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We dance mostly New England style contras and other traditional styles every Thursday at Covenant United Methodist Church (MAP). We offer an easy and friendly pre-dance lesson every week around 7:15 for newcomers, and the dance starts at 7:30.

UPCOMING Contras

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Mitzie Collins and Striking Strings

Did you know that the “band” for some dances in the past used to be a single hammered dulcimer player?  Tonight we have a stage full of wonderful musicians paired with an experienced caller.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  New Brew

A great combination tonight.  New Brew is Jane Knoeck on accordion and keyboard, Eileen Kalfass on fiddle, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin (and so much more!).  They are experienced, passionate musicians who play a broad range of perfect-for-dancing music.  Joining New Brew will be one of our favorite callers from Ithaca, Nancy Spero.  Nancy knows her dances inside and out.  She’s an excellent, efficient teacher and always chooses well-constructed, fun dances.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  Tempest

Dugan Murphy is back! And Tempest will be the band.  Mark your calendars!  This will be a hot dance.  Dugan is a nationally known caller and there is good reason:  concise teaching, fine-tuned timing, and memorable dances.  Tempest always rocks the house with Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Eric Metzger on drums.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Fried Oatmeal

Fried Oatmeal is a Buffalo staple!
The band is Chris Jones on Fiddle & Guitar, Deb Burhans on Melodian & Flute, Carol Waddell-Sheets on Piano & Whistle, Dave Sheets on Mandolin & Guitar. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Glenrose

Maxine McDonald is known for her perfectly timed calling and her well-chosen dances.   Joining her on stage tonight is Glenrose, a band comprised of musicians from the Sloboda family.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Caldwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Jane Knoeck

A pair of musicians and a pair of callers on stage tonight.  Eileen on fiddle and Jane on keyboard and accordion, are familiar to Rochesterians but also well known travelling musicians.  Tom and Myra hail from Canada and we’re always glad when they can make it down to call for us.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Broken Sixpence

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 (MAP). Pre-dance intro to English dancing session offered at 6:10 pm for newcomers.

 

UPCOMING English DANCES

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - English Dance & Ball Prep

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Very occasionally we have a dance on a 5th Sunday, and this is one of those times! We’ll have exceedingly good music from Eileen & Jane on violin and piano, and a great selection of dances from Richard.  Preceded by Ball prep, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, with live music (by Jane & Eileen), and followed by a potluck dinner.  Make a day of it!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Jane Austen Ball Weekend

Caller:  Tom Amessé
Band:  Rebecca McCallum, Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

3:00—5:30 PM: Ball practice for all led by our dancing master, followed by a potluck dinner (all welcome; food contributions encouraged but not necessary).

6:30 – 9:30 PM: Experienced English dance. An evening of challenging but rewarding dances and old favorites, not limited to the Regency period.  Solid familiarity with English country dancing assumed.

Both events at First Baptist; you can pay at the door and do not have to be registered for the Ball.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - Jane Austen Ball Weekend

Caller:  Tom Amessé
Band:  Rebecca McCallum, Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

These events are at the Ball venue (location sent to registrants).  You must be pre-registered – no tickets available at the door.

8:30 – 9:30 AM: continental breakfast.

10:00 AM—noon: Ball dance review.

Noon – 1 PM: elegant buffet lunch

2:00—5:30 PM: the Ball, with sumptuous refreshments mid-way.

6:00 PM: informal dinner at a local restaurant.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Crooked Sixpence

A lively band from Ithaca, led by Kathy Selby (who happens to be English) and including Gordon Bonnet on flute and John Wobus on piano, paired with a caller known for his large repertoire and effective teaching.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Serendipity (Barb Seppeler and Laurie Williams) has a remarkable affinity with our favorite English dance tunes, and Barb’s husband Dan has probably brought more new dances to us than anybody.  Come see what he has to show us!

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Chopped Arugula

Arugula players Silvia (flute), Mark (piano), and Fred (bass) are joined by a guest fiddler to play music for our dancing pleasure. Pamela’s clear teaching and engaging style make her very popular with our dance group.

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