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, September 29, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

This is a special dance…Contras set to Rhythm and Blues. Margaret Mathews has an ever-present smile up on stage as she teaches and calls great dances.  Margaret is especially attentive to the dancers, making sure everyone has fun.Blue Dance has arranged some exciting music to go with the dances: think Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra. Come dance Contra with Soul!

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  Wild Root String Band

Nancy Spero is coming from Ithaca to call for us this evening.

Wild Root String Band will be playing their danceable Old-Time music.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Collins
Band:  Pairings

Come dance to Mary Collins as she demonstrates skills she learned at Caller’s Camp this past summer. Mary is a tireless organizer from Buffalo. We are sure to have some great dances tonight.

Pairings is Werner Ceusters on Tenor Banjo, Anne Maroney on Fiddle, and Ray Caldwell on Cister

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Jean Gibson-Gorrindo
Band:    New Brew 

Three fine musicians who are well known to us (and who travel all over the country to share their music) will be on stage tonight:  Eileen Nicholson (fiddle), Jane Knoeck (keyboard and accordion) and Tom Santarsiero (mandolin).  Our caller is on tour from the central coast of California.  Jean Gibson-Gorrindo has strong teaching and musical skills combined with excellent vocal quality.  She prides herself on collecting dances designed to enhance that connectedness that we so much enjoy when dancing together.  This promises to be an especially fine evening.

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Over and Under

Our local callers and musicians contribute so much to our dance community and we are always glad to have them on our stage.  We applaud Bob for being especially welcoming to new dancers.  Roger Cass has fostered and mentored musicians for decades and has been a long time supporter of CDR.  And it’s almost Halloween!  Costumes admired but not required.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  New Brew

WooHoo! Dugan Murphy is back in Rochester for this dance! If you missed him in May, here’s your chance to dance some great new choreography.

New Brew is Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck and Tom Santarsiero

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wry Bred

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, September 25, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Our most frequently booked combination of performers, for good reason:  expertly chosen dances and music that soars.  Plus it’s always fun to see what new dances Dan will bring us.   At the break, members will be electing new CDR officers and approving by-laws.  Renew your membership now for 2016-2017!

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Arugula

You’ll enjoy the rich sound of Mike Hoeschele on violin, Silvia Sorensen on flute, Mark Henry on piano, and Fred Filbrich on bass, with an added plus: Ithaca caller Pamela Goddard, known for the clarity and focus of her instruction.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Dan’s energy, enthusiasm, and huge repertoire are a winning combination, especially with lovely music from Barb Seppeler on piano and Laurie Williams on flute!

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

We’re lucky to have Dan, Barb & Laurie back for a second dance this month.  Apple Dessert Night too!

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Colleen Liggett, Meg Grindrod

Those great English dance tunes played on winds, mandolin, and piano by a new and promising group of musicians, coupled with clear and concise instruction from the founder of CDR’s English dance group.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - Masquerade Ball

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Gordon Bonnet & Jane Knoeck

Our annual Masquerade Ball, a Saturday evening fundraiser for our English dance group. Enchanting refreshments, halloween costumes encouraged! Admission $25, students $15, no advance reservations needed. Orientation / refresher session at 6 pm, dancing starts at 6:30.

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