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, May 26, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Food for Thought

Our caller tonight is locally grown but now tours up and down the east coast.  He’s joined on stage with enthusiastic fiddler Daphne Kanack and amazing cello played by Casey Murray.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and John Wobus

Bob Nicholson is a genial, experienced caller from Syracuse whose clear teaching and “just enough” calling ensures for a fun evening.  Dynamic fiddler Eileen Nicholson has been traipsing all over North America, dazzling dancers with her energetic fiddling.  Joining her tonight is John Wobus on piano.  Fiddle and piano are a classic and long-standing musical combination, perfect for contra dancing.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mike Kernan
Band:  Snow-Date

Snow-date is a traveling band with Julia Hartman on fiddle, Jean Monroe on piano and percussion and Bruce Randall adding all those extra notes.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Over and Under

Led by piano-playing Roger Cass, Over and Under is a long-standing local band.  Lots of good music tonight!

Calling by Margaret Mathews

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Contra Dance

Special Dance!!!

Callers:   Eric Rounds and the Rochester Callers’ Collective
Bands:  Blackthorn Ceilidh Band and Rounds/Henry/Williams

     This Thursday, 6/23/2016, is the 40th anniversary of the first official CDR Contra Dance and we will be celebrating!  We are fortunate to have the same band play for us that played on 6/23/76.  Imagine that!  There will also be door prizes, special treats, and some historical flashbacks.

     The first half of the evening will feature Eric Rounds calling with Blackthorn Ceilidh Band. I’m told they are planning to call/play Petronella, so if you’ve never danced it but always hear about “spin one place, as in Petronella,” here is your chance to learn why that is said.

     The second half will feature members of the Rochester Callers’ Collective with music by Eric Rounds, Mark Henry, and Brian Williams.  More great music and their favorite dances.

     Stick around and socialize with the Blackthorn Ceilidh players–let them know how much you appreciate their participation in the early days with the Country Dancers of Rochester–an organization that has held weekly dances for 40 years!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Ensoleil

Ensoleil (pronounced “on-so-lay”) is a new band put together by Nadine Dyskant-Miller and her colleagues from Ann Arbor,  Michigan.  It’s rare that we get to hear Nadine’s  absolutely phenomenal flute playing–be sure to join us tonight.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Colin Hume
Band:  Colin’s friend Anne

A fantastic treat from across the pond – Colin Hume is visiting from England. He is a world-renowned caller who will teach contras and other formations that are popular in England.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Clinton Ross
Band:  George Wilson and Jane Knoeck

Clinton is a touring caller who will treat us to contras from his large collection of dances.   George Wilson is a super-talented fiddler from Eastern New York, and will team with Jane Knoeck to play revolutionary new tunes on this Bastille Day!

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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, June 5, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

Dynamic fiddling and glorious piano from two experienced musicians who love working together.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Snow date

One of our favorite callers, and music by a Boston-based band composed of Bruce Randall: Trombone, Recorders & Percussion; Julia Hartman: Fiddle & Baritone Fiddle; and Jean Monroe: Piano, Melodica & Percussion.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Tempest

This exciting band thrilled the local ECD community on Extreme English night last month; here’s another chance to dance to them.  Expect the usual superb calling from David.  It’s Strawberry Shortcake Night too.  Fresh picked strawberries and homemade shortcakes make this our favorite dessert theme of the year.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Heartwarming music from Laurie Williams on flute and Barb Seppeler on piano.  Dan’s sense of humor and impressive repertoire make for a lively evening.

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