Hands Four, Your Email Reminder

Special Offer - 50% Off for First-Timers
To celebrate our return to the Church of the Village, first-time attendees to a CDNY dance will receive 50% off the admission price for either the February 2 contra dance or the February 5 English country dance. Each first-timer will also get a free pass to come another time.

Please encourage your friends to take advantage of this special offer.

Here are the dances we can all share in the next two weeks.
Date/Location Caller
Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
CD*NY's regular Saturday contradances are moving back to our ancestral home (previously called Duane Hall) at The Church of the Village, starting with the February 2nd contradance.
Linda Leslie Corachree:
Jane Rothfield
Sarah Gowan
Joe DePaolo
Bill Quern
Allan Carr
This is the last regular contradance at the Chinatown Y
Emma Gorin (first time with CD*NY)
Joe De Paolo
Black River Ironworks:
Jonah Sidman - fiddle
Corey Walters - flute and mandolin
Michael Friedman - piano
This is the welcome back to the Church of the Village contradance.
You can download a PDF flyer.
Church of the Village
English Country Dances 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Join an Advanced or Skills (Beginners') workshop.
7:30 - 10:00 PM: All Dance.
Gene Murrow Chip Prince - piano
Naomi Morse - violin
Lise Brown - flute
Gene Murrow Chip Prince - piano
Tom Phillips - violin
Sue Polansky - clarinet
George Davis - violin
Church of the Village
Experienced English Country Dance 7:00 - 10:00 PM: All Dance. For experienced English Dancers only. This CD*NY web page will help you decide if you are an experienced English Country Dancer.
Beverly Francis Robin Russell - piano
Tom Phillips - violin
This is CD*NY's annual Gotham Assembly, where the dances are chosen by members' votes. Members can vote by using this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCGGJ9X to SurveyMonkey.
This web page gives more information about the dance and voting.

Dance Locations
Location Name Address Phone # Notes
The Church of the Village 201 W. 13th Street (Northwest corner at 7th Ave.), New York, NY 10011
Enter on 13th Street.
Walk down 2 flights.
How to get there.
The Chinatown Y, Houston Street Center 273 Bowery (between East Houston and Stanton Streets)
Use this phone number to recover items left at dances.
How to get to there.
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.
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum 421 East 61st Street, between York & 1st Aves.

Special Events
When Where What Type Notes
February 17
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum Demonstration English Free to CD*NY Dancers
March 9
Chinatown Y Winter Meltdown contras Late afternoon experienced dance
Evening dance for all
You can download a PDF flyer.
  • March 22
  • May 17
  • Church of the Village Experienced dance English This CD*NY web page will help you decide if you are an experienced English Country Dancer.
    You can download a PDF flyer for the March 22 dance.
    April 13, 2013
    Brooklyn Heights, NY 30th Annual Playford Ball Experienced English Attendance is by pre-registration only. Registration is now open. You can download a flyer that has a registration form and information about the Ball, including a list of the dances.

    You Can Register for CD*NY's 30th Annual Playford Ball

    We're happy to announce that registration for the 30th Annual CD*NY Playford Ball has begun.

    Please join us on April 13, 2013, at the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims in Brooklyn Heights, NYC.

    Our esteemed and talented Masters of Ceremonies will be Gene Murrow and Tom Amessť. The delightful music will be provided by Hold the Mustard (Barbara Greenberg, Daniel Beerbohm, Kathy Talvitie and Paul Prestopino).

    CD*NY welcomes dance enthusiasts from near and far!

    You can download a flyer that has a registration form and information about the Ball, including a list of the dances.

    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!

    Third Musician Fund

    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.

    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,


    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


    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.

  • 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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