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Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Mary Collins
Band: Arugula

Mary Collins’s devotion to her local contra dance community in Buffalo has led her to take up calling for dances.  Her repertoire of dances is growing and she’s sure to choose some fine ones for us tonight.  Sharing the stage will be Arugula,  featuring Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Silvia Sörensen on flute, Mark Henry on keyboard, and Fred Filbrich on bass

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  Tim Ball, Clare, Audrey and Liza

Tim Ball is a versatile fiddler who infuses energy into every performance.  Tonight he shares the stage with three young and super talented musicians from the Kanack School of Music.  Hold onto your hats!  Calling is Nancy Spero, whose teaching and calling is admired well beyond her home town of Ithaca.

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell and Evan DeSmitt
Band:  Confluence

What better way to start the new year than with dancing?  Tonight’s band is a mother-daughter duo of extraordinary musicians.  Nadine Dyskant-Miller, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan,  is a well known as a flutist and foot percussionist.  She travels with a variety of bands, most recently Ensoleil.    Barb Dyskant studied piano at Julliard and is known for her intricate, well-crafted melody lines, improvisation, technical skill, and enthusiasm.  Calling tonight is Chuck Abell, who coordinates our local caller’s collective, and a fairly new caller with a lovely resonant voice, Evan DeSmitt. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - Special Event: Sixteen going on Seventeen

Caller:   Katy Heine
Band:  Tempest with Horns

As 2016 winds down and we gear up for 2017,  join us this week for a special dance combining the best of contra dancing and the best of English Country dancing.  On stage will be the amazing band  Tempest:  Chuck Abell  (guitar), with Tim Ball  (fiddle) and Eric Metzgar (percussion).  And then there will be horns! Eric Stabnau (sax) and Brendan Lanighan (trombone).  Katy Heine will call a variety of dances including lots-of-fun contra dances and energetic English country dances.  Join us tonight and bring your best celebratory treats to share at the break.

We anticipate a big crowd so if the church parking lot is full, park in the overflow lot across the street at the Golden Fox Restaurant.

For this special “16 Going on 17” event, admittance fees are: regular $15   /   CDR members: $12   /   students under 17: $5.

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  New Brew

Wow!  New Brew bubbles over with energy and enthusiasm!  Each member is an accomplished musician and together they knock your socks off.  Come dance to the imaginative fiddling of Eileen Nicholson Kalfass, the joyous piano playing of Jane Knoeck, and the extraordinary strumming/plucking of Tom Santarsiero.  Margaret Mathews will pair great dances to match this dynamic music. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Wendy Burwell
Band:  The “Sure Bet” Oxymorons

Help us welcome Wendy Burwell back to the stage tonight!

The Oxymorons are long-time local musicians Bob Berch on fiddle, Chris DeGolyer on piano, Mark Dumont on flute, and Jeff Folkins on percussion.  They have been playing for contra dances for years and are well-rooted in the musical traditions that make for great dancing.

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.

NO DANCE TONIGHT!!

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

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