Folk dancing in Massachusetts

These listings show the regularly scheduled social dance series of recreational folk dance groups in Massachusetts. Check each group’s link or contact for updates, special events, and cancelations. Please help us to keep this page accurate - contact the FAC office or the FAC web editor to add or update listings of folk dance series in Massachusetts.

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Balkan and international folk dance in Massachusetts

Amherst:
Amherst International Folk Dancing (413-549-6748, 413-323-6330)
7:30-10 pm on Fridays, year-round,
September-May: Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA, or
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA;
June-August: Whately Dance Barn, Whately, MA or
Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA;
special events at Unitarian Meetinghouse, 121 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.

Arlington:
FAC Friday International Folk Dance (781-438-4387)
8-11 pm most Fridays, September-June,
Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights, MA.

Arlington:
FAC Thursday Experienced International Folk Dance (781-438-4387)
8-10:45 pm most Thursdays, year-round,
Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights, MA.

Arlington:
Tuesday Night Revival Balkan Dancing (781-648-6887)
8-11 pm on one or two Saturdays each month,
Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon Street, East Arlington, MA.

Belmont:
FAC International Folk Dance Party (781-438-4387)
8-11 pm on monthly Saturdays, most months, September-May (no dance in December or April),
Payson Park Congregational Church, 365 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA;
summer parties 8-11 pm on selected Fridays,
First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA.

Cambridge:
MIT Folk Dance Club (617-253-FOLK)
8-11 pm most Sundays,
Stratton Student Center, MIT, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Framingham:
Framingham Folk Dancers (978-897-7549)
7:30-10 pm most Wednesdays, September-June,
Edwards Hall, Edwards Church UCC, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA.

Harwich:
Folk Dancers of Cape Cod
2nd and 4th Sundays, 3-5 pm October-April, 7-9 pm May-September,
Masjah Center, 181 Route 137 (off Route 6 at Exit 11), Harwich, MA.

Newton and Whately:
Zdravets: Dancing from Bulgaria and F.Y.R. Macedonia (617-964-2003)
8-11 pm on monthly Saturdays, September-June,
Grace Episcopal Church, 76 Eldredge Street, Newton, MA;
October dance at the Whately Dance Barn, Whately, MA.

Pepperell:
International Folk Dancing (978-433-9874; calendar)
7–8:30 pm most Fridays, year-round,
Pepperell Community Center, 2 Hollis Street, Pepperell, MA.

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English country dance in Massachusetts

List:
Country Dance Society, Boston Centre
Various programs and events in Greater Boston;
link to a PDF listing all English country dances in MA plus NH, RI, and VT for the current month;
monthly calendar of English events in MA.

Amherst:
Amherst Area English Country Dancers Monday Dances (413-695-2024)
7-9:30 pm most Mondays,
Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.

Amherst:
Amherst Area English Country Dancers Second Saturday Dance (413-695-2024)
7:30-10:30 pm on 2nd Saturdays, year-round,
Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.

Arlington:
CDS Boston Centre Wednesday English Dance (617-721-0600)
7:30-10:30 pm on Wednesdays, September-June,
Park Avenue Congregational Church, 50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights, MA.

Brookline, West Newton, Concord:
Experienced English Dance (617-721-0600)
7:30-10:30 pm on 1st Fridays or 1st Saturdays, October-May,
various locations.

Cambridge:
CDS Boston Centre Beginner-Friendly English Country Dancing (617-744-5331)
7:30-9:30 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays, September-June,
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

Jamaica Plain:
Boston Gender Free English Country Dance (617-522-2216, 617-512-5554)
7:30-10 pm on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (5th Tuesday, Experienced),
First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA.

West Newton:
CDS Boston Centre English Country Dancing Summer Series (617-744-5331)
7:30-10:30 pm on most Wednesdays in July and August,
First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA.

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Family dance in Massachusetts

Westford:
Family Barn Dances at the PCA (978-692-6333)
3-5 pm on 2nd Sundays, November-March,
Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, MA.

Woods Hole:
Woods Hole Family Dance (508-548-6661)
2-4 pm on monthly Sundays, January-April,
Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA.

Greek dance in Massachusetts

Cambridge:
Boston Lykeion Ellinidon (508-393-3563)
7-9 pm on Wednesdays and 12 noon-2 pm on Saturdays,
Greek American Political Center, 2nd floor hall, 288 Green Street, Central Square, Cambridge, MA.

Marblehead:
Greek Folk Dancing Workshop (781-631-1215)
1-3 pm on second Sundays,
Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead, MA.

Hungarian dance in Massachusetts

Arlington:
Improvisational Hungarian Dancing (781-648-6887)
6:30-8:30 pm most Sundays,
Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon Street, East Arlington, MA.

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Israeli dance in Massachusetts

List:
Israeli Dances
Links to Israeli dance websites worldwide.

List:
Israeli Folk Dancing in Boston
List of Israeli dance sessions in Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Marblehead, Newton Centre, North Andover, Peabody, and Sharon, MA.

Brookline:
Israeli Folk Dancing
7:30 pm-12 midnight on Mondays,
Temple Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Avenue, Brookline, MA.

