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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

Contra Dance This Saturday to Great Live Music

Enjoy contra dancing Saturday, July 21 in air conditioned comfort to great live music by The Thistle Biscuits! For more details see link.

Added by Anne Scher on July 17, 2012 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Mountain Dulcimer kit


If the mountain dulcimer kit is still available, I'd be interested in making an offer.

Please get in touch with me at


Robert Trostli

Added by Robert Trostli on July 4, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dance and Eat Cake

What fun dancing to Donna Hunt's calling at Dallas's dance last night! Not to mention the terrific high-energy music by Grand Picnic, the good company, and great birthday cake!…


Added by Paul Ross on June 17, 2012 at 11:18am — No Comments

Free Contra Dance with Grand Picnic

Enjoy a free contra dance on Saturday, June 16 in honor of Dallas' birthday with live music by Grand Picnic. See article on!

Added by Anne Scher on June 12, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Bills party for Dallas - everyone invited!

June 16 - Bill is throwing a party for Dallas at the CDNY dance - he is inviting all dancers to come with no admission.  Grand Picnic - Sam, Jody, Michael, Bill and Marco with Donna Hunt calling.  Dance for Dallas and CDNY 

Added by merle.mceldowney on June 6, 2012 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Lost Bluetooth Earpiece Found at June 2nd Contra Dance

It's in the administration cart, in the cashbox. 

Added by Loren Shlaes on June 3, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Mountain Dulcimer for sale - name your price!

Hey friends,

I have an unassembled mountain dulcimer kit that is waiting for a forever home with someone who would be so excited to put it together and play it!

If you OR someone you know might be that person, please get in touch and choose a price that would make you feel good! I'm mostly interested that this to go to someone who would appreciate it and be able to enjoy it. I was thinking it would be so great if there were a school that could use…


Added by Angela on May 29, 2012 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

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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