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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

This is a special dance…Contras set to Rhythm and Blues. Margaret Mathews has an ever-present smile up on stage as she teaches and calls great dances.  Margaret is especially attentive to the dancers, making sure everyone has fun.Blue Dance has arranged some exciting music to go with the dances: think Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra. Come dance Contra with Soul!

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Arugula

Chuck Abell is one of our local favorites. He always has interesting choreography.Arugula is a long-time local favorite band, adding harmony and improvisation to Celtic and old-time tunes.  The band features Silvia Sörensen on flute, Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Chris DeGolyer on piano, and Fred Filbrich on bass.

Tonight is our annual CDR Membership Meeting which will take place ever so briefly at the break.  Members will be electing new officers and approving by-laws.  Renew your membership now for 2016-2017!

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Pamela Goddard
Band:  New Brew

Pamela Goddard from Ithaca will be on stage tonight!  Pam has been calling and hosting dances in Ithaca for many years–she’s experienced, attentive, and has a wide selection of dances at her finger tips.  Joining her is a power trio of musicians: Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, Jane Knoeck on keyboard and accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin.  You’ll have great fun dancing to the music of New Brew.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band: Mo’Contra

Maxine, our youngest local caller, chooses excellent dances and has perfect timing when she calls.  Up on stage will be Mo’Contra: Chuck Abell, Mike Hoeschele, Tom Henderson and Eric Metztgar.  We dance every week to live music!  It’s the best place to be on a Thursday evening in Rochester!

The Contra Planning committee meets once a month to discuss everything necessary to make a successful dance.  The meeting this month will be held at the church before the start of the dance.  Join us at the church at 6:15ish if you would like to listen in on the plans–or offer some ideas of your own.  For more information, email questions@cdrochester.org

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Knives and Forks

Dance callers and teachers Myra Hirschberg and Tom Calwell lead dances all over Ontario and the United States, and are known for their friendly, easy teaching style and varied repertoire of dances. They bring people together on the dance floor with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of fun.

On the stage with them will be Knives and Forks: Colleen Liggett on Fiddle, John Kerr on Banjo-Uke and Meg Grindrod on Keyboard.

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!

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