Members Invite a Friend – for Free!

Having a hard time convincing your friends to try a dance? Community dancing is more fun when lots of people participate, and we know word of mouth is our best form of advertising. But sometimes new dancers need a little extra encouragement before they’ll give it a shot. So for a limited time only, Country Dancers of Rochester is running a promotion in which members can submit their friends to receive a FREE first-time Dancer pass to any regular weekly CDR event. Eligible recipients will receive a card with your personal message, information about CDR events, and a free pass that they can use at any regular-priced weekly dance.
Find out more from our online application or you can download and print one.

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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.


Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Melanie Axel-Lute
Band:  Gotham Gals

Melanie will bring interesting programming, clear teaching, & enthusiasm that shines through and makes dancing fun. The Gals play regularly in the New York Metro area, and tour beyond.  Let’s give them a great Rochester welcome.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck, and Tom Santarsiero

Three superb musicians bring us fantastic dance music tonight.  Vibrant fiddling by Eileen, dynamic accordion and keyboard by Jane, and clear, energetic mandolin by Tom.  Our caller Maxine brings her youthful exuberance to the stage, choosing spirited yet graceful dances.  Come and join us!

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  Tempest

Dugan Murphy was a big hit at this year’s Dance Flurry in the main hall.  His dances are fun and his teaching is tight, so we’ll spend more time dancing.  Tempest is Western New York’s big band contra sound, melding a wide variety of American Roots sounds into exciting dance sets.  Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Eric Metzler on percussion.  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Smukler
Band: Ginger Majority

David Smukler from Syracuse is a skillful and efficient teacher.  He is paired tonight with a super-talented young band, Ginger Majority led by cellist Casey Murray.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Food for Thought

Our caller tonight is locally grown but now tours up and down the east coast.  He’s joined on stage with enthusiastic fiddler Daphne Kanack and amazing cello played by Casey Murray.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and John Wobus

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Snow-Date

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

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 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.

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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 1, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Melanie Axel-Lute
Band:  Gotham Gals

A touring band from NYC!   Making music will be Norma Castle, Flute & Percussion; Julia Hartman, Fiddle & Baritone Fiddle;  and Robin Russell, Piano.  Melanie calls contras and English all over the NorthEast, and also writes great dances!

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

Our violin piano duo tonight loves playing together and has such a talent for playing music that somehow makes your dancing easier and more fun!

Sunday, May 15, 2016 - Extreme English

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Tempest

This is not your usual Sunday night dance! Join a wildly elegant evening of spinning, setting, and turning single to hot music by Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar, horn player Erik Stabnau, and Eric Metzger on drums.  David applies his formidable teaching skills to an incredible set of dances, full of excitement and energy.  You can be among the first to try out Extreme English in Rochester!

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Dan will stretch our minds with new dances, and Barb & Laurie will make beautiful music to please our ears.

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