Regular Dances


Country Dancers of Rochester sponsors traditional New England Contra Dances and English country dances. Our dances are participatory and open to all, with live music, and smoke and alcohol free. Newcomers are always welcome (unless event is specifically noted as experienced required). Dances are taught and prompted, with more teaching at the beginning of the evening. No partner or special dress needed — dress comfortably and wear soft-soled, low-heeled shoes.

Contra Dances

When: Every Thursday, 8 – 11 PM
Where: Covenant United Methodist Church (MAP) (directions).
Entrance is from the parking lot in the rear.  Ring the doorbell and you’ll be buzzed in.
Admission: $8 ($7 members and students, ages 17 & under free)

English Country Dances

When: every Sunday (except 5th Sundays), 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  There are occasional schedule changes or cancellations – check the web site or call (585) 442-4681 for updates.
Where: First Baptist Church of Rochester (MAP) (directions).
Admission: $9 ($8 members and students, ages 17 & under free)

Special English dance events

A Jane Austen Ball Weekend, first weekend in May; a Masquerade Ball the Saturday before Halloween; and an elegant pre-New Year’s Eve Ball the last Sunday of the year. We also have an English dance demo group that performs in costume for various educational events. Lisa Brown is the contact for booking and information.

Special Contra Events

A mostly contra-dance Thanksgiving Dance Weekend, the Friday night and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Sometimes we dance elsewhere.