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.


Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell 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 traveling 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:  Crooked Sixpence

Chuck is not only an inventive musician, but he’s also a dance caller who specializes in out-of-the-ordinary contra dances.  Crooked Sixpence is Kathy Selby on fiddle, Gordon Bonnet on flute and John Wobus on piano.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  Ginger Majority

We have a great treat this week:   Sherry Nevins from Oregon is calling for us!  Casey Murray, Daphne Pickens, Liza Sommers, and Audrey Potter are back with that high Energy fiddle and cello dance music.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

Blue Dance is a danceable swing/R&B/blues band that plays gotta-get-out-on the-floor-and-dance music!  Led by Chuck Abell.  Margaret Mathews is a dance caller known up and down the coast for her great smile, clear teaching, and well-chosen dances.

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Open Band

Maxine is a young and skilled local caller.  She shares the stage with an Open Band,  anchored by Mike Hoeschel on fiddle, Mark Henry on keyboard, and Fred Filbrich on bass. Come join the dance or bring your instrument and join the band or BOTH. Check the tune list for the Open Band if you want to practice before you play. Musicians get in free this dance.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Arugula

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rich Sbardella
Band:  New Brew

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.



Sunday, May 28, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Chopped Arugula

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

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Eileen and Jane put such passion into their music, and dancers love it because their subtle use of phrasing and intensity encourages beautiful dancing.   Richard’s programs balance new material with old favorites.  Come welcome in the month of June!

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Pat Doherty & Friends

We’re lucky to have a rich community of Syracuse callers and musicians nearby, and tonight we’re tapping it for both skills.  Laurel plays oboe and a delightful variety of whistles which fit beautifully into Pat’s piano accompaniment.  Local dancers love Carmen’s choice of dances and patient teaching style.

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Molly Jaynes Wilson, Mark Dumont & Austin Wahl

Strawberry Shortcake Night!  In addition to fine music and expert calling, we will feast on just-picked strawberries, homemade shortcakes & real whipped cream.  The music will feature Molly’s violin, Mark’s flute, and Eastman School student Austin on guitar).

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Come enjoy perfectly wonderful music on flute and piano from expert musicians Laurie & Barb and enthusiastic calling from Dan.

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:   Serendipity

Dan, Barb & Laurie return!

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Peregrine Road

RACHEL BELL (accordion) has been gracing the stages of contra and English dance halls, concert venues and bal folk dances for many years. Pair Rachel up with pianist KAREN AXELROD, widely known for her lyrical and powerful English Country Dance playing, and you get Peregrine Road.

These two seasoned musicians provide an exhilarating dance experience infused with energy and variety. You’ll soak up sounds that are beautifully matched to the dances, with just the right balance between finesse and zing.


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