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CDSS Executive Committee visits. Dance with them Nov. 6 & 7

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Enjoy 6 Great CD*NY Dances from November 3rd –  14th.
Date Caller
Friday and

6 and 7
Gala Weekend – Celebrate 100 Years of Country Dance in NYC with the CDSS Executive Committee.

Country Dance * New York will be hosting the CDSS Executive Committee for this weekend of meetings, dances and social events. Enjoy great dancing, and meet and dance with Committee members.

Locations: The Church of the Village, except the November 6 contradance at Camp Friendship,
Brooklyn, NY
Cavalcade of callers including Board members Brooke Friendly, Jenny Beer, and Jill Allen Cynthia Shaw – piano
Julia Hartman – violin
Zara Lawler – flute
English Country Dance

Cavalcade of callers including Board members Brooke Friendly, Jenny Beer, and Jill Allen

  • 7:30 - 10:30 PM: Dance for all.
  • November
    Quena Crain and Alexandra Deis-Lauby

    Gender–free calling
    Brooklyn Swing Ensemble:
    Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle
    Bill Peek – piano
    Marco Brehm – bass
    Danny Elias – clarinet

    Hosted by Brooklyn Contra and Village Contra.

  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Beginners' lesson
  • 8:00 - 11:00 PM: contradance
  • November

    Geoff Cubitt
    Members of the CDSS executive committee, and local callers calling at the evening dance.
    King Kontra:
    Vere Foster – fiddle
    Pete Smale – guitar, bass and 5 string banjo
    Ian Wilson – mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo and accordion
    Geoff Cubitt – percussion and feet
    Jeff Spero – piano


  • 3:00 - 6:00 PM: Advanced Dance
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM: Potluck and community meeting with visiting CDSS executive committee
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Beginners' Workshop
  • 8:00 - 10:45 PM: Evening dance, for all
  • 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
    Part of weekend to celebrate CDSS Exec. Committee visit. See listing above the blue band.
    Mary Wesley Sassafras Stomp:
    Johanna Davis – fiddle and vocals
    Adam Nordell – guitar, vocals and feet
    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
    Dorothy Cummings
    Gotham Gals:
    Robin Russell – piano
    Julia Hartman – violin
    Norma Castle – flute
    Helen White
    Brooke Friendy
    Amy Engelsberg – piano
    lydia ievins – violin
    Naomi Morse – violin
    Special guest caller from Oregon!
     Special Future Events - Contradances 
    When Where What Notes
    November 21
    P.S. 199 Fall Fling
    Beat the cooler weather with hot contras.
    Caller: Janine Smith
    Band: The Coffee Zombies
    Afternoon advanced dance and evening dance for all.
    January 16, 2016
    The Church of the Village Afternoon waltz and evening contras Caller: Gaye Fifer
    Band: Vampire Voltage

     Special Future Events - English Dances 
    When Where What Notes

    January 8, 2016
    The Church of the Village Twelfth Night Assembly Caller: Gene Murrow
    Music by: Cynthia Shaw, Naomi Morse and Julia Hartman
    April 9, 2016
    Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church 33rd annual Playford Ball For experienced dancers.
    Pre-registration required.
    Save the date and look for registration information early in 2016.

    Want to view listings for more dances?

    The online calendar for all CD*NY dances can be viewed by clicking this link. The calendar is located on the CD*NY home page, under "Calendar of Events," at the bottom of the page.

    You can also download separate calendars for Fall English dances and contradances, in PDF format, by clicking this link or by scrolling to the "Download our Fliers" box in the right-hand column on the home page.

    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.
    The Fall Fling contradance will be held there on Saturday November 21st.
    P.S. 199 270 West 70th Street, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan. Click for a map of the area.
      This location is used only for CD*NY's annual Playford Ball.
    Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church 152 W 66th Street, New York, NY 10023, between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway

    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,


    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 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 anonymous CDNY member has offered to continue last years's challenge grant: for the rest of 2015, contributions to the Third Musician Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of $1,000.

    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!

    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 Website:

    Take a look at the website, at http://cdny.org ("www" not needed). It has a modern look, is easily navigable and provides useful information about dancing.

    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
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    Send email or call 212-459-4080
    Facebook Page
    What is English?
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