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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Striking Strings

Eric Rounds is a local treasure: caller, fiddler and dance composer.

Striking Strings is a Dulcimer group led by Mitzie Collins, a long-time CDR supporter.  Did you know that Western New York is one of a very few places where Hammer Dulcimer playing has been preserved as a living tradition?  Come listen to literally hundreds of strings being struck on our stage tonight.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Seaglass

Seaglass is the dynamic combination of three of the best regional musicians who now perform all across America:  Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, and Rachel Bell on accordion.   Outstanding music with calling tonight by another regional favorite from Ithaca, Katy Heine.

Friday, November 25, 2016 -
Thanksgiving Festival

Register now for the Thanksgiving Festival. Fabulous VT band Pete’s Posse and fine local Americana band Tempest will provide great dancing music. Mary Wesley and David Smukler will be calling. Find out more on the Thanksgiving Festival page.

Thursday, November 24, 2016 - Contra Dance

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.


Stoke up on calories and come to the Festival Friday and Saturday

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Continental Drift

Organic Farmer by day, Contra Caller by night…Sarah VanNorstrand has wowed dancers across the nation. Come find out why.

Eileen Nicholson Kalfass and Eric Anderson are a dynamic duo on Fiddle and Keyboard. They have high energy and are a great match to Sarah V’s dance repertoire.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wry Bred

Where better to serve up Wry Bred than in the Flour City!  It’s great music, no matter how you slice it. Don’t loaf around! Get off your bun!  Rise to the occasion!  You knead to go contra dancing. It’s the yeast you can dough!  Mustard your strength and wear a flour in your hair!  We’ll sandwich in tunes to Margaret’s great dances you’ll kick up your heels and get caraway!

Check out Wry Bred’s video. Hot from the oven!

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  New Brew

WooHoo! Dugan Murphy is back in Rochester for this dance! If you missed him in May, here’s your chance to dance some great new choreography. His engaging manner is a great example of the current crop of young callers.

New Brew is Eileen Nicholson Kalfass, Jane Knoeck and Tom Santarsiero

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Over and Under

Our local callers and musicians contribute so much to our dance community and we are always glad to have them on our stage.  We applaud Bob for being especially welcoming to new dancers.  Roger Cass has fostered and mentored musicians for decades and has been a long time supporter of CDR.  And it’s almost Halloween!  Costumes admired but not required.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Jean Gibson-Gorrindo
Band:    New Brew 

Three fine musicians who are well known to us (and who travel all over the country to share their music) will be on stage tonight:  Eileen Nicholson Kalfass (fiddle), Jane Knoeck (keyboard and accordion) and Tom Santarsiero (mandolin).  Our caller is on tour from the central coast of California.  Jean Gibson-Gorrindo has strong teaching and musical skills combined with excellent vocal quality.  She prides herself on collecting dances designed to enhance that connectedness that we so much enjoy when dancing together.  This promises to be an especially fine evening.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Collins
Band:  Pairings

Come dance to Mary Collins as she demonstrates skills she learned at Caller’s Camp this past summer. Mary is a tireless organizer from Buffalo. We are sure to have some great dances tonight.

Pairings is Werner Ceusters on Tenor Banjo, Anne Maroney on Fiddle, and Ray Caldwell on Cister

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