Time to Renew!

September is membership month at CDR.  Members support traditional American and English community dance in the Rochester area, receive a $1 discount at our regular weekly dances, and will get to select the club officers at our annual meetings in September. Continuing this year: members are eligible to purchase a year-round dance pass. Memberships run from September 1 for one year, through August 31.  Renew now for 2017-2018.

Thanksgiving Festival

And you can register now for our Thanksgiving Festival.

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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 28, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Pam Goddard and Ted Crane
Band:  New Brew

Pam Goddard and Ted Crane have been involved in the dance scene in Ithaca for some time. We’re happy to welcome them to Rochester this week!  Music is by the great regional band New Brew:  Jane Knoeck on accordion and keyboard, Eileen Kalfass on fiddle, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin (and so much more!)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Judy Greenhill
Band:  Relative Harmony

Rick and Jonathan Avery play, with Judy Greenhill as caller/musician have appeared extensively throughout the Eastern US and Mid-West, as well as in their home Province of Ontario.  The music is an energetic blend of New England, Quebecois and Irish/Celtic, with some original tunes added to the mix.  From Guelph, Canada, comes this family of excellent musicians.

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Ted Crane
Band:  Wry Bred

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Evan DeSmitt and Maxine McDonald
Band:  Crooked Sixpence

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson and Sharon Perry
Band:  Over and Under

Bob Nicholson will be sharing the mic tonight with Sharon Perry, returning to the stage after an extended absence. Join us as we welcome her back. The band will be Over and Under, a local band that has been part of the contra community for decades. If we’re lucky, we can sing as we waltz to “Dancing with Bears”

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Collins
Band:  Wildroot String Band

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

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. The dance starts at 6:30.



Sunday, October 1, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity with Boel Gidholm

Dan’s vast repertoire and energetic calling is always fun. Barb and Laurie’s skill and joy in playing for dancing makes them very popular, plus for this dance they are adding Boel, a fantastic violinist who specializes in early music.  Should be a good one!

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Judy Greenhill
Band:  Relative Harmony

More details on Relative Harmony (see Oct. 5 contra): Rick Avery plays keyboard, guitar and banjo and son Jonathan adds violin & percussion to the mix.  This family grouping is completed by Rick’s wife Judy, an old hand at the caller’s mic. They have played for dancing and concerts all over Canada and the US.

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  A. Fine Caller
Band:  Crooked Sixpence

Crooked Sixpence features Kathy Selby (fidde), Gordon Bonnet (flute) & John Wobus (piano). This high-octane trio specializes in music for contra & English dance.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - English Dance

Caller: Richard Sauvain
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Mark Dumont, Chris DeGolyer

Violin, flute, and piano — local musicians provide a classic combination for those lovely English dance tunes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - Masquerade Ball

Caller:  Dan Blim
Band:  Jane Knoeck, Mark Dumont & Roberta Truscello

Our popular Saturday night Halloween-themed dress up dance!   Decorations, costumes, great refreshments, and an easy, relaxed program of spooky dances. Dan is a new-to-Rochester caller (as well as a superb dancer) with over a decade of experience, most recently as a staff caller at the CDSS dance week at Camp Cavell this past summer. This is a fund raiser for our English dance group – admission is $25 ($15 students / low income), payable at the door.  Held at our usual dance location, First Baptist, 6:30 – 9:30 PM.

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