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Playford Ball Music Available

The music for the upcoming NYC April 5, 2014 Playford Ball is now available to download for $10 at…


Added by Kate Fais on March 24, 2014 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Sat, Mar 22 Contra Dance with Grand Picnic

Country Dance*New York is presenting a contra dance this Saturday, March 22nd from 8pm to 10:45pm with a beginners’ workshop from 7:30pm to 8pm. All dances are taught and it is not necessary to come with a partner. Dynamic live music will be provided by the popular, New York-based dance band, Grand Picnic.  Grand Picnic plays high-energy contra dance music,…


Added by Anne Scher on March 20, 2014 at 11:49am — No Comments

Article on Sat Contra, 3/15

See link for article on Winter Meltdown Contra Dance Saturday Night, March 15 for all. There is also an advanced contra dance Saturday from 4-6pm.

Added by Anne Scher on March 13, 2014 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Winter Meltdown Contras Mar 15

Join us and chase the winter blues away with two Winter Meltdown contra dances this Sat, March 15! Afternoon dance for advanced, experienced dancers from 4pm-6pm; beginners' workshop from 7:30pm-8pm; contra dance for all with all dances taught from 8pm-10:45pm at the Church of the Village, 201 West 13th Street, near Seventh Ave, Manhattan. No previous experience is required and it is not necessary to come with a partner. High energy, live music by the contemporary contra…


Added by Anne Scher on March 12, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Playford Ball Music Available

The music for the upcoming NYC April 5, 2014 Playford Ball is now available to download for $10 at There are 22 tunes on the…


Added by Anne Scher on March 11, 2014 at 6:25pm — No Comments

3 Videos for the 2014 Playford Ball

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…


Added by Paul Ross on March 4, 2014 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Ball Prep Begins in Earnest!

All you type-A personalities can now plan your Tuesday ball practice attendance with your accustomed level of detail by referencing the Schedule of Ball Practice Sessions. Orly and Paul have laid out which dances will be taught during which weeks (exceptions made only for acts of the weather gods and the vagaries of time), so now you can plan your must-attend Tuesdays. For the rest of us, all the…


Added by Kate Fais on March 2, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Ball Prep Starts Feb 25

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…


Added by Paul Ross on February 20, 2014 at 2:35am — No Comments

Sat, Jan 11 Two Great Contra Dances

Saturday, Jan 11 presents two great opportunities. A free contra dance geared for beginners from 4-6pm (with each beginner partnered by an experienced dancer). And later, from 8pm to 10:45pm, a contra dance for all (with a beginners' workshop at 7:30pm). Admission to the evening dance is $15 general public or $12 for students with ID and CDNY members. Everyone who attends the free afternoon dance will receive a coupon off the $15 regular admission price for that evening's contra dance. The…


Added by Anne Scher on January 9, 2014 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

Free Jan 11th Contra Dance for Beginners

Tell your friends. Free contra dance for beginners on Sat, Jan 11 from 4-6pm followed by regular contra dance for all that evening - both with the great caller Will Mentor and hot band from Boston, Nor'easter. See link for further details. …


Added by Anne Scher on December 27, 2013 at 5:21pm — No Comments

dance tonight

The trains are running so we are dancing!!!  Band couldnot brave the storm through Pennsylvannia so we are having the amazing band M and M:    Michael Gorin and Marco Brehm.  We still expect Donna Hunt, one of our favorite callers to show up at the church of the village.  Come dance, and bring candy for Michael and Marco!!

Added by merle.mceldowney on December 14, 2013 at 5:25pm — No Comments


Join us this coming Sunday, October 20 for a special SUNDAY afternoon contra dance with the wonderful caller George Marshall and exciting music by Vermont's Clayfoot Strutters. No partner required. Beginners welcome. All dances taught. Beginners' workshop 1:30-2pm, with dancing for all 2-5:30pm.

See link for more info:…


Added by Anne Scher on October 16, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Tuesday's English Dance

What a 25th Anniversary Party!

George & I want to thank everyone who helped make it a rousing success. Tom Amesse did a wonderful job leading the dancing; Hold the Mustard was even better than they were when they played for our wedding; Elissa Weiss, Sol Weber and Chip Prince were provided marvelous entertainment.

What a wonderful dance community we have!

Added by Margherita Davis on October 3, 2013 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Fall Fling Contra Dances Sat 9/21 with Giant Robot Dance

Join us for the fabulous Fall Fling contra dances this Saturday, 9/21!  Great live music by Giant Robot Dance --- a high-energy band from Vermont, NY, and Washington, DC, made up of three sets of brothers, and the wonderful caller Adina Gordon.  All are welcome to the evening dance  - beginners' workshop at 7:30pm. See more details on flier or click on link below for article.…


Added by Anne Scher on September 16, 2013 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Try English Country Dancing Sept 3

Whether you have tried English country dancing (known to some as Jane Austen-era dancing) or not, come join us on Tuesday nights starting Sept 3rd for great dancing - ranging from boisterous to elegant - to great live music. See the link for further info.…


Added by Anne Scher on August 30, 2013 at 2:33pm — No Comments

First Contra Dance of the season saturday september 7

Grand Picnic - the brooklyn band that has made CDYN's dances the best for years.  Where have you been all summer?  Janine Smith calls dances - come greet people who have been lost for months - the dancing will be great!

Added by merle.mceldowney on August 30, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments Reports on Jane Austen-Era Dancing

See the report on English country dancing. Tuesday night dances begin after the summer break on Sept 3. Great live music, dances ranging from elegant to boisterous, friendly folks, no partner needed, and all dances are taught. Come try it - we will be happy to see you.…


Added by Anne Scher on August 16, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Last Contra Dance Before Summer Break 6/22

Celebrate the beginning of summer tonight at our last contra dance until Sept! Great live music and caller. You don't need to come with a partner and all dances are taught.

Added by Anne Scher on June 22, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments

June 8th Dance Features Fabulous Music by Brooklyn Swing Ensemble

Join us this Saturday night, June 8th, for a lively contra dance with fabulous music - a melding of Southern old-time, New England fiddle, klezmer, and swing - performed by the popular Brooklyn Swing Ensemble! Click on link for more info.  

Added by Anne Scher on June 5, 2013 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Notice of Annual Members' Meeting and Election

The annual members' meeting and election will be held TUESDAY, June 11th at the English country dance during the break (roughly 8:30pm).

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to designate a proxy vote, please download the form below and mail it to the Secretary, Paul Ross (via CD*NY, PO Box 878 Village Station, New York, NY 10014).…


Added by Kate Fais on May 22, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Admission Rates

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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