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31st Annual Playford Ball Information
  • Date: Saturday, April 5
  • Time: 7:00 - 11:00 PM (afternoon walkthrough 2:00 - 4:00 PM)
  • Location: Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
  • Advance registration is required. Register now so you won't miss this popular event.
  • You can download a combination registration form and flyer here.
  • Registration forms and flyers are also available at dances.
  • You can view more information on this CD*NY webpage.

    Playford Ball Preparation
  • Attend all six sessions (February 25 thru April 1) and you will learn all the dances on the program for the ball.
  • You can read what Paul Ross wrote on the Facebook CD*NY page about Ball practice sessions, including this link to the schedule grid of all the Ball dances to be taught at the six Ball prep sessions and the afternoon prep session on the day of the Ball.
  • Sessions four and five, on the next two Tuesdays, are shown below.
  • You will enjoy the prep sessions whether or not you attend the Ball.
  • You can download instructions for the Ball dances.
  • Buy Ball Music You can download all the music for the Ball for only $10. You can read what Board member Anne Scher wrote about this music. You can buy the same music on a CD at an English dance for $10.

  • Enjoy These Dances from April 1st –  12th
    Date Caller
    Band
    Tuesdays English Country Dances 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Join an Advanced or Skills (Beginners') workshop.
    7:30 - 10:00 PM: All Dance.
    Location: The Church of the Village
    April
    1
    Paul Ross & Orly Krasner Cynthia Shaw – piano
    Julia Hartman – violin
    Sue Polansky – clarinet
    Playford Ball Preparation

    Session six, the last Tuesday session before the Ball.
    April
    8
    Tom Amessé & Paul Ross Chip Prince – piano
    Naomi Morse – violin
    Wayne Hankin – winds
    Serendipity

    We thank a generous CD*NY member for the gift of this dance.
    Regular admission will be charged.
    Find out how you can sponsor a dance.
    Saturdays
    Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
    8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
    Location: The Church of the Village
    April
    5
    Maia McCormick Black River Ironworks:
    Jonah Sidman – fiddle
    Corey Walters – flute and mandolin
    Michael Friedman – piano
    April
    12
    Laura Winslow Off'n Ensemble:
    Heidi Hammel – hammered dulcimer and English concertina
    Bob Yarbrough – winds, banjo, and bodhran
    Steve Smith – guitar and saxophones
    Elliott Schmuckler – upright bass
    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 CD*NY's annual Playford Ball.
    Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims 75 Hicks Street, Brooklyn Heights

     
    Special Future Event
    When Where What Type Notes
    Sat.
    April 19
    4:00 - 10:45 PM
    Church of the Village Janine Smith calls to the music of The Contrapolitans in the afternoon and Anadama at night. Contras Afternoon advanced dance
    Evening dance for all
    See flyer for more information.

    CD*NY is Now on Meetup

    CD*NY now has a Meetup group.

    You can find the CD*NY Meetup group here.

    This is a good way to attract people that don't know about us to our dances. Increasing attendance at our dances helps ensure the financial viability of CD*NY and also helps avoid increases in the cost of dances. Higher attendance at dances also means one can meet more people.

    Please tell your friends about CD*NY's Meetup group.

    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.

    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 2014 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.

    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.

    Useful Links for More Information
    CD*NY Home Page
    You can view a detailed calendar under "Upcoming Dances."
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    Join CD*NY
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