March 2nd Contradance CANCELLED

As you probably expected, we are cancelling our contradance tonight,
due to the severe weather for the rest of the day and evening

It is always disappointing when we need to cancel a dance,
but the safety of our dancers and performers is really important.

Hope to see you at our next dance on April 6th.

March 2nd Contradance

After our last 2 dances were effected by this crazy winter, 
we're looking forward to better weather for our dance on Friday March 2nd!
The band will be Eleemosynary and the caller will be Ed Bugel.

Eleemosynary is a band, made up of Peter Blue on nyckelharpa and button accordion, Carol Mandigo on guitar, and Danny Birnbaum on bass. Each of them play in several other bands as well as being regulars at local music sessions. Eleemosynary plays traditional and new contra dance music with an emphasis on tunes composed by Peter. 

Ed is a local caller from Oneonta and a longtime contradancer. He calls a mixture of traditional and contemporary contradances, some of his own devising, and has a clear and friendly teaching style which is fun for dancers of all skill levels, whether beginner or experienced.

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

Hope to see you this month!

February 2nd Contradance

Our February dance will have music by Erik House and Friends,with Peter Blue calling.

Erik House is a long-time fiddle player from East Springfield, whose repertoire focuses mainly on Old Time and Quebecois tunes. He is joined by Kathy Shimberg, a life-long musician who plays piano as well as a number of different instruments in a variety of styles. Rounding out the trio is Tom White who also plays several instruments including fiddle, mandolin, guitar and sometimes whistle. 

Each of these three have been playing with many different bands for dances, concerts and other performances. But they come together for our dances to share their years of experience in contradancing and love of traditional music.

Peter Blue is well known throughout New York and New England as a musician, caller, dance organizer and composer of music and modern contradances. As a caller, his easy-going style and sense of humor always make for an evening full of fun and surprises. 

It's Ground Hog Day, so we'll know how much longer this winter will last.
But come on over regardless and enjoy the great music and fun of contradancing!

January 5th dance CANCELLED

Due to the snow prediction for today and the 
sub-zero temperatures,
we are cancelling tonight's dance.

Stay safe and warm wherever you are!

January 5th Contradance

Our first contradance for 2018 will be held on Friday, January 5th.
Music will be by Balter and Robby Poulette will be calling.

Balter is a band made up of local musicians Peter Blue on accordion and nyckleharpa, fiddler Tom White, 
Carol Mandigo playing guitar and Tom Wetmore on bass. 

Robby is one of our regular dancers and an ODS board member. 
In addition to his calling skills, he has been teaching our beginner instructions session before our dances . Plus, his specialty is telling dumb jokes!

Hope you can start your dancing New Year with us on the 5th.

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!