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Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Angela DeCarlis
Band:  Maivish Duo

Angela DeCarlis is a young and energetic caller from Glenside PA, on tour with Maivish Duo. You’ll rejoice as Adam Broome and Jaige Trudel, (members of  Maivish and Crowfoot) provide fantastic Contradance Music!

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Margaret Mathews
Band:  Serendipity

Margaret Mathews is a local treasure! She has been involved with Contra for decades, and always calls fun and interesting dances. Serendipity is Molly Jaynes, fiddle, Laurie Williams, flute, and Barb Seppeler, keyboard. We had a great dance when Serendipity played for us last time.

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  The Clearly Misunderstood Oxymorons

We are back at our regular site, Covenant United Methodist Church at the corner of Culver and Parsells tonight.  Come on out and dance on the newly refinished floor!  It is kind to your feet and we no longer need the carefully placed box so that you “avoid the slippery spot”.   The floor is beautiful!

Our band tonight is the “Clearly Misunderstood” Oxymorons, a group of clearly very good musicians and fine old friends:  Bob Berch fiddle, Mark Dumont flute, Chris DeGolyer piano, Jeff Folkins percussion.

Our caller Chuck Abell is locally grown but now tours up and down the east coast.  Check out Chuck’s website for some snippets – you will see someone you know!


Thursday, August 13, 2015 - Contra Dance

NOTE: Dance starts and ends 1/2 hour earlier, at a DIFFERENT LOCATION

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Andrew VanNorstrand, Tim Ball, Megan Beller, Michael Raitzyk, Daphne Pickens, Donal Sheets, Casey Murray

Change of site for tonight!  The floors of our regular venue are being refinished.  Come dance from 7:30 — 10:30 at the First Baptist Church, 175 Allens Creek Road in Brighton (at the corner of Allens Creek and Clover).  Tonight’s dance will be EXTRA FUN and extra full of youthful energy.  This ALL-STAR lineup consists of Kanack School Faculty who have been teaching students all week The Kanack School is a local music school that continues the Contra tradition by introducing young musicians to the genre. Come enjoy dancing to these accomplished musicians who support the future  of Contra in Rochester!  Great dances by the gracious and delightful caller, Sarah VanNorstrand.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

We always have a blast when Eileen and Eric play for us and it will be especially fun tonight because it’s Maxine McDonald’s birthday!  Maxine is a wonderful member of our community—-a lively dancer and energetic caller. Come share in the fun!

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry
Band:  Andrew VanNorstrand, Amy Engelsberg, and Casey Murray

Andrew VanNorstrand and Casey Murray are joining forces with Amy Engelsberg of the Free Raisins for a Contra Extravaganza!

Dances will be expertly paired to the music by one of our regional favorites, Sharon Perry!


Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Band: Tempest

Sarah is one of the leading callers in Western NY.  Her dance choices are always fun, just right for the moment.  Tempest is Chuck Abell (guitars, mandolin) and Tim Ball (fiddle), and Eric Metzger (drums). They are joined this week by Harry Aceto, of Clayfoot Strutters Fame – an awesome lineup!

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  Mo’ Contra

Sherry Nevins comes to us from the Seattle. Come find out what dances are popular on the Left Coast!

Mo’ Contra is a relatively new dance band featuring Chuck (guitars, mandolin), Mike Hoerschle, and will be joined by bassist Tom Henderson . Mo’ Contra strives to present creative interpretations of traditional, and some more modern, tunes. Mo’ Contra most recently played for the Toronto Contra Dance and plays regularly for the local and regional contra dances.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Dancing for All

Caller:  John Gardiner-Garden
Band:  Happy Endings

Christmas in July!  Contra, Circle, & English Dancing & Singing to Christmas Carols.  A noted Australian caller, workshop leader and dance historian will lead dances he has set to familiar carols.  Spirited music by Jane Knoeck, Rachel Bell and Eileen Nicholson.  Please bring Christmas Cookies for the break.  6:30 – 9:30 pm at First Baptist.  Admission: $10.  This SATURDAY evening event kicks off a weekend of activities with Dr. Gardiner-Garden.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sharon Perry & Maxine McDonald
Band:  Over and Under

Over and Under is a collection of musicians having a long association with Contradance in Rochester! Roger Cass on keyboard leads the group through classic contra melodies.

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