We dance mostly New England style contras and other traditional styles every Thursday at Covenant United Methodist Church. We offer an easy and friendly pre-dance lesson every week at about 7:40 or so for newcomers.


Thursday, April 24, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Sharon Perry
Band:  Doolin O’Dey

Woo hoo!  Doolin O’Dey plays an exciting mix of traditional and original Gaelic inspired music on violin, guitar, celtic whistles, octave mandolin, uilleann pipes, and/or keyboard.  Jerry Drumheller with Nora Starr and Susan Murphy from Ithaca. Sharon Perry is a local favorite!

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Nancy Spero
Band: Andrew VanNorstrand, Eileen Nicholson and Rachel Bell

Andrew Van Norstrand playing extraordinary guitar, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle and Rachel Bell on accordion will provide exciting music tonight.  Nancy Spero from Ithaca always brings us great dances and she calls them joyfully.


Thursday, May 8, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Chuck Abell
Band:  Giant Robot Dance

Giant Robot Dancbrings a super-psychedelic contra dance experience unlike any you’ve had before!  The band of brothers include Andrew VanNorstrand (guitar, fiddle), Noah VanNorstrand (percussion), Andrew Marcus (accordion), Aaron Marcus (piano, banjo, concertina), Michael Ferguson (trombone), and Alex Ferguson (trombone).  Chuck Abell, an experienced musician and enthusiastic caller, will be calling dances to this fabulous music.   Robot attire welcomed and admired.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: David Colestock
Band:  Eric Rounds and Mark Henry

Long time fiddler Eric Rounds will pull out all his favorite tunes and will be ably accompanied by the talented Mark Henry on piano.  Caller Dave Colestock comes to us from Harrisburg, PA.  Great tunes and fine calling tonight!

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:    Chuck Abell and Tim Ball

With Chuck playing guitar and Tim on fiddle, we’ll have high-powered music tonight.  Bob Nicholson of Syracuse has earned the reputation for calling wonderful dances enjoyed by both beginners and experienced dancers.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Sharon Perry
Band:  Gallimaufry

A high-energy contra dance band with Oberlin connections has a sound based in Irish, Quebecois, and Old Time tunes.  Brian Lindsay (fiddle, vocals), Alex Sturbaum (accordion, guitar vocals), Donal Sheets (cello), Arthur Davis (piano, trumpet, banjo, vocals) and Ness Smith-Savedoff (percussion).  Our own Sharon Perry calls well-chosen dances for an especially good time.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Carol Ormond!
Band: Happy Endings!

We dance every Thursday; you’ll always have a good time at the Contra Dance!

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



Sunday, April 27, 2014 - Jane Austen Ball Practice

Caller: Lisa Brown, Ruth Hyde & Leslie Phillips
Band: Pat Hanley

Ball prep session #3, in which we practice whatever people need the most help on.  3:30 – 5:30 pm at First Baptist, $5.  If you can’t make this one, there are still two more on the Ball weekend itself.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - English Dance

Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band: Chopped Arugula

Rich music on violin, flute, piano & bass from a quartet of long-time Rochester dance musicians: Mike Hoeschele, Silvia Sörensen, Roger Cass & Fred Filbrich. Bob’s confident and helpful presence will ensure a pleasant evening.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Jane Austen Ball Practice

Caller: Judi Rivkin
Band: Serendipity

3 – 5:30 pm at First Baptist — come learn or get more practice on the dances to be done at the Jane Austen Ball the next day!  Potluck to follow.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Experienced English Dance

Caller: Various
Band: Serendipity

An evening of challenging but rewarding dances and old favorites, 7 – 10 pm at First Baptist. Solid familiarity with English country dancing assumed — basic figures will not be taught and walk-throughs will be minimal. Dances taught by a cavalcade of regional callers.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - Jane Austen Ball

Caller: Judi Rivkin
Band: Frivolity

Review of Ball dances 10 am – noon, buffet lunch, Ball from 2 – 5:30 pm.  Preregistration required, no tickets available at door.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - English Dance

Caller: David Smukler
Band: Eileen Nicholson & John Wobus

Eileen and John wowed us at the pre-Ball experienced dance last year – expect amazing music!  David is a fine teacher, a dance historian, and a CDSS board member.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - English Dance

Caller: Richard Sauvain
Band: Amarillis

An afternoon tea dance,  from 2 – 5 pm, featuring music by, a wonderful band on tour from Pittsburgh.  The musicians: Maro Avakian (piano), Allison Thompson (concertina) and Donna Isaac (violin), play for contra, English country, waltz and couple dance events. They have 3 CDs out!

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