Peterborough 1st Saturdays and Special Dances


Peterborough dances are held on the first Saturday of every month. The dance opens at 7:30 with a beginners workshop, and the dancing starts at 8:00. The callers and bands represent diverse choices from New England’s finest. Admission to the dance is $10 / $7 for students and senior citizens. There are also special dances during the year: notably the Fall Ball in October, Thanksgiving Eve dance, the Snow Ball in January, and the Play Ball in April.

Look for details about the upcoming First Saturday dances in the MFS calendar and on Facebook.
The Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance was started in the 1980’s by Tod Whittemore, then from the Boston area. When Tod moved to the southwest, the dance was taken over by Steve Zakon-Anderson. In 2012, the monthly dance organization was moved to a committee of the Monadnock Folklore Society. Steve continues to be the primary caller, with guest callers at various times throughout the year. Steve is also the organizing force behind the annual Fall Ball, Thanksgiving Eve, Snow Ball and Play Ball.

The Monadnock Folklore Society is proud to provide sponsorship for the Peterborough Dances, which are held in the lovely Peterborough Town House.

For more information about the Peterborough dance, Steve may be contacted directly at 413-369-4369, or by Email.

The Peterborough Town House is located at 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. Click here for directions.