Giant Robot Dance plays for Contra & English Dance Extravaganza



MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND in NYC! Two days of dancing! Download the flier here.

Giant Robot Dance comes to NYC for a Contra & English Dance Extravaganza!! GRD is six of the best contra dance musicians in the country and they are playing for us!!! If you’re never tried English dance, this is the time! If you’ve never danced to Giant Robot Dance, you can finally fill that void!

Friday May 26, 8-11 pm Challenging Contras with Adina Gordon
Saturday May 27, 3-6 pm English Country Dance with Tom Amessé (introductory lesson at 2:30
Saturday May 27, 8-11 pm Contra for all with Adina Gordon (introductory lesson at 7:30)


NEW LOCATION: PS3 The John Melser Charrette School 490 Hudson St (Hudson and Grove St.)

Limited housing available! Post in the CDNY facebook group if you can offer housing or if you are in need of housing or contact Petra

Beginners are welcome and encouraged to come on Saturday!

Full Weekend pass: $40 general public/$35 students and CDNY members
All day Saturday: $25 general public/$20 students and members
Afternoon ECD: $12 general public/$10 students and members
Evening Contras each: $18 general public/ $15 students and members


Giant Robot Dance brings together six talented young musicians from New York, Vermont and Washington DC for a high-energy, alter-ego, super-psychedelic contra dance experience. Three sets of musical brothers — Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, Andrew and Aaron Marcus, Michael and Alex Ferguson — for a wild night of blaring accordion, shredding electric guitar, bludgeoning drums and honking trombone solos, plus a sprinkling of very tasteful piano melodies and delicate violin accents. If you’ve ever longed to balance and swing with ELO, hey for four with Carlos Santana or petronella turn to the music of Queen, this may very well be as close as you’ll ever get!

Giant Robot Dance is: Andrew VanNorstrand; guitar and fiddle, Noah VanNorstrand; drums, Andrew Marcus; accordion, Aaron Marcus; piano, banjo, concertina, Michael Ferguson; trombone, Alex Ferguson; trombone.



Adina Gordon (VT) calls for contra weekends all over the country! She is known for her smooth calling, clear teaching, and entrancing style.

Tom Amesse teaches and calls English Country Dances with clarity, wit, and panache that puts dancers new and old at ease on the dance floor.

Bring your soft-soled dance shoes, a smile, and something yummy to share during break!

Each first-timer will get a free pass to come another time.

Join the Country Dance * New York facebook group here:

More info about CDNY here:

This event is supported in part by the Outreach Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society.
This is not a NYC board of education event.