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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.
2012 President: Kate Baron.
Thanksgiving: 28th – Sarah van Norstrand; David Smukler / Elixir; Noteworthy (Seppler, Sharp, Zager); Frivolity (Ball, Bell, Knoeck)
New Year’s Eve: TBD
Jane Austen Ball: 6th – Tom Amessé / Spare Parts; Serendipity at a private club
Masquerade Ball: 4th – Richard Sauvain; Pamela Goddard / TBD at Harmony House
2011 President: Kate Baron.
Thanksgiving: 27th – Rebecca Lay; Katy Heine / The Groovemongers; Tempest
New Year’s Eve cancelled in favor of the Syracuse dance, since the day fell on their regular dance date
Jane Austen Ball: 5th – at a private club
Masquerade Ball: 3rd – Richard Sauvain; Pamela Goddard / Happy Endings: Eileen Nicholson (violin), Rachel Bell (accordion) & Jane Knoeck (piano) at Harmony House
2010 Presidents: Dan Cooper-Vince; followed by Bob Fabinski for two months when Dan left for school.
Thanksgiving: 27th – Will Mentor; David Millstone / The Figments; TuneScape
New Year’s pre-Eve, 12/30: Sharon Perry / Tunescape
Jane Austen Ball: 4th – Judi Rivkin / Persuasion (R. McCallum, J. Knoeck, R. Bell) at a private club
Masquerade Ball: 2nd – Richard Sauvain; Pamela Goddard / Confluence (Nadine Dyskant-Miller, Barbara Dyskant, Tim Ball) at Harmony House
Other: – New Scheduler: Sharon Perry.
2009 President : Dan Cooper-Vince
Thanksgiving: 26th – Carol Ormand; Pam Goddard; Richard Sauvain / Notorious; Riverbend
New Years Eve: 4th – Bob Nicholson / TuneScape
Jane Austen Ball: 3rd – Joanna Reiner / Lost in Austen (P. Morrissett, J. Kleppel, R. Truscello) at a private club
Masquerade Ball: 1st – Sauvain & Goddard / music by Tim Ball, Jane Knoeck, and Rachel Bell, at the Roger Robach Community Center.
Other: -Gift of new sound equipment from anonymous donor; Tony Hernandez “retires” from weekly sound duties on his relocation to Connecticut; formation of the CDR Sound Collective, led by Bob Berch
2008 President: Jane Knoeck
Thanksgiving: 25th – Kathy Anderson; Judy Greenhill / Notorious; TuneScape
New Years Eve: 3rd – Sarah Van Norstrand / Great Bear Trio
Jane Austen Ball: 2nd – Joanna Reiner / Firefly (R. McCallum, J. Knoeck, C. DeGolyer, S. Sorensen) at Cutler Union Ballroom, MAG
Other: – Rebecca McCallum steps down as scheduler, after 9 years of dedicated service, replaced by Paul Novak
2007 President: Jane Knoeck
Thanksgiving: 24th – Bob Isaacs / Crowfoot; Groovemongers
New Years Eve: 2nd – Bob Nicholson / Great Bear Trio
Jane Austen Ball: 1st – Judi Rivkin / Step Lightly (J. Crouch, E. Hazzard-Watkins, A. Patton) at Cutler Union Ballroom, Memorial Art Gallery:
Other: -English dances switch from monthly to twice a month
2006 President: Judy Bezon
Thanksgiving: 23rd – Nils Fredland / Elixir, Contradictions; White Hots
New Years Eve: Bob Nicholson / Great Bear Trio
Other: – CDR 30th Anniversary
– Admission raised to $7 members / $8 others
– Katie Sauvain, daughter of Richard Sauvain & Sharon Emerson, begins calling, playing for, and organizing dances while a freshman at Swarthmore
Met at CDR:
Kathleen Doyle & David Hart – met at CDR contra dancing. Kathleen had been dancing since ’89, and David used to drive his daughter and her School of the Arts friends to CDR, loved listening to the music, but was shy about dancing. He finally decided to try dancing in 2006, noticed Kathleen, and after a few weeks, asked her to dance; married Oct. 2007
2005 President: Sharon Perry
Thanksgiving: 22nd – Nils Fredland / Groovemongers, Great Bear Trio; White Hots – at Salem United Church of Christ
2004 President: Sharon Perry
Thanksgiving: 21st – Mary Keith Cornett / Kaynor, Unger & Schneckenberger, Great Bear Trio; White Hots – at Salem United Church of Christ