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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.

UPCOMING Contras

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Open Band

Maxine is a young local caller with remarkable skill at prompting during the dance. The open band plays great music & will be anchored by Mike Hoeschel (fiddle), Mark Henry (keyboard),& Fred Filbrich (bass). Come join the dance, or bring your instrument & join the band, or BOTH. Check the tune list for the Open Band if you want to practice before you play. Musicians get in free.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Arugula

Bob Fabinski, one of our growing cadre of local callers, brings a dancer’s sensibility to a program of fun dances for the evening.  Arugula is Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Silvia Sorensen on fleet, Mark Henry on keyboard, and Fred Filbrich on bass.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rich Sbardella
Band:  New Brew

Three of our favorite musicians will be on stage tonight:  Eileen Kalfass on fiddle, Jane Knoeck on accordion and keyboard, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin.  Our caller is a travelling caller of long experience; Rich Sbardella is from New England and currently serves as the chairman of NECCA, the New England Council of Callers Association.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Knives and Forks

Bob Nicholson has a well-deserved reputation for great teaching, just-the-right-amount calling, and a memorized collection of dances. Music provided by Colleen Liggett, John Kerr and Meg Grindrod.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  Tempest

A hot dance tonight with Nancy Spero from Ithaca calling and the amazing music of Tempest:  Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar, and Harry Aceto on bass.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - CDR Combo Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Mark Dumont & Chris DeGolyer

Another CDR-wide combo dance — a mix of easy, accessible contras and English dances,  perfect for introducing both genres to both regular dancers and to newcomers who would like to sample all the kinds of dancing that CDR sponsors.  This fun (and FREE!) event is at the First Baptist Church.  Enjoy conversation during a potluck lunch at 12:30 PM, followed by dancing from 1:30 – 4:30.  Invite a friend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand

The talented VanNorstrand brothers will be playing, and Casey Carr will be calling contras and a Grid Square!

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  New Brew

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 (MAP). Pre-dance intro to English dancing session offered at 6:10 pm for newcomers.

 

UPCOMING English DANCES

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:   Serendipity

Dan, Barb & Laurie return to give us another exciting evening of fun dances and great music; a lovely prelude to the July 4 festivities.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Peregrine Road

A very special event! RACHEL BELL (accordion) has been gracing the stages of contra and English dance halls and concert venues for many years. Pair Rachel up with pianist KAREN AXELROD, widely known for her lyrical and powerful English Country Dance playing, and you get Peregrine Road.

These two seasoned musicians provide an exhilarating dance experience infused with energy and variety. You’ll soak up sounds that are beautifully matched to the dances, with just the right balance between finesse and zing, and a touch of whimsical humor.

 

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Eileen Kalfass, Laurel Sharp & Jane Knoeck

 Another great musician lineup: violin, winds and piano played by three skilled, experienced musicians.  Carmen will lead us in an enjoyable, satisfying program of dances, often including one of two of his own compositions.

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Knives & Forks

Lovely dance tunes from multi-instrumentist Colleen Liggett, John Kerr on mandolin and pianist Meg Grindrod, with Bob’s friendly and genial presence at the microphone.  Should be a good night of dancing!

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - CDR Combo Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Mark Dumont & Chris DeGolyer

Another CDR-wide combo dance — a mix of easy, accessible contras and English dances,  perfect for introducing both genres to both regular dancers and to newcomers who would like to sample all the kinds of dancing that CDR sponsors.  This fun (and FREE!) event is at the First Baptist Church.  Enjoy conversation during a potluck lunch at 12:30 PM, followed by dancing from 1:30 – 4:30.  Invite a friend!

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