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, April 2, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Bob Fabinski

Band:   Over and Under

For Maundy Thursday, we’ll be dancing at Harmony House, 58 E Main St in Webster.

What could be better than dancing to live music?  Over and Under is one of Rochester’s longest running active Contra Dance bands.  A wealth of experience underlies playing the tunes that have stood the test of time.  Bob Fabinski is one of the growing cadre of fine Rochester callers.  He brings a dancer’s sensibility to select great dances for the evening. Come on out and join us.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dan Seppeler
Band:  Degolyer/Jaynes/Sorensen

Dan Seppeler brings his considerable calling skills and his love of the dance to our stage tonight.   Chris Degolyer, Molly Janes and Sylvia Sorensen will entertain us with great music!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Geneseo String Band with Jim Kimball

We’re always happy to see Bob Nicholson from Syracuse on our stage.  He’s a genial, experienced caller who makes sure that all the dancers have a great time.  Jim Kimball, a versatile and accomplished musician, has been drawing in musicians for many years, schooling them in the traditions of community dancing.  It’s sure to be a fun time at the dance tonight!

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Montage

Katy Heine comes to us from Ithaca and always brings with her fun dances.  Her calling style is relaxed and affirming–perfect for both experienced and new dancers.

Joining Katy on stage will be the magical music of Montage with Rachel Bell on accordion, Jane Knoeck on keyboard, and Tom Santarsiero on percussion and strings.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  The New Old Oxymorons

One of our favorite local callers is paired tonight with a band of long-time contra dance musicians and experienced dancers.  Our dedicated local callers and musicians help build our dance community so come on out to the dance!  The NEW Old Oxymorons are Chris DeGolyer, Bob Berch, Mark Dumont, and Jeff Folkins.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nils Fredland

Band:  Elixir

Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elixir is Anna Patton on clarinet, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Jesse Readlynn on trumpet, Owen Morrison on guitar and foot percussion, and Nils Fredland on trombone.

Nils Fredland has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He draws on a large and varied repertoire of dances, presenting material from centuries-old “chestnuts” to cutting-edge contemporary choreography.

Come experience the best contra in recent memory!

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Woody Lane
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.

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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, April 5, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Jane Knoeck & Mark Dumont

We’ll be in good hands at this dance, with performers who have decades of experience calling and playing for dancers.  Bob knows how to make the dancing relaxed and fun (even if you’re just starting out), and Jane’s danceable music helps you move with energy and good timing. Joining her will be Mark Dumont on flute.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Wonderful music by Laurie Williams and Barb Seppeler, and an energetic caller.  It’s Pie Night too!  This dance will be preceded by a Ball prep class from 3:30 – 5:30 pm and a potluck.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain & Friends
Music:  Molly Jaynes

The last of our Ball Prep sessions, 3:30 – 5:30, with music by a fine violinist.  Note that this is a SATURDAY.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  New Configuration

Lush music from Molly Jaynes (violin), Silvia Sorensen (flute), Roger Cass (piano), Mary Fraser (cello) & Laurie Hunt (bass), and a program liberally sprinkled with dances to be done at next weekend’s Jane Austen Ball.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Tom Amessé
Band:  Serendipity

The start of our Jane Austen Ball weekend!  Practice the Ball dances from 3 – 5:30 pm, and enjoy a potluck dinner followed by an experienced English dance from 7 – 10 pm.  All at First Baptist.   Exquisite music by Laurie Williams & Barb Seppeler!

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Tom Amessé
Band:  Serendipity

Jane Austen Ball day!  Pre-registration required; no tickets available at door.  Doors open at 9:30 am.  Practice 10 am – noon, lunch, Ball from 2 – 5:30 pm.  Music by Barb Seppeler, Laurie Williams and special guest violinist Marnen Laibow-Koser.

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