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 square 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.
  •  Oct. 1:   Live Wire  with calling by Sam Rotenberg
    • Bill Quern on Banjo, Sarah Gowan on Guitar & Ben Kennedy on piano
  •  Nov. 5:    Game 7 with calling by Anne Lutun
    • Wes Steenson on guitar, Carol Wadlinger on flute and concertina,
    • Judy Stellar on hammered dulcimer and banjo, & Jansen Wendell on fiddle and mandolin
  • Dec. 3:   Firefly Gals with calling by Dave Rupp
    • Beth Hunter on fiddle, Judy Head on fiddle, Elisa Lang on banjo, Donna DiPaulo on guitar, & Jado Foot on bass
  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2018:  New Year’s Day Dance Party
    • 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Folk Dancing with IFS (band)
    • 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Pot Luck Supper
    • 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Contra Dance with Hot Feat (band) and calling by Mark Hillegonds
    •  One dance & pot luck –  $12,   students $7       All Day – $23,  students $13
  • Feb. 4:  Blue Jersey Band with calling by Deseree Meligrito
    • Frank Ruck on mandolin, Ellen Ruck on guitar, and John Burton on bass guitar
  • March 4:  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
  • April 1:  No Dance

Time change for the following dances:  Lessons 2:00 -2:30 pm   Dance  2:30 – 5:30 pm

  • May 6Rebecca McCallum (fiddle), Mara Shea (fiddle), & Kathy Talvitie (piano)  with calling by Perry Shafran
  • June 3Grip It! Rip It! with calling by Donna Hunt – Ice cream at the break & swim in the pool after the dance for $5
    • Rich Myers (mandolin) & Friends


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