Hands Four, Your Email Reminder

CD*NY Members Only: Please return your Proxy Vote
Hot Weather Comfort - For All to Read
Renew Membership Early. New Members Get a Bargain.


Enjoy These Dances from June 11th - 22nd
at The Church of the Village.
Summer Dance Break Starts After These Dances.
Date Caller
Band
Saturdays
Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
June
15
Linda Leslie Rumpus:
Nora Smith - fiddle
Bill Quern - mandolin
Sarah Gowin - guitar
Joe De Paolo - percussion
Volunteer Appreciation Night. You can download a PDF flyer.
June
22
Rickey Holt North-South Railroad:
Charlie Pilzer - piano
Tina Chancey - fiddle
Nancy Fiske - clarinet
Tuesdays English Country Dances 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Join an Advanced or Skills (Beginners') workshop.
7:30 - 10:00 PM: All Dance.
June
11
Helen White and Dorothy Cummings Cynthia Shaw - piano
Tom Phillips - violin
Christopher Jacoby - mandolin, accordion
CD*NY members' meeting
At the break--vote on the new board! You can download a PDF flyer with the election slate and a proxy form and instructions.

Strawberry Party
CD*NY will supply strawberries and cream--bring something to complement them! You can download a PDF flyer for the festival.
June
18
See below for details.
On June 18
Come to Claire Schaffer's birthday celebration dance party!

Calling will be by Elizabeth Freedman
with music provided by:
Cynthia Shaw - piano
Julia Hartman - violin
Dominique Gagné - 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.

Special Future Events
When Where What Type Notes
Tuesday
Sept. 3
Church of the Village First Fall Dance English You can download a PDF flyer for both events.
Saturday
Sept. 7
Church of the Village Second Fall Dance contras
 
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.
 
CD*NY Members Only: Please Return Your Proxy Vote

If you know that you will not attend the meeting on Tuesday, June 11 (even though it is a Strawberry Festival dance!), please make sure to return your proxy for the upcoming election. Members received a copy in the most recent mailing. We need to ensure that we have a quorum in order to pass the nominating committee's slate of board members.

Online copies of the proxy, which include the election slate, can be downloaded from the CD*NY 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,

or

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

    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.

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