November 4th Contradance

Our November contradance will be on Friday November 4th.
The caller will be Bob Nicholson and the band will be Fancy That!

Bob is a long-time caller from Syracuse with a smooth, easy-going style. He is well-known for his teaching skill which quickly helps get beginners dancing with experienced dancers. And he has a knack for picking the right dances for the crowd, making for a fun-filled night.  

Fancy That! is led by Curt Osgood, well known for his skill playing hammered dulcimer, as well as his efforts (through workshops and classes) to stimulate interest in the hammered dulcimer and its traditions.
Playing with him are fiddler Henry Jankiewicz, and John Wobus on keyboard, both of whom play with many area groups in a wide variety of styles. 

As Fancy That!, they play a mix of traditional and modern folk music, including a variety of Celtic, French Canadian and Americana tunes. The harp-like sound of the hammered dulcimer gives their music a unique sound which is always great to dance to!
Henry joins Curt on some of his CD's and videos. You can watch them playing at the Old Time Fiddlers Gathering a few years ago

Join us on the 4th for an evening of great dancing!

Instruction for Beginners

Are you new to contradancing?
Or have you contradanced before but not sure of some of the steps?
Don't worry!

Beginning in October, if you come 15 minutes early (7:45), 
Robby Poulette will be teaching some of the basic steps.
They are easy and Robby is a great teacher.

Hopefully this will help you will feel more confident when you step on the dancefloor.

And remember, when you're dancing, there are plenty of friendly people ready to help!

October 7th Contradance

This month's contradance will be on Friday October 7th.
Music will be by Rosetree and the caller will be Hilton Baxter.

Rosetree is a duo made up of Amy Shapiro playing fiddle and nyckleharpa and Allen Lutins on guitar. They are both long-time performers throughout New York and Pennsylvania, bringing a breadth of folk music styles to the contra dance floor.
They feature European folk music (especially Celtic, Eastern European and Scandinavian) as well as Old Time, Bluegrass and other 'Americana' classics. 

To hear some of their music, check out their website:

Hilton has been calling contradances up and down the East coast since the late 1990's, working with many wonderful musicians. His calm, gentle style and clear instructions for each dance make the dance fun for beginners and experienced dancers alike.
Amy and Allen always give us a spirited evening of fun-filled dancing, amazing listeners that there are only two of them! 
So join us on the 7th!

10,000 Steps a Day

You may have heard the general recommendation to walk 10,000 per day (about 5 miles).
Why not try contradancing instead? 
It's great exercise and much more fun than just walking!

Not sure how many miles you can dance. No problem!
We'll have pedometers at the September dance so you can find out.
Bet you'll be surprised! 

September 2nd Contradance

After a hot summer, we're ready to begin our fall season on Friday September 2nd.

Our band will be Ithaca's Ms. Marty and "Smokin' Good Band" and the caller will be Peter Stix.

Steve Ellner and Marty Blodgett swing the melodies on accordion and fiddle. Jess Youngquest rocks the rhythm with his guitar, and adds vocals and harmonica.
They are well known for playing rags and including swing tunes and vocals in their dance music. And you'll really enjoy Jess's rendition of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and other songs.

Peter Stix has been the featured caller at contradances throughout the country and currently is calling in and around the Capital District, while overseeing the Albany Contradance series.
And you may remember him from our Caribbean Contra in 2015 as well!

With SGB's creative style and Peter's wide repertoire of dances, we are sure to have an evening of lively fun!
So kick off your Labor Day weekend with us!

Summer Contradances

Hope you all enjoyed our Celtic Contra in June.
What wonderful music and delicious refreshments.
We really enjoyed the demonstration of Ceili dancing by the dancers from the O'Donnell-Kelly School of Irish Dance.
Many thanks to them!
And we enjoyed trying their progressive line dance, as well as Pamela Goddard's Irish Square!

As usual, we don't hold contradances in July and August.
But we'll be back on Friday September 2nd, 2016.
For that dance, the music will be by Ms Marty & SGB, with Peter Stix will be our caller.

Watch your email, this blog, or our facebook page later for more details about this dance.
And look for our newsletter in mid August, which will include our schedule for the rest of the year.

Enjoy the summer and hope to see you in September!

Celtic Contradance Friday June 3rd

What fun we had at the Celtic Contra!
Check out this video of one of the dances.