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Jane Austen Birthday English Country Dance, Tues, 12/16

In celebration of what would be Jane Austen's 239th birthday, on Tuesday, Dec 16th, join us for a festive, fun, and celebratory English country dance. Think of the dance scenes in Jane Austen films and books, and music by Mozart, Handel, or Corelli. All dances taught and it is not necessary to come with a partner. Our expert caller, Beverly Francis, will walk everyone through the patterns of each dance. Lush, live music will be provided by the highly regarded musicians Cynthia Shaw (piano),…


Added by Anne Scher on December 12, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Annual Appeal, posted on behalf of Claire Schaffer


Dear dancers and friends,

Thank you for making our dances happen.

Just by showing up and enjoying yourself at a dance you are part of the creation of that magical experience of community dancing. 

And many of you do so much more.  You donate your time and talents, volunteering at dances and behind the scenes.  You’ve donated much-needed funds to keep our dances going.

Thanks to you we have had wonderful dances…


Added by Kate Fais on December 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A Program of Thanksgiving Leftovers on 11/25

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

Added by Paul Ross on November 19, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Fall Fling Contra Dances Nov 15

Country Dance*New York (CD*NY) is presenting the Fall Fling Contra Dance on Saturday, November 15, 2014 with live and lively music by The Gaslight Tinkers, and all dances taught by caller Lisa Greenleaf. No previous experience is required and it is not necessary to come with a partner.…


Added by Anne Scher on November 10, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Nov 8 Contra Dance Features Caller Ted Crane & Music by Three Left Feet

Join us on Saturday, November 8 for a lively contra dance with great music performed by the band, Three Left Feet, featuring musicians Ambrose Verdibello, Norman Plankey, Pat Plankey, & Danny Elias. Caller Ted Crane will ably lead the proceedings and walk everyone through the patterns of each dance. And you do not need to come with a partner. We hope to see you!!!

Added by Anne Scher on November 7, 2014 at 6:36pm — No Comments

First Step in Producing the 2015 Playford Ball CD

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…


Added by Paul Ross on November 3, 2014 at 3:27am — No Comments

Oct 25 Contra Dance with Great Music by Grand Picnic

Join us this Saturday, Oct 25 for a contra dance led by caller Susan Marcus with lively, live music by Grand Picnic: Sam Zygmuntowicz, Jody Kruskal, Michael Gorin, Bill Peek & Marco Brehm. All dances are taught and there is no need to come with a partner. Free beginners' workshop 7:30pm - 8pm. Dancing for all 8pm-10:45pm at Church of the Village. See you there!!!

Added by Anne Scher on October 21, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Halloween Dance ... on All Saints Day!

We have a Halloween Dance on November 1, 2014 at the Church of the Village. Check out our flyer below to find out about the costume contest!


Added by Kate Fais on October 21, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Contrashock! Three Dances This Fri & Sat, Oct 17 & 18

Great Contrashock! weekend coming up Oct 17 & 18 with three contra dances. Great callers and great bands. See link for full article with details re each dance and the callers and bands.…


Added by Anne Scher on October 14, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Band Change for 10/4 Contra

Different band playing tonight-great musicians! See calendar for details.

Added by Anne Scher on October 4, 2014 at 4:44pm — No Comments

10/4 Contra Dance with Fire on the Mountain

Join us on Saturday, Oct 4 for a contra dance with the wonderful caller Marty Fager and great live music by Fire on the Mountain - Andrew Finn Magill, Sean Earnest & Duncan Wickel. All dances taught and you do not need to come with a partner. Beginners' workshop 7:30-8pm, with dancing for all 8-10:45pm. See American contra dance calendar on for details.

Added by Anne Scher on October 1, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Try English Country Dancing Sept 9

Join us for a lively yet lyrical English country dance on Tuesday evening, Sept 9 (workshops for beginners as well as more advanced dancers 7-7:30pm) with dancing for all 7:30-10pm. Live music and all dances taught. The caller this Tuesday is Paul Ross with music performed by Chip Prince, Naomi Morse, and John Austin. If you have not tried ECD before, come and see what it is like. To see an ECD sample from NEFFA, click the link below.…


Added by Anne Scher on September 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Welcome Back Contra Dances Sat, Sept 6

Join us for CDNY's Welcome Back contra dances this Saturday, September 6 featuring caller Bob Isaacs and superb live music by Party of Three. Advanced dance 4-6pm; BYO dinner 6-7:45pm; Beginners' workshop 7:30-8pm; Evening dance for all 8-10:45pm. All dances taught and no partner necessary. See flier on CDNY website for further details.

A track from Party of Three's CD was played on NPR Radio. It was on the…


Added by Anne Scher on September 4, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Playford Ball 2015

Country Dance * New York is pleased to announce that the 32nd annual New York Playford Ball will be held on Saturday, …


Added by Kate Fais on July 15, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Save the Date! The 32nd Annual Playford Ball

Save the Date - The 32nd annual New York Playford Ball at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims - April 11, 2015. Calling by Beverly Francis and Elizabeth Freedman and music by the Third String Trio (Karen Axelrod, Peter Barnes and Aldo Fabrizi)

Added by Kate Fais on June 17, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

6/14 Last Contra Dance Before Summer

Come dance with us this Sat, June 14 and enjoy a great program led by caller Marty Fager and lively, live music by the Virginia band, Floorplay.  Last contra dance before summer break! All dances taught. It will be a lot of fun. See link for more details.…


Added by Anne Scher on June 9, 2014 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Ice Cream Social Contra Dance 6/7

Join us on Saturday, June 7 when Greg Frock will call a great program of contra dances with live music provided by David Sidman's Elastic Band featuring David Sidman, Jonah Sidman, Ross Harriss, and Joe De Paolo.  Ice cream will be served and CD*NY members will vote on the new Board! All dances taught. Beginner's workshop from 7:30pm to 8pm, with the contra dance from 8pm to 10:45pm, at Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street.

Added by Anne Scher on June 3, 2014 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Contra Dance at Bklyn Cyclones Game 7/19/14

Have you ever seen contra dancing on a Jumbotron at a baseball game? Join us for some summer fun to dance and/or watch on Saturday, July 19 at the Brooklyn Cyclones game MCU Field, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brookyn, NY. See details on Facebook. Game starts at 6pm.…


Added by Anne Scher on May 9, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Rebecka Ridinghoode video uploaded

My amateur video from Playford Ball 2014 - DJ

Added by Donora Johnson on April 21, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

Video of Errol on the Green

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.

Added by Paul Ross on April 19, 2014 at 2:11am — No Comments

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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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