Hands Four, Your Email Reminder

Enjoy these 3 great dances in the next 2 weeks.
Date Caller
Band Location: Unless noted otherwise, dances take place at The United Methodist Church of the Village, 201 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011 (enter via first door on north side of 13th Street). (map)
Contradances 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Join the Beginners' Workshop.
8:00 PM - 10:45 PM: All Dance
Maia McCormick with Chloe Levine Burnt Turnip:
Jacob Curtz – fiddle
Brian Slattery – fiddle
Lloyd Graves – banjo
Mark Wholley – guitar
Deb Tankard – upright bass
Janine Smith Grand Picnic/Brooklyn Swing Mashup:
Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle
Jody Kruskal – accordion and percussion
Michael Gorin – fiddle
Bill Peek – piano
Marco Brehm – bass
Danny Elias – clarinet
Norman Plankey – guitar
Annie's Birthday Bash!
Tuesdays English Country Dances 7:00 - 7:30 PM: Join an Advanced or Skills (Beginners') workshop.
7:30 - 10:00 PM: All Dance.
Paul Ross Cynthia Shaw – piano
Lisa Bueno – violin
Dominique Gagné – flute
No Dance – Yom Kippur

CD*NY Membership for 2016-17

CDNY members and regular dancers, membership is now open for 2016-17! Join/renew your membership to save money at our events and to support our dance community. Renewing before the start of the new season enables us to get membership envelopes faster. And if you are a regular dancer who has been considering joining for a little while, now is the best time to do so because you'll get in at the member rate for the rest of this year too!

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, a credit card


download the membership form (DOC) and mail it (preferred) or bring it to a dance.

 You Won't Want to Miss These Special Future Events 


Medleys and Waltzes

Date: Saturday November 12

3:00 - 6:00 PM: Medleys & Waltzes
6:00 - 7:30 PM: BYO Dinner
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Contra Dance lesson for beginners
8:00 - 10:45 PM: Contra Dance
Caller: Will Mentor

Grand Picnic:
Sam Zygmuntowicz – fiddle
Michael Gorin – fiddle
Bill Peek – piano
Marco Brehm – bass
Fall Fling

Date: Saturday November 19
Location: P.S. 199, 270 West 70th Street, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan. (Map)

3:00 - 6:00 PM: Advanced contra dance
6:00 - 7:30 PM: BYO Dinner
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Beginners' Lesson
8:00 - 10:45 PM: Contra Dance
Caller:Lisa Greenleaf

Kathleen Fownes – Fiddle
Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin – Accordion and Piano
Everest Witman – Guitar and Feet
Waltz and Contra

Date: Saturday January 28

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Advanced waltz workshop
4:00 - 5:00 PM: Beginners' waltz workshop
5:15 - 6:45 PM: Open waltzing
6:45 - 7:45 PM: BYO Dinner
7:30 - 8:00 PM: Contra Dance lesson for beginners
8:00 - 10:45 PM: Contra Dance
Caller: Gaye Fifer

Larry Unger – guitar and banjo
Naomi Morse – violin
Marco Brehm – bass

 English Country Dances 

  Bring A Friend - Share the Fun

Invite your friends to try English country dancing and help us grow our dance community.

There will be no admission charge for you or your friend.

Dates: Tuesdays   

November 1
December 6
January 10
Playford Revisited
A Friday Night Dance Party

Dances will be selected from past Playford Balls.

Festive dress is suggested.

Date: Friday November 4
Time: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Callers: Tom Amessé and Gene Murrow
Music by:

The Flying Romanos:
Robin Russell – piano
Marnen Laibow-Koser – violin
Norma Castle – flute

Twelfth Night Assembly: A Festive Occasion to Mark the End of the Christmas Season

Date: Friday January 6
Time: 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Callers: Tom Amessé
Music by: 

Chip Prince – piano
Gene Murrow – recorders and concertina
To Be Announced  

Playford Ball 2017

Location: New York City.
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: Similar to past Balls
Mistresses of Ceremony:Beverly Francis and Dorothy Cummings
Music by: To Be Announced

More details will be available in the Fall on an eBlast and/or on the Playford Ball webpage.

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).

  • 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.

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