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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, 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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Ginger Majority and Tim Ball

Tim Ball is in town this week, as director of the Fiddle Camp at the Kanack School of Music.  He brings to the stage his own dynamic fiddling and guitar playing, plus the accomplished young musicians of Ginger Majority.  Youthful exuberance on stage and on the dance floor tonight!

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  The McKenzies

Come dance to the unique blend of contemporary and original folk, traditional music of southern Appalachia and the British Isles provided by Virginia duo Woody and Marcia McKenzie.

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Rochester OPEN BAND

Bob Nicholson will be calling

 

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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

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!

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Eileen Kalfass & Pat Doherty

An all-Syracuse lineup tonight.  Eileen and Pat really hit it off when they played for us last month; tonight Laurel’s whistles, recorders, and oboe are added to the mix. Expert calling, as always, from David.  His teaching ability lets us get into the ‘challenging but rewarding’ zone.

Sunday, August 13, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Eileen and Jane are two of our busiest regional musicians, for good reason: they are great at playing for dancing!  Bob, an old hand at calling both contras and English, is famous for his helpful and relaxed presence as a caller.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Arugula plus Alyssa Rodriguez

The lush sound of this band (2 violins, flute, piano & string bass) adds a mellow feel to an evening of dancing.  Our experienced caller will present an engaging mix of dances from easy and familiar to new and different.

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - Netherfield Ball

Caller:  Lisa Brown & Richard Sauvain
Band:  Alyssa Rodriguez, Austin Wahl & Jane Knoeck

Our annual Saturday afternoon dance designed to introduce novices to English dancing.  Lisa Brown, assisted by her demo team, will teach you all you need to know to enjoy dances from Jane Austen’s time.  There will be Regency period costumes, delectable refreshments, gorgeous live music on violin, guitar and piano, and a Ball featuring easy and fun dances.  2-6 PM at First Baptist. Admission $10.

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