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, May 28, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Esteemed Clams

Margaret Mathews is a skilled caller who knows how to match dances to Old-time Music.

The Esteemed Clams are a local favorite with an Old Time collection of tunes.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Woody Lane
Band: Mad Goat String Band

What could be better than dancing to live music? And The Mad Goat String Band will have you hoppin’! Peter Fraissinet (fiddle), Joe Hayward (banjo), Marianne Marsh (guitar), Tom Ruscitti, (mandolin), and Nancy Spero (bass). Woody Lane is visiting us from Southern Oregon. His calling roots go back 35 years to his time in Ithaca, and his first love is old time string band music. What a great match-up! Come on out and join us.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Arugula

Classic contra tunes with a few surprises from Silvia Sörensen (flute), Mike Hoeschele (fiddle), Chris DeGolyer (piano), & Fred Filbrich (bass). The band and caller are perfectly matched tonight. Margaret has a warm, friendly demeanor with a special love and appreciation for old-time music.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry

Maxine is an avid dancer and a young local caller.   Eric and Mark are long-time local musicians who have been playing together for decades!  Come enjoy the fine classic combination of fiddle and piano.  We are so glad to have such great local talent.  Come on out to the dance!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Smukler
Band:  Casey Murray, Daphne Pickens, and Friends

Casey just completed her Senior Recital and demonstrated how talented she is! Her skillful playing of cello and guitar will be combined with Daphne’s dynamic fiddling. They will be joined by some of their friends. You’ll be dancing with ease!  Calling tonight will be David Smukler, a skillful and efficient teacher.  Join us on the best dance floor in Rochester, our regular venue!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Eric Rounds
Band:  Autumn Rose Lester, Andrew Van Norstrand, and Casey Murray

Eric is a master caller with an expansive repertoire. Maybe he will even treat us to some of his own dances!

Autumn Rose Lester (Fiddle) and Andrew VanNorstrand (Fiddle/Guitar) and Casey Murray (Cello/Guitar) are powerful string players who will have us dancin’ to the beat!

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Over and Under

Over and Under is a collection of musicians having a long association with Contradance in Rochester! Richard Cass on keyboard leads the group through classic contra melodies.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  Mo’ Contra

Sherry Nevins comes to us from the Seattle. Come find out what dances are popular on the Left Coast!

Mo’ Contra is a relatively new dance band featuring Chuck (guitars, mandolin), Mike Hoerschle, and either Eric Metzger or Jamie Kubala on drums. Mo’ Contra strives to present creative interpretations of traditional, and some more modern, tunes. Mo’ Contra most recently played for the Toronto Contra Dance and plays regularly for the local and regional contra dances.

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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, June 7, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Crooked Sixpence

Ithaca comes to Rochester! Making the music will be Kathy Selby on violin, Gordon Bonnet on flute and John Wobus on piano. Pamela Goddard has a mindful approach to calling and a fine sense of humor, both of which make for some excellent dancing.

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Knives and Forks

Music by John Kerr (mandolin), Meg Grindrod (piano), and Colleen Liggett on banjo and lots of other things!  Carmen is a frequent visitor from Syracuse and is very popular with Rochester dancers.

Sunday, June 21, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Molly Jaynes & John Wobus

Laurel is a multi-instrumentalist, proficient on recorders, whistles and oboe — working with Molly Jaynes on violin and John Wobus on piano to make exciting music for us.  David is an attentive and effective teacher, which makes for a smooth evening of dancing. And to top things off, it’s our annual Strawberry Shortcake night!

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Prepare to have your dancing skills expanded by Dan’s huge and still increasing repertoire of dances, done to perfectly lovely music by Laurie Williams and Barb Seppeler on flute and piano.

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