Welcome Friends!

The Friends of Greenfield Dance, Inc. (formerly Friends of the Guiding Star Grange) welcomes you.

Friends of Greenfield Dance, Inc. (FGD) is a non-profit organization . . .

. . . The organization’s overall purpose is to provide educational and charitable programs, which improve the number and quality of dance and music opportunities in the Greenfield, Massachusetts area. The organization is primarily interested in supporting the development of traditional dance forms such as: Contra, English Country, Folk, Cajon, Clogging, Irish Step, Morris, Mummers, Scandinavian Couples, Square, Swing, Waltz, and Zydeco. Thus, we are focused on four strands of activity:

  • developing and arranging for the use of public dance venues
  • supporting the development of live music performers and groups who play for each of these types of dance
  • encouraging dance instructors to be available at dances for the benefit of those persons who wish to learn new dances or improve their skills
  • nurturing an atmosphere of safe dancing and making events friendly for newcomers and veterans alike.

Latest News

Waltzing for the Grange CDs Available!

3 weeks, 3 days ago

Waltzing for the Grange was conceived and produced by John Howard, a Friends of Greenfield Dance member. It is a collection of previously released recordings from a sampling of the musicians who have graced the grange hall with their presence. We, the board of the Friends and the dance community at-large, graciously thank these artists for their kind donations. We ask you to support them by buying their CDs.

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New Year's Eve!

2 months ago

Ring in 2016 in Greenfield! New Year’s Eve Contra Dance
Thursday December 31st 8:00 pm to 12:30 am
At the Guiding Star Grange
401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Hosted by the Friends of Greenfield Dance
Music by Nova: Kathleen Fownes,
Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin & Everest Witman
Calling by Nils Fredland
Admission is $12.00 ($10.00 Students/Seniors)
Dessert Potluck at the break
No partner necessary
Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect our dance floor
Please do not wear perfume/cologne * In case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook page, the PVCD listserve and/or the website above for updates *

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Contra PROMenade! - Save the Date!

2 months ago

The Friends of Greenfield Dance presents our fourth annual Contra PROMenade!
Music by Wild Asparagus
Calling by George Marshall
Sat, May 7, 2016, 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Admission $12 ($10 students/seniors)
Dessert potluck at the break

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Dance Organizers Gathering

3 months ago
On September 24th, the first meeting of Guiding Star Grange (GSG) dance organizers met with the Friends of Greenfield Dance (FGD). The goal of the meeting was to enhance collaboration between the various groups who organize dances throughout the month at the Grange. Organizers from four dances were represented at the meeting, with the other four organizers interested but unable to attend. 
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Safe Dancing Guidelines

3 months ago
We love the vibrancy of our dance community and the welcoming nature of our dances. With this welcome atmosphere comes a need for gentle guidance to support the fundamental safety and mutual consent of all participants at our dances in Greenfield. 


The Friends of Greenfield Dance, developed two documents intended to ensure the safety of all dancers and encourage individual empowerment. These documents can be found posted in the bathrooms during dances, and are available in longer form on the table of handouts and sometimes at the entrance. Additionally, pdf versions of these documents will be posted on the Friends website for anyone to download.

We welcome your thoughtful, constructive feedback on these documents as we continue our work to create a safe and welcoming space for all dancers in our community. Please email info@friendsofgreenfielddance.org

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