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Thursday, June 22, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Blue Dance

Blue Dance is a danceable swing/R&B/blues band that plays gotta-get-out-on the-floor-and-dance music!  Led by Chuck Abell.  Margaret Mathews is a dance caller known up and down the coast for her great smile, clear teaching, and well-chosen dances.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sherry Nevins
Band:  Ginger Majority

We have a great treat this week:   Sherry Nevins from Oregon is calling for us!  Casey Murray, Daphne Pickens, Liza Sommers, and Audrey Potter are back with that high-energy fiddle and cello dance music.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Crooked Sixpence

Chuck is not only an inventive musician, but he’s also a dance caller who specializes in out-of-the-ordinary contra dances.  Crooked Sixpence is Kathy Selby on fiddle, Gordon Bonnet on flute and John Wobus on piano.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Jane Knoeck

A pair of musicians and a pair of callers on stage tonight.  Eileen on fiddle and Jane on keyboard and accordion are familiar to Rochesterians but also well known traveling musicians.  Tom and Myra hail from Canada and we’re always glad when they can make it down to call for us.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Contra Dance

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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Fried Oatmeal

Fried Oatmeal is a Buffalo staple!
The band is Chris Jones on Fiddle & Guitar, Deb Burhans on Melodian & Flute, Carol Waddell-Sheets on Piano & Whistle, Dave Sheets on Mandolin & Guitar. 

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.  Dugan is a nationally known caller and there is good reason:  concise teaching, fine-tuned timing, and memorable dances.  Tempest always rocks the house with Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Eric Metzger on drums.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Nancy Spero
Band:  New Brew

A great combination tonight.  New Brew is Jane Knoeck on accordion and keyboard, Eileen Kalfass on fiddle, and Tom Santarsiero on mandolin (and so much more!).  They are experienced, passionate musicians who play a broad range of perfect-for-dancing music.  Joining New Brew will be one of our favorite callers from Ithaca, Nancy Spero.  Nancy knows her dances inside and out.  She’s an excellent, efficient teacher and always chooses well-constructed, fun dances.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Mitzie Collins and Striking Strings

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, 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!

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