We dance mostly New England style contras and other traditional styles every Thursday at Covenant United Methodist Church. We offer an easy and friendly pre-dance lesson every week at about 7:40 or so for newcomers.


Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  The New Old Oxymorons

One of our favorite local callers is paired tonight with a band of long-time contra dance musicians and experienced dancers.  Our dedicated local callers and musicians help build our dance community so come on out to the dance!  The NEW Old Oxymorons are Chris DeGolyer, Bob Berch, Mark Dumont, and Jeff Folkins.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nils Fredland

Band:  Elixir

Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elixir is Anna Patton on clarinet, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Jesse Readlynn on trumpet, Owen Morrison on guitar and foot percussion, and Nils Fredland on trombone.

Nils Fredland has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He draws on a large and varied repertoire of dances, presenting material from centuries-old “chestnuts” to cutting-edge contemporary choreography.

Come experience the best contra in recent memory!

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  Tim Ball and the Kanack School Students

Nancy Spero is a skilled caller from Ithaca, with a fun selection of dances!

Tim Ball is also from Ithaca, and a masterful fiddler! Come out and hear him lead the Kanack School Students. We had great music last time they played for us!

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Wild Root String Band

This is the caller/band pairing that we had at the flashmob contra in the Brighton Farmer’s Market last September!

Sharon is one of our local favorite callers!

Wild Root String Band will provide Hot old-time music with Tom Owens, Michelle Burack, Bruce Brown, and David Frenzel.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Esteemed Clams

Margaret Mathews is a skilled caller who knows how to match dances to Old-time Music.

The Esteemed Clams are a local favorite with an Old Time collection of tunes.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Woody Lane
Band:  A Wonderful Band playing live music in our hall

What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Arugula

What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.

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English Country dances are held every Sunday (except 5th Sundays) at First Baptist Church. Pre-dance intro to English dancing session offered at 6:10 pm for newcomers.



Sunday, April 26, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Tom Amessé
Band:  Serendipity

Jane Austen Ball day!  Pre-registration required; no tickets available at door.  Doors open at 9:30 am.  Practice 10 am – noon, lunch, Ball from 2 – 5:30 pm.  Music by Barb Seppeler, Laurie Williams and special guest violinist Marnen Laibow-Koser.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & John Wobus

What a combination: two fine musicians who play well together, and a relaxed and helpful caller.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Zephyrs and Flora

The exciting duo of Julia Hartman (violin) and Jean Monroe (piano), from Boston and New York, is coming to Rochester after a Toronto area tour.  Expect well-taught dances from David Smukler of Syracuse.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

 Energetic and entertaining calling, with 2/3 of our Ball band — should be a good dance.

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Tempest

Music by the amazing Tim Ball (violin) with Chuck Abell (guitar) and Eric Metzger (percussion).  This should be a high energy night!

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