photo: Rachel Winslow


Every week

Join us for our regular Wednesday evening English Country Dance at Merion Friends Meeting Activities Building (logistical details below).

Viewing this on your phone? Skip down to the list of Upcoming Dances to check out who is playing and calling soon, and what special events are on deck.


OPEN BAND THIS WEEK:
Wednesday, June 19th

Robert Mills leading, Tanya Rotenberg calling. All musicians are welcome to join in. The Program list and details are now posted on the Open Band page.


What's happening?


Members' Meeting

The Members' Meeting picnic was rained out... however a record 52+ people attended the Annual Members' Meeting! Thank you all for supporting the organizational backstage part of Germantown Country Dancers and coming out to vote as well as to hear about the 23-24 highlights and plans for 24-25. So many things are going well -- excellent attendance numbers for Wednesday, Saturday, and the Barn Dance; solid and well-organized finances; an active deliberative board; lots of volunteers taking care of tasks large and small...

Our thanks to the incoming 2024-25 Board

Michael Wood: President
Kathy Talvitie: Vice President
Cecily Selling: Secretary
Bob Pollack: Treasurer
Judy Kleppel: At Large
Tristan Morris: At Large
Judi Stellar: At Large

For a comprehensive list: Board and committee members


Gratitude!

We thank Eileen Leypoldt for her cheerful service on GCD's board, and Barbara Schlenger-Faber for being quietly on top of the many weekly tasks of the treasurer, leaving it to incoming Bob Pollack in super organized order.


New Code of Conduct

The GCD Board has formalized a code of conduct, which reflects the values that have always been a part of our community. We referenced codes of conduct from other dance communities as well as resources from the Country Dance & Song Society.

Read or download: New Code of Conduct

Please feel free to talk to any board member if you have any questions or concerns.


Updated COVID guidelines

Masks are optional for Wednesdays and the Barn Dance. Decisions about 1st Saturdays will be announced in early Fall.

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

GCD COVID Guidelines (PDF)

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



Regular Dances and Events

When? What? Where?
Wednesdays
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 optional. GCD COVID Guidelines (PDF)

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+

Masks required. See GCD COVID Guidelines (PDF)

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 optional. See GCD COVID Guidelines (PDF)

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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Venues

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.