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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, January 19, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Collins
Band: Arugula

Mary Collins’s devotion to her local contra dance community in Buffalo has led her to take up calling for dances.  Her repertoire of dances is growing and she’s sure to choose some fine ones for us tonight.  Sharing the stage will be Arugula,  featuring Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Silvia Sörensen on flute, Mark Henry on keyboard, and Fred Filbrich on bass

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Bob Fabinski
Band:  Lake Effect

Back in the early 2000’s, fiddler extraordinaire Matt Sloboda, guitarist Chuck Abell, and bassist Doug Henrie formed a dynamic contra ensemble, drawing heavily on the Irish and French-Canadian traditions. Almost 15 years later, Matt and Chuck are back playing together with brand new sets for your dancing pleasure. This time around they’ll be joined by drummer Eric Metzgar. Our own tireless and multi-talented volunteer, Bob Fabinski, will be calling from his great collection of dances.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

Back by Popular Demand is this pairing of Caller and Band.

Join us for an eclectic mix of Motown, Swing, Contra, and Classic Rock with rich vocals and authentic band arrangements. A romantic way to inaugurate the Valentine’s season

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Pam Goddard
Band:  Knives and Forks

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Your Flurry Friends!

Warm up for the Flurry with Your Flurry Friends! Howard Blumenthal, Curt Osgood and Maybe John Wobus will be providing music for our dancing pleasure. Eric Rounds will be calling some great dances. There’s no reason to skip this dance…If you’re not going to Flurry, get your licks in now. If you are, then use this opportunity to stoke your spirit fire of dancing.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Kalfas and Jane Knoeck

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  New Brew

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Over and Under

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, January 22, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain & Dan Seppeler
Band:  Molly Jaynes Wilson, Mark Dumont & Chris Degolyer

Favorites night!  We enjoy a program chosen from those dances that got lots of check marks in 2016.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Knives and Forks

Yes, English on a Saturday night!  This year we are adding a couple of Saturday dances on those weekends that include a 5th Sunday.  Colleen Liggett, John Kerr, and Meg Grindrod provide the music, and Richard will lead a program that is welcoming to all.

Sunday, February 5, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

These folks work so well together!  The music is magical and the dances stimulating, often with a bit of challenge.

Sunday, February 12, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Colleen Liggett & Meg Grindrod

Ever heard English dance tunes on oboe, mandolin & piano?  Tonight’s your chance, and it’s also Chocolate Night!

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Arugula

More than a spicy salad green, Arugula is a quartet of local musicians who have been making music for CDR dances for many years.  Richard will whet your appetite for our next Jane Austen Ball with some tidbits from the program.

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Eileen Nicholson Kalfass, Laurel Sharp, Jane Knoeck

This trio of top-notch musicians generates excitement on the dance floor whenever they play for us, and David mixes challenge with ease in his selections, besides being such a good teacher.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

Wow!  This is concentrated talent.

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