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Contra Dance

September 7, 2017 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Lake Effect

Lake Effect is Chuck Abell on guitar, Matt Sloboda on fiddle and Eric Metzgar on drums.  Maxine McDonald will dip into her extensive collection of well-crafted dances ensuring a fun evening. 


Contra Dance

June 29, 2017 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Open Band

Maxine is a young local caller with remarkable skill at prompting during the dance. The open band plays great music & will be anchored by Mike Hoeschel (fiddle), Mark Henry (keyboard),& Fred Filbrich (bass). Come join the dance, or bring your instrument & join the band, or BOTH. Check the tune list for the Open Band if you want to practice before you play. Musicians get in free.

Contra Dance

May 25, 2017 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Glenrose

Maxine McDonald is known for her perfectly timed calling and her well-chosen dances.   Joining her on stage tonight is Glenrose, musicians from the Sloboda family of North Rose.

Contra Dance

February 23, 2017 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Jane Knoeck

Two splendid and talented musicians on stage tonight:  Eileen Kalfass on fiddle and Jane Knoeck on keyboard.  They are super-talented and super-experienced musicians who have a remarkably varied repertoire.  Calling dances for us is Maxine McDonald, known for her great timing and her excellent choice of dances.

Contra Dance

September 8, 2016 by  
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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

Contra Dance

August 4, 2016 by  
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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!

Contra Dance

May 5, 2016 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck, and Tom Santarsiero

Three superb musicians bring us fantastic dance music tonight.  Vibrant fiddling by Eileen, dynamic accordion and keyboard by Jane, and clear, energetic mandolin by Tom.  Our caller Maxine brings her youthful exuberance to the stage, choosing spirited yet graceful dances.  Come and join us!

Contra Dance

March 3, 2016 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eric Rounds, Mark Henry, and Brian Williams

Lenten Start Time: 8:00 PM. Wonderful local talent on stage tonight!  Maxine brings her youthful exuberance to the stage, always choosing dances that are high-spirited fun.  Energetic and delightful old and new tunes will be performed by Eric, Mark and Brian.

Contra Dance

January 28, 2016 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Mo’Contra

Maxine eats, sleeps, and dreams music and dancing.  Active on the scene first as a dancer, Maxine chooses the dances she (and we!) like best and calls them expertly.  Mo’Contra is led by Chuck Abell on guitar with Mike Hoeschele on fiddle, Eric Metzger on drums and Tom Henderson on bass.  Mo’Contra means Mo’Fun!

Contra Dance

October 29, 2015 by  
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Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Jane Knoeck, Eileen Nicholson and Tom Santarsiero

Maxine is our newest local caller, with lots of  interesting dances. Jane on keyboard and accordion, Eileen on fiddle and Tom on percussion and banjo-uke play exciting music with influences from many cultures. Come dance this Pre-Halloween event with us! Costumes will be admired, but are NOT required.

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