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 at about 7:40 or so for newcomers.


Thursday, October 8, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Steam!

STEAM! brings power, energy, and fun to contra dances around the country. Balancing drive with uplifting elegance, spontaneous quirkiness, and lush harmonies, this band serves the dancer’s every need with intuitive musicality based on decades of combined experience. Chuck is one of our great local callers.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Ginger Majority with Guest Barb Dyskant

This dance will feature local talent that is also part of our Thanksgiving Weekend! Ginger Majority is Clare Fraser, Audrey and Liza, and Casey Murray. with guest keyboard, Barb Dyskant.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Party of Three

This week we have another Premier Contra Band. Check out their website at http://www.po3contradance.com/index.html

The caller is one of our local favorites, Sharon Perry!

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Jane Knoeck, Eileen Nicholson and Tom Santarsiero

Maxine is our newest local caller, with lots of  interesting dances. Jane on Keyboard and Accordion, Eileen on Fiddle and Tom on Percussion and Banjo-uke play exciting music with influences from many cultures. Come dance this Pre-Halloween event with us! Costume NOT required.

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Over and Under

Sarah VanNorstrand is a fabuluous caller from Syracuse! Come dance exciting and interesting dances. The band is our long-time local favorite, Over and Under. They have a whole new set of dance tunes to mesmerize us with!

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wry Bred

Where better to serve up Wry Bred than in the Flour City!  It’s great music, no matter how you slice it. Don’t loaf around! Get off your bun!  Rise to the occasion!  You knead to go contra dancing. It’s the yeast you can dough!  Mustard your strength and wear a flour in your hair!  We’ll sandwich in tunes you’ll kick up your heels and roll to!

Check out their video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv8d_emOFYQ

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  The Reasonably Madcap Oxymorons

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



Sunday, October 4, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

 Always a fascinating program and superb music when Dan & Serendipity are there!

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Molly Jaynes & John Wobus

Fine music by Laurel (proficient on recorders, whistles & oboe), Molly Jaynes (violin) & John Wobus (piano). Carmen always gives us a varied and thoughtfully chosen set of dances.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Knives and Forks

Knives and Forks is Meg Grindrod (piano) John Kerr & Colleen Liggett (mandolins). You may also hear cuatro (a small Latin American guitar), singing or recorder.


Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Masquerade Ball

Caller:  David Smukler & Richard Sauvain
Band:  Eileen Nicholson, Tim Ball & Rachel Bell

A spooktacular affair, with costumes encouraged, great refreshments and very talented performers.  A benefit for the English Country dance series: $25 regular admission, $15 students / low income.  6:30 – 9:30 pm at First Baptist, with a warmup / review of English dancing available at 6 pm.  Note that this is a SATURDAY.

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