Accessibility

Mobility

Cambridge Masonic Hall

The Masonic Hall is not accessible by wheelchair. To get in the front entrance, there are nine stairs up to the door and then sixteen down to the hall where the dance is. There is also a locked side door, with fewer (eight) stairs down to the hall. To reach a volunteer who can let you in the side door, please call 617-871-0237. If assistance would be helpful, we can get people together to do that as well.

The bathrooms are very small, and are on the same level as the dancing.

Somerville Armory

The Somerville Armory is wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp from street level to the door, and then everything we use is on a single level. This includes the bathrooms, which each have a handicap stall.

Lighting

Regular Dances

At our regular 1st and 3rd Sunday dances at the Masonic Hall there is a disco ball. We typically reduce light levels and turn on the ball about halfway through the evening, during one of the dances. If you want to know when this will be, ask at the door to talk to the hall manager.

Spark in the Dark

At our occasional Spark in the Dark dances we have much lower light levels, moving colored lights, and blacklights. We don't use strobes or smoke machines.

Public Transit

The Masonic Hall is on the Red Line, Fitchburg Line, and the 77, 83, 87, and 96 buses. The Armory is on the 88 and 90 buses. All of these buses and trains are wheelchair accessible. For detailed directions and schedules Google Maps works well: Cambridge Masonic Hall, Somerville Armory.

Seating

All of our dances have chairs along the edge where you can sit, talk, hang out, etc if you don't feel like dancing.

Allergies

Our regular dances have a dessert potluck at the break, and our family dances have a dinner potluck between the family dance and the regular dance. We don't have restrictions on what people can bring, and this often includes nuts and other common allergens.

Fragrances

We don't have a fragrance policy, and some people (disproportionately newer dancers) wear cologne/perfume.

Financial

All our dances are sliding scale, on a pay what you can basis. If you can't afford to pay, we're always happy to have volunteers. You can join our volunteer mailing list to get notified when we're looking for people for upcoming dances.

Questions?

If you have other questions, write to us at bida@bidadance.org.
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