ECD Violin/Fiddle Workshop

CDR is pleased to announce that popular musician & teacher Tim Ball will teach intermediate-level musicians how to play for an English Country Dance.  Any melody instrument is appropriate for this workshop.  Register now – there are only 10 spots available!  The workshop fee is only $10.  Join Tim on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 175 Allens Creek Rd, Rochester, NY 14618.  Reply to Lisa Brown with your name, instrument, and contact information.

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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, October 27, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Over and Under

Our local callers and musicians contribute so much to our dance community and we are always glad to have them on our stage.  We applaud Bob for being especially welcoming to new dancers.  Roger Cass has fostered and mentored musicians for decades and has been a long time supporter of CDR.  And it’s almost Halloween!  Costumes admired but not required.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  New Brew

WooHoo! Dugan Murphy is back in Rochester for this dance! If you missed him in May, here’s your chance to dance some great new choreography. His engaging manner is a great example of the current crop of young callers.

New Brew is Eileen Nicholson Kalfass, Jane Knoeck and Tom Santarsiero

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wry Bred

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Eileen and Eric

Organic Farmer by day, Contra Caller by night…Sarah VanNorstrand has wowed dancers across the nation. Come find out why.

Eileen Nicholson Kalfass and Eric Anderson are a dynamic duo on Fiddle and Keyboard. They have high energy and are a great match to Sarah V’s dance repertoire.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Contra Dance

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.


Stoke up on calories and come to the Festival Friday and Saturday

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Seaglass

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

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Striking Strings

Eric Rounds is a local treasure: caller, fiddler and dance composer.

Striking Strings is a Dulcimer group led by Mitzi Collins, a long-time CDR supporter.

Did you know that Western New York was one of a very few places where Hammer Dulcimer playing has been preserved as a living tradition?

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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.



Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Masquerade Ball

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Gordon Bonnet & Jane Knoeck

Our annual Masquerade Ball, a Saturday evening fundraiser for our English dance group. Enchanting refreshments, halloween costumes encouraged! Admission $25, students $15, no advance reservations needed. Orientation / refresher session at 6 pm, dancing starts at 6:30.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen (Nicholson) Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Live dance music is one of the big attractions of CDR dances, and our musicians tonight are experts in their craft.  Eileen and Jane (violin and piano, respectively) know just how to interpret those lovely tunes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Contrapasso

Passionate, inventive music from two really superb players.  Tim Ball and Roberta Truscello are classically trained, with a love of traditional dance, great playfulness, versatility, and soul.  Calling by one of the best, too!

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Dan has really expanded our local English dance repertoire with his knack for finding new dances.  Laurie Williams and Barb Seppeler of Serendipity provide magical musical accompaniment.

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Arugula

Counter that post-Thanksgiving lethargy – get out and dance! Long time bandmates Mike Hoeschele, Silvia Sörensen, Mark Henry, and Fred Filbrich playing for us, with a very experienced caller.

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