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, August 21, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Eisenstadter
Band:  Montage

Jane Knoeck on keyboards, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin and banjo.  This trio of amazing musicians plays music with a sophisticated French accent:  wacky, unconventional, quirky and energetic, their music is always fun and danceable.  We welcome back David Eisenstadtler who called for us in July.  We truly enjoyed his dances and can’t wait to hear what he brings us this month.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rochester Caller’s Collective
Band:  Tempest!

Come celebrate Peggy’s Birthday with us!

Tempest featuring swinging guitar by Chuck Abell and high-energy fiddling by Tim Ball.  The callers (Sharon Perry, Chuck Abell, Margaret Mathews, Maxine McDonald, and Bob Fabinski) are a local group of callers who meet regularly in the Dempsey living room to try out new dances and practice calling skills.  And tonight, which just happens to be Peggy Dempsey’s birthday, is the perfect evening to celebrate birthdays, dancing, calling, dynamic musicians, and our great community.  Don’t miss this dance!

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  The Esteemed Clams

A perfect match with music and caller tonight.  While some callers get caught up in trance-like old time music, Margaret knows and plays the tunes herself, and will call great dances that are perfect for the music.  The Esteemed Clams play lively old-time music with Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

Joyce is visiting after a long absence from Rochester.  You might remember her great repertoire of fun dances, her southern wit, and her buoyant style.  After working as Director of the Augusta Heritage Center for 5 years, she’ll bring fun and surprises to our hall.  A classic combination of traditional music provided by Eileen Nicholson, a fantastic fiddler from Syracuse, and Eric Anderson, an amazing piano player from Seattle.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  A Wonderful Band playing live music in our hall

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band: Coracree

We dance every Thursday; you’ll always have a good time at the Contra Dance!

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: A Fine Caller
Band: Over and Under

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

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 24, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Buckingham Palace Players

One of our newest musical ensembles, led by Dick Bolt, and rich with instruments (2 violins, cello, oboe & piano).  We’ll be doing mostly dances that are old favorites.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  New Configuration

Molly Jaynes, Silvia Sorensen, Chris DeGolyer and Roger Cass making the music, with a very popular caller.  Pre-dance mini lesson at 6:10.

View Previous Events From This Category