Contra Dance Schedule

Madison and Southern Wisconsin


Tuesday Night Dance

Every Tuesday, all year round (~7:45-9:45 pm): Madison contra dance at Gates of Heaven Synagogue (302 E. Gorham in James Madison Park, Madison, WI, 43° 4' 48'' N  89° 23' 6'' W). Madison Contra Dance Cooperative, open band and callers. Tuesday dances are free with a 4-month membership of $50, $5 for non-members, and $3 for students. Call Steve (608-692-3394).

Weekend Dances (2019)

May 4
Pat & Possum w/Jo Mortland (Funky Formal)
Prairie Hill Waldorf School: N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Delafield, WI Terrie
May 18
Rare Privilege w/Carol Ormand (lessons at 7:00, dancing 7:30-10:30) Grace Episcopal Church: 116 W. Washington, Madison, WI Steve 608-692-3394
Jul 5-7
IndepenDance, Pete's Posse and TBA w/Dana Parkinson & Steve Pike
Prairie Hill Waldorf School: N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Delafield, WI Pam
Sep 20-22
Squirrel Moon Festival, Thirsty Roots w/Cis Hinkle
Folklore Village: 3210 County Hwy BB, Dodgeville, WI Steve 608-692-3394

Evening dances are generally 8-11 pm except as noted and have an admission charge of typically $8. Dances are taught, partners are not required, and no experience is necessary. If you are new to contra dancing, show up early (preferably for the beginning) when dances are easier and figures are introduced. An introductory lesson is often offered a half hour before the dance. You will be able to step right in and dance. Each dance, of the dozen or so each evening, is taught and called. Please bring shoes with clean soles to preserve our fine wooden dance floors. In the event of bad weather, check the Mad Dancers listserver for possible cancellation. If you wish to receive email announcements, go to the listserver and click on +Join Group.

Squirrel Moon Music & Dance Festival

The Madison Contra Dance Co-op in cooperation with Folklore Village hosts a yearly music and dance festival in September at Folklore Village Farm.

Dance Locations

Blue Mounds Opera House: 2969 Main St., Blue Mounds, WI (Hwy 18/151 from Madison. Exit right at the sign for Blue Mounds. Follow the signs for State Park to downtown. Dancing on the second floor of two-story building on left.)

Community Center: 515 E. Main, Stoughton, WI (Go to to Stoughton. Community Center is at the corner of North St. and 5th, two blocks north of Main St. from the Stoughton City Hall.)

Fischer Hall: Paoli, WI (Rt. 151 south of Madison, take County PB south to Paoli, right across bridge, right on Range Trail, the small road across from the park. Hall is one block on left, dances on the second floor)

Flynn Hall: 116 W. Reynolds St, Cottage Grove, WI (From the west, take the Beltline past I-90 and turn left onto County N. After you get into Cottage Grove, pass E. Reynolds St. on your right. Go about another block and turn left onto W. Reynolds St at the Outpost Bar and Grill. Flynn Hall is the second building on the left.From the east take I-94 to County N (exit 244). Turn left onto N, go through Cottage Grove, cross County BB, and turn right onto W Reynolds after the RR tracks and the Glacial Drumlin Trail entrance, at the Outpost Bar and Grill. Flynn Hall is the second building on the left.)

Folklore Village: 3210 County Hwy BB, Dodgeville, WI (Hwy 18/151 about 35 minutes west of Madison, 6 miles east of Dodgeville. South on BB, a quarter mile to the small sign for Folklore Village on the right.) Barn dances start with potluck dinner at 6:30 pm.

Free Thinkers Hall: 307 Polk Street, Sauk City, WI (At the Hwy 12/60 intersection in Sauk City, turn right three blocks to Polk Street, turn left two and one half blocks to Free Thinkers Hall on right-side of street).

Gates of Heaven Synagogue: 302 E. Gorham, Madison, WI (The small stone building at the west end of James Madison Park on Lake Mendota, the end of the park nearest the capitol)

Grace Episcopal Church: 116 W. Washington, Madison, WI (Church faces Capitol Square - enter the hall through the courtyard on the Washington St. side)

Irish Fest Center: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Avenue (N 76TH Street), Milwaukee, WI (Take I 94 to the 84th Street exit north. Follow signs for Highway 181. After two bends, turn left at the light, Wauwatosa Avenue. Take the next right, Lincoln St., just past the Irish Fest building. There is some street parking and a small lot in back of the building.)