Cambridge:
MIT Folk Dance Club Israeli Dancing
8-11:30 pm most Wednesdays,
Stratton Student Center, MIT, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Marblehead:
Israeli Folk Dancing (781-631-8330)
6:30-8 pm on Sundays,
JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead, MA.

Newton:
Israeli Folk Dancing (617-254-HORA)
7-9:30 pm on Sundays (September-June) or Thursdays (July-August),
Temple Emeth, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA.

North Andover:
Israeli Folk Dancing
7-8:15 pm on Sundays,
Osgood Landing (SE entrance, Building 30, upstairs), 1600 Osgood Street, North Andover, MA.

Peabody:
Israeli Folk Dancing (978-532-1293)
8-9:15 pm on Tuesdays (early teaching 7 pm once a month),
Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA.

Sharon:
Israeli Folk Dancing (781-784-3986)
8-9:30 pm on Thursdays,
Temple Israel, 125 Pond Street, Sharon, MA.

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New England contra and square dance in Massachusetts

List:
Cape Cod Contra Dances (508-548-6661)
1st Saturday, 8-11 pm,
Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA.
2nd Saturday, 8-11 pm,
Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit, MA.
3rd Saturday, 8-11 pm,
East Sandwich Grange Hall, 91 Old County Road, East Sandwich, MA.
3rd Friday, 7:30-10 pm,
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 355 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA.
4th Saturday, 7-10 pm,
The Hammond School, 13 Highland Avenue, Onset, MA.

List:
ContraDanceLinks
Contra dance series, schedules, callers, and musicians in New England states.

List:
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut Contra Dance, Square Dance, and Waltz Schedule
Comprehensive listing of scheduled events in southern New England.

List:
NEFFA: New England Folk Festival Association
Regularly scheduled contra dances in eastern Massachusetts.

List:
The Dance Gypsy
Regularly scheduled contra dances in MA.

Amherst:
Downtown Amherst Contra Dance
7:30-10:30 pm (instruction at 7) most Wednesdays (except 2nd Wednesdays),
Masonic Lodge, 99 Main Street, Amherst, MA.

Amherst:
Fiddlers Green Contra Dance
7:30-10 pm on 4th Saturdays, September-June (except December),
Munson Memorial Library, 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA.

Berlin:
Berlin Country Orchestra Contra Dance (978-838-0044)
8-11 pm on 1st Saturdays, October-May,
Berlin 1870 Town Hall (2nd floor), 12 Woodward Avenue, Berlin, MA.

Cambridge:
BIDA (Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates) Sunday Contras
7:30-10:30 pm on 1st and 3rd Sundays,
Masonic Hall, 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA.

Cambridge:
Fourth Saturday Contra Dances (617-547-7781, 978-369-1232)
8-11 pm on 4th Saturdays, September-June,
Cambridge Friends School, 5 Cadbury Road, Cambridge, MA.

Cambridge:
MIT Tuesday Contra Dance (617-354-0864)
8-11:30 pm on several Tuesdays per month,
Stratton Student Center, MIT, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Carlisle:
Carlisle Contra Dance (617-661-1865, 617-965-0542)
8-10:30 pm on 2nd Fridays, October-June,
First Religious Society in Carlisle U.U. Church, 27 School Street, Carlisle, MA.

Chatham:
Outermost Contra Dance (508-945-4827)
8-11 pm (Family Dance 7-8 pm) on mostly 4th Saturdays,
South Chatham Village Hall, 2567 Main Street, South Chatham, MA.

Concord:
Challenging Contra Dance Series for experienced dancers (978-779-6077)
8-11 pm on selected first Fridays,
Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

Concord:
Monday Contras (978-341-4143)
7:30-10:30 pm on Mondays,
Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

Concord:
NEFFA Thursday Contras
7:30-10:30 pm on Thursdays,
Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

Cotuit:
Cotuit Contra Dances (508-420-2188)
8-11 pm on 2nd Saturdays,
Freedom Hall, 976 Main Street, Cotuit, MA.

East Sandwich:
East Sandwich Contra Dance (508-362-2767, 508-563-6934, 774-263-0620)
8-11 pm on 3rd Saturdays,
East Sandwich Grange Hall, 91 Old County Road, East Sandwich, MA.

Gloucester:
Cape Ann Contra Dance
7 pm (instruction at 6:30) on selected Sundays,
First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester, MA.

Greenfield:
Greenfield Contra Dances
8-11 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays and most Saturdays,
Guiding Star Grange, 41 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.

Jamaica Plain:
Boston Gender Free Contra Dance (617-522-2216, 617-852-4042)
Usually 7:30-10:30 pm on 2nd and 4th Saturdays,
First Church in Jamaica Plain U.U., 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA.

Lenox:
Lenox Contra Dance (413-528-4007)
8:30-11:30 (instruction at 8) on 3rd Saturdays,
Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA.

Lexington:
Roaring Jelly Contras (781-235-0713)
7:45-11 pm on 3rd Fridays, September–June (no dance in April 2016)
First Parish in Lexington U.U. Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA.

