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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Contra Dance

Special Dance

Callers:   Eric Rounds and the Rochester Callers’ Collective
Bands:  Blackthorn Ceilidh Band and Rounds/Henry/Williams

This Thursday, 6/23/2016, is the 40th anniversary of the first official CDR Contra Dance and we will be celebrating!  We are fortunate to have the same band that played on 6/23/76.  Imagine that!  There will be door prizes, special treats, and some historical flashbacks.

The first half of the evening will feature Eric Rounds calling with Blackthorn Ceilidh Band. They are planning to call/play Petronella, so if you’ve never danced it but always hear about “spin one place, as in Petronella,” here is your chance to learn why that terminology is used.

The second half will feature members of the Rochester Callers’ Collective with music by Eric Rounds, Mark Henry, and Brian Williams.  More great music and their favorite dances.

Stick around and socialize with the Blackthorn Ceilidh players–let them know how much you appreciate their participation in the early days with the Country Dancers of Rochester–an organization that has held weekly dances for 40 years!


If you have memorabilia to add to our historical display, bring it to the dance or email peggy@cdrochester.org

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Over and Under

Led by piano-playing Roger Cass, Over and Under is a long-standing local band.  Lots of good music tonight!

Calling by Margaret Mathews

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Michael Kernan
Band:  Snow-Date

Snow-date is a traveling band with Julia Hartman on fiddle, Jean Monroe on piano and percussion and Bruce Randall adding all those extra notes.  Michael Kernan comes to us from Eastern NY with a great collection of dances.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson, John Wobus, Casey Murray

Bob Nicholson is a genial, experienced caller from Syracuse whose clear teaching and “just enough” calling ensures for a fun evening.  Dynamic fiddler Eileen Nicholson has been traipsing all over North America, dazzling dancers with her energetic fiddling.  Joining her tonight is John Wobus on piano and Casey Murray on Cello.  Fiddle and piano are a classic and long-standing musical combination, and with a powerhouse cellist like Casey, this will be a contra dancing trifecta.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Food for Thought

Our caller tonight is locally grown but now tours up and down the east coast.  He’s joined on stage with enthusiastic fiddler Daphne Kanack and amazing cello played by Casey Murray.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Smukler
Band: Ginger Majority

David Smukler from Syracuse is a skillful and efficient teacher.  He is paired tonight with a super-talented young band, Ginger Majority led by cellist Casey Murray.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  Tempest

Dugan Murphy was a big hit at this year’s Dance Flurry in the main hall.  His dances are fun and his teaching is tight, so we’ll spend more time dancing.  Tempest is Western New York’s big band contra sound, melding a wide variety of American Roots sounds into exciting dance sets.  Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Eric Metzler on percussion.  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck, and Tom Santarsiero

Three superb musicians bring us fantastic dance music tonight.  Vibrant fiddling by Eileen, dynamic accordion and keyboard by Jane, and clear, energetic mandolin by Tom.  Our caller Maxine brings her youthful exuberance to the stage, choosing spirited yet graceful dances.  Come and join us!

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Melanie Axel-Lute
Band:  Gotham Gals

Melanie will bring interesting programming, clear teaching, & enthusiasm that shines through and makes dancing fun. The Gals play regularly in the New York Metro area, and tour beyond.  Let’s give them a great Rochester welcome.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  Jane Knoeck and Eileen Nicholson

Casey Carr is driving up from Ithaca to call for us tonight.  Jane Knoeck and Eileen Nicholson pair Keyboard with Fiddle for our dancing pleasure.

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