Jacqueline Schwab in Rochester August 2nd & 3rd

Barb & Dan Seppeler are delighted to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a free English Country dance on Saturday, August 2 at First Baptist Church on Allens Creek Rd.  Jacqueline Schwab, principal pianist with Bare Necessities and a performer on the soundtracks for several Ken Burns documentaries, will be providing music for the dance.

We have a very special opportunity to have Jacqueline conduct 2 master classes: one for musicians and a second for callers on the afternoon of Correction: Sunday, August 3rd. Her knowledge of traditional music and dance is extensive. These classes will be valuable to musicians and callers of either form of country dance. The cost to participants will be $15 per workshop.  You may register through our payment page here on Or by calling (315) 573-4076 or e-mailing  Enrollment limited to 15 per workshop.

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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, July 31, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry and Brian Williams

Great local musicians will be on stage tonight with the easy-to-dance-to, wonderful-to-listen-to music.  Tom and Myra are Canadian callers, who specialize in leading dances for all ages and levels of experience. They bring people together on the dance floor with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Fern Bradley
Band:  Serendipity

Serendipity is Molly Jaynes, fiddle, Laurie Williams, flute, and Barb Seppeler, keyboard. Fern Bradley has been part of the mid-Atlantic and New England dance scene for more than 25 years. New dancers and experienced dancers alike appreciate her relaxed teaching style, warm voice, and her knack for choosing dances that are just the right fit for the mix of dancers on the floor.  What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Contranella

Welcome Back to Megan and Charlie Beller with John Wobus!  Stle and improvisation, this group brings an excitement to dances not to be missed.  One of our local favorites, Sharon Perry, will be calling tonight.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Eisenstadter
Band:  Montage

Jane Knoeck on keyboards, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin and banjo.  This trio of amazing musicians plays music with a sophisticated French accent:  wacky, unconventional, quirky and energetic, their music is always fun and danceable.  We welcome back David Eisenstadtler who called for us in July.  We truly enjoyed his dances and can’t wait to hear what he brings us this month.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rochester Caller’s Collective
Band:  Tempest!

Come celebrate Peggy’s Birthday with us!

Tempest featuring swinging guitar by Chuck Abell and high-energy fiddling by Tim Ball.  The callers (Sharon Perry, Chuck Abell, Margaret Mathews, Maxine McDonald, and Bob Fabinski) are a local group of callers who meet regularly in the Dempsey living room to try out new dances and practice calling skills.  And tonight, which just happens to be Peggy Dempsey’s birthday, is the perfect evening to celebrate birthdays, dancing, calling, dynamic musicians, and our great community.  Don’t miss this dance!


Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  The Esteemed Clams

A perfect match with music and caller tonight.  While some callers get caught up in trance-like old time music, Margaret knows and plays the tunes herself, and will call great dances that are perfect for the music.  The Esteemed Clams play lively old-time music with Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

Joyce is visiting after a long absence from Rochester.  You might remember her great repertoire of fun dances, her southern wit, and her buoyant style.  After working as Director of the Augusta Heritage Center for 5 years, she’ll bring fun and surprises to our hall.  A classic combination of traditional music provided by Eileen Nicholson, a fantastic fiddler from Syracuse, and Eric Anderson, an amazing piano player from Seattle.

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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.



Saturday, August 2, 2014 - English Dance

Callers:  Dan Seppeler, Val Medve & Tom Amesse
Band:  Jacqueline Schwab

A very special event with the pianist for Bare Necessities and one of the premier English country dance musicians in the country.  Dancing for all starting at 4 pm Saturday afternoon, then dinner, then more dancing 6:30 – 9:30.  All at First Baptist and free (a gift to the ECD community from Barb & Dan Seppeler).  Save the date!

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - English Dance

Workshops with Jacqueline Schwab

A callers’ workshop 2:30 – 5 pm, and a musicians’ workshop 6 – 8:30 pm, both with Jacqueline at First Baptist.  $15 per session, limit of 15 attendees.  See announcement above for how to register.  No regular dance this evening — come to the dance on Saturday afternoon instead.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Happy Endings

A master caller tonight, and sparkling music from Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell & Jane Knoeck. Their joy in making music together is infectious!

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

A popular band and a popular caller!  It’s also Ice Cream Sunday night.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Buckingham Palace Players

One of our newest musical ensembles, led by Dick Bolt, and rich with instruments (2 violins, cello, oboe & piano).  We’ll be doing mostly dances that are old favorites.

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