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, February 11, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller: Margaret Mathews
Band:  Montage

Jane Knoeck, Tom Santarsiero and Rachel Bell are creative, much-in-demand musicians.  Their music weaves together traditions from France, Quebec, New England, and even swing!   Margaret’s welcoming demeanor and expert calling guarantees a fine evening of dancing.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Over and Under

We feature wonderful local talent tonight:  Over and Under is lead by long-time piano player Roger Cass and an assemblage of his musical friends. Eric is a long-time caller, and has a vast repertoire of fun and interesting dances!

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Tempest

Katy Heine is much admired for her clear teaching, spot-on calling, well-chosen dances, and friendly demeanor.  We were delighted that she was on stage at our recent Thanksgiving Dance Festival and happy whenever she can make the trek from Ithaca to call one of our regular dances.  The band tonight is Tempest:  fabulous high-energy music with Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle,  Harry Aceto on bass, and Eric Metzinger on drums.  Wow!

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry, and Brian Williams

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band: Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck and Tom Santarsiero

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Confluence

Come hear Nadine Dyskant and her mom Barbara Dyskant play as a duo, flute and keyboard. Wonderful music. Bob will call some of his favorites.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Seaglass

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

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   A Fine Caller
Band:  Geneseo String Band

For more years than I can remember, we have had the Geneseo String Band, led by Jim Kimball, play for us at the end of their spring semester. Don’t miss an opportunity to dance to this full String 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, February 14, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Knives and Forks

Bob brings his engaging and relaxed teaching style, accompanied by Colleen Liggett and John Kerr (mandolins), Howie Lester (violin), and Meg Grindrod (piano).  Come celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy Chocolate Night!

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck

What a wealth of experience and talent tonight … two of the region’s most popular musicians, and a caller who can get a room full of dancers going faster than you would believe!

Sunday, February 28, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Come see what Dan will pull out of his huge and growing stock of dances for us tonight!  The music will be glorious; Laurie’s flute and Barb’s piano blend beautifully.

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