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12th Night English Country Dance, Saturday, January 5

Dance we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Celebrate Twelfth Night with your friends at CD*NY on January 5, 2013 at the Church of the Village from 7:00 - 10:30 P.M. You are guaranteed to end the holiday season on a high note as we exercise merriment and good cheer.

Tom Amessé will lead us through a selection of delightful dances while Jacqueline Schwab, Dan Beerbohm and Naomi Morse will mesmerize us with their joyous music. Having you join us would make the evening absolutely perfect. Festive dress will be admired. Bring along a snack to share. All dances will be called but basic ECD figures will not be taught.

What Is Twelfth Night?

The answer can be involved, as in this Wikipedia article. A short answer is: The evening of the day preceding the twelfth day after Christmas. It is the last day of festivities and is observed as a time of merrymaking.

You can download a flyer for this event.

Special Events
When Where What Type Notes
Sat.
April 13, 2013
Brooklyn Heights, NY 30th Annual Playford Ball Experienced English Attendance is by pre-registration only. Information will be available early in 2013.

Dancing Can Help Improve Your Physical and Mental Health!

"Boogie to a Better Brain," an article on page 17 of the October/November issue of AARP the Magazine, cites a recent study in The Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. It showed that dancing doesn't just build bones and improve balance; it can even boost brainpower.

So, join us at dances so you can have fun and get healthier at the same time!


Steinway Grand Piano For Sale

CD*NY is selling the grand piano used at dances in the Church of the Village in recent years - its sound was widely admired but it no longer fits the space available. Steinway Grand Model M # 150489 (length: 5’ 7”). Appraised at $12,000 to $14,000 in 2010, now asking $7,500. Built in 1911 and restored by Faust Harrison Pianos in 2003, including new tuning pins and strings, and new damper felts. Action regulated and ivory keyboard restored. Finish and action are original. Soundboard is original, displays no cracks and retains excellent tonal characteristics.

Available for viewing/playing in Ossining, NY by appointment. Respond to info2@cdny.org to ask questions, make appointment and get directions.


Double Your Gift - Third Musician Fund 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.

A generous CDNY member has issued a new challenge grant. For the rest of 2012, contributions to the Third Musician Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $800.

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.

Your contributions to the Third Musician Fund, and any other contributions to Country Dance * New York, a non-profit 501c3 organization, are tax deductible.

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."

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,

    or

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

    Join now and your membership is good through August 2013.

    You Can Socialize Online With CD*NY

    Facebook:

    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)
    212-912-2460
    Lost and found: Use the phone number above to recover items left at dances.

    You will be required to sign-in at the desk at the bottom of the stairs. You will not be required to show an ID. You can read Elizabeth Parry's blog about this.
    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 Chinatown Y. 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.

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