Country Dance * New York

Paul Ross
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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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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A Program of Thanksgiving Leftovers on 11/25

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 3:57pm 0 Comments

Next Week (Thanksgiving week) at CD*NY: What's one of the best things about Thanksgiving? The leftovers you enjoy the day after! Well, at CD*NY on 11/25, we'll enjoy the leftovers early: something from the Punchbowl and maybe something with honeysuckle, chestnut, and mulberry. Maybe even some Jack Pudding (aka, Step Stately). Join us next Tuesday night for a program of Thanksgiving Leftovers, carefully selected from programs from the Fall season. -Paul B Ross

First Step in Producing the 2015 Playford Ball CD

Posted on November 3, 2014 at 3:27am 0 Comments

Cynthia, Naomi, and Gene, in Gene and Anne's apartment, toward the end of the recording session for the 2015 Playford Ball CD.

We had a lot of fun at this recording session. It's going to be a great  CD and a terrific ball. --Paul…


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…


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

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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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