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Paul Ross
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  • New York, NY
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I've been dancing English country dance since 1971, when I joined the University of Chicago Country Dancers under the direction of Pat Talbot. She was an inspired teacher and leader, who taught us English and Scottish country dancing, morris, gamalpolska, and hambo. When Pat left, I took over the calling. I knew so little then--and am still learning all these years later.

In 1981 I followed my girlfriend (and now wife), Faina, to New York City and promptly joined the country dance scene here, dancing at Duane Hall and serving on the New York Dance Activities Committee, the precursor of CD*NY. My teachers were the master callers of those years: Genny Shimer, Christine Helwig, Fried Herman, Sue Salmons, Bertha Hatvary, and others, and I had the privilege of dancing to Phil Merrill's and Marshall Baron's playing.

In 1993 (more or less), I became an apprentice caller in Westchester, studying under Christine and Fried. Fried, in particular, has been the major influence on my dancing and on my understanding and vision of what ECD is. To help preserve that vision and the dances that Fried created I founded The Lenox Assembly in Lenox, Mass., in 2009, a dance weekend co-led with Robin Hayden that is dedicated to the art of dancing well. You may see some of the results of this effort on my Childgrove YouTube channel.
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Video of Errol on the Green

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 2:11am 0 Comments

Pat Shaw's dance Errol on the Green, as danced at the 2014 Playford Ball, can be viewed now on my YouTube channel at This really shows the lively side of ECD, along with elements of beautiful choreographic and dancing form.

3 Videos for the 2014 Playford Ball

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 2:31pm 0 Comments

If you can't attend the Playford Ball practice sessions at COV from now through April 1 and you're coming to the ball, we hope you get a chance to dance some or all of the dances in your home communities beforehand. For those of you practicing at home (and many do, using the posted instructions and recorded music!), three of the dances can be viewed on YouTube in quite successful versions (thanks to David Tilove for discovering these links):

* Bryon's Boutade…


Ball Prep Starts Feb 25

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 2:35am 0 Comments

Dorothy Cummings and I will launch CD*NY's 6-session ball prep season this coming Tuesday, Feb 25, to be followed by Orly the next week, and culminating on April 1 with Orly and me teaching (no, that's not an April Fool's Day joke!).

On the schedule for our first ball prep evening will be Mr Stapledon's New Hornpipe, a dance in triple time by Philippe Callens. John Stapledon, who passed away last year, was a fruit farmer in Wales who just happened to write some of the best English…


Playford Ball Prep and Dance Instructions

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Playford Ball prep for our 2013 Playford Ball on April 13  is underway. Sure, you can study the dances on your own (for the online booklet), but it's much more fun learning with others to live music! So, please join us on Tuesdays at Church of the Village (13th Street at 7th Avenue) beginning at 7 PM. Click here for the schedule.

By the way, many dances on the ball program can be seen on YouTube. Night Cap can be…


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Admission:$12 for members of CD*NY and full-time students (must show ID), $15 for non-members.

Admission Rates for Children:Children under ten Free. Children ages 10-15 get in at half the regular rate, teens 16-18 get in at $12 (student/member rate).

There are special prices for special dances.

Unless otherwise announced, English Country Dances are on Tuesdays, from 7 to 10pm, and Contra Dances are on Saturdays, 7:30-10:45, at the Church of the Village, 201 W 13th Street.

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