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Vote for your favorite English dances for Gotham Assembly -

The Country Dance * New York Gotham Assembly is an annual mid-year dance celebration. The program is made up of dances selected by vote of the dancing members of CD*NY. The Mistress of Ceremonies, translating the public's choices into a delectable program, will be Beverly Francis; and Robin Russell and Tom Phillips will provide the music.

The Gotham…


Added by David Chandler on January 15, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

CD*NY's First Techno Contra Dance Dec 29th!

Something different to mark the (almost) end of the year! CD*NY's first TECHNO CONTRA DANCE on Saturday, Dec 29, 2012. Dance under black and colored lights to contra tunes combined with pop, electronica, and Celtic fusion. WEAR WHITE to MAKE the BLACK LIGHTS SHINE! Music and lighting by PHASE X (Ross Harriss and Christopher Jacoby). Dances called by J9 (Janine Smith). Join us at PS 199, 270 West 70th Stret, NYC. 7:30PM contra beginner's workshop with dancing for ALL from 8PM to 11PM.…


Added by Anne Scher on December 26, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments

December 15 Contra Dance Features Exciting Music of Nor'easter

Here is something to look forward to on Saturday night, Dec 15. Nor'easter, the fabulous Boston-based trio comprised of Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), Max Newman (mandolin/guitar) and Julie Vallimont (piano) is coming to NYC to provide infectious, uplifting music for our contra dance! And also, happily, caller Bev Bernbaum will lead the proceedings. Come enjoy Nor'easter's exciting, joyous sound and a great night of contra dancing. Beginner's contra workshop 7:30pm to 8pm; contra dance from 8pm…


Added by Anne Scher on December 11, 2012 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Expanding the Audience for ECD on Tuesday 11/27

As many as 20 Fordham University students will join CD*NY's English dance this coming Tuesday as part of their literature course called Afterlife of Jane Austen (how the world she created lives on in literature, film, and other aspects of life in our time). This is a great opportunity for our community to generate an enduring interest in our dancing in a student population already disposed to enjoy it.

If you are an experienced English country dancer, please turn out for this special…


Added by Paul Ross on November 24, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Larry Unger to Join Members of the Band, Blue State for Sat Night's Contra Dances

Mary Kay Brass is not able to make it Sat night so Larry Unger (guitar and banjo) will be joining the other members of the Blue State band for the Nov 17 Fall Fling contra dances. Sing Out magazine called Larry a "guitar genius" so come out and hear him and Blue State play and enjoy great contra dancing! 

Added by Anne Scher on November 13, 2012 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Fall Fling Contra Dance 11/17 with Caller Steve Zakon-Anderson and New England Band, Blue State

Come join us for two great contra dances this Saturday, one for experienced dancers starting at 5:45pm and an evening dance for all - from beginners to advanced dancers - starting at 9pm on Sat, 11/17. See link for more info.

Added by Anne Scher on November 13, 2012 at 11:45am — No Comments

Important info for 11/6/12 English Dance

CD*NY English Dance this Tuesday November 6, 2012. There will be no heat in the building so bring a light jacket to dance in.

Added by Kate Fais on November 4, 2012 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Tonight's Dance

CD*NY CANCELS CONTRA DANCE FOR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2012 Due to Hurricane Sandy Country Dance * New York is canceling our regular Saturday night Contra Dance scheduled for this Saturday November 3, 2012. We are planning to hold our regular Saturday night Contra Dance on Saturday November 10, 2012 pending conditions at the Chinatown Y. The English Country Dance is tentatively scheduled for this Tuesday (11/6). The Church currently has no power or staff at this time.

Added by Kate Fais on November 2, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday's English Country Dance (10/30/12) is canceled, due to the hurricane. Please stay home and be safe.

Added by Kate Fais on October 28, 2012 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Celebrate New Wave of Contra Dance Music!


Added by Anne Scher on September 20, 2012 at 7:06pm — No Comments


It's a new season ... and we cannot put on our dancers without our wonderful volunteer crew!

If you're interested in joining our wonderful volunteer crew, please visit and fill out the short Google doc. You'll be contacted by our volunteer coordinator as soon as possible.

Thanks, and hope to see you on the dance floor!

