Chuck Abell on the CDSS Blog

Read our own Chuck Abell’s essay about American Dance & Music Week last summer at Pinewoods, It will put you in the mood for this summer!

View Previous Announcements
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.


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:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

We always have a blast when Eileen and Eric play for us and it will be especially fun tonight because it’s Maxine McDonald’s birthday!  Maxine is a wonderful member of our community—-a lively dancer and energetic caller. Come share in the fun!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Contra Dance

NOTE: Dance starts and ends 1/2 hour earlier, at a DIFFERENT LOCATION

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Andrew VanNorstrand, Tim Ball, Megan Beller, Michael Raitzyk, Daphne Pickens, Donal Sheets, Casey Murray

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.  This ALL-STAR lineup consists of Kanack School Faculty who have been teaching students all week The Kanack School is a local music school that continues the Contra tradition by introducing young musicians to the genre. Come enjoy dancing to these accomplished musicians who support the future  of Contra in Rochester!  Great dances by the gracious and delightful caller, Sarah VanNorstrand.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  The Clearly Misunderstood Oxymorons

The “Clearly Misunderstood” Oxymorons are:
Bob Berch fiddle, Mark Dumont flute, Chris DeGolyer piano, Jeff Folkins percussion

Check out Chuck’s website for some snippets – you might see someone you know!


Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Serendipity

Margaret Mathews is a local treasure! She has been involved with Contra for decades, and always calls fun and interesting dances.

Serendipity is Molly Jaynes, fiddle, Laurie Williams, flute, and Barb Seppeler, keyboard.

We had a great dance when Serendipity played for us last time.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Angela DeCarlis
Band:  Maivish Duo

Angela DeCarlis is young and energetic caller from Glenside PA, on tour with Maivish Duo.

You’ll rejoice as Adam Broome and Jaige Trudel, (members of  Maivish and Crowfoot) provide fantastic Contradance Music!



Thursday, September 10, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Ken Gall
Band:  Tempest + Horns

Ken hails from Central Indiana, and will be leading us with exciting dances. Tempest is Chuck Abell (guitars, mandolin) and Tim Ball (fiddle), and Eric Metzger (drums). They are joined this week by two great Trumpet Players – an awesome lineup!

View Previous Events From This Category
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, August 2, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Dan will lead the dances with energy and enthusiasm, while Barb & Laurie make the most wonderful music — guaranteed to make you forget the summer heat.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Knives & Forks

Delightful music for an August evening performed by Colleen Liggett (recorders & banjo), John Kerr (mandolin) and Meg Grindrod (piano).   Carmen has excellent taste in dances, and often teaches a newly composed dance.

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Barb has been known to talk Dan into teaching dances that have tunes that she just loves, and the resulting music is really extraordinary.  We are lucky to have these folks in our dance community. More good news: this is our annual Ice Cream Sundae night!

Sunday, August 23, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Happy Endings

A caller with decades of experience; music by Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell, and Jane Knoeck, an abundance of talent and love of music if there ever was one!

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - Netherfield Ball

Caller:  Lisa Brown & Richard Sauvain
Band:  Molly Jaynes & Chris DeGolyer

An assembly especially for novice dancers, with instruction, a Ball program designed for newcomers, experienced dancers for patrtners, and delightful refreshments.  Regency dress admired but not required. Tickets: $10. Click here for a flyer.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Angela DeCarlis
Band:  Jaige Trudel and Adam Broome

We’re lucky to be catching these well known perfomers on a regional tour.  Jaige (an American fiddler) and Adam (a British born guitarist) have been playing music together since 2001 for dances, festivals and concerts throughout North America and abroad, predominantly with the bands Maivish and Crowfoot.  Angela is an exciting young caller who is fast making a name for herself as one of the best.

View Previous Events From This Category