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Contra Dances (scroll down for English dances)

Arrival, Sound Check & Tech Stuff

We will provide a sound system and tech. We have six instrument mics, wireless and wired voice mics, an Allen-Heath mixer with 16 channels, a two channel equalizer, two compression boxes, two house speakers and two monitor speakers. Musicians usually share two monitors on a single mix, but we can set up two monitor mixes on request.

The hall is open at 7:15.  The band should arrive by 7:30 at the latest, and be ready for a sound check by 7:50.  If your band feels they need more time to set up, please let us know 1 week in advance. Callers should arrive by 7:30. We offer a pre-dance lesson for beginners and the rusty. If the caller can not make it to the pre-dance lesson, please let us know 1 week in advance.  Performers may park in the small parking lot in the back and enter through the back door. (use the buzzer to let someone know you’re there)

Also, if you need us to provide a piano or any other equipment, please let me know! We do have an electric keyboard on site, a Roland RD600. It comes with adjustable stand and a pedal.  We also have an old upright piano.

Program
Feel free to consider one teaching tip or style point during the evening.

Announcements are made by the Board Host before the last contra dance before the break.

We request that the break begin at 9:20 or 9:25, and end at 9:35 or 9:40.

Each “half” ends with a waltz. If the band is willing and able, our dancers would enjoy a hambo or other couples’ dance at the end of the break.

While variety in a dance program can be fun, our dancers like contras best. Consider limiting the number of non-contra dances (a request, not a requirement).

Also, because our dance is on a week night, it’s worth mentioning that long walkthroughs and similar drops in energy level tend to result in our dancers leaving early.

The hall is not air conditioned, but fans provide some heat relief. Please program the evening with this in mind.

We look forward to seeing you
…But if you find you’re running late due to unforeseen circumstances or for any other reason, please notify me as soon as it becomes apparent that you will be late. My phone  number is 585-415-0623.  My email address is bookings@cdrochester.org.

If you have any questions or changes in personnel please email me… or call me.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful dances!

Bob Fabinski
Booking, Rochester Thursday night Contra Dance

English Dances

Arrival, Sound Check & Tech Stuff

We provide a sound system and tech. We have two SM-57 and one SM-58 mics (and can borrow more if needed), a wireless voice mic, a powered mixer with 8 channels, two house speakers and a single monitor speaker. There is an upright piano in the hall which can be used.

The hall is usually open at 5:45 pm.  The band should arrive by 6 pm, and be ready for a sound check by 6:20.  If your band feels they need more time to set up, please let us know — it’s usually possible to open the hall earlier. Callers should arrive by 6:15.

Program
We advertise our evening dances as beginner friendly, so callers should be prepared to accommodate newcomers if they should show up. Our dancers are good at partnering with new dancers.  Average attendance is 32, with slightly more women than men.  The hall has a good wood floor, about 36 ‘ x 60′.

If you would like to see what we have been dancing, you can access lists of our dance programs at:

2013: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArlkoECW9JLTdFlidVM0UVVIWU1nR3BCcnBZSTZneVE#gid=0

2014: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArlkoECW9JLTdEZOT2k0a0tTMVVneWo1YTBOSEFiNXc#gid=0

We have a break for refreshments beginning at 7:50, and ending at 8:10 (more or less).  Announcements are made by someone from the advisory committee as dancers are lining up after the break.  We like to have a final waltz; please leave time for that so we can end at 9:30 pm.

The hall is not air conditioned, but has good cross ventilation and fans provide some heat relief in the summer. It can be on the chilly side for performers in the winter.

We look forward to seeing you
If you have any questions or changes in personnel or if you’re running late please email or call me. My cell phone number is 585-831-0851, and you can reach me by email at EnglishBooking@cdrochester.org.

Richard Sauvain
Booking, Rochester Sunday night English dances