Montague:
Western Massachusetts Gender Free Contra Dance (413-773-3568, 413-522-5932)
7-10 pm on mostly 3rd Saturdays
Montague Grange, 34 Main Street, Montague, MA.

Northborough:
Northboro Contra (508-393-2828)
8-11 pm on 3rd Saturdays, October-May,
First Parish Northboro U.U. Church, 40 Church Street, Northborough, MA.

Onset:
Onset Contra Dance (774-503-0169)
7-10 pm on 4th Saturdays,
The Hammond School, 13 Highland Avenue, Onset, MA.

Rehoboth:
Rehoboth Contra Dance (508-252-6375)
8-11 pm on 2nd, 4th, and some 5th Fridays,
Goff Hall, 123 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA.

Wareham:
Wareham Dances (508-317-0354)
7-10 pm (instruction at 6:30) on 4th Saturdays,
Wareham Boys and Girls Club, 13 Highland Avenue, Wareham, MA.

Wellfleet:
Outermost Contra Dance (508-944-3049, 774-316-4624, 508-945-4827)
7:30-10:30 pm (potluck at 6:30) on 3rd Fridays,
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 355 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA.

Westford:
Barn Dances at the PCA (978-692-6333)
7:30-10 pm on 4th Saturdays, October-April,
Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln Street, Westford, MA.

Williamstown:
Northern Berkshire Contra Dance (413-652-1331)
7:30-10:30 pm (instruction at 7:15) on most 3rd Fridays,
First Congregational Church, 906 Main Street/Route 2, Williamstown, MA.

Woods Hole:
Woods Hole Contras (508-548-6661)
8-11 pm on 1st Saturdays,
Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA.

Worcester:
Worcester Contra Dance
8-11 pm (instruction at 7:30) on most 2nd Saturdays, September-June,
Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main Street, Worcester, MA.

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Scottish country dance in Massachusetts

List:
Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Boston Branch
List of classes sponsored by RSCDS-Boston and others in Massachusetts.

Bedford:
Scottish Country Dancing (617-244-6914)
1-2:30 pm on Tuesdays,
The Bedford Senior Center (COA), 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA.

Brookline:
RSCDS Boston, Brookline Class (617-864-8945, 617-244-6914)
7:30-9:30 pm on Sundays, September-May,
Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA.

Cambridge Class in Watertown:
RSCDS Boston, Cambridge Class
7:45-10:15 pm most Mondays,
Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington Street, Watertown, MA.

Great Barrington:
RSCDS Boston, Great Barrington Class (call to confirm: 413-344-3023, 413-698-2944)
7:15-9:15 pm on Wednesdays, year-round,
Berkshire Pulse, 3rd floor, 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA.

Newton:
RSCDS Boston, Newton Class (call to confirm: 617-244-6914)
10:30 am-12 noon on Wednesdays, year-round,
Newton Lower Falls Community Center, 545 Grove Street, Newton, MA (September-mid-June;
VFW Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton (June-August).

North Chelmsford:
RSCDS Boston, Nashua Class, North Chelmsford (978-764-4538, 508-574-1533)
7-9 pm on 1st Fridays, year-round,
31 Princeton Street, North Chelmsford, MA.

Northampton:
RSCDS Boston, Northampton Class (413-527-3407)
7-9:30 pm on Thursdays, September-May,
Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street, Florence (a village of Northampton), MA.

Salem:
RSCDS Boston, Salem Class: Wee Bluets (617-462-1925)
8 pm (beginners 7:30) on Thursdays, year-round,
First Universalist Society of Salem, 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA.

Stow:
RSCDS Boston, Stow Class (978-897-2466)
7:30-10:30 pm (children 6:30-7:30) on 2nd and 4th Fridays, September-June,
Old Stow Town Hall, 375 Great Road, Stow, MA.

Watertown:
RSCDS Boston, Cambridge Class
7:45-10:15 most Mondays,
Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington Street, Watertown, MA.

Yarmouth:
Scottish Country Dancing (call to confirm: 508-432-3711)
7:30 pm on Thursdays,
Yarmouthport Congregational Church, 329 Main Street/Route 6A, Yarmouthport, MA.

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Swing, vintage, waltz in Massachusetts

Swing - List:
DanceNet: Swing Dancing in Boston and Beyond
Listings for Greater Boston and New England.

Vintage:
Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
Various classes and special events in eastern MA.

Waltz, Concord:
FAC Mostly Waltz for Boston (781-438-4387)
2-5:30 pm on monthly Sundays, September-May,
Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

Waltz, Greenfield:
Greenfield Mostly Waltz
7-10:30 pm on 1st Fridays,
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.

More lists

Folk Dancing ’Round Boston
Listings of series and special events in Greater Boston for international, contra, English, Israeli, Scandinavian, and Scottish dancing.

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut Contra Dance, Square Dance, and Waltz Schedule
Comprehensive listing of scheduled events in southern New England.

The Dance Gypsy
Listings for contras, folk dance, and other traditional dance forms in the US and Canada.

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