Hands Four, Your Email Reminder

ContraResolution: Bring your beginner friends to a no cost contra Jan. 11
Twelfth Night: Festive English Country Dance Jan. 10
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Enjoy These Dances from January 7th – 18th
at The Church of the Village.
Date Caller
Band
Saturdays
Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
 
ContraResolution
A Special, No-Cost Event to Encourage New Dancers

  • Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM
  • Members and experienced dancers are encouraged to partner with beginners.
  • Experienced dancers that arrive by 4:00 PM will receive $5 off for the evening dance.
  • Evening dance time: 8:00 to 11:00 PM, at regular prices.
  • Download a flyer here or view the CD*NY website page about this special dance.
  • January
    11
    Will Mentor Nor'easter:
    Cedar Stanistreet – fiddle
    Max Newman – mandolin, guitar
    Julie Vallimont – piano, accordion

    January
    18
    Quena Crain Pizazz:
    Rachel Panitch – fiddle
    Mark Wholley – guitar
    Daniel Hawkins – cello
    Joe De Paolo – percussion
      Friday English Country Dance 7:00 - 10:30 PM: Dance.
    Twelfth Night

    Come celebrate with us this age-old tradition of merriment, revelry and camaraderie to make the most of your holiday season. You can download a flyer here.
    January
    10
    Gene Murrow The 3rd String Trio:
    Peter Barnes – guitar
    Aldo Fabrizi – mandolins
    Karen Axelrod – piano, accordion
    Festive dress encouraged. Bring a treat to add to our holiday table.
    Tuesdays English Country Dances 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Join an Advanced or Skills (Beginners') workshop.
    7:30 - 10:00 PM: All Dance.
    January
    7
    Beverly Francis Cynthia Shaw – piano
    Tom Phillips – violin
    Christopher Jacoby – mandolin, accordion
    January
    14
    Elizabeth Freedman
    Dorothy Cummings
    Robin Russell – piano
    Naomi Morse – violin
    Helen White – flute
    Location of Dances 
    Location Name Address Notes
    This location is used for Tuesday English Dances and regular Saturday contradances.
    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 or take the elevator.
    How to get there.
    This location is used only for special dances.
    P.S. 199 270 West 70th Street, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan. Click for a map of the area.

    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.

  • Comfort In the Heat - 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 help everyone by shortening the lines to pay for admission to dances by joining/renewing online or mailing the membership form instead of paying for your renewal at the door.

    You can visit the CD*NY website membership page 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 (preferred) or bring it to a dance.

    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."

    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.

  • 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
    CD*NY Home Page
    You can view a detailed calendar under "Upcoming Dances."
    What is Contra?
    Join CD*NY
    Lost Items
    Send email or call 212-459-4080
    Facebook Page
    What is English?
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