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Winter Meltdown !

Contra Dance, Saturday, March 10th

You will dance to live, high-energy music by the innovative dance band, Elixir, with the sought-after caller Nils Fedland.

Location: Chinatown Y, Houston Street Branch, 273 Bowery.

Elixir is one of the top and most innovative dance bands in the United States and extremely popular. They come to NYC only about once a year so the Winter Meltdown contra dance is a rare opportunity to hear them play live and experience the joy of their music while learning to do this extremely enjoyable and fast-paced dancing from a master caller and teacher who is also a member of the band.

Elixir's live music blends superb calling with driving fiddle and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian, and New England tunes. Elixir thrills dancers and concert audiences throughout the U.S. by performing exciting and tightly crafted music drawing on a wide range of styles and evoking a variety of moods. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs. Transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original tunes. Since its start in 2005, Elixir has evolved a sound that combines musical innovation with strong danceability. In 2007 the band recorded a short four-track CD (out of print), and in 2008 released their first full-length recording entitled Super Tonic. Their new CD Rampant is now available.

Nils Fredland, who has been calling dances with great skill and infectious energy since 2000, will lead the proceedings. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business.
                   The Band Elixir:

  • Nils Fredland - trombone, vocals
  • Ethan Hazzard-Watkins - fiddle
  • Jesse Hazzard-Watkins - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Anna Patton - clarinet,
  • Owen Morrison - guitar, foot percussion
  •                    The Schedule:

  • 5:45 - 7:45 PM: Advanced Dance
  • 7:45 - 8:45 PM: BYO Dinner
  • 8:30 - 9:00 PM: Beginners' Workshop
  • 9:00 - Midnight: Evening dance, for all

  • You can download a PDF flyer with more information.

    More information about caller Nils Fredland and the band Elixir is at their website.

    Special Events
    When Where What Type Notes
    Apr. 14
    Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
    Brooklyn Heights
    29thAnnual Playford Ball Experienced English Pre-registration required. This webpage has more information about the ball. You can download a PDF flier about the ball. A registration form and instructions are in this PDF file.
    Sept. 28-30
    Circle Lodge
    Hopewell Junction, NY
    Weekend Whirligig English Pre-registration required

            Check Out CD*NY's New CafePress Store!        

    Rose Fox has written a blog about the store. Here are some excerpts.

    I'm very pleased to announce that CD*NY's CafePress store is open for business! You can get snazzy water bottles, shirts, bags, buttons, magnets, and more, .....

    For each item purchased, CD*NY gets $1. Even better, every time you carry your CD*NY bag to an event or wear your CD*NY shirt to the gym, you're spreading the word and encouraging new people to join us.

    CafePress is running a lot of promotions for the holidays, so check the CafePress front page before you place your order; there may be a discount code you can use.....

    If you want an item and don't see it in the shop, let me know and I'll add it. .....

    Read the entire blog or go directly to the store. You can also get to the store by going to the CD*NY Website, hovering your cursor over "Get Involved with CDNY" and clicking "Store."

    New Dancers

    We always welcome new dancers, who are the future of our dance community. Below are links to information on our website that will help ease your transition into the CD*NY Dance Community.

  • How do I know what to do?/Beginner lessons - on the New Dancers page
  • What are English Country Dances and contradances?
  • What else do I need to know? - Contra Etiquette. Much of this information also applies to English Country Dances.

    The best way to find out about CD*NY's dances is to try them. While you're attending your first-ever CD*NY dance, you can get a 1st timer pass, which entitles you to attend another regular ECD or contradance without charge.

  • Joining CD*NY or Renewing Your Membership

    You can visit the CD*NY website to find out about membership benefits. While you're there, you can register and pay online, using PayPal or a credit card,


    download the membership form (PDF) and mail it or bring it to a dance.

    Join now and your membership is good through August 2012.

    You Can Socialize Online With CD*NY


    CD*NY has a group on Facebook. You can join the group to help find out what's happening in our dance community.

    CD*NY's New Website:

    Take a look at the new website, at http://cdny.org ("www" not needed). It has a modern look, is easily navigable and provides useful information about dancing. You can contribute to the website by:
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  • Dance with CD*NY at These Locations
    Saturday Contradances

    The Chinatown Y, Houston Street Center
    273 Bowery (between East Houston and Stanton Streets)

    How to get to the Chinatown Y.
    English Country Dances

    The Church of the Village, in the basement
    201 W. 13th Street (Northwest corner at 7th Ave.), New York, NY 10011
    Enter on 13th Street.
    Subways: 1/2/3 to 14th Street or A/C/E/L to 14th Street(8 th Ave.) or F/M/L to 14th Street(6 th Ave.)
    View a map of the area.
    Lost and found: Use the phone numbers above to recover items left at dances.

    Shoe Requirement - We Need to Show Our Hosts That We're Considerate of Their Facilities

    To ensure that the floor is preserved for our dancers and for other users, please bring clean soft-soled shoes with you to change into at the dances. They should be shoes that have never been worn outside. If you can't set aside a pair of shoes just for dancing, clean the soles of your shoes thoroughly to remove all grit and dirt. High-heeled shoes are not allowed.

    Useful Links for More Information
    Schedule of Contras & English
    What is Contra?
    Join CD*NY
    CD*NY Home Page
    Google All-Dance Calendar
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