Hands Four, Your Email Reminder

Here are the dances we can all share in the next two weeks.
Date/Location Caller
Chinatown Y
Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
NOTE: The floor has been newly painted, so soft-soled shoes are more important than ever!
Richard Fischer Squeezology:
Jody Kruskal - concertina
Bob Jones - guitar, bass
Marnen Laibow-Koser - piano, viola
Paul Friedman - fiddle
Christine Hale Free Raisins:
Audrey Knuth - Fiddle
Amy Englesberg - Piano
Jeff Kaufman - Mandolin, Octave Fiddle
Members' Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Party!
  • Vote for the new Board.
  • Volunteers for the 2011-12 season pay $5 admission.
  • CD*NY will supply ice cream. You bring the toppings.
  • Tuesdays
    Church of the Village
    English Country Dances 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Join an Advanced or Skills (Beginners') workshop.
    7:30 - 10:15 PM: All Dance.
    Gene Murrow Chip Prince - piano
    Naomi Morse - fiddle
    Dominique Gagné - flute
    Paul Ross Robin Russell - piano
    John Austin - fiddle
    Zara Lawler - flute

    Special Events
    When Where What Type Notes
    June 16
    Chinatown Y Dance for Dallas Contras A gift from Bill to Dallas and CD*NY to celebrate her 60th birthday. $0 admission!
    Sept. 21 - 23
    Fri.: Chinatown Y
    Sat.: PS 199
    Sun.: Central Park
    ContraShock - A weekend of dancing in NYC. Contras Two callers and two bands.
    Fri.: 4 hours of contras
    Sat.: Afternoon experienced dance + evening dance for all.
    Sept. 28-30
    Circle Lodge
    Hopewell Junction, NY
    Weekend Whirligig English You can download the weekend and registration PDF fliers. Pre-registration is required.

    Double Your Money - Third Musician Matching Challenge

    The budget for English Dance musicians provides for only two musicians at each dance. You may have noticed that, lately, we have three musicians playing. That is possible because of the Third Musician Fund. The money has come from dancers who contribute a few dollars above the admission charge at the door.

    Several generous CDNY members have issued a challenge grant. During April only, they will match, one-to-one, all contributions to the Third Musician Fund.

    You can contribute to the fund by donating when you pay your admission at English dances or by mailing a check to: PO Box 878, Village Station, New York, NY 10014. Please make the check out to "CDNY" and write "Third Musician Fund" on the memo line of your check.

    You don't have to be an English Dancer to contribute.

    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."

    Dance Camp Scholarships

    Once again Country Dance * New York is offering summer dance camp scholarships to its members. The CD*NY grants may be applied to any camp week offering primarily American and/or English country dance and music instruction, including callers' workshops being held in conjunction with a dance week. These are partial grants, limited to a maximum of 40% of the camp fee, and are intended for current CD*NY members who need some financial assistance in meeting the cost of camp fees.

    - Marty Fager

    Below are two forms - one explaining how the scholarships work, another is the application for a scholarship. Please peruse both - dance camp is a wonderful experience that our members should be able to experience. The deadline for applying is June 2.

    2012 Scholarship Information

    2012 Scholarship Application

    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:
  • Becoming a member of the website (it's free and separate from being a CD*NY member).
  • Telling website visitors as much or as little about yourself as you desire.
  • Posting photos and videos.
  • Joining a group.
  • Starting and/or contributing to group discussions.
  • Posting a blog.
  • Commenting on what you have read.

    Anything you post will be moderated, so there will be a delay before it appears on the website.

  • Dance with CD*NY at These Locations
    Saturday Contradances

    The Chinatown Y, Houston Street Center
    273 Bowery (between East Houston and Stanton Streets)
    Lost and found: Use the phone number above to recover items left at dances.

    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.

    How to get to the Church of the Village.

    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
    Complete Schedule
    Day by Day
    What is Contra?
    Facebook Page
    Join CD*NY
    CD*NY Home Page
    Complete Schedule
    Month at a Time
    What is English?
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