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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


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

May 11 Contra Dance Features Lively Music by Grand Picnic

Join us for a great contra dance on Saturday, May 11 featuring high-energy music by Grand Picnic! You don't need a partner and all dances are taught. Beginner's workshop is at 7:30pm, dance begins at 8pm. The highly regarded caller Richard Fisher will lead the proceedings.  See link for additional details.…


Added by Anne Scher on May 10, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments

4/27 Contra Dance Features High Energy U.K. Contra Band

Come contra dance on Sat. 4/27 to the lively tunes of Vertical Expression, a high energy band all the way from the U.K. winding up its first U.S. tour. Remember that all dances are taught and you don't need to come with a partner. The highly regarded caller Bob Isaacs will lead the proceedings. …


Added by Anne Scher on April 15, 2013 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Dance Scholarships

Are you attending a dance camp this summer, and need financial assistance? Please check out for more information, along with a scholarship application.

Added by Kate Fais on April 10, 2013 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Lost and Found, Winter Meltdown Edition

If you lost a necklace at Winter Meltdown, please email me at

Added by Loren Shlaes on March 11, 2013 at 12:06am — No Comments

Winter Meltdown Contra Dances Sat with Great Band & Caller

Two great contra dances this Saturday, March 9 with caller Will Mentor and music by The Moving Violations!

Clink on link for article! Dancing for all from 9pm to 11:45pm. Also note that there is an advanced dance for experienced dancers from 5:45pm-7:30pm. Brown bag dinner from 7:30pm - 8:30pm, and beginners' workshop from 8:30pm - 9pm!…


Added by Anne Scher on March 7, 2013 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Playford Ball Prep and Dance Instructions

Playford Ball prep for our 2013 Playford Ball on April 13  is underway. Sure, you can study the dances on your own (for the online booklet), but it's much more fun learning with others to live music! So, please join us on Tuesdays at Church of the Village (13th Street at 7th Avenue) beginning at 7 PM. Click here for the schedule.

By the way, many dances on the ball program can be seen on YouTube. Night Cap can be…


Added by Paul Ross on March 1, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Saturday, Feb 9 Contra Dance Cancelled

This Saturday's contra dance has been cancelled due to the snowstorm and the Church of the Village being closed.

Added by Anne Scher on February 8, 2013 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Admission Rates for WEEKLY Dances

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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