Still Giving Thanks!

Red eyes, sore feet, hoarse throat, but wasn’t that was a great Thanksgiving Festival! Pete’s Posse gave us driving, creative music, and Mary Wesley’s choice of dances was perfectly matched to their style: quick, economical teaching, great moves, and out of the way so the dancers connected directly to the music. And the Extreme English session was great – Tempest and David Smukler really showed us how it should be done. Not to mention the other great sessions. All in all, a fabulous time! Thanks to the volunteers who helped make it happen, and thanks to all of the dancers for the welcoming community that is Rochester. Keep on dancing all year long – see you at the dance!

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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, 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 Mitzie Collins, a long-time CDR supporter.  Did you know that Western New York is one of a very few places where Hammer Dulcimer playing has been preserved as a living tradition?  Come listen to literally hundreds of strings being struck on our stage tonight.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Wendy Burwell
Band:  The “Sure Bet” Oxymorons

Help us welcome Wendy Burwell back to the stage tonight!

The Oxymorons are long-time local musicians Bob Berch on fiddle, Chris DeGolyer on piano, Mark Dumont on flute, and Jeff Folkins on percussion.  They have been playing for contra dances for years and are well-rooted in the musical traditions that make for great dancing.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  New Brew

Wow!  New Brew bubbles over with energy and enthusiasm!  Each member is an accomplished musician and together they knock your socks off.  Come dance to the imaginative fiddling of Eileen Nicholson Kalfass, the joyous piano playing of Jane Knoeck, and the extraordinary strumming/plucking of Tom Santarsiero.  Margaret Mathews will pair great dances to match this dynamic music. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Special Event: Sixteen going on Seventeen

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Tempest with Horns

As 2016 winds down and we gear up for 2017,  join us this week for a special dance combining the best of contra dancing and the best of English Country dancing.  On stage will be the amazing band  Tempest:  Chuck Abell  (guitar), with Tim Ball  (fiddle) and Eric Metzgar (percussion).  And then there will be horns! Eric Stabnau (sax) and Brendan Lanighan (trombone).  Katy Heine will call a variety of dances including lots-of-fun contra dances and energetic English country dances.  Join us tonight and bring your best celebratory treats to share at the break.

We anticipate a big crowd so if the church parking lot is full, park in the overflow lot across the street at the Golden Fox Restaurant.

For this special “16 Going on 17” event, admittance fees are: regular $15   /   CDR members: $12   /   students under 17: $5.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  New Brew

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band: Continental Drift

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  Tempest

Dugan Murphy is back! And Tempest will be the band.  Mark your calendars!  This will be a hot dance.

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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.



Sunday, December 11, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Nadine Dyskant-Miller and Barbara Dyskant

Passionate music from Nadine on flute and Barbara on piano; skilled musicians both!

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Molly Jaynes Wilson, Mark Dumont & Chris DeGolyer

Violin, flute and piano are a great combination for our beloved English dance tunes.  Come dancing, and enjoy Cookie Night too!  There is no dance on Dec. 25.

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - English and Contra

Caller:  Katy Heine
Band:  Tempest

Celebrate the coming of the new year with a welcoming mix of contras and English dances, done to spectacular music by Tempest, all well taught by Ithaca’s versatile Katy Heine.   At Covenant United, 7:30 – 10:30 pm.  See the Dec. 29 entry in the Contra column on the left for details.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - Turning of the Year Ball

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Tim Ball & Jane Knoeck

An elegant affair to celebrate the beginning of the new year, at the Jonathan Child House, 6 – 10 pm, pre-registration required. See flyer for details.

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