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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Wild Root String Band

We have Eric Rounds back this week calling more great dances. If you’re lucky, you got to dance to his calling at our 40th Anniversary Contra dance in June.

Wild Root String band, led by Tom Owens, will be joining him, providing some old-time tunes at a danceable clip.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 40th Anniversary Open House Dance – English & Contra

Caller:  Margaret Mathews (Contras), Richard Sauvain (English)
Band:  Eileen Nicholson & Jane Knoeck
Location: First Baptist Church

See the special event notice in upper right corner!

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  The McKenzies

Woody & Marcia McKenzie hail from Central Virginia.  They play Americana music generally, and have played for and taught Contra.  Our caller will be our good friend, Joyce Rossbach, formerly from Syracuse, who now visits us from West Virginia. Joyce always has fun dances and a delightful teaching style.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Kanack School Faculty

Bob Nicholson from Syracuse will be calling. Have you noticed he does it from memory? He’s THAT experienced!

This week we have a special treat of a band: The Kanack School Faculty consists of Tim Ball, Megan Beller, Donal Sheets, Casey Murray, Daphne Kanack, and Andrew VanNorstrand, with special guest Jenna. I think we may even be blessed with a few of the students on some of the sets. Come enjoy the local talent.

SPECIAL EVENT: Come learn how even the smallest things can help the dance. We’re having free pizza at 6:30 before the dance to talk about how you can help out.

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Colton Robbins, Dick Bolt and Linda Sniedze Taggart

Maxine McDonald is our youngest local caller, with fun energetic dances to teach.  We often see Colton Robbins on the dance floor but tonight he’ll be up on stage playing fiddle, with Dick Bolt on piano, and Linda Sniedze Taggart on hammer dulcimer, for a lively dance.  It’s great when young musicians and callers bring their energy to our dance!

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  New Brew with Eric Anderson

Eileen Nicholson, Tom Santarsiero and Jane Knoeck have picked a name for their band: New Brew! These talented musicians have performed throughout the USA and beyond.  How lucky that they live near us so that we get to hear them play on our stage! This week Eric will be substituting for Jane.

Sherry Nevins visits us again from the West Coast:  her informal style and boundless enthusiasm, combined with clear teaching and a varied, lively repertoire guarantees a fun evening.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Robin Osgood, Norman Rodham, and Curt Osgood

ALTERNATE SITE AND EARLIER TIME TONIGHT!  We will be dancing at First Baptist, 175 Allens Creek Road (MAP) from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 

Robin Osgood danced her first contra in Rochester in 1992. She and husband Norman are touring WNY, so we are delighted to have her play at her first “home dance”.   Norman plays guitar, bodrhan, cittern, bones and foot percussion. Robin plays fiddle. Come dance to Celtic, Quebecois, and traditional New England Contra music.  They are joined by Robin’s brother, Curt Osgood on Dulcimer. We are delighted to have our own Chuck Abell calling tonight.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Clinton Ross

Band:  George Wilson and Jane Knoeck

Clinton is a touring caller who will treat us to contras from his large collection of dances.   George Wilson is a super-talented, dynamic fiddler from Eastern New York, and will team with Jane Knoeck to play revolutionary new tunes on this Bastille Day!

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Colin Hume
Band:  Calliope

A fantastic treat from across the pond – Colin Hume is visiting from England. He is a world-renowned caller who will teach contras and other formations that are popular in England.

Touring with Colin is a wonderful band called Calliope from New England.  The complete band of Calliope is: Amy Cann (Violin, Viola, Piano), Richard Salvo (Clarinet) Carol Compton (Piano) Bruce Randall (Trombone, whistles and recorders), Marco Brehm (Bass), Vince ODonnell (Fiddle) and Norm Spencer (accordion).  We will have a subset of these talented musicians, and it will be sure to be a great dance!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Fabinski
Band:  Ensoleil

Ensoleil (pronounced “on-so-lay”) is a group of recent graduates of the Music Composition Department  from the University of Michigan’s School of Music with Nadine Dyskant-Miller on flute and feet, Christine Hedden on fiddles, Tanner Porter on voice, cello and guitar, and Annika Socolofsky on voice, fiddle and bouzouki.  This band is touring the northeast and we are delighted that they are passing through Rochester.  We remember Nadine from her days with TuneScape and Confluence; we’ve missed hearing her absolutely phenomenal flute playing.  Our own Bob Fabinski has an outstanding dance program planned–be sure to join us tonight.

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