Contra Dances

The Folk Dancing Gild  sponsors a Contra Dance at 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.   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.
  • April 6 Greg Frock calling with Atlantic Crossing from Vermont
    • Viveka Fox (fiddle, bodhran, djembe), Peter Macfarlane (fiddle, low whistle),
      Tristan Henderson (mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, foot percussion), and Rick Klein (guitar)
    • Dinner after the dance at El Diablo Burittos, Branmar Plaza
  • May 4 Janine Smith calling with the Gooseberries from central PA
    • Mathew Burke (fiddle), Rich Dodson (tenor banjo, mandolin), Dave Cottrell (accordion), and Jill Smith (piano)
    • Pot luck supper after the dance at Donna and Chris’ house.
  • June 1 Sue Gola and Justin Kauker calling with Larry Unger (guitar), Julie Metcalf (fiddle), and Taki Masuko (percussion)
    • Pizza and pool party at the Arden Pool after the dance.
  • No dances in July or August. Join us September 7 for our first dance of the fall.

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 Orleans Rd. The Gild Hall is 150 yds on left.

2126 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810

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Booking Information

If you would like to play or call for the Arden Contra Dance, please contact Chris Deephouse at 302.477.1867302.477.1867 or chris|at|

Past Contra Dances

Nearby Contra Dances


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