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.

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. 7:   SPUDS  with calling by Donna Hunt
    • Philadelphia’s Contra dance Pick-Up Band
  •  Nov. 4:   Gooseberries with calling by Sam Rotenberg
    • Matthew Burke on fiddle, Rich Dodson on tenor banjo, Dave Cottrell on accordion, and Jill Smith on piano
  • Dec. 2:   Raise the Roof with calling by Robin Banerji
    • Mat Clark on fiddle, Judi Stellar on hammered dulcimer, Bob Pasquarello on bass, and Kathy Talvitie on guitar
  • Tuesday,  Jan. 1, 2019:  New Year’s Day Dance Party
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Folk Dancing with International Folk Sounds (band)
    • 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Pot Luck Supper
    • 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Contra Dance with music by Dave Wiesler, Tim Macdonald, & Jeremy Ward with calling by Mark Hillegonds
    •  One dance & pot luck –  $12,   students $7       All Day – $23,  students $13
  • Feb. 3:  Game 7 with calling by Anne Lutun
    • Carol Wadlinger on flute & concertina,  Judi Steljar on hammered dulcimer & banjo, Wes Steenson on guitar, Jansen Wendell on fiddle & mandolin
  • March 3:  Lennan-Shee with calling by Dave Rupp
    • Kirsten Erwin on flute & whistle, Kathie Talvitie on piano, Bob Pasquerello on mandolin & banjo, Adlai Waksman on accordion
  • April 7:  Live Wire with calling by Abigail Hobart
    • Sarah Gowan on guitar & concertina, Ben Kennedy on piano, Bill Quern on mandolin & banjo, Tom Krumm on fiddle
  • May 5Cantabile with calling by Jan Alter
    • Adlai Waksman on piano, Bill Nixon on fiddle, Clare Maher on cello, Kirsten Erwin on flutes and whistles
  • June 2Grip It, Rip It with calling by Sue Gola
    • Rich Myers on mandolin & guitar, Larry Feldman on fiddle & mandolin, Mark Schultz on banjo, Ed Borghi on guitar & mandolin, Ron Greenstein on acoustic bass


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 contact Karen Warren at

Past Contra Dances

Nearby Contra Dances