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Sunday, August 9, 2015 - Web Site Established

There is now a web site specifically for the Meryton Assembly Dancers: 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.

Friday, July 3, 2015 - Chuck Abell on the CDSS Blog

Read our own Chuck Abell’s essay about American Dance & Music Week last summer at Pinewoods, It will put you in the mood for this summer!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - Tempest CD Release Concert & Dance

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Sunday’s Dance Cancelled

The English Country dance on Sunday, February 15 is cancelled due to bad weather.

Sub zero temperatures and blowing snow with possible white out conditions are forecast for the evening of Feb. 15.  In the interests of not encouraging people to come out in dangerous conditions, we’re cancelling the dance.  Chocolate Night is postponed until Feb. 22.

Friday, November 28, 2014 - Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Please join us for a Country Dancers of Rochester End-of-Year Party!

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM
At: Kate’s house, 555 Winona Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617

It’s an OPEN HOUSE.  No RSVP required ~ Everyone welcome
Bring a treat to share!
Contact with questions.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Thanksgiving Dance Festival was Then

It’s done. We’ve danced, we’ve visited, and we’ve had a great time. But now our annual dance weekend is over. Check for lost items.  Many thanks to Great Bear Trio and Food for Thought and Rebecca, Rachel and Jane for powering the fun.  With Gaye Fifer and Sarah VanNorstrand in the driver’s seat, we enjoyed super dancing. And bless all the volunteers who came together to organize the weekend, set up and take down the site. Reminisce on the Festival page.  Ahhh!

Now that you’re done dancing, let us know what you think on our brief Festival survey. Thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2014 - Time to Renew!

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. Memberships run from October 1 for one year, through September 30.  Renew now for 2014-2015.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Jacqueline Schwab in Rochester August 2nd & 3rd

Barb & Dan Seppeler are delighted to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a free English Country dance on Saturday, August 2 at First Baptist Church on Allens Creek Rd.  Jacqueline Schwab, principal pianist with Bare Necessities and a performer on the soundtracks for several Ken Burns documentaries, will be providing music for the dance.

We have a very special opportunity to have Jacqueline conduct 2 master classes: one for musicians and a second for callers on the afternoon of Correction: Sunday, August 3rd. Her knowledge of traditional music and dance is extensive. These classes will be valuable to musicians and callers of either form of country dance. The cost to participants will be $15 per workshop.  You may register through our payment page here on Or by calling (315) 573-4076 or e-mailing  Enrollment limited to 15 per workshop.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - Dance Camp Scholarship

CDR believes experienced dancers, callers, musicians and organizers create a better atmosphere and community for all. One way to gain this experience is by attending dance camp. As a benefit of CDR membership, we are pleased to offer an annual partial scholarship to CDSS dance camp.

Preference will be given to applicants with the most potential to provide long term benefits to CDR by increasing their skills, knowledge and experience through attending camp. The deadline for CDR’s scholarship application is February 14, 2014. Copies are also available at the dances. Questions? Contact Lisa Brown for more information.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - Tonight’s Dance is Canceled Due to Weather

Oh the weather outside is frightful, indeed. Tonight’s Contra dance is canceled. Stay warm, dry and safe, folks! And we’ll see you at the dance next week.

Also next week, the Contra Planning Committee meets at 6:30 pm at the Golden Fox. Contact board at cdrochester dot org for details.

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