Thanksgiving Dance Weekend

For our 30th Dance Weekend, November 29-30, 2013,

Contra -:- English on Saturday -:- Dance Music Jams -:- Workshops -:- Contra

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  • Rochester Thanksgiving Festival 2013

    photo courtesy Chris Chin



    Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell


    with calling by:

    Adina Gordon

    Katy Heine

    Sound by

    Tony Hernandez

    You can print flyers to put out at your dance!

    Contra -:- English on Saturday -:- Dance Music Jams -:- Workshops -:- Contra

    Featured Performers

    Maivish is Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel, and Matthew Olwell


    Maivish is fiddler Jaige Trudel and guitarist Adam Broome, joined by Matthew Olwell on blackwood flutes and percussion. From Appalachia to the British Isles, Maivish reflects their heritage with traditional repertoire and offers many compositions of their own to generate uplifting and hypnotic music for contra dancing.

    Jaige and Adam have been playing music together since 2001 for dances, festivals and concerts throughout North America and abroad, predominantly with the band Crowfoot. Matthew has been performing and teaching as a dancer and percussionist at festivals and theaters across North America and Europe since 1996. After a decade of crossing paths on the folk circuit, these three performers have come together in this configuration to explore and cultivate a sound that is uniquely their own.

    Maivish is an English colloquial name for the Song Thrush.

    Adina Gordon

    Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, dance and silliness by calling and dancing throughout the US and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you want to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contra, English and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors.
    Based in Burlington, VT, Adina has called dances in 37 US states spanning all six time zones, as well as 3 Canadian provinces and Israel. Dancers frequently remark on her energy and joy, which is both highly evident and highly contagious.
    Adina’s goal is to get you dancing and get out of the way. She says more, with fewer words, to maximize dancing and minimize talking.

    More Contra Performers


    An innovative contra dance band from Western New York & Pennsylvania, Tunescape fearlessly explores the border between traditional music and modern groove. Their music is wildly varied, borrowing material from nearly every dance music tradition imaginable and fusing it spontaneously into a colorful, crazy sound that is wholly unique. Think of it as Quebecois-Irish-Swedish-French-Techno-New England original contra dance music. With a healthy dose of world beat percussion, occasional jazz licks, fleeting moments of English Country Dance-inspired elegance, and cowbell when you least expect it.

    Tunescape’s infectious energy, driving rhythm, and wacky sense of humor have delighted dance and concert audiences throughout the northeast since 2005. Their debut CD, “Your Face,” was produced by Andrew Van Norstrand and released in 2010.

    Tunescape is Tim Ball on fiddle, Rachel Bell on accordion, Nadine Dyskant-Miller on flute, Peter Blue on percussion, nyckelharpa, button accordion, and other stuff, and special guest Julie Vallimont filling in for Jodi Austin on piano.

    Tunescape Collage
    Tunescape in the Barn

    Katy Heine

    Ithaca-based caller Katy Heine has been leading contras and community dances in the Finger Lakes region and beyond for more than 20 years. She’s known for her clear teaching style and for her large repertoire of fun and flowing dances. Katy brings impeccable taste to the selection of just the right dance for the moment. Her transparent style brings the music to the fore. The result is dance joy.

    Katy Heine

    Katy Heine

    Sound Tech

    Tony Hernandez

    Tony is a full-time traveling sound engineer with over a dozen years of experience all around the country. He specializes in sound for acoustic music for dances, providing a high degree of intelligibility and acoustic clarity. Tony combines an in-depth understanding of the physics of sound production with a deep love and appreciation for music and the people who make it.

    We love Tony. First because he’s just a great guy. He’s also just the best dance sound engineer there is. He’ll make sure the bands sound their best, the callers are clearly audible, and everyone is happy.


    Weekend Schedule Highlights

    • Contra Dancing Friday & Saturday evening, starting at 7:30 PM.
    • English Dancing Saturday morning and afternoon.
    • More Contra Dancing on Saturday during the day.
    • Dance Music Jamming all day Saturday, open to all, with Howard Blumenthal, Curt Osgood, and John Wobus.  Bring your instrument, take a load off your feet, and jam!   Teach and learn dance tunes together.
    • Fabulous buffet lunch included with Saturday admission.
    • The “Dinner Adventure” game provides a fun way to organize for dining at nearby restaurants on Saturday.

    We have the schedule updated for this year.  Of course, it could change a bit between now and the dance.  We know you’ll have fun whatever you do!



    Register in advance to pick up your ticket in the express line and get on the floor faster.
    Full weekend, Regular $55.00
    Yes!  You can still register for the dance online, although the advance discount has ended.  Our spacious dance floor has plenty of room.  Just use the Pay Now button at right.

    Pricing at the door:

    Regular Student w/ID
    Please note: we can only accept cash or check at the door.
    Full weekend $55.00 $45.00
    Friday evening (8-11 PM) $16.00 $15.00
    Saturday evening (8-11 PM) $16.00 $15.00
    Saturday (9-5) (includes lunch) $27.00 $20.00

    Where to Stay:

    We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Hyatt Regency Rochester hotel. It’s a convenient 8 minute walk from the dance.  Of course, you may find other fine hotels in the area with standard tools.

    There is a limited amount of home hospitality available.  Many of our usual hosts are full up with family for this time.  You may contact our housing coordinator to place a request.

    How to get to the dance:

    The dance is held at Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street, Rochester, NY 14604. We have a map and directions to the dance.


    Click here for pictures of the 2008 Thanksgiving Weekend, taken by Jeff Folkins.

    For more information, contact us by email.

    See you on the dance floor!