Harrisburg Contra Dance

NOTE: The January 23 dance has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Please stay safe!


The Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association, a CDSS affiliate group, invites you to attend our twice-a-month contra dances. We dance mostly contras, but also traditional squares, circles, mixers, hambos, schottisches, waltzes, and more.

Where to Find Us?

The dances are held on the second and fourth (and sometimes fifth) Fridays of each month at the social hall of Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church at 5501 Locust Lane, Harrisburg.

What is contra dancing?

In a word, FUN! We invite you to check out the links below to discover and explore contra dance on the web, then come out to a dance and experience it for yourself.

Dates & Times

Dates: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Fridays
Dance Intro: 7:30 pm
Dance: 8:00 - 11:00 pm


Adults: $9
Students: $5
Ages 13-19: $5
Ages 12 and under: Free!
Members of HACDA save a dollar on admission at each dance. Membership costs only $20 per year.


Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church
5501 Locust Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Upcoming Dances, Bands and Callers

January 9: Greg Frock calling to Contra Intuitive (Ryck Kaiser, Peggy Shutes, and Steven Epstein).

January 23: CANCELLED due to inclement weather.

January 30: Sue Gola calling to Smash the Windows (Bruce Young, Peggy Shutes, and Ryck Kaiser).

February 13: Terry Bachman calling to Contra Rebels (Todd Clewell, Barb Schmid, Henry Koretzky).

February 27: Donna Hunt calling to Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes.

March 13: Steve Gester calling to Unbowed (Henry Koretzky, Barb Schmid, Todd Clewell).

March 27: Dave Colestock calling to Dr. Twamley's Audio Snakes.

April 10: Ann Fallon calling to Ladies in the Parlor.

Just for this dance...  
Time: 7:30-10:30 PM (Beginner Workshop starting at 7:00)
Location: Silver Spring Presbyterian Church
  444 Silver Spring Rd
  Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Dances returning to Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church at 8 PM for:

April 24: Barbara Goldstein calling to Smash the Windows.

Future dances are currently being scheduled. Check back soon for further details.


Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church
5501 Locust Lane
Harrisburg, PA 17109


Detailed Directions

From PA Turnpike and Lancaster (Route 283):

From the PA Turnpike, take Exit 19, the Harrisburg East exit. After paying the toll, continue straight - the road becomes Route 283 North. From Route 283 from Lancaster, follow the signs for "283 North to Harrisburg", which is just before the expressway ends. From either origin, follow 283 North for about 2 miles, then take exit 3B, following the signs to "83N to 81, West 322". After passing through the Eisenhower Interchange at this exit, go for about 2 miles to Union Deposit Road, (Exit 48). From here, follow the "From South" directions below.

From South of Harrisburg:

Take I-83 North to the Union Deposit exit (Exit 48). Turn right from the exit ramp onto Union Deposit Road. Go about 1 mile to Rutherford Road (at a traffic light, with Turkey Hill store on the left). Turn left onto Rutherford Road, and go about 1 mile to Locust Lane (the next traffic light). Turn right onto Locust Lane, then follow the directions "To the Church."

From North, East, or West of Harrisburg:

Take 322 East to I-81 North to I-83 (Exit 70). Take I-83 South for 1/2 mile to the Colonial Park exit (Exit 50A) which is U.S. 22 East. Take U.S. 22 East (Jonestown Road) 8/10 of a mile to Prince Street (the third traffic light). Turn right onto Prince Street and go 7/10 of a mile to Locust Lane (the first traffic light). Turn left onto Locust Lane, then follow the directions "To the Church."

To the Church:

On Locust Lane, travel 6/10 of a mile to the church, which is on the right. Turn at the sign for Locust Lane Dental Group, then immediately bear right again onto the church driveway. Note that the church sits back from the road and is not easily visible from Locust Lane. It is only 2-3 blocks past the ABC North Bowling Lanes.

Note: We usually have signs out on Locust Lane that say "Contra Dance" where you turn to go back to the Church.

Who Are We?

HACDA is an all-volunteer, non-profit, CDSS affiliate dance organization formed in the summer of 1999, whose primary mission is to maintain traditional American contra dancing in the Harrisburg area.

HACDA is the successor to the Locust Lane Contra Dance, which was started in 1991 by Joan Bare as a monthly dance series. We now have two dances a month, on the second and fourth Fridays, year-round.

Our Board

  • President: Dave Felix
  • Vice President: Steve Epstein
  • Treasurer: Sherry McLain
  • Secretary: Kate Bright
  • Directors: Evan Kaiser, David Spear

We need your help. Please consider volunteering on the board and supporting your local dance community.

Read our bylaws (pdf format)


General Email: dance@harrisburgcontra.org

For booking for bands and callers: booking@harrisburgcontra.org

Also sign up for our email list to receive regular announcements of upcoming events!

Mailing Address

Harrisburg Area Contra Dance Association
P.O. Box 61023
Harrisburg, PA 17106-1023