresge Auditorium Rehearsal Room B (air conditioned, with a wooden floor)

September 9, 2014
Beginner & All Special
* Register for Fall Contra Class, Beginning Now! Earn a Certificate in Contra Dance; Attend 6 of the next 8 dances! Deal: Pay for 6, get 8!
Caller: Dave Eisenstadter
Music: Jonathan Cannon, Audrey Knuth & Friends
In the Student Center Coffeehouse (3rd floor)
Jon Cannon pic Audrey Knuth pic

September 16, 2014
Forget-me-Not Gala
Caller: Daniel Friedman
Music: Velocipede with Julia Plumb (fiddle, foot percussion) & Baron Collins-Hill (tenor guitar, mandolin)
In Student Center 407 (4th floor)
Daniel Friedman pic Velocipede pic

September 23, 2014
Equinox Gala
Caller: Ben Sachs-Hamilton
Music: Julie Vallimont & Friends
In Student Center 407 (4th floor)

September 30, 2014
Harvest Fiesta
Caller: Laura Johannes
Music: Rick Kaufman (fiddle), Stephen Thomforde (bagpipes & flute), Kira Treibergs (cello), & Jeff Kaufman (piano & feet)
In the Sala de Puerto Rico (Student Center 2nd floor)

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


Suggested donation

Free for MIT and Wellesley Students!
Suggested donation: $3 from other students; $6-$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.

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