What's happening?

1st Saturday, May 4th,
Afternoon Workshop, 3pm & Evening Dance, 7:30pm

Nickki Herbst (Iowa, now Florida) calling
Music by Hot Toddy -- Melissa Running, Anna Rain, Edith Coakley Stowe.

Nikki Herbst

3:00 - 5:30 Workshop

7:30 - 10:30 Evening Dance

Dance Camp Scholarship

GCD is delighted to announce that Victoria Valadao Napier has been selected to receive a $300 scholarship to be used toward summer music and dance camp tuition in 2024!

GCD is delighted to announce that Victoria Valadao Napier has been selected to receive a $300 scholarship to be used toward summer music and dance camp tuition in 2024!

Victoria recently began dancing at the Barn Dance and on Wednesday nights. She is bursting with enthusiasm and eager to learn more. Victoria is thrilled to be offered this GCD Scholarship and is planning to attend English Dance Week at Pinewoods this summer. Because GCD is an affiliate of the Country Song and Dance Society (CDSS), Victoria will also be eligible to receive a CDSS Affiliate Matching Scholarship.

Fish & Chips Tea Dance
Sunday afternoon May 19th!

After a pandemic hiatus, GCD is reconvening it's annual rehearsed open band, lead by Bob Pasquarello, working with caller, Robert Mills.

Musicians of all skill levels are welcome to participate. Sign-up and rehearsal details are on the Open Band page.

David Tilove's memorial gathering will be at Stella in New Hope, midday Sunday, April 21st. The family will be asking for RSVPs once arrangements are finalized.

Farewell David Tilove, dance friend, and author of the Lambertville ECD video list , who died in Pittsburgh on January 2nd after a long decline. His obituary is a long and moving read. Discovering ECD somewhat late in life, David and Carolyn graced us with their company for about a decade, always on hand to help out with whatever was needed, ever happy to be on the dance floor.

David & Carolyn Tilove, 2012

Updated COVID guidelines

You will be asked to sign a waiver the first time you attend a GCD event. This will include contact information, as we inform our participants if anyone tests positive following an event.

Mask Requirements as follows:

  • Wednesdays: 1st, 3rd, and 5th -- masks required
  • Wednesdays: 2nd and 4th -- masks recommended but not required
  • Barn Dance: masks optional
  • First Saturdays: masks required

GCD COVID-related Guidelines (PDF)

The GCD board may change these requirements based on evolving circumstances.

Regular Dances and Events

When? What? Where?
Year round
(occasional exceptions)

7:30 pm – Arrive for new dancers' orientation

8:00 – 10:15 pm

English Country Dancing

Sliding scale Admission:
$5 - $10+

Masks required 1st, 3rd, 5th weeks:
COVID safety requirements

Merion Friends Meeting Activities Building
First Saturdays
October - May

3:00–5:30 pm – Afternoon Workshop
(most Saturdays)

7:30–10:30 pm – Evening Dance

ECD for intermediate and experienced dancers** see below

Sliding-Scale Admission:
One session $5 - $15+
Both sessions $10 - $20+

COVID safety requirements

Summit Church, Mt. Airy
Mt. Airy Barn Dance
1st Sundays,
November – April

2:00–3:45 pm

Old time fun for all ages: FaceBook page

Adults $5
Ages 4–18 $2 ($15 max)

Masks required.

Summit Church, Mt. Airy

Before you come...

On Wednesday evenings and at the Mt. Airy Barn Dance, new dancers are always welcome! Each dance is taught, then prompted. You don't need to bring a partner, as we change partners throughout the session. Friendly folk will ask you to dance. English Country Dancing is community dancing, where one of the pleasures is interacting with everyone in the room.

Please wear flat-soled shoes.

** First Saturday workshops and evening programs are more difficult than on Wednesdays. The programs are intended for intermediate and experienced dancers who know standard figures, such as casts and leads, siding, single and double figures of eight, and all manner of heys.

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Germantown Country Dancers holds dances in two locations:
Merion Friends Meeting Activities Building 615 Montgomery Ave, Merion, PA 19066 (on the Main Line)
Summit Church, Mt. Airy, Westview & Greene Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Join us!

Do you appreciate the events GCD sponsors for dancers and musicians? For a small amount, you can become an Official Member of this great organization! (With the side-benefit of guaranteed Ball admission if you register in time.)

Download the membership form.