Friday 3/10 - Sunday 3/12, 2023

Gender-free non-residential Boston contradance weekend.

This weekend is registration-only, except for the Saturday morning family dance where you can pay at the door.

Beantown Stomp is sold out, and we now have more people on the waitlist than we'll be able to admit even if we get a lot of cancellations.




Plus an open band.


Cambridge Masonic Hall
1950 Mass Ave Cambridge MA (map)


7:00pmHall opens
7:30pmEloise & Co. with Lisa
9:30pmRiver Road with Luke
11:00pmDancing ends
11:30pmHall closes
9:00amHall opens
9:15amFamily dance, led by Luke
+ Acoustic Open Band led by Alex Cumming
10:45amRiver Road with Lisa childcare available
2:00pmConnection and Flourishes workshop, led by Lisa and Izebel
+ Eloise & Co.
childcare available
3:30pmBreak childcare available
4:00pmRiver Road with Luke childcare available
7:15pmRiver Road with Lisa
9:30pmEloise & Co. with Luke
11:00pmDancing ends
11:30pmHall closes
9:30amHall opens
10:00amOpen Couple Dancing with Eloise & Co. childcare available
11:15amBreak childcare available
11:45amRiver Road with Luke childcare available
1:00pmBreak childcare available
1:30pmEloise & Co. with Lisa childcare available
3:00pmDancing ends
3:45pmHall closes

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 will be on Saturday morning, and will be open to everyone, not just families, but will have dances targeted at very young dancers.

If you want to come to only the family dance, you don't have to register for the weekend. Just show up and pay cash at the door: $3-$10. All other sessions require registration.

Open Band

We will have an open band during our Saturday morning family dance. It will be very relaxed - no microphones, not much leading, just playing tunes acoustically.

Wind players are welcome, but please bring your own rapid test to take upon arrival.


We want people to be able to come regardless of means, so we're offering a sliding scale of $40-$120.

We're predicting our break-even figure will be about $60/person, and the more you're able to contribute the more we're able to pay our musicians and let others attend below cost.

Any money that the weekend makes above breaking even will be split between BIDA, LCFD, and our musicians and callers.

Unfamiliar with sliding scales? Money is a social construct, right? But also, its effects are very real: we need it to buy food, pay rent, get to dance weekends, pay talented musicians for creating magic that brings us together, etc. etc. So a sliding scale is a way of accommodating different incomes and asking you, the dancers, to take account of what kind of financial situation you're experiencing, and pay accordingly. Here are some examples:

Gender and Roles

All calling will be gender-free, with Larks/Robins 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. We can't guarantee a match, but we will do our best.


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. This includes high-filtration masks and boosters for everyone eligible. The venue is not wheelchair accessible. Unlike BIDA's regular evening dances, this event is low-fragrance; see the registration form for more details.


Please rapid test before arriving on Friday. If you don't feel well, please stay home and we're happy to refund you.

Beantown Stomp will follow BIDAs covid policy. BIDA requires:

More details: BIDA policy.

And please wash your hands before entering the kitchen!

Kids and Childcare

There will be childcare for the daytime parts of the weekend, and a family dance.


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


Please write to us at

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