Contra Dances

The Folk Dancing Gild  sponsors a Contra Dance at the Arden Gild Hall in north-eastern Delaware. Dances feature live bands and callers from Maine to North Carolina, a nice floor, and much more! Regular admission is $10.00, $9.00 Arden Club members, $5 students.  For more information please call (302) 478-7257 or (610) 277-0844.   Join us on  Facebookfacebook.

The Folk Dancing Gild also sponsors Israeli and International folk dances and line dances on Wednesday nights and Scottish and English Dance Lessons on Thursday nights.

Upcoming Dances

  • Dances are usually first Sundays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, with a lesson for new dancers starting at 2:00 pm. Exceptions are posted below.
  •  Oct. 6:   SPUDS  with calling by Sue Gola
    • Philadelphia’s Contra dance Pick-Up Band
  •  Nov. 3:   The Orphans with calling by Ann Fallon
    • Miranda Weinberg on fiddle, Ben Kennedy on piano, Peter Buchak on accordion
  • Dec. 8:   Raise the Roof with calling by Mark Hillegonds
    • Mat Clark on fiddle, Julie Stellar on hammered dulcimer, Bob Pasquarello on bass, Kathy Talvitie on piano
  • Wednesday,  Jan. 1, 2020:  New Year’s Day Dance Party
    • 2:00-2:30 pm:   All Request Folk Dancing
    • 2:30-5:00 pm    Folk Dancing to the Music of John Matulis and Dottie Yacek-Matulis
    • 5:00-7:00 pm    Potluck Dinner
    • 7:00-10:00 pm  Christine Merryman calls to the music of Dave Wiesler, Mara Shea & James MacQueen
    • Folk Dance:       $10 (non-members)     $9 (members)     $6 (students)
    • Contra Dance:   $12 (non-members)     $11 (members)   $7 (students)
    • All Day:    $21 (non-members)      $19 (members)     $12 (students)
  • Feb. 2:  Caroline Barnes calls to the music of David Wiesler (piano) & David Knight (fiddle)
  • March 1:  Grip It & Rip It with calling by Don Flaherty
    • Rich Meyers on mandolin, Larry Feldman on fiddle, Mark Schultz on banjo, Ed Borghi on guitar, Ron Greenstein on acoustic bass
  • April 5:   CANCELED
  • May 3:    CANCELED
  • June 7:   CANCELED


Directions for Traveling Dancers

2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810

From Philadelphia and north:
Take I95 south to Delaware line.
Use I495 to take the Naamans Rd. exit.
Turn right and head west for 1.7 miles.
Turn left at the light on Marsh Rd/Rt 3.
Turn left at the next light on Harvey Rd.
Turn right at the next light on Orleans Rd.  The Gild Hall is 150 yds on left.

From Baltimore, Newark DE and south:
Take I95 north through Wilmington.
Exit at the Harvey Road exit, 5 miles north of Wilmington.
Turn left on Harvey Road.
Turn left at the third light on Orleans Rd. The Gild Hall is 150 yds on left.


Booking Information

If you would like to play or call for the Arden Contra Dance, please email:

Past Contra Dances

Nearby Contra Dances