Hands Four, Your Email Reminder

Enjoy 4 Great CD*NY Dances from March 22nd –  April 2nd.
Date Caller
Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
Location: The Church of the Village
Carl Levine Dance Therapy:
Bill Christophersen – fiddle
Jody Kruskal – Anglo concertina
Marnen Laibow-Koser – piano and viola
Marty Fager The Gotham Gals:
Robin Russell – piano
Julia Hartman – violin
Norma Castle – flute
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
Tom Amessé Elizabeth Freedman Robin Russell – piano
Tom Phillips – violin
Helen White – flute
Playford Ball preparation session four and five of six.

These sessions will be enjoyable even if you do not plan to attend the ball.
Gene Murrow
Tom Amessé
Barbara Seppeler – piano
Laurie Girioux Williams – flute
 Special Future Events - Contradances 
When Where What Notes
Two dances, two callers and two bands at each dance. More details are at this Facebook event or on the Contrashock website.
September 30
Camp Friendship Contrashock - Part 1
October 1
P.S. 199 Contrashock - Part 2

 Special Future Event - Playford Ball 
When Where What Notes
April 9
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church 33rd annual Playford Ball Registration (required) is now open.
A PDF flyer, including a registration form, is available by clicking this link.
CD*NY and CDSS member priority: See flyer.
For experienced dancers.

 Special Future Event - English As a Second Language 
When Where What Notes
May 21
P.S. 199 English dancing for contradancers

  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM: Beginners' English Country Dance Workshop
  • 3:30 - 6:00 PM: English Country Dance for Contra Dancers and Others
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM: BYO Dinner
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Beginners' Contra Workshop
  • 8:00 - 10:45 PM:Contra Dance, for all
  • Caller: Susan Kevra
    Band: The F r e e Raisins
    Audrey Knuth – fiddle
    Amy Englesberg – piano and accordion
    Jeff Kaufman – mandolin and trumpet

    Items of Interest

    Playford Ball registration is open.

    Double your money. Third Musician Challenge extended through 2016.

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

    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.
    The locations below are used only for special dances.

    Part 1 of Contrashock, on Friday, September 30th
    Camp Friendship 339 8th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (between 5th and 6 th Avenues) Click for a map of the area.

    Part 2 of Contrashock, on Saturday, October 1st, and
    the English as a Second Language special event on Saturday, May 21st
    P.S. 199 270 West 70th Street, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan. Click for a map of the area.

    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.

    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 2016, 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!

    Online Resources for CD*NY Dancers

    CD*NY on Facebook

    CD*NY website

    CD*NY Meetup group

    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
    Get information about CD*NY dances.
    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?
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