Irish Cultural and Heritage Center of Wisconsin: 2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI (Take I 94 to 26th Street. Take 26th Street north to Wisconsin Ave. [about 3 blocks]. Turn right on Wisconsin Ave - drive 3 blocks to 23rd Street. Turn right on 23rd Street. - turn left into the alley and park in the second fenced lot on the right. There may also be places on the street in front of the ICHC, or across the street at the bank. Wisconsin Avenue is the main drag in Milwaukee.)

Memorial Union: 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI (At the north end of Park Street at Langdon St. overlooking Lake Mendota on the University of Wisconsin Campus)

Mount Horeb Intermediate Gym: Take Business 18-151 into Mt. Horeb, WI; south 4 blocks on 2nd St.; (park and enter at rear of Gym)

Nora's Two Restaurant: 1843 Highway 12 (10 miles east of Madison, WI in the town of Nora)

Olin Park Pavilion: On the southwest shore of Lake Monona, just off John Nolen Drive, in the barn at the top of the hill in Olin Park. (Bring sweaters in the fall and bug spray in the summer)

Park Hall: 307 Polk St., Sauk City, WI (From Madison, take Highway 12 across the Wisconsin River bridge, then immediate right on Highway 60, three blocks to Polk Street, then left two blocks to Park Hall on left)

Park Ponderosa Ballroom: 5100 Erling Avenue, McFarland, WI (From Madison, take the Beltline (US-18 E/US-12 E), merge onto US-51 S/Stoughton Road via exit number 266 toward Mc Farland. Take the Siggekow Road ramp. Turn right onto Siggelkow Road, then left onto Erling Avenue.)

Prairie Hill Waldorf School: N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Delafield, WI (Take I 94 to exit 287 (at the Amish barn). Turn south on Hwy 83 approximately 2/10 mile. At the light at Hillside Rd, turn left (east). Follow for approximately 2.4 miles. Pass Home Depot. Hillside becomes Silvermail Rd. The school is on the right just before County G.)

Prairie Unitarian Universalist Meeting House: 2010 Whenona Dr., Madison, WI (Looks more like a big house on the corner than like a church)

Quaker Meeting House: 3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee, WI (From I 43 N, take the Capitol Ave. exit east (1 mile), turn right (south) on Humboldt (0.9 miles), turn left (east) onto Auer Avenue to Gordon Place (0.1 miles), turn right (south) into school lot ,and park there. Walk north on Gordon Place 200 ft to the Meeting House.)

Tenney Park: 1400 Block of E. Johnson, Madison, WI (on south shore of Lake Mendota)

Trinity United Methodist Church: 1123 Vilas Avenue, Madison, WI (turn west off Park Street onto Vilas and go 2.5 blocks, church is mid-block on the left)

Turner Hall: 3001 S. Stoughton Rd., Madison, WI (Located just north of the Beltline Highway on South Stoughton Road (Hwy 51). From the Beltline, go north on Hwy 51/Stoughton Rd. Go east on Pflaum Road from Hwy 51. Then immediately south onto the frontage road which comes to a dead end in the Turner Hall parking lot.)

Union South: 225 N. Randall, Madison, WI (On the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus at the corner of Johnson and Randall)

Warner Park Community Recreation Center Gym, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, WI (Enter the ample parking area off of Northport Drive or off of Sherman Avenue and wind past the soccer fields and baseball stadium.)

Westport Town Hall: 5387 Mary Lake Rd., Waunakee, WI (off of Highway M north of Madison)

Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center: 953 Jenifer St., Madison, WI

Dates and places may be changed. Call the dance organizers for confirmation. Look in the newspaper The Isthmus which is distributed on Thursdays for more information. Dances are listed under "Dancing", not "Dance." Also check the Event Calendar of the Madison Newspapers for occasional additional listings.

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*General Contra Dance Information

*Where to Dance World-Wide

*Nearby Contra Dances

*Other Local Dance Groups and Bands

*Local Interest

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*Dance Descriptions

*Poems and Songs

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