friends of Greenfield Dance

The Friends of Greenfield Dance supports traditional dance and music opportunities in Greenfield, MA.

Welcome to the dance community at the Guiding Star Grange. Here, we strive to accept each other’s differences while celebrating our mutual love of dance, music, community and friendship. We provide a platform of dialogue and support for all dance organizers in Greenfield and we support opportunities to strength our dance community through workshops and dances. Learn more about us.

Come to a dance! Dances at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield are run by eight different dance organizers who offer a variety of contra dances each month, on Friday and Saturday evenings. Occasional workshops are offered through the year, and special dances are held on selected Sundays.

Complete dance information is available by checking the Guiding Star Grange Calendar of Events. An overview of all monthly dances in Greenfield is also available for download (PDF).

Covid Booster Update: 

As of November 15th, proof of having the bivalent booster will be required in order to attend the following dances:
Tophill dances (2nd and 4th Saturdays)
The Moving Violations (3rd Saturdays)
4th Friday Experienced Contras
5th Saturday Contras

As of December 1, proof of having the bivalent booster will be required in order to attend:
Wednesday English Country Dances

Exceptions will be made for recent Covid infections (you have a 3 month grace period); please contact the series organizer BEFORE the event.

At this time the following series strongly recommend but do not require the bivalent.
Wild Asparagus (1st Saturdays)
Mostly Waltz (1st Fridays)
2nd Friday series
Back Row Band (3rd Fridays)
5th Friday series

Fall Frolic – On the books!

We were so happy to dance with you at the 2022 Fall Frolic on Sunday, November 6.

Bob Isaacs blew us away with his Guest Caller Showcase and the music by the illustrious Jesse Ball and Friends was unparalleled. 

It’s still not too late to get your 2023 membership to the Friends of Greenfield Grange at $25 per individual, $20 for seniors and students, $40 for family memberships consisting of 2 adults and minor children and $1,000 for lifetime members. Memberships will be active through December 31, 2023. If you want to sign up  please fill out the 2023 Membership Form on our Donate page or use the online form

Wondering how membership fees are used? They go towards putting on special dance events and workshops, towards paying callers, sound technicians and band members at our events. We have also paid for the defibrillator on the main floor of the Grange and our funds helped pay for the fire doors in the basement as well as grading and surfacing work in the parking lot. There are a number of ways your membership fees support our amazing dance community. We loved dancing with you and we’ll see you again soon!

Dance Re-opening Announcement – on behalf of all Greenfield Dance Organizers

Spring and Summer 2022

Let’s dance! It’s been a long hiatus but the Guiding Star Grange is resuming its regular dance series and doing so with the utmost care.

We know that COVID-19 is not over so we will all take precautions for the health of our community. This will include proof of vaccinations and 1 booster if eligible for boosters, everyone wearing N95, KN95, or KF94 masks, and required completion of a registration form for each dance – see our COVID-19 policy for complete details.

To find the ongoing dance schedule, check out the Friends of Greenfield Dance website (friendsofgreenfielddance.org), on Facebook (The Greenfield Contra Dance is Awesome and other dance series pages) and PVCD via email.

Learn More

Latest News

Greenfield Dance Covid Know-Before-You-Go

By . Posted on September 25, 2022.

PRIOR TO THE DANCE: Pre-registration is encouraged for each dance series as there are registration caps. Uploading proof of vaccination/booster during pre-registration will speed up check-in at the door. If the cap is not reached during pre-registration, you may register at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Watch publicity to know if there is… (Read more…)

Read More

Updated FGD Courtesy and Etiquette Guidelines

By Friends of Greenfield Dance. Posted on June 19, 2022.

Friends of Greenfield Dance developed and posted a new etiquette and courtesy guidelines for all your contra dance etiquette related questions. Ever wonder how to ask for someone’s pronouns? Or how much eye contact is too much? Check out the new and improved page here.

Read More

Annual Meeting

By Friends of Greenfield Dance. Posted on May 6, 2022.

The Friends of Greenfield Dance Board of Directors has scheduled our Annual Meeting for Thursday, May 19, at 6:45 PM via Zoom. We value your input and urge you to attend. Instructions on accessing the virtual meeting are described below. Questions under voteVoting will take place at the Zoom meeting, with this tentative ballot: There… (Read more…)

Read More