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, July 28, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  New Brew with Eric Anderson

Eileen Nicholson, Tom Santarsiero and Jane Knoeck have picked a name for their band: New Brew! These talented musicians have performed throughout the USA and beyond.  How lucky that they live near us so that we get to hear them play on our stage! This week Eric will be substituting for Jane.

Sherry Nevins visits us again from the West Coast:  her informal style and boundless enthusiasm, combined with clear teaching and a varied, lively repertoire guarantees a fun evening.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Colton Robbins, Dick Bolt and Linda Sniedze Taggart

Maxine McDonald is our youngest local caller, with fun energetic dances to teach.  We often see Colton Robbins on the dance floor but tonight he’ll be up on stage playing fiddle, with Dick Bolt on piano, and Linda Sniedze Taggart on hammer dulcimer, for a lively dance.  It’s great when young musicians and callers bring their energy to our dance!

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Kanack School Faculty

Bob Nicholson from Syracuse will be calling. Have you noticed he does it from memory? He’s THAT experienced!

This week we have a special treat of a band: The Kanack School Faculty consists of Tim Ball, Megan Beller, Donal Sheets, Casey Murray, Daphne Kanack, and Andrew VanNorstrand, with special guest Jenna. I think we may even be blessed with a few of the students on some of the sets. Come enjoy the local talent.

SPECIAL EVENT: Come learn how even the smallest things can help the dance. We’re having free pizza at 6:30 before the dance to talk about how you can help out.

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  The McKenzies

Woody & Marcia McKenzie hail from Central Virginia.  They play Americana music generally, and have played for and taught Contra.  Our caller will be our good friend, Joyce Rossbach, formerly from Syracuse, who now visits us from West Virginia. Joyce always has fun dances and a delightful teaching style.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 40th Anniversary Open House Dance – English & Contra

Caller:  Margaret Mathews (contras), Richard Sauvain (English)
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

See special notice in upper right corner!

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 Contradance.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Caldwell 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. Website: www.dancingthread.ca

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:   Katy Heine
Band:  Tempest

Katy Heine will be back in Rochester for this Thursday’s dance.

Tempest will be the band.

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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, August 7, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Arugula

Ithaca flutist Gordon Bonnet joins Mike Hoeschele, Mark Henry and Fred Filbrich playing those great English tunes. We’ve come to expect a very pleasing program of dances whenever Carmen calls.

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Enjoy selections from Dan’s impresive repertoire, to smooth music by Barb Seppeler & Laurie Williams.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 40th Anniversary Open House Dance – English & Contra

Caller:  Margaret Mathews (contras), Richard Sauvain (English)
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

See special notice in upper right corner!

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Dan, Barb and Laurie back again!

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.

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