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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

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 — No Comments

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

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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