Pittsburgh Fall Dance Weekend

We look forward to seeing you at the Pittsburgh Fall Dance Weekend 2018!

November 2-4, 2018

Hotpoint String Band
Sassafras Stomp
Will Mentor
Janine Smith


Online registration: Fall dance weekend online registration

Paper registration downloadable here: Fall Dance Weekend 2018 paper registration


FDW 2018 Schedule (printable PDF)

Main Hall Small Room Upstairs

Friday Night

Welcome Contra Dance
Hotpoint & Janine Smith
Sassafras Stomp & Will Mentor

Friday Night

Open Waltz

Saturday 9:30-10:45am

Janine Smith & Hotpoint
Introduction to Flatfooting
Sassafras Stomp

Saturday 11:00am-12:30pm

Flow and Glide Contras
Will Mentor & Sassafras Stomp
Towards a More Inclusive Contra Community
Penelope Weinberger & Gwen Kelly (moderators)

Saturday 12:30-1:30pm

LUNCH in Pittsburgh!
Check out the map for suggestions.

Saturday 1:45-3:15pm

Role Away (Experimenting with Role Switching and Role Names)
Janine Smith & Hotpoint
French Dance (Balfolk) Workshop
Lisa Tamres, Heather Gilmer & John Sarney
Open Jam for Musicians

Saturday 3:30-5:00pm

Challenging Contras
Will Mentor & Hotpoint
Community Sing
Jo Schlesinger

Saturday Night

Bring a dish if you can

Saturday Night 8-11:30pm

Contra Dance
Sassafras Stomp & 
Janine Smith
Hotpoint & Will Mentor

Board Games, Coloring & General Shenanigans

Sunday 9:30-10:45am

English Country Dance
Gaye Fifer & Amarillis
Coffee & Tea

Callers’ Workshop

Will Mentor & Janine Smith

Sunday 11am-12:15pm

Ron Buchanan & Sassafras Stomp

Sunday 12:30-3:30pm

Farewell Contra Dance
Hotpoint & Will Mentor
Sassafras Stomp & Janine Smith


We will do our best to provide local hosts for those who request housing during the registration process. If you are local and would like to host visiting dancers, let us know when you register!


The Fall Dance Weekend will be held at Saint Nicholas’ Cathedral, in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The hall is huge, and on-site parking is available. The neighborhood offers many nearby attractions, including restaurants, parks, and museums.

Address: 419 S. Dithridge St. Pittsburgh, PA, 15213

Explore the area in this interactive map: