Time to Renew!

September is membership month at CDR.  Members support traditional American and English social dance in the Rochester area, receive a $1 discount at our regular weekly dances, and will get to select the club officers at our annual meetings in September. Memberships run from October 1 for one year, through September 30.  Renew now for 2014-2015.

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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, October 2, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Chuck Abell
Band: Over and Under

One of the newer additions to the Rochester calling scene, Chuck Abell is innovative and creative, paired tonight with one of Rochester’s most experienced contra dance bands, Over and Under, led by Roger Cass.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wild Root String Band

Did you participate in the Contra Flash Mob at the Brighton Farm Market in September?  The band that played for us was Wild Root String Band!  Hot old-time music with Tom Owens, Michelle Burack, Bruce Brown, and David Frenzel.  Margaret Mathews loves this music and is a perfect match for this band.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joe Kwiatkowski
Band:  Mo’Contra

Mo’Contra is an innovative band led by guitarist Chuck Abell.  Folksy and convivial Joe Kwiatkowski from Buffalo will call dances for us tonight.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Food For Thought

Tonight’s band and caller will be on stage at our upcoming Thanksgiving Festival!  Enthusiastic and energetic fiddle music by Daphne Kanack and rich driving cello by Casey Murray.  Sarah VanNorstrand has a large repertoire of fun and flowing dances which she calls with grace and style.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Tim Ball and Sophie Orzechowski

Bob Nicholson of Syracuse has earned the reputation for calling wonderful dances enjoyed by both beginners and experienced dancers.

We will have a GREAT time when Tim (fiddle, guitar) and Sophie (fiddle, piano) playing great tunes from the New England and Irish  traditions.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Linda Leslie
Band:  Seaglass

Seaglass, is the trio of Andrew Van Norstrand on guitar, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, and Rachel Bell on accordion, and they are AWESOME!!

Linda Leslie comes to us from New England, with all sorts of fun dances!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
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, September 28, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Barb & Laurie return to play for Dan’s always intriguing selection of dances.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Serendipity

We’ll have inspiring music from Barb Seppeler (piano) and Laurie Williams (flute) and maybe also a violinist!  Richard is an experienced teacher with a knack for mixing easy & fun dances with a bit of more challenging material.

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Barb Seppeler & friends make great music, and with Dan’s upbeat calling and astounding repertoire we’re in for a fine evening of dancing.

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

 Eileen’s dynamic fiddling and Jane’s skillful piano playing will have you dancing with ease!  As will David’s skillful and efficient teaching.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard & Richard Sauvain
Band:  Happy Endings

Our Annual Masquerade Ball, the Saturday before Halloween.  A costume Ball at which you can wear whatever rings your bell! At First Baptist Church.  5:30 pm orientation for newcomers / review for anyone who wants it, Ball 6:30 – 9:30.  Cost $25.  This is a fund raiser for the English Country Dance series.  Happy Endings is Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell & Jane Knoeck.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  TBA
Band:  Serendipity

English dances are the first four Sundays of every month.

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