Many of us are looking forward to attending the Saturday, April 11 Playford Ball after weeks of practice and preparation for this eagerly anticipated English country dance event. For those who are not attending the ball, this Saturday also offers a wonderful contra dance with live music by the band, Big Chaos, featuring musicians Aleksandra Taranov, Em McKeever, and Luna Skye. Rumor has it that there will also be a surprise musical guest! The caller Maia McCormick will ably lead everyone…Continue
Added by Anne Scher on April 10, 2015 at 2:26pm — No Comments
Country Dance*New York will present a lively Winter Meltdown Contra Dance on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 8:00 pm to 11 pm at P.S. 199, 270 West 70th Street, Manhattan. No previous experience is required and…Continue
Added by Anne Scher on March 23, 2015 at 7:27pm — No Comments
Join us this Saturday night, Feb 7, for a lively contra dance with caller Rachel McCandliss and superb, live music by the wonderful band, Grand Picnic: Sam Zygmuntowicz, Michael Gorin, Bill Peek, Marco Brehm, and Jody Kruskal. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. You do not need to come with a partner. We look forward to seeing you.
Added by Anne Scher on February 6, 2015 at 7:40pm — No Comments
This article and especially the video are an excellent introduction to contra dancing, making the point that it is easy to learn and enjoy, tons of fun, and popular with people of all ages, from college students to Baby Boomers and retirees. Share with your friends!!…Continue
Added by Anne Scher on January 28, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments
Due to the snowstorm, please note that the Tuesday, January 27 English country dance has been cancelled.
Added by Anne Scher on January 26, 2015 at 6:06pm — No Comments
CD*NY is having a great contra dance this Saturday, Jan 24 with live music by Squeezology: Jody Kruskal, concertina; Dotty Moore, fiddle; Bob Jones, bass; and Marnen Laibow-Koser, piano, viola & flute. The proceedings will be led by caller Emma Gorin with all dances taught. Beginners' workshop: 7:30pm to 8pm with dancing for all from 8pm to 10:45pm. You don't have to come with a partner. Join us!
Added by Anne Scher on January 20, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Country Dance*New York is presenting a special free contra dance geared for beginners – ContraResolution – on Saturday, January 10th from 3:45pm to 6:00pm at the Church of the Village (201 West 13th Street, Manhattan). …Continue
Added by Anne Scher on December 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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),…Continue
Added by Anne Scher on December 12, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT, DECEMBER, 2014
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…Continue
Added by Kate Fais on December 10, 2014 at 3:30pm — No 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
Added by Paul Ross on November 19, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Anne Scher on November 10, 2014 at 7:59pm — No Comments
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
Cynthia, Naomi, and Gene, in Gene and Anne's apartment, toward the end of the recording session for the 2015 Playford Ball CD.Continue
Added by Paul Ross on November 3, 2014 at 3:27am — No Comments
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
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
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.…Continue
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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 cdny.org for details.
Added by Anne Scher on October 1, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Anne Scher on September 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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