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Chuck Abell on the CDSS Blog

Read our own Chuck Abell’s essay about American Dance & Music Week last summer at Pinewoods, http://blog.cdss.org/?p=6289. It will put you in the mood for this summer!

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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, July 2, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Eric Rounds
Band:  Autumn Rose Lester, Andrew Van Norstrand, and Casey Murray

Eric is a master caller with an expansive repertoire. Maybe he will even treat us to some of his own dances!

Autumn Rose Lester (Fiddle) and Andrew VanNorstrand (Fiddle/Guitar) and Casey Murray (Cello/Guitar) are powerful string players who will have us dancin’ to the beat!

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry & Maxine McDonald
Band:  Over and Under

Over and Under is a collection of musicians having a long association with Contradance in Rochester! Roger Cass on keyboard leads the group through classic contra melodies.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Dancing for All

Caller:  John Gardiner-Garden
Band:  Happy Endings

Christmas in July!  Contra, Circle, & English Dancing & Singing to Christmas Carols.  A noted Australian caller, workshop leader and dance historian will lead dances he has set to familiar carols.  Spirited music by Jane Knoeck, Rachel Bell and Eileen Nicholson.  Please bring Christmas Cookies for the break.  6:30 – 9:30 pm at First Baptist.  Admission: $10.  This SATURDAY evening event kicks off a weekend of activities with Dr. Gardiner-Garden.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  Mo’ Contra

Sherry Nevins comes to us from the Seattle. Come find out what dances are popular on the Left Coast!

Mo’ Contra is a relatively new dance band featuring Chuck (guitars, mandolin), Mike Hoerschle, and will be joined by bassist Tom Henderson . Mo’ Contra strives to present creative interpretations of traditional, and some more modern, tunes. Mo’ Contra most recently played for the Toronto Contra Dance and plays regularly for the local and regional contra dances.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Band: Tempest

Sarah is one of the leading callers in Western NY.  Her dance choices are always fun, just right for the moment.  Tempest is Chuck Abell (guitars, mandolin) and Tim Ball (fiddle), and Eric Metzger (drums). They are joined this week by Harry Aceto, of Clayfoot Strutters Fame – an awesome lineup!

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Andrew VanNorstrand, Amy Engelsberg, and Casey Murray

Andrew VanNorstrand and Casey Murray are joining forces with Amy Engelsberg of the Free Raisins for a Contra Extravaganza!

Dances will be expertly paired to the music by one of our regional favorites, Sharon Perry!

 

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

We always have a blast when Eileen and Eric play for us.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Contra Dance

NOTE: Dance Starts and ends 1/2 hour Earlier, at a DIFFERENT LOCATION

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Megan Beller and the Kanack School Kids

Change of site for tonight!  The floors of our regular venue are being refinished.  Come dance from 7:30 — 10:30 at the First Baptist Church, 175 Allens Creek Road in Brighton (at the corner of Allens Creek and Clover).  Tonight’s dance will be extra fun and extra full of youthful energy.  Led by Megan Beller, the band is made up of Kanack School students who have been making music together all week at fiddle camp.  The Kanack School is a local music school that continues to support the Contra tradition by introducing young musicians to the genre so come support the future  of Contra in Rochester!  Great dances by the gracious and delightful caller, Sarah VanNorstrand.

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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, July 5, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Chopped Arugula

Laurel Sharp (winds), Mike Hoeschele (violin), Mark Henry (piano), and Fred Filbrich (bass) join together to make music for us at the end of this holiday weekend.  And we’re always in good hands when Bob calls – he is expert at providing help right where it is needed.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Dancing for All

Caller:  John Gardiner-Garden
Band:  Happy Endings

Christmas in July!  Contra, Circle, & English Dancing & Singing to Christmas Carols.  A noted Australian caller, workshop leader and dance historian will lead dances he has set to familiar carols.  Spirited music by Jane Knoeck, Rachel Bell and Eileen Nicholson.  Please bring Christmas Cookies for the break.  6:30 – 9:30 pm at First Baptist.  Admission: $10.  This SATURDAY evening event kicks off a weekend of activities with Dr. Gardiner-Garden.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - English Workshop

Caller:  John Gardiner-Garden
Band:  Recorded music

Demo and workshop on The Evolution of English Country Dancing.  Admission is free!  The event runs from 3 – 5 pm, and is followed by a potluck 5 – 6 pm. Food contributions welcome but not necessary.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  John Gardiner-Garden
Band:  Happy Endings

 An evening of English country and Regency era dancing, led by an expert on social dancing from 1450 to 1900!  Superb music by Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell, and Jane Knoeck – top notch musicians all.  6:30 – 9:30 pm at First Baptist, admission $10.

Sunday, July 19, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Dan, Barb & Laurie are on our schedule every month, and for good reason: interesting dances and superb music!

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Chopped Arugula

Another combination of regular Arugula members and friends: Molly Jaynes, Sylvia Sorensen, Chris DeGolyer & Fred Filbrich.

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