The DCA is delighted to offer a wide variety of levels of play for the Bridge enthusiast who enjoys both the challenge and social aspect of play.
Classes we offer (in order of difficulty): Beginning Bridge, Continuing Beginning Bridge, Continuing Beginning Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding, Intermediate Beginning Bridge, Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge, Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge Two, Supervised Bridge – Intermediate Play, Supervised Bridge – Advanced Intermediate Play, and Duplicate Bridge. Dates and times of classes and games appear below.
Ongoing Bridge classes and games
Supervised Bridge – Intermediate Play
Weekly on Thursdays
9:30 – 11:30am
$20 per lesson
This class is perfect for those who have a good knowledge of bridge, and are looking to learn more. Join popular bridge instructor Karen Barrett to move to the next level of play.
Drop-in play, so no reservations are required.
**Last day of class will be June 4th.**
Supervised Bridge – Advanced Intermediate Play
Weekly on Mondays
9:30 – 11:30am
$20 per lesson
This class is for advanced intermediate players, and focuses on how to bid, play and defend. Instructor: Karen Barrett.
This is drop-in play, so no reservations required.
**Last day of class was May 4th.**
Weekly on Mondays
$12 per game
This challenging game is held in the Garden Wing every Monday afternoon. Directed by Bill Wood.
Drop-in play, game does not require reservations.
Please note that one of the partners must be a DCA member.
**Last day of class will be May 18th.**
Other Bridge classes at the DCA
The below classes are not currently scheduled, but will likely return in the fall. If you wish to be notified when a class is available, please subscribe to our DCA emails through the below link and select “bridge” as one of your areas of interest. Alternatively, contact the DCA directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-655-9050.
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For those new to bridge, learn the basics of the game that so many people are so passionate about.
Continuing Beginning Bridge
If you’ve just completed our Beginning Bridge class, or already have basic knowledge of the game, join us to continue your Bridge education.
Continuing Beginning Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding
This class picks up where the Continuing Beginning Bridge class left off, and focuses on play of the hand defense and basic bidding skills.
Intermediate Beginning Bridge
This class for Beginning Bridge players will focus on play of the hand, and introduce more conventions for bidding. Those who have taken our Continuing Beginning Bridge: Play of the Hand & Bidding class, or those who have had some experience playing the game, will enjoy these small classes in a private setting.
Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge
This new class for Intermediate Beginning Bridge players will continue to focus on play of the hand, and introduce more conventions for bidding.
Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge Two
This class continues where “Continuing Intermediate Beginning Bridge” leaves off.
Our Bridge instructors
Popular, experienced bridge instructor Karen Barrett runs two classes each week, and incorporates new learning into every session. Karen, a Silver Life Master, is an American Contract Bridge League Certified teacher and has been teaching for over ten years.
Instructor Joan Bergen is a long-time Darien resident who, after studying bridge intently for 8 years, is driven to teach others. Students will benefit from Joan’s enthusiasm and love for the game that she describes as both a great way to meet people, and a great activity to keep the mind sharp. She’s developing quite a following!
Instructor Meredith Dunne is a long-time Darien resident who, after studying bridge intently for 8 years, is driven to teach others. Students will benefit from Meredith’s enthusiasm and patient, personable demeanor.
Bill Wood has been playing bridge since age 9, and participated in his first Duplicate Bridge game at age 12. After playing only occasionally around active duty in the Navy, a successful career in investment analysis and money management, and raising a family, in 2000 Bill selected Bridge as his vocation, not just his avocation. He is now a Gold Life Master, recipient of numerous awards for the game, and owner/director of the Wilton Bridge Studio in Norwalk. Beginning in June 2014, Bill directs Duplicate Bridge at the DCA.
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