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Double your money. Third Musician Challenge extended through 2015.

Regular dancer? Save money (and support the dance community) by becoming a member or renewing your membership.

Enjoy 3 Great CD*NY Dances from December 15th – 26th.
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
19
Sue Gola John Coté (of Perpetual Emotion) – guitar, feet, didgeridoo, jaw harp and vocals
Audrey Knuth (of the Free Raisins) – fiddle
Winter Solstice Dance.
Lawrence Hart wrote, "The shortest day of the year has the longest night of the year..." So, lets start with this dance. Read the flyer for ideas.
December
26
Bob Isaacs The Fiddleheads:
Willow Sirch – fiddle
Jim Sirch – banjo, bodhran, whistles
Gary Wikfors – mandolin, mando-ephemera
Norman Plankey – guitar
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
15
Paul Ross Cynthia Shaw  – piano
Naomi Morse – violin
Gene Murrow – recorders and concertina
December
22 and 29
No English dances on these dates. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from CD*NY!
 
 Special Future Events - Contradances 
When Where What Notes
Saturday
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

 
Friday
January 8, 2016
The Church of the Village Twelfth Night Assembly Caller: Gene Murrow
Music by: Cynthia Shaw, Naomi Morse and Sue Polansky
Saturday
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?

You will find lots of useful information on the CD*NY home page:

  • The online calendar for all CD*NY dances. Click this link.
  • Information about Upcoming Special Events. Click this link.
  • A list of fliers that can be downloaded and other useful information, such as The Fall Contra and Fall English Calendars(PDFs).

  • 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.
    This map on the CD*NY home page shows how to get there.
      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,

    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

    Please give care to your personal hygiene! Shower, wear deodorant and make sure your breath is fresh. If you are prone to sweating, bring additional clean shirts to change into over the course of the evening. Please refrain from wearing perfume and cologne; when bodies heat up on the dance floor, fragrances are more rapidly dispersed and quickly become overpowering.

    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.

    A generous anonymous CDNY member has offered to continue last year'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

    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 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
    Lost Items
    Send email or call 212-459-4080
    Facebook Page
    What is English?
    Ask Questions/Make Suggestions
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