Boston Gender Free Contra Dance (JP)

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Boston Gender Free Contra Dance for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Folks and Friends!

    Live music
    All dances taught
    Beginners encouraged—come early!
    No partner necessary
    Any sexual orientation and gender expression is welcome

Our contra dance in Jamaica Plain on June 25th will have music provided by an open band - that means you!

If you have an instrument you'd like to play, whether or not you've ever played a contra dance before, please bring it with you and join in.

Debby Knight and Jon Cannon will be leading the band, deciding on tunes and giving general direction to whoever is playing. They've assembled a list of tunes that they'll be drawing from, which you can find here. Many of these are in the Portland tune books, so if you have a copy, please bring it. If you have questions, please write to Jon at theoceanistea AT

Feel free to play for the whole evening, or just for a dance or two - it's all up to you. If you'd like to have a microphone for your instrument, please arrive at 7:00. The dance starts at 7:30, and runs until 10:30. Come try it out!

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This dance series has dances on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays Sept-June and the 4th Saturday in July with occasional exceptions.

Dances normally run 7:30 to 10:30pm. The fee is usually $10, students $6. But we also take less if that's what you can afford. We do pass a bucket for our live music fund, and you can ask the person at the door about sponsoring future dances.

We welcome guest callers for the first dance after the break. Contact Bob Peterson  at  caller AT contra to reserve a slot.

Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products, as some of our dancers are chemically sensitive, and experience discomfort when exposed to these materials.

For new dancers see this page

Help Us

We run our dances with volunteer help: you! The Organizers do the hard parts but we need volunteers for easy jobs every dance:

  • Hall setup (2 positions)—6:30 to 7:15—plus get into the dance free
  • Greeter and Door sitter (1 position)—7:15 to break—plus get into your next dance free
  • Announcer (1 position)—just before break

We also need people to stay around at the end to tear down and clean up. If you want to learn how to operate the sound board, contact a steering committee member.

Tshirts and other items can be punched at Zazzle

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Directions  (->Parking lot map here)

We dance at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St at the corner of Centre and Eliot Streets (at the monument), Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA. You can print off text directions or use Google Maps .

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Organizers: Ben Sachs-Hamilton, Bob Peterson, Chris Ricciotti, John Gintell, John Hawley, Mike Miller, Robert Coren, Robin Fox, Myles Dakin, Shirley Márquez Dúlcey.  
email: jpboard AT  
Caller and Musician programmer is Ben Sachs-Hamilton: programmingjp AT  

Contact info

Send e-mail to jp-dance AT                               Information for JP Organizers only
tel:    John:  617.512.5554  


  • This page is managed by John Gintell  Please do not wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products, as some of our dancers are chemically sensitive, and experience discomfort when exposed to these materials