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We dance mostly New England style contras and other traditional styles every Thursday at Covenant United Methodist Church (MAP). We offer an easy and friendly pre-dance lesson every week around 7:15 for newcomers, and the dance starts at 7:30.

UPCOMING Contras

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Donna Hunt
Band:  Open Band

Alternative Time: this dance runs from 8:00-11:00.
Donna Hunt is a touring caller from Philadelphia.  She’s well-known for her clear teaching and minimalist calling and is sure to bring us some great dances.
Something new this year: whenever there happens to be a 5th Thursday, we’ll provide an opportunity for musicians to play for our dance as part of  an Open Band.  The band will be solidly anchored by fiddler Eric Rounds and keyboard player Mark Henry.  Musicians interested in joining them on stage should contact Eric (ebrcaller@yahoo.com) for more information and the set list.

For those who would like to come early, Covenant is hosting a recital by Women of Note from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Margaret Mathews
Band:  Esteemed Clams

Alternative Time: this dance runs from 8:00-11:00.
Margaret has been involved in the music and dance scene for many years and her experience shows!  She loves calling to old-time music and will have great dances for the music of the Esteemed Clams: Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass.

For those who would like to come early, Covenant is hosting a piano recital by Dr James Douthit from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Contra Dance

ALTERNATE LOCATION: HARMONY HOUSE

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Harvey Nusbaum

The dance this week is at 58 East Main St. Webster. Please contact Bob Fabinski if you can help transport sound equipment before or after the dance.

Tonight’s a great night to bring your friends:  dancing in an old grange hall with an attentive caller and great music!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  Geneseo String Band

An annual treat for us is to have Jim Kimball and his students in the Geneseo String Band play for our dance.  Casey wowed us with a grid square at the beginning of March, and she is planning to call another for us.  We’ve requested Money Musk as one of the dances, too!  Come stomp your feet!

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Mitzie Collins and the Hammered Dulcimer Band

Did you know that the “band” for some dances in the past used to be a single hammered dulcimer player?  Tonight we have a stage full of wonderful musicians paired with an experienced caller.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  New Brew

What could be better than dancing to live music?  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  Tempest

Dugan Murphy is back! And Tempest will be the band.  Mark your calendars!  This will be a hot dance.

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English Country dances are held every Sunday (except 5th Sundays) at First Baptist Church (MAP). Pre-dance intro to English dancing session offered at 6:10 pm for newcomers.

 

UPCOMING English DANCES

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Glorious music from Laurie Williams on flute and Barb Seppeler on piano!  Dan’s appetite for finding new dances and tweaking old ones adds interest to his varied programs.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - English Dance & Ball Prep

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Barb, Laurie and Dan return to provide us another fun, stimulating evening of English dance.  Preceded by Ball prep, 3:30 – 5:30 PM and a potluck dinner.

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - English Dance & Ball Prep

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Eileen and Jane’s music is absolutely inspiring to dance to, and we’ll have a highly skilled caller as well.  Don’t miss it!   Preceded by Ball prep, 3:30 – 5:30 PM and a potluck dinner.

Sunday, April 16, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Knives & Forks

Carmen is popular with our dance group for his patient teaching manner and his interesting and varied choice of dances.  Lovely music by Colleen Liggett, John Kerr, and Meg Grindrod on mandolins, recorder and piano.

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - English Dance & Ball Prep

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Mark Dumont & Chris DeGolyer

This fine violin, flute, and piano trio plays regularly for our English dances, and we always seem to have a lot of fun when Bob calls. Preceded by Ball prep, 3:30 – 5:30 PM and a potluck dinner.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - English Dance & Ball Prep

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Very occasionally we have a dance on a 5th Sunday, and this is one of those times! We’ll have exceedingly good music from Eileen & Jane on violin and piano, and a great selection of dances from Richard.  Preceded by Ball prep, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, with live music (by Jane & Eileen), and followed by a potluck dinner.  Make a day of it!

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