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 Policy Updates: 

As of December 2022, the Greenfield dance organizers have updated the following: 

  1. If you suspect or know that someone in your household currently has COVID-19, please do not attend
  2. Each series may choose whether or not to implement an attendance cap, and may also choose whether or not to offer pre-registration.
  3. Ventilation will be provided to the extent possible, and may vary from one night to another. 

See the full policy for more!

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!

Come dance with us!

Let’s dance! If you’re planning on dancing and it’s been a while, please read our COVID-19 policy.

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

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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…)

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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.

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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…)

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