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Sunday, August 13, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Kalfass & Jane Knoeck

Eileen and Jane are two of our busiest regional musicians, for good reason: they are great at playing for dancing!  Bob, an old hand at calling both contras and English, is famous for his helpful and relaxed presence as a caller.

Sunday, August 6, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Eileen Kalfass & Pat Doherty

An all-Syracuse lineup tonight.  Eileen and Pat really hit it off when they played for us last month; tonight Laurel’s whistles, recorders, and oboe are added to the mix. Expert calling, as always, from David.  His teaching ability lets us get into the ‘challenging but rewarding’ zone.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - CDR Combo Dance

Caller:  Pamela Goddard
Band:  Molly Jaynes, Mark Dumont & Chris DeGolyer

Another CDR-wide combo dance — a mix of easy, accessible contras and English dances,  perfect for introducing both genres to both regular dancers and to newcomers who would like to sample all the kinds of dancing that CDR sponsors.  This fun (and FREE!) event is at the First Baptist Church.  Enjoy conversation during a potluck lunch at 12:30 PM, followed by dancing from 1:30 – 4:30.  Invite a friend!

Sunday, July 23, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Bob Nicholson
Band:  Knives & Forks

Lovely dance tunes from multi-instrumentist Colleen Liggett, John Kerr on mandolin and pianist Meg Grindrod, with Bob’s friendly and genial presence at the microphone.  Should be a good night of dancing!

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Eileen Kalfass, Laurel Sharp & Jane Knoeck

 Another great musician lineup: violin, winds and piano played by three skilled, experienced musicians.  Carmen will lead us in an enjoyable, satisfying program of dances, often including one of two of his own compositions.

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Richard Sauvain
Band:  Peregrine Road

A very special event! RACHEL BELL (accordion) has been gracing the stages of contra and English dance halls and concert venues for many years. Pair Rachel up with pianist KAREN AXELROD, widely known for her lyrical and powerful English Country Dance playing, and you get Peregrine Road.

These two seasoned musicians provide an exhilarating dance experience infused with energy and variety. You’ll soak up sounds that are beautifully matched to the dances, with just the right balance between finesse and zing, and a touch of whimsical humor.


Sunday, July 2, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:   Serendipity

Dan, Barb & Laurie return to give us another exciting evening of fun dances and great music; a lovely prelude to the July 4 festivities.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Dan Seppeler
Band:  Serendipity

Come enjoy perfectly wonderful music on flute and piano from expert musicians Laurie & Barb and enthusiastic calling from Dan.

Sunday, June 18, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  David Smukler
Band:  Molly Jaynes Wilson, Mark Dumont & Austin Wahl

Strawberry Shortcake Night!  In addition to fine music and expert calling, we will feast on just-picked strawberries, homemade shortcakes & real whipped cream.  The music will feature Molly’s violin, Mark’s flute, and Eastman School student Austin on guitar).

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - English Dance

Caller:  Carmen Giunta
Band:  Laurel Sharp, Eileen Kalfass & Pat Doherty

We’re lucky to have a rich community of Syracuse callers and musicians nearby, and tonight we’re tapping it for both skills.  Eileen’s passionate violin style and Laurel’s oboe and whistles fit beautifully with Pat’s piano accompaniment.  Local dancers love Carmen’s choice of dances and patient teaching style.

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