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Annual Appeal - You Can Help Keep Prices Low.

You've enjoyed a whole year of great dances at CD*NY. We need your help to keep prices low - give to the CD*NY Annual Appeal!

In this letter CD*NY President Claire Schaffer tells why our financial contributions are needed.

Use your credit card or PayPal to make a tax-deductible donation now - by clicking here or mail your check made out to CDNY to: CDNY, PO Box 878 Village Station, New York NY 10014. Make next year's dances even better!

Enjoy Two Contradances on December 27th and January 3rd and a Family Country Dance
Date Caller
Band
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
December
27
Dave Eisenstadter Coney Island Quickstep:
Chris Carpenter – mandolin, banjo and clarinet
Eve Rantzer – piano
Michael Gorin – fiddle
January
3
Chris Ricciotti Brooklyn Swing Ensemble:
Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle
Bill Peek – piano
Marco Brehm – bass
Danny Elias – clarinet
You can enjoy a double-header of dances by also going to the

Family Country Dance at the 92nd Street Y

The 92nd Street Ys Harkness Dance Center is presenting a family country dance on Saturday, January 3, 5-8 PM. It will be a nice introduction to traditional dancing for the younger set.

Take your kids to the family country dance, then come to the CD*NY contra on Saturday, January 3.

You can get more information on the Y's Family Country Dance web page.
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
December
23 and 30
No dances because of the end-of-year holidays.
The next English Dance will be on January 6 with Elizabeth Freedman calling and music by the Musical Mamas: Robin Russell, Julia Hartman and Norma Castle.
 
 Special Future Events - Contradances 
When Where What Notes
Saturday
January 10
The Church of the Village
ContraResolution
Beginner-friendly, no-cost dance for newcomers (4 - 6 PM) and regular evening dance.
Resolve to bring your non-dancing friends to introduce them to contradancing.
 
 Special Future Events - English Dances 
When Where What Notes
Friday 
January 9
The Church of the Village Twelfth Night Assembly Advanced dance
Saturday
April 11, 2015
Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, Brooklyn Heights, NY 32nd annual Playford Ball Pre-registration required.
Registration will open in 2015.
For experienced dancers.

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, NY

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.

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 ismen 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 $1,000, which was recently increased from $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?
    Volunteer
    Ask Questions/Make Suggestions
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