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This morning, June 21, 2016, a lively band of CDR dancers met at dawn under the full moon to dance with 13 WHAM & Fox Rochester’s Alexis Arnold. We had a great time showing Alexis and the television audience what Contra and English Country Dance are all about. You can see the video on the Fox Rochester web site. Many thanks to Lisa Brown for making the connection with the station and getting the word out, and also to musicians Dick Bolt and Jane Knoeck giving us lively tunes, and to callers Margaret Mathews and Richard Sauvain.
Having a hard time convincing your friends to try a dance? Community dancing is more fun when lots of people participate, and we know word of mouth is our best form of advertising. But sometimes new dancers need a little extra encouragement before they’ll give it a shot. So for a limited time only, Country Dancers of Rochester is running a promotion in which members can submit their friends to receive a FREE first-time Dancer pass to any regular weekly CDR event. Eligible recipients will receive a card with your personal message, information about CDR events, and a free pass that they can use at any regular-priced weekly dance.
Find out more from our online application or you can download and print one.
Our cheerful volunteer organizers are planning activities for a great year of dancing in 2016. Tell us what YOU think. Take our anonymous online survey. We estimate it will take 10-15 minutes to complete.
Oh! Sore feet, happy hearts after a great Thanksgiving Festival weekend. Now that you’re done dancing, tell us what you think.
Get the latest on CDR happenings in our Fall Newsletter, available now! Featuring articles about club happenings in ECD and Contra, and a peak behind the scenes making the dances run. Back issues are available on our flyers page.
Starting with the end of Daylight Time, Thursday Night Contras will move 1/2 hour earlier. We’ll start dancing at 7:30 pm and end at 10:30 pm. Remember to “Fall Back” on Sunday, November 1, and to come a 1/2 hour earlier to the dance on Thursday, November 5.
September is membership month at CDR. Members support traditional American and English social 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. New this year: members will receive our newsletter by postal mail. Memberships run from October 1 for one year, through September 30. Renew now for 2015-2016.
There is now a web site specifically for the Meryton Assembly Dancers: dancelikejaneausten.com. Their next event is Saturday, September 19 at 4:00 pm at the Rochester Fringe Festival, Eastman School of Music, Sproull Atrium at Miller Center, Gibbs St, Rochester, NY.
Read our own Chuck Abell’s essay about American Dance & Music Week last summer at Pinewoods, http://blog.cdss.org/?p=6289. It will put you in the mood for this summer!
Come enjoy the sweet sounds of Tempest (Tim Ball, Chuck Abell, Eric Metzgar) as they introduce their new full-length CD, Equilibrium, an enlivening mix of traditional and contemporary music recorded with special guest musicians at the legendary Wilburland Studio in Ithaca.
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street, Rochester, NY
$7 general admission, $5 students and under 18, under 12 free
Concert at 12:30 pm, dancing follows at 1:30 pm – contra, swing, blues, waltz, etc.
No partner needed; bring soft-soled shoes for dancing. Refreshments provided. For more information visit www.chuckabell.com.