June 1st Contradance


After a great time at our Cuatro de Mayo dance in May, we're ready for another contradance on June 1st at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Our caller will be Hannah Otten and the music will be by Traverse.

Hannah Otten is a caller and fiddler from Columbia County NY. She has called throughout New York State and New England, and also teaches fiddle at Maine Fiddle Camp every summer. She has a clear calling style and a fun-loving teaching style, making the dance fun for beginners and veterans alike.

Traverse is a locally-based trio from the Oneonta and Cobleskill area. The band features Liz Brown on flute, Carol Mandigo on guitar, and Bernd Neumann on fiddle. Together they play traditional music from the various Celtic cultures as well as jigs and reels from New England and Quebec.

We're looking forward to an evenng of wonderful music and some nice spring weather, so hope you can join us!

May 4th Contradance details


If you didn't get to our April dance, 
here are the details about our special contradance on 
May 4th.

And, for those of you who love Mexican food,
the Presbyterian Church is having a fundraiser dinner from 4-7 pm.
Come early for some great food and support a good cause. 






May 4th (Cuatro de Mayo) Contradance


This month's contradance will be held on Cuatro de Mayo, an early Cinco de Mayo celebration.  
Our caller will be Bob Nicholson and the music will be by Eileen Nicholson Kalfass and John Wobus.

Bob Nicholson, a caller from Syracuse, has an easy-going style which is especially helpful for beginners.
And his large repertoire of contradances, squares and other dances of all types will likely include something to fit the dance's theme.


John Wobus plays piano at contradances and jams in the NY and New England area and is part of several groups including Fancy That and Crooked Sixpence. Eileen Kalfass plays fiddle and is a member of the bands Seaglass, Happy Endings, and Continental Drift.
John and Ellen's tunes typically include ones from New England, Scotland, Ireland, and Quebec, but they may find something with a Mexican flavor.

Contradancing is a lively style of dance done to live music that is very social and loads of fun. All ages are welcome and no experience or dance partner is needed. The steps are easy to learn and the caller teaches each dance. 

So this dance, with its fiesta-style decorations and Mexican treats is sure to be fun for all ages!




April 6th Contradance


Finally! We're ready to dance!

Friday April 6th will be our next contradance.
Music will be by Men in Black and Garry Aney will be the caller.

Men in Black is made up of Robert Calandresa on accordion, John Potocnik on fiddle and Tom Ives playing bass. The band was organized by Robert a few years ago and are regulars at our contradances. Their strong and energetic playing reflects their wide variety of musical backgrounds and experience, whether they're playing Celtic or Old-time styles or adding in country harmonies.

Garry Aney is a long-time caller who adds a historical perspective to his calling. His dance repertoire includes dances from all points in American history, ranging from Revolutionary times to modern-day contradances.

So, if the weatherman agrees, we'll have a great dance.
Hope to see you there on the 6th.

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!