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.   Join us on Facebookfacebook.

Important News about the Arden Contra Dance

Update:  three Arden dance regulars have volunteered to join the group running the Arden contra dance. We are still looking for ideas and people to help increase attendance.  Read more…

The Folk Dancing Gild also sponsors Israeli and International folk dances, square dances, and line dances on Wednesday nights.

Upcoming Dances

  • Dances are usually first Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00pm, with a lesson for new dancers starting at 1:30pm. Exceptions are posted below.
  • June 7: Tempest with calling by Mark Hillegonds
    • Tim Ball (fiddle), Chuck Abel (Guitar) and Eric Metzgar (drums)
    • Tempest brings a progressive, jazzy sound to the stage, providing a tantalizing blend of New England, Celtic, Old Time, and French-Canadian sets infused with elements of pop, funk, and world music.
    • Pool and pizza party ($9 for both) after the dance.
  • No dances July – September.
  • Saturday, September 5: Stop by the Folk Gild our booth at the Arden Fair. Free swing or allemande with every beverage purchase.
  • October 4: TBA
  • November 1: TBA
  • January 1, 2016: New Years Day Dances
    • 2:00p to 5:o0p International Folk Dance
    • 5:00p to 7:00p Pot Luck Supper
    • 7:00p to 10:00p Contra Dance
  • January 17: Mason Dixon Contra Dance Orchestra
    • Pot luck supper and jamming after the dance.


Directions for Traveling Dancers

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.

2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810


Booking Information

If you would like to play or call for the Arden Contra Dance, please contact Chris Deephouse at 302.477.1867 or chris|at|

Past Contra Dances

Nearby Contra Dances