Time to Renew!

September is membership month at CDR.  Members support traditional American and English social dance in the Rochester area, receive a $1 discount at our regular weekly dances, and will get to select the club officers at our annual meetings in September. Memberships run from October 1 for one year, through September 30.  Renew now for 2014-2015.

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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, 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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Turtle Hill

Caller: David Smuckler
Band: Great Big Yam Potatoes

Our friends in the Golden Link Folk Singing Society are putting on the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, September 12, 13, & 14.
In addition to the great line up of musicians and workshops, there will be a contra dance on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Find out more at the Turtle Hill Festival web site.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
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, September 25, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band: Coracree

From Philadelphia, we’ll have lively and playful music with the amazing Jane Rothfield on fiddle, Sarah Gowan on guitar, concertina, foot percussion, Allan Carr on bass & guitar, and Bill Quern on banjo and mandolin.  A true gentleman, the genial and attentive Bob Nicholson from Syracuse calls great dances and we’re always glad to see him in Rochester.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: A Fine Caller
Band: Over and Under

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wild Root String Band

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, September 7, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  New Configuration

Molly Jaynes, Silvia Sorensen, Chris DeGolyer and Roger Cass making the music, with a very popular caller.  Pre-dance mini lesson at 6:10.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Serendipity

Hauntingly beautiful music from Laurie Williams on flute and Barb Seppeler on piano.

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  TBA

An Ithaca caller with a warm and witty way of getting dances across.

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Barb & Laurie return to play for Dan’s always intriguing selection of dances.

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