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 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:  Eric Rounds and Mark Henry

Chuck is a local Rochester caller and choreographer who has recently performed at several other dance venues!

Eric Rounds and Mark Henry are long-time contra musicians with a GREAT repertiore!

Help show our support for local talent! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Tempest

Tempest is Chuck Abell on Guitar, Tim Ball on Fiddle and Eric Metzger on Percussion, and they may have some guest Horn players!

Sharon is one of our favorite local callers. Her repertoire is always growing! Come and dance the next New Thing!

Friday, November 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Callers:   Gaye Fifer and Sarah Van Norstrand
Bands:  Great Bear Trio, Food for Thought

Come and dance at the Thanksgiving festival Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night!!!

Check the website for details —NOT AT THE REGULAR THURSDAY VENUE!!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  The Flying Squirrels

Nancy Spero comes to us from Ithaca, with a load of fun dances!

The Flying Squirrels is: Jonathan Watterson on Winds, Paul Morris on Guitar, and David Deacon on Fiddle, a group of young musicians from Syracuse who have a great collection of dance tunes for us!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Wesley
Band:  Sassafras Stomp

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.



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, students / low income $15.  This is a fund raiser for the English Country Dance series.  Happy Endings is the superb trio of Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell & Jane Knoeck.  Click here for a poster.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Fast becoming a fixture in the Rochester English dance scene, this pairing of caller & band provides excellent music and a wondrous variety of dances.

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Arugula

Music by Mike Hoeschele, Mark Dumont, Mark Henrie,  & Fred Filbrich, a classic English dance band of violin, flute, piano and bass.  Carmen is a popular caller with excellent taste in dances!

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain & Dan Seppeler
Band:  Open band, anchored by Barb Seppeler

Open band night!  Participants will have a tune list in advance, and a practice session before the dance with coaching from Barb.  Stay tuned for more details …

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  The Buckingham Palace Players

Music by long time Rochester fiddler Dick Bolt and an enthusiastic band of friends, playing violin, cello, oboe, and piano.  This will be their 3rd appearance at the Rochester English dances.

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