December 1st Contradance

Our December dance will be the last one for the 2017 season and will have the band Men in Black playing with Peter Stix calling.

Men in Black is a trio of local musicians, organized by Robert Calandresa and made up of Robert playing accordion, John Potocnik on fiddle, and Tom Ives on bass. They have a wide range of musical backgrounds but together they play a mix of Celtic, French Canadian, and Old-time styles, with some country harmonies added in.

Peter Stix is a well-known caller and teacher of New England contradances, leading dances in and around the Capital District. And as editor and publisher of several collections of contradances, Peter offers a wide range of dances for all to enjoy!

Dancing begins at 7:30 PM and continues until 10:30 PM, with a short break for refreshments.
So before your holiday season gets too busy, try to join us for some stress-free fun!

November 3rd Contradance

For our November dance, Fancy That will be the musicians.
The band is made up of Curt Osgood playing hammered dulcimer, Henry Jankiewicz on fiddle and John Wobus on keyboard.

And our caller this month will be Hannah Otten.

Curt, Henry and John all perform throughout New York as members of several different bands in a variety of styles. But when they come together as Fancy That, the dulcimer and fiddle combination provides a unique sound.

Hannah is a caller and fiddler from Columbia County and has led dances in eastern New York State and Massachusetts for several years, in addition to teaching fiddle at the Maine Fiddle Camp.

Remember that we start dancing at 7:30 but if you are a beginner, come at 7:15 and Hannah and Robby will give an introduction to some basic steps.

Hope to see you there!

Fall Harvest Contradance Video

We had a great time at our Fall Harvest Dance!

Wonderful food and loads of it!
And the decorations were great, including a life-size scarecrow to greet everyone as they came in.

Peter Blue introduced his new contradance and 2 tunes, Hart's Jig and Hart's Reel,
which he wrote for Joe and Nina Hart, long-time supporters of our dance.

here's a video of the new dance:
What a lot of fun...
And many thanks to Peter!

Fall Harvest Contradance October 6th

Our October contradance will be our annual theme dance.
This year we are having a Fall Harvest Dance.

The Roadkill All Stars 
will be providing the music
(Bernie Neumann, Liz Brown, Tom Wadsworth, and Peter Blue).

And we hear they're planning a special surprise!

We'll be decorating the hall with pumpkins, cornstalks 

and other fun items.

And our snacks will reflect the bounty of the harvest, 

including apple cider and scrumptious veggie treats.

Bob Nicholson will be calling and he'll be ready to lead us in some fun dances.

So get out your denims and suspenders and come ready to DANCE

September 1 Contradance

Summer is rapidly coming to a close and we will be contradancing again SOON!

Our September dance will have Rosetree playing and Garry Aney calling.

Rosetree is a duo from the Binghamton area, made up of Amy Shapiro on fiddle 
and nyckleharpa and Allen Lutins on guitar. 
The duo plays contradances throughout New York and Pennsylvania, 
where they feature European folk music (especially Celtic, Eastern European and Scandinavian) 
as well as 'Old Time', Bluegrass and other 'Americana' classics.

Garry Aney combines his background in historical interpretation with modern influences, offering an interesting balance of contemporary and traditional contradances. He calls dances from many periods of American history and should provide a great combination with Rosetree's Americana classics and other worldwide folk music

Start your Labor Day activities with us and join us Friday September 1st!
And remember, beginners can come at 7:15 for a intro to some basic contradance steps.

June 2nd Contradance

Our June contradance will be on Friday June 2nd and we're back at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. The band for this dance will be Uncle Joe & the Rosebud Ramblers and the caller will be Ted Crane.

Uncle Joe & the Rosebud Ramblers is a band which comes to us from Ithaca. For this dance, the band members will be Joe Chicone on banjo, fiddler Renee Baum, Robin Ploss on bass, Alice Ploss providing rhythm and their newest member Cap Cooke playing guitar. They play a mix of energetic old time tunes, lively up tempo New England fiddle tunes and traditional folk songs. And many of the band members add their vocal skills to provide a great fun-filled evening! 

Ted has been a contradance caller in the Ithaca area since 1979 as well as playing bodhran (a Celtic frame drum) with several bands during that time. In addition to organizing many contradance events, he is well known for his dance database, a main Internet reference for national dance scheduling. With Ted's vast experience, he'll be calling a lively program of traditional, contemporary, and original contras and an occasion square or circle dance.

This is our last dance before we break for the summer, so try to join us!

May 5th Contradance video

What a great dance we had Friday night, even with the cement floor!
Take a look: