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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Knives and Forks

Knives and Forks is John Kerr and Colleen Liggett on Mandolin,  Meg Grindrod on keyboard, and Howie Lester on fiddle. They are experienced regional musicians, and we are delighted to welcome them to our stage.  Joining them on stage tonight is a regional favorite, Bob Nicholson.  A clear teacher and experienced caller,  Bob consistently puts together a fun program of dances.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Mo’Contra

Maxine eats, sleeps, and dreams music and dancing.  Active on the scene first as a dancer, Maxine chooses the dances she (and we!) like best and calls them expertly.  Mo’Contra is led by Chuck Abell on guitar with Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Eric Metzger on drums and Tom Henderson on bass.  Mo’Contra means Mo’Fun!

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Happy Endings

Music by Eileen Nicholson, Rachel Bell, and Jane Knoeck, who bring us a wealth of talent and experience and an infectious joy of music. What could be better than dancing to live music?  Sharon is one of our local callers. She has a great repertoire and excellent teaching skills. Come on out and join us.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Continental Drift

Chuck Abell is a driving force in the local Contra scene. Come dance to his expert calling!
Continental Drift is Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, and Eric Anderson on keyboard!  Eileen, a native of Syracuse, has been traveling the country and beyond playing music with enthusiasm and high spirits.  Eric’s piano playing is rhythmically rockin’.  A great combination!  

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Esteemed Clams

You haven’t forgotten your New Year’s Resolutions already, have you?  Surely one of the resolutions was to dance more often.  Come on out for some great old-time music led by Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo, and Fred Filbrich on bass.  Margaret has a long-standing fondness for old-time music and is the perfect match for tonight’s band

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - New Years Eve Contra Dance

Join with family & friends to ring in the New Year. We’ll be dancing at the Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St. Paul Blvd. Rochester, NY 14617 (MAP) from 8:30PM until we count down to midnight and drink a toast to 2016.

Caller:   Rochester Caller’s Collective
Band:  Tim Ball, Laurie Hart, Jane Knoeck

What better way to see in the new year than dancing with your friends!  We’ll have mostly contra dances with a sprinkling of couples dances.  Local callers will share their very best dances.  And the music!  Wow!  Three of the best musicians in the region will combine their energy and musicianship to bring us exquisite music.  Tim is a full-time musician from Ithaca and plays with creativity, drive, and verve.  Laurie, also a full-time musician, has literally written the book on Quebecois as well as Scandinavian dance music.  And Jane rocks the room with her piano and accordion playing and a smile that lights up the room.  

Bring a fancy appetizer or your leftover Christmas cookies to share. CDR will provide the (nonalcoholic) bubbly for the toast.  Fancy attire admired but not required.

Admission $12 regular $10 members $5 non-dancers & children under 12.

Location:  Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Contra Dance

NO DANCE – Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Arugula

ChuckAbellCaller46x68Chuck Abell, one of our local callers, will be teaching us some great dances. He composed a few himself, and they are great!  Arugula is Sylvia Sorensen on flute, Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Mark Henry on keyboard, with Fred Filbrich on string bass.  We won’t be dancing next week on Christmas Eve so be sure to come on out tonight to get some dancing in.  Wonderful live music to move our dancing feet.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry and Bobbie Henrie

Eric Rounds has been playing the fiddle in our area for many years.  He is well-grounded in traditional tunes and has long experience playing for dances.  His buddies are also fine musicians and when the three of them get together on stage, amazing things happen.  Calling tonight will be one of our own regional favorites, Sharon Perry.  Did you know that Sharon has been calling to rave reviews all over the region?  We’re glad she lives close enough to call for us on a regular basis.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Andrew VanNorstrand and Friends

An amazing group of performers on stage tonight!  Sarah is nationally known for her choice of fun dances, her clear instructions and calling, her encouraging cheerfulness, and her happy demeanor.  We are always delighted to have her call dances for us.  Andrew brings his energy, enthusiasm, and wide experience as a dance musician to provide foot-tapping, whole-body grinning, can’t-wait-to-get-on-the-dance-floor music.  He has phenomenal musical friends, some of whom will be joining him on stage tonight.  

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