Tempest CD Release Concert & Dance

Come enjoy the sweet sounds of Tempest (Tim Ball, Chuck Abell, Eric Metzgar) as they introduce their new full-length CD, Equilibrium, an enlivening mix of traditional and contemporary music recorded with special guest musicians at the legendary Wilburland Studio in Ithaca.

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street, Rochester, NY
$7 general admission, $5 students and under 18, under 12 free

Concert at 12:30 pm, dancing follows at 1:30 pm – contra, swing, blues, waltz, etc.

No partner needed; bring soft-soled shoes for dancing. Refreshments provided. For more information visit

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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, March 5, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Continental Drift

Continental Drift is Eileen Nicholson, Eric Anderson and Tom Santarsiero

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Seaglass

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Tempest

An exciting night of music and dancing!  It’s Tempest’s CD Release and Spring Tour Kickoff Dance.  Tempest is Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle, and Eric Metzger on drums with special guest musician, Harry Aceto on bass.   Join us for Tempest’s last local dance before they prepare to hit the road on April 1 for the first of several Mid-Atlantic tours this spring/summer in support of their new CD, Equilibrium.  Visit for music samples and video from our dance!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Montage

local caller and choreographer, Chuck Abell will call to the music of Montage

Jane Knoeck on Piano, Rachel Bell on Accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on percussion and strings

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
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.

Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dan Seppler
Band:  Serendipity

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Montage

Katy Heine comes to us from Ithaca, with fun dances.

Montage is Rachel Bell on Accordion, Jane Knoeck on keyboard, and Tom Santarsiero on percussion and strings

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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, March 1, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Knives and Forks

Our newest band is an offshoot of Barb Seppeler’s recent musicians workshop.  It’s a trio composed of long time English dancer Colleen Liggett, John Kerr and Meg Grindrod.  The instrumentation is mandolins and piano with cuatro and recorder thrown in for extra spice!  Richard’s dance program has lots of old favorites, and we’ll be debuting a new dance by Maxine.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Molly Jaynes & Barbara Dyskant

Carmen has a talent for making dance programs that interest and delight dancers.  Molly will add her exciting violin playing to the mix, and we’ll enjoy a rare visit from the Southern Tier by pianist Barbara Dyskant.  Barbara also composes, and we may get a look at a dance Carmen wrote to one of her tunes.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Molly Jaynes & Chris DeGolyer

What a combination!  David’s superb teaching skills and vibrant music by Laurel on all sorts of wind instruments, Molly on violin, and Chris on piano.  This dance will be preceded by a Ball prep class running from 3:30 – 5:30 pm and a potluck open to class members and anyone else who would enjoy some tasty food and good company.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Expert musicians Barb & Laurie connect in a way that consistently delights us.  Dan will stretch our minds with his wonderfully varied repertoire.  This dance will be preceded by a Ball prep class running from 3:30 – 5:30 pm and a potluck.

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