Added by Kate Fais on September 16, 2012 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Contrashock II - even better than the first!

Contrashock II brings you Perpetual e-Motion, Elixir, Nils Fredland, Will Mentor for three great dances. Friday, September 21, dance 7-11p.m. at PS 199; Saturday, September 22 at Chinatown Y Houston Street Center, experienced dance 5:45 - 7:45 and general dance 9 to midnight, with a beginner session at 8:30. Sunday we'll picnic in Central Park with informal dancing and local musicians. One of the highlights of the year! See …


Added by David Chandler on September 11, 2012 at 11:29am — No Comments

New security rules for Chinatown Y Houston Street Center

Contra dancers arriving on September 8 and at subsequent dances will need to SIGN IN at the desk downstairs before proceeding to the gym. It shouldn't be too bad--they're not asking for ID or patting people down--but you might want to arrive earlier to allow for a backup. And smile!

Added by Elizabeth Parry on September 7, 2012 at 5:27pm — No Comments

First English Dance of 2012-13 a Huge Success

Despite the heat and humidity, the first English dance of the 2012-13 season was a terrific party, courtesy of Jeff Stevens and Elizabeth Parry, whose joint birthdays and wedding anniversary we were celebrating. Three long lines of dancers filled the hall from top to bottom, The Dressed Ship provided great music, and Beverly Francis led us brilliantly through many of Jeff's and Elizabeth's favorites. Here is the birthday pair and many of their friends listening to the clever lyrics of a song…


Added by Paul Ross on September 5, 2012 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

Sept 8 Contra Dances with Grand Picnic & Scott Higgs

Join us for the first fall contra dance on Saturday, Sept 8. with the fabulous band Grand Picnic and greatly admired caller Scott Higgs! Advanced dance for experienced dancers from 5:45pm to 7:45pm, BYO dinner 7:45pm to 8:45pm, beginners' workshop 8:30pm to 9pm, evening dance for all 9pm to 11:45pm.

For more info see story: …


Added by Anne Scher on August 30, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Welcome Back Dances!

We're so excited - our Fall Season at CD*NY is about to kick off!

To tantalize you - we have two welcome back dances.

The first - English Country Dancing will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Jeff and Elizabeth on September 4, 2012.

The second - we'll have an Advanced and then Regular Contra Dance on Saturday, September 8th.

For more information, check out our flyers.…


Added by Kate Fais on August 23, 2012 at 6:13pm — No Comments


Hey I've been coming to Contra for a few months now and I'd really like to go to the Brattleboro Dawn Dance. I live here in New York, in Brooklyn, but I'm willing to meet up at another location if needed. Is there any possibility I could hitch a ride with someone to and/or from the dance? Glad to help pay for gas/car rental. Thanks! Please feel free to call me at 347-752-7044.


Added by DAN MARRIN on August 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Casting Call for Inde Film of Contra Dancers

CD*NY has received the following casting call for an independent film which will feature contra dancing. Take a look and, if interested, follow the directions to get yourselves in the film.

Dear Dancers,

Hickory Pictures is now casting contra dancers for an independent, family-friendly period drama that is set to shoot upstate later this fall.  We need dancers of all ages!  If you are an experienced contra dancer or clogger and are interested in showcasing your skills,…


Added by Margherita Davis on August 17, 2012 at 5:44pm — 2 Comments

New location for contra dances?

I'm CD*NY's liaison to the Chinatown YMCA, and I've learned that because of intense financial pressure the Y may soon have to increase our rent beyond what we can afford. We're okay until the end of this season (January 26) but it's time to start looking again for a great place to have our contra dances. Please help by giving us information about halls you are aware of. Reminders of halls you suggested before are welcome - each search is different so an old idea may look good in new light.…


Added by Elizabeth Parry on August 14, 2012 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

New Water Policy: No Water in Plastic Cups

Effective immediately, CD*NY will no longer serve water at our dances.  By implementing this policy we will be saving a large quantity of plastic trash from entering the waste stream.

We encourage dancers to bring their own water bottles and to fill them at the fountains directly outside the dance hall.  There are also vending machines on the same floor and a Whole Foods next door should you want to purchase a beverage before or during the dance.

We will…


Added by Loren Shlaes on July 20, 2012 at 10:44pm — 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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