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.


Friday, November 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Callers:   Gaye Fifer and Sarah Van Norstrand
Bands:  Great Bear Trio, Food for Thought

Come and dance at the Thanksgiving festival Friday night, all day Saturday and Saturday night!!!

Check the website for details —NOT AT THE REGULAR THURSDAY VENUE!!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  The Flying Squirrels

Nancy Spero comes to us from Ithaca, with a load of fun dances!

The Flying Squirrels is: Jonathan Watterson on Winds, Paul Morris on Guitar, and David Deacon on Fiddle, a group of young musicians from Syracuse who have a great collection of dance tunes for us!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Wesley
Band:  Sassafras Stomp

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  The Oxys

Sharon Perry is one of our favorite local callers, with an ever-expanding repertoire of great dances!

The Oxys!, aka the self-described “New Original” Oxymorons. Started in 1992, the band has had various personnel over the years, but tonight will have the starting lineup of Chris DeGolyer, Mark Dumont, Jeff Folkins, and Bob Berch playing tunes in the “new tradition”.

Thursday, December 25, 2014 - Contra Dance

NO Dance

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   The Rochester Callers’ Collective
Band:  Happy Endings!

Come to the FirstNight dance on January 1 to start to fulfill those pesky New Year Resolutions for more exercise and more fun!  Jane Knoeck, Eileen Nicholson, and Rachel Bell will provide most excellent music and our local Callers’ Collective will call fun dances.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eric Rounds and Mark Henry

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



Sunday, November 23, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  The Buckingham Palace Players

Music by long time Rochester fiddler Dick Bolt and an enthusiastic band of friends, playing violin, cello, oboe, and piano.  This will be their 3rd appearance at the Rochester English dances.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

Superb music on violin & piano from two very experienced musicians who love working together.  Syracuse caller Bob Nicholson, a local favorite, is wonderfully helpful and attentive to the dancers.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Happy Endings

Danceable and inventive music by Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell & Jane Knoeck, fine musicians all, and a caller with excellent teaching skills.  This dance is at Covenant United Methodist Church, NOT First Baptist.  Usual time, 6:30 – 9:30.

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Laurel Sharp & Jane Knoeck

What a treat for late December.  A mellow and funny caller, with sparkling music from Laurel’s impressive array of wind instruments and Jane’s skilled piano playing. It’s also Cookie Night!

Sunday, December 28, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Serendipity

Our elegant celebration of a year of great dancing, the Turning of the Year Ball, in a spectacular dance space in the historic Jonathan Child House, 35 S. Washington St.  7 – 10 pm, $20 ($15 students / low income).

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