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Summer Dancing In and Around NYC!

Since our dance hall gets too hot to bear during the summer we take a break. However, there are other places to dance English Country and contras until we come back…


One of the best ways to get your dancing during the summer is to go to a week of dance camp. There are two organizations that run them in the East and several in the West. Among the best are:

Country Dance and Song Society Inc.http://www.cdss.org/programs.html They have nine weeks of camps – American dance and music, English dance and music, early music, harmony of song and dance for the singers, and a number of family-oriented camps, all in delightful settings.

Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camps - http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/camp.shtml Western and swing, Northern, Southern, guitar and ukulele weeks in a rustic setting.

You can find links to festivals and camps of all kinds at http://www.contradancelinks.com/festivals.html


Contra dances sponsored by CDNY go on vacation between June 22 (the last dance) and September 7 (the first in the fall). However, you can find out what other dances are like this summer, and return to CDNY in the fall. Check out these possibilities:

Brooklyn Contra (http://brooklyncontra.wordpress.com/)

·        Saturday, July 13 – Bob Isaacs with Last Exit Trio

·        Saturday, August 10 – Janine Smith with Contraforce

·        Friday, September 6 (a warm-up for the CDNY opening dance September 7!) – Luke Donev, TBA

Village Contra (http://www.lcfd.org/nyc/)

·        Friday, July 12 – Marty Fager with Party of 3

·        Friday, August 9 – Janine Smith (J-9) with ContraForce (NANO-TECHNO CONTRA)

Swingin Tern (in New Jersey) (http://www.folkproject.org/swtern/swtern.shtml)

(Call them at (973) 295-6864 for directions – there may be a shuttle from the train)

·        Saturday, July 6 – Perry Shafran with Dr. Twamley’s Audio Snakes

·        Saturday, July 20 – Steve White and Fia Feller with Mr. Darcy Trio

·        Saturday, August 3 – Barbara Goldstein with Hog Wild

·        Saturday, August 17 – Tavi Merrill with Unbowed

Princeton Country Dancers (http://www.princetoncountrydancers.org/)

·        Wednesday, June 26 – Judi Rivkin with Pickup Band led by the Mills Family

·        Saturday, June 29 - Sarah Van Norstrand and Great Bear Trio

·        Wednesday, July 10 – Bob Isaacs with Perpetual e-Motion (FREE DANCE!)

·        Wednesday, July 17 – Dan Black and Laura Winslow with Coracree

·        Wednesday, July 24 – Gaye Fifer with the Coffee Zombies

·        Saturday, July 27 – Ridge Kennedy with Avenue X

·        Wednesday, July 31 – Open Mic Night with Herd o’Cats

·        Wednesday, August 7 – Barbara Goldstein with Pickup Band led by the Mills Family

·         Wednesday, August 14 – Dan Black with the Pickup Band led by Pat Palmer

·        Wednesday, August 21 – Bob Isaacs and Sue Gola with Unbowed

·        Saturday, August 24 – Sue Dupre with Dancewiz

·        Wednesday, August 29 – Mark Widmer with Raise the Roof

·        Saturday, August 31 English/Contra Fete – Judi Rivkin with Fezziwig’s Irregulars

Round Hill Country Dancers (http://www1.roundhill.net:81/)

Stamford, CT

·        Saturday, July 13 – Peter Stix and Party of Three

You can also check periodically at New York City Barn Dance (http://www.nycbarndance.com/)

Nothing scheduled so far, but something might show up.

For other dances in the area see http://www.contradancelinks.com/


English country dances sponsored by CDNY go on vacation between June 18 (the last dance) and September 3 (the first) – but there is dancing in nearby New Jersey. Check out these possibilities:

North Jersey English Country Dancers - http://northjerseyenglishcountrydancers.yolasite.com/

Ridgewood, NJ

·        Sunday, June 30 – Dorothy Cummings (all dances with The Musical Mamas)

·        Sunday, July 14 – Melanie Axel-Lute

·        Sunday, July 28 – Orly Krasner

·        Sunday, August 11 – Tom Amesse

·        Sunday, August 25 – Judy Rivkin

Princeton Country Dancers (http://www.princetoncountrydancers.org/)

·        Saturday, July 13 – Joseph Pimentel with Hold the Mustard – afternoon workshops, evening dance!

·        Saturday, August 10 – Sue Dupre and Friends with TBA

·        Saturday, August 31 English/Contra Fete

For updates on our great series of fall dances, check our website periodically over the summer: cdny.org. A link to this information is also posted on the homepage of the website.   

See you back at the Church of the Village in September!

Hot Weather Comfort - Yours and Others

Stay cool at our hot dances!!

It is always mid summer in the Church of the Village!

Women get to wear those wonderful twirly skirts that twirl and their legs cool. What a wonderful world the contra dance hall is…men can wear them too and no one will think twice.

If you do not want to wear a skirt, shorts are fine, secret – women like hairy knees.

Men – wear cotton please – silks and “wicking” fabric work well for outdoor sports. They tend to stay wet in dancing and lots of women get to touch it. Cotton is the best –some men change their shirts several times in the evening – women thank them for it.

Tank tops work for women but not for men. Again, too many people touching wet skin.

We frown on fragrances at our dances – too many people coming too close to others. Some are allergic. However, in a hot and crowded room, deodorant is really appreciated by fellow dancers. If you cannot wear deodorant, a quick wash at the break will make the room happier.

A related announcement, called "Sensitive Issues," is on the website.

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.

Bargain price:
Join on or after May 1 and your membership is good through August 2014. That's an extra four months of membership for new members.

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 offered to continue his previous challenge grant: for the rest of 2013 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.

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!

Check Out CD*NY's 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.

  • 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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