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2019 dates: Friday 3/22 - Sunday 3/24

Larks/Ravens non-residential Boston contradance weekend.

Sold Out

We're now full, and we're no longer processing registrations.




Plus an open band, led and anchored by the Free Raisins.


Cambridge Masonic Hall
1950 Mass Ave Cambridge MA (map)


7:30pmChimney Swift with Nils
9:35pmFree Raisins with Angela and Dereck
11:00pmDancing ends
9:15amFamily dance to Nils and an acoustic Open Band led by Alex Cumming
10:45amChimney Swift with Shari; Harmony Singing with Nils childcare available
2:00pmPolaris with Angela; Musicians workshop with the Free Raisins childcare available
4:00pmFree Raisins with Nils and Dereck childcare available
7:15pmOpen Band led by the Free Raisins with Angela and Shari
9:30pmPolaris with Nils
11:00pmDancing ends
10:00amPolaris with Shari childcare available
11:40amChimney Swift with Dereck childcare available
1:25pmFree Raisins with Nils childcare available
3:00pmDancing ends

Sessions marked childcare available have free childcare available. Please include on your registration (or write if you'd like to use it.

Family Dance

The family dance on Saturday morning (9:15-10:30am) is open to everyone, not just families, but will have dances targeted at very young dancers.

While the rest of the weekend requires advance registration, if you want to come just for the family dance you're welcome to. If you do, it's our usual $5-$15 for adults and $3 for kids.

Open Band

The two open band slots are open to anyone who would like to play. The slots will feel pretty different:

Tentative sets for the evening open band:


The hall be open the following times:

Pricing and Registration

Estimating costs, we should break even at about $90/person. Trying to make this accessible to as many people as possible, we're offering a sliding scale from $50 to $150. If you're able to pay toward the higher end, that's what makes it possible for us to offer admission to others below cost. We also have volunteer spots available.

Kids below dancing age are free.

Everyone needs to register and pay in advance. As of 2019-02-26, we're sold out.

Gender and Roles

All calling will be gender-free, with Larks/Ravens terms. The bathrooms will also not be gendered. This event is not gender or role balanced, and anyone is welcome to dance either or both roles.



You can bring food, buy food at the supermarket across the street, or eat at one of the many nearby restaurants. There is refrigerator and freezer space available at the hall, as well as a microwave. We're planning on breaks for lunch and dinner on Saturday.


There will be plenty of snacks at the hall, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. There will be light snacks out most of the time, and more substantial snacks Sunday around lunchtime. If you have dietary restrictions there's a space for that on the registration form.


Housing isn't included, but we will try to match out-of-town dancers with local dancers who are willing to host. There's a bit asking about this on registration.


Public Transit

Public transit is a great way to get to and from the hall, which is at the Porter Square stop on the Red Line Subway, the Fitchburg Line Commuter Rail, and the 77, 83, 87, and 96 buses. For detailed directions and schedules Google Maps works well: Cambridge Masonic Hall.


Friday and Saturday
The parking lot at the Kennedy School (map) a short walk away is free to use when school is not in session.
Parking meters on Mass Ave or at metered municipal lots in Davis Sq.
All parking meters and residential spaces are free on Sunday.

Please don't park in the big shopping center lot across the street from the hall, because they tow.


See BIDA's general accessibility information. The venue is not wheelchair accessible. Unlike BIDA's regular evening dances, this event is low-fragrance; see the registration form for more details.

Kids and Childcare

There will be childcare and a family dance; see the schedule above.


This weekend is a joint project of the JP Gender Free Contra Dance and Boston Intergenerational Dance Advocates.