About CDR

Country Dancers of Rochester sponsors traditional New England Contra Dances and English country dances. Here’s some useful information for beginners:

What IS Contra dancing, anyway? Click here.
What IS English dancing, anyway? Click here.

Our dances are participatory and open to all, with live music, and smoke and alcohol free. Newcomers are always welcome. 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)
Admission: $9 ($8 members and students, ages 17 & under $2)

English Country Dances

When: Every Sunday (except 5th Sundays), 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Where: First Baptist Church of Rochester (MAP) (directions)
Admission: $9 ($8 members and students, ages 17 & under free)

Country Dancers of Rochester is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society, a national organization dedicated to traditional dance and song. If you’re curious, check out our bylaws.


Membership in CDR costs $12 a year for an individual, $18 a year for a household. Members get $1 off dance admissions and the satisfaction of supporting traditional American and English social dancing in Rochester. Memberships now run from October 1 for one year, through September 30.  If you join mid-year, pay for the number of full months remaining until Oct. 1 ($1 / month individual, $1.50 family).

There are three ways to join:

  1. Join instantly with PayPal. Select the appropriate membership level and click on the buy button. You will be taken to PayPal’s secure server to complete your payment.  Paypal takes your credit card if you don’t have a PayPal account.

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  2. Print a membership form.  Send the completed form and a check (made out to “CDR”) to:
    Rich Dempsey, CDR Treasurer, 140 Fernboro Rd, Rochester, NY 14618.
  3. Join at a dance.  Membership forms should be available at the dance. Talk to an officer at the break.