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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Sharon Perry
Band:    Mo’ Contra

We’re lucky to have Sharon Perry in our community.  A caller with a large variety of dances in her pocket, Sharon has been traveling far and wide to call dances throughout the region and beyond.  She’s paired tonight with an energetic band led by guitarist, Chuck Abell with Mike Hoeschle, Eric Metzger and Emiliano Lasansky.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Margaret Mathews
Band:   Esteemed Clams

The band and caller are perfectly matched tonight.  Margaret has a warm, friendly demeanor with a special love and appreciation for old-time music.  The Esteemed Clams achieve that wonderful old-time groove with Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Maxine McDonald
Band:  Food for Thought

Food For Thought is a new band with young power-house musicians Casey Murray on cello and Daphne Kanack-Pickens on fiddle. Maxine is gaining a reputation for well-chosen dances and her succinct and perfectly timed calls.


Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Katy Heine
Band: Last Exit

Last Exit is Ross Harriss – Alto/Soprano Sax, Guitar; Doug Healy - Guitar, Bass, Djembe; Christopher Jacoby – Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion; Laurie Tupper – flute.  They blend the banana of traditional with the strawberry of innovation into delicious smoothies of progressively groovy contra music. Ithaca-based caller Katy Heine has been leading contras and community dances in the Finger Lakes region and beyond for more than 20 years.  She’s known for her clear teaching style and for her large repertoire of fun and flowing dances.  Whether the hall’s full of experienced dancers or first-timers, they’re sure to have a great time at one of Katy’s dances!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Michael Hamilton
Band: Sassafras Stomp

Sassafras Stomp is a sweet, high-energy, contradance band duo with one foot in western Montana and one foot in mid-coast, Maine. Drawing from New England, Quebec, Maritime and Old Time traditions, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell weave harmony vocals and rhythmic accompaniment into their tunes.Michael Hamilton of Akron, OH is a charismatic and artful caller who chooses the right dances for the situation. His voice calls you to attention, his instructions compel smiles, and he leads you forward with purpose, direction, and joy. He believes dancers can execute any pattern, and with his guidance they will.

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   All dances taught and called by an experienced caller
Band:  Andrew VanNorstrand, Eileen Nicholson and Rachel Bell

We dance every Thursday; bring your friends and have a great time at the Contra Dance!

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Judy Greenhill
Band: Relative Harmony

Rick, Jonathan and Katie Avery with Judy Greenhill as caller/musician have appeared extensively throughout the Eastern US and Mid-West, as well as in their home Province of Ontario.  The music is an energetic blend of New England, Quebecois and Irish/Celtic, with some original tunes added to the mix.  From Guelph, Canada, comes this family of talent!

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band:   The Black Squirrels with Eileen Nicholson

Bob Nicholson has earned the reputation for calling wonderful dances for both beginners and experienced dancers.  He makes everyone feel at home and part of the dance community.  On the stage with him tonight are The Black Squirrels, a band from Syracuse rooted in the tradition but with a whimsical flair.  Annabel Hine Otts, fiddle, Jonathan Watterson, flute, harmonica, penny whistle, Paul Morris, guitar, Michael Bullock, upright bass.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Margaret Mathews
Band:   Montage

This is a most excellent combination:  wonderful dances cheerfully taught by Margaret Mathews, and excellent music with Rachel Bell, accordion, Jane Knoeck, accordion and keyboard, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin, and banjo.  The music will be wacky, fun, and perfectly danceable.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joe Kwiatkowski
Band:   Celador

A traveling band tonight!  Celador is David Hayes on guitar and Gretchen Caverly on fiddle; they hail from Asheville, North Carolina.  Celador one of 6 bands selected to perform in the 2014 edition of Catapult, The National Contra Showcase in Atlanta. Wow!  Our caller, Joe Kwiatkowski from Buffalo, is sure to have a fine collection of dances.

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