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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. New this year: members will receive our newsletter by postal mail. Memberships run from October 1 for one year, through September 30.  Renew now for 2015-2016.

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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.

UPCOMING Contras

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Angela DeCarlis
Band:  Maivish Duo

Angela DeCarlis is a young and energetic caller from Glenside PA, on tour with Maivish Duo. You’ll rejoice as Adam Broome and Jaige Trudel, (members of  Maivish and Crowfoot) provide fantastic Contradance Music!

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Ken Gall
Band:  Tempest + Horns

Ken Gall hails from Central Indiana, and will be leading us with exciting dances. Tempest is Chuck Abell (guitars, mandolin) and Tim Ball (fiddle), and Eric Metzger (drums). They are joined this week by two great horn players – an awesome lineup!

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dan Seppeler
Band:  Ginger Minority

Dan Seppler is an active member of our organization and a talented caller whose repertoire contains both Contra and English dances. Ginger Minority is Casey Murray, Liza Sommers, and Clare Fraser: a super-talented young band.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Jane Knoeck, Eileen Nicholson, and Tom Santarsiero

Come dance to the fabulous sounds of these talented musicians: Jane on keyboard and accordion, Eileen on fiddle, and Tom on percussion and banjo-uke. We are pleased to have Katy call for us tonight, and you can get a sample of her style before she calls at the Thanksgiving Weekend!

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Margaret Mathews
Band:  Happy Endings

Remember New Years Day when we dance to Happy Endings? Come and fulfill that resolution to dance more often! Margaret Mathews is a local caller who has a great collection of dances,  and can expertly pair them with the music! Rachel Bell (Accordion) Eileen Nicholson (fiddle) and Jane Knoeck (Keyboard) are Happy Endings, bringing lilt, energy, and good humor to tunes from New England, Scotland, Quebec, Ireland, and England. Soaring fiddle sounds, richly varied piano backup, and creative accordion textures will keep your feet moving all night.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Steam!

STEAM! brings power, energy, and fun to contra dances around the country. Balancing drive with uplifting elegance, spontaneous quirkiness, and lush harmonies, this band serves the dancer’s every need with intuitive musicality based on decades of combined experience. Chuck is one of our great local callers.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   TBA
Band:  Ginger Majority with Guest Barb Dyskant

This dance will feature local talent that is also part of our Thanksgiving Weekend! Ginger Majority is Clare Fraser, Audrey and Liza, and Casey Murray. with guest keyboard, Barb Dyskant.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Party of Three

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.

 

UPCOMING English DANCES

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - English Dance

Callers:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Jaige Trudel and Adam Broome

We’re lucky to be catching these well known musicians on a regional tour.  Jaige (an American fiddler) and Adam (a British born guitarist) have been playing music together since 2001 for dances, festivals and concerts throughout North America and abroad, predominantly with the bands Maivish and Crowfoot.  Angela DeCarlis was hoping to be here to do some of the calling, but is having to head home before the dance, so Richard is leading the dances.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Serendipity

 Beautiful music, passionately played by Barb Seppeler on piano and Laurie Williams on flute.  Richard will have some well chosen dances.  Should be a fun dance!

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Tempest

Creative music by some amazing musicians: Tim Ball, Chuck Abell & Eric Metzger.  David brings his superb teaching skills and broad repertoire to complement.

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

 Super music on violin and piano, from two great musicians who love to make music together.  With Eileen’s dad calling!

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