Boston Gender Free Contra Dance (JP)

***  March through July Dances cancelled  ***

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

First Church in Jamaica Plain  (by the monument)
6 Eliot St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

   Live music
   All dances taught
   Beginners encouraged—come early!
   No partner necessary
   Any sexual orientation and gender expression is welcome
   For role identification we use Larks (L for the person on the left)
   and Ravens (R for the person on the right)
  These Dances are Fragrance free

Dances normally run 7:30 to 10:30pm. The fee is sliding scale: $5 - $15. We do pass a bucket for our live music fund, and you can ask the person at the door about sponsoring future dances.

With occasional exceptions we alway dance on the 2nd and 4th saturday.

Let’s keep on dancing….


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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.

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

We celebrated the 30th Anniversary of this Dance Series in Fall 2018  -     Potluck supper, Historical video, Dancing

   Lisa Greenleaf emcee with Chris Ricciotti. Guest callers Bob Golder, Sue Rosen,
    and Bob Peterson. Music by: Jacqueline Schwab (keyboard),
    and Max Newman (guitar, mandolin, feet) & Julie Metcalf (fiddle) 

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 purchased 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:  Arthur Prokosch,  Bob Peterson, Chris Ricciotti, John Gintell, John Hawley, Lisa Lunt, Robert Coren, Taiward Wider.
email:  jp-contra-organizers AT  
Caller and Musician programmer is Lisa Lunt: programmingjp AT  

Contact info

Send e-mail to jp-contra-organizers AT
tel:    John:  (617) 512-5554     Lisa:  (401) 390-1203                              

Information for JP Organizers only