Time to Renew!

September is membership month at CDR.  Members support traditional American and English community dance in the Rochester area, receive a $1 discount at our regular weekly dances, receive our quarterly newsletter, and will get to select the club officers at our annual meetings in September. New this year: members are eligible to purchase a year-round dance pass, and will receive a custom nametag. Memberships run from September 1 for one year, through August 31.  Renew now for 2016-2017.

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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, August 25, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Wild Root String Band

We have Eric Rounds back this week calling more great dances. If you’re lucky, you got to dance to his calling at our 40th Anniversary Contra dance in June.

Wild Root String band, led by Tom Owens, will be joining him, providing some old-time tunes at a danceable clip.

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Knives and Forks

Dance callers and teachers Myra Hirschberg and Tom Calwell lead dances all over Ontario and the United States, and are known for their friendly, easy teaching style and varied repertoire of dances. They bring people together on the dance floor with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun.

On the stage with them will be Knives and Forks: Colleen Liggett on Fiddle, John Kerr on Banjo-Uke and Meg Grindrod on Keyboard.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band: Mo’Contra

Maxine, our youngest local caller, chooses excellent dances and has perfect timing when she calls.  Up on stage will be Mo’Contra: Chuck Abell, Mike Hoerschle, Tom Henderson and Eric Metztgar.  We dance every week to live music!  It’s the best place to be on a Thursday evening in Rochester!

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Pam Goddard
Band:  New Brew

Pamela Goddard from Ithaca will be on stage tonight!  Pam has been calling and hosting dances in Ithaca for many years–she’s experienced, attentive, and has a wide selection of dances at her finger tips.  Joining her is a power trio of musicians: Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, Jane Knoeck on keyboard and accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin.  You’ll have great fun dancing to the music of New Brew.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Arugula

Margaret Mathews has an ever-present smile up on stage as she teaches and calls great dances.  Margaret is especially attentive to the dancers, making sure everyone has fun.  Arugula is a long-time local favorite band, adding harmony and improvisation to Celtic and old-time tunes.  The band features Silvia Sörensen on flute, Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Chris DeGolyer on piano, and Fred Filbrich on bass.

Tonight is our annual CDR Membership Meeting which will take place ever so briefly at the break.  Members will be electing new officers and approving by-laws.  Renew your membership now for 2016-2017!

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Blue Dance

This is a special dance…Contras set to Rhythm and Blues. Chuck Abell will be calling and playing with his band Blue Dance. They have arranged some exciting music to go with the dances: think Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra. Come dance Contra with Soul!

At the break, join some of our current volunteers for a brief Volunteer Information Session.  Offer up some of your ideas and see how you might use your talents, skill, or muscles to occasionally help us continue our live-music-every-Thursday Contra Dance!

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Wild Root String Band

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Collins
Band:  Pairings

Come dance to Mary Collins as she demonstrates skills she learned at Caller’s Camp this past summer. Mary is a tireless organizer from Buffalo. We are sure to have some great dances tonight.

Pairings is Werner Ceusters on Tenor Banjo, Anne Maroney on Fiddle, and Ray Caldwell on Cister

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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.



Saturday, August 27, 2016 - Netherfield Ball

Callers:  Lisa Brown & Richard Sauvain
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Kailyn VanNorstrand & Pat Doherty

On Saturday afternoon from 2 – 6 pm, an event especially for those new to English dancing.   It features classy music by Syracuse musicians Laurel Sharp on an astounding variety of wind instruments, Pat Doherty on piano, and Kailyn VanNorstrand on flute. Also beginner instruction, a nice selection of easy dances, and elegant refreshments.  At First Baptist, admission $10.  There also be experienced dancers there to help you! Here is a printable flyer.

Sunday, September 4, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Tim Ball & Jane Knoeck

Exciting, inventive, danceable music on violin & piano, played by two of the region’s most popular dance musicians.

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Knives and Forks Trio

We always have a fun, relaxed evening when Bob calls.  Music will be by Colleen Liggett and John Kerr on mandolins joined by Meg Grindrod on piano. It’s a  lovely sound!

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

What a combination!  David’s calling expertise, Eileen’s superb fiddle playing, and Jane’s magic on the piano.  Savory Snack night too!

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Our most frequently booked combination of performers, for good reason:  expertly chosen dances and music that soars.  Plus it’s always fun to see what new dances Dan will bring us.

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