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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Jane Knoeck

Two splendid and talented musicians on stage tonight:  Eileen Kalfass on fiddle and Jane Knoeck on keyboard.  They are super-talented and super-experienced musicians who have a remarkably varied repertoire.  Calling dances for us is Maxine McDonald, known for her great timing and her excellent choice of dances.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Your Flurry Friends!

Warm up for the Flurry with Your Flurry Friends! Howard Blumenthal, Curt Osgood and (possibly) John Wobus will be providing music for our dancing pleasure. Eric Rounds will be calling some great dances.  The Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs is coming up this weekend but if you’re not going to Flurry, you can enjoy our local dance. If you are going to the Flurry, use this opportunity to start your weekend of dancing early!

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Pam Goddard
Band:  Knives and Forks

Pam Goddard is a musician, singer, dancer, and organizer who has been active in contra dancing in Ithaca for many years.  Her gentle teaching and her wonderful repertoire of dances make her a most-welcome dance caller on our stage.  Knives and Forks is Colleen Liggett, John Kerr, and Meg Grindrod. Meg plays piano and writes a few tunes; Colleen plays fiddle; and John fills in the spaces with his mandolins.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

Back by Popular Demand!

Feeling the midwinter blues? Ironically, the cure is the fantastic local ensemble Blue Dance. This band electrified the contra stage last September with their singable, danceable fusion tunes. This week they return with more (yes, more!) musicians. Expect the unexpected as this band wows the crowd with classics from Stevie Wonder, Sinatra, Sam Cooke, and Louis Armstrong. Margaret Mathews brings her clear, astute calling to guide us through this sure-to-be-unforgettable night.

Check out this lineup:

  • Chuck Abell – guitar, vocals
  • Sammy DiFranco – vocals
  • Mike Stutzman- vocals
  • Ernesto LaBella- keyboards
  • Tom Henderson- bass
  • Eric Metzgar- drums

And guests:

  • Luke Norris – sax
  • Abe Nouri – trombone
  • Mike Hoeschele – fiddle, harmonica

Don’t miss it! 

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Bob Fabinski
Band:  Lake Effect

Back in the early 2000’s, Lake Effect was a dynamic contra ensemble, drawing heavily on the Irish and French-Canadian traditions. Almost 15 years later the band has a new configuration:   members of the original band, Matt Sloboda on fiddle and Chuck Abell on guitar, are joined by drummer Eric Metzgar. Our own tireless and multi-talented volunteer, Bob Fabinski, will be calling from his great collection of dances.

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. 

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