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:



May 5th Contradance


Our May contradance will be held at a different venue...the Farmers' Market on Main Street in Cooperstown. This is a one-time change, due to a conflict at the Church.

The music this month will be by Syracuse fiddler Eileen Nicholson (Kalfass) and pianist John Wobus.
They are both well-known NY musicians and members of several area bands. They will be coming together for our dance, bringing a repertoire of tunes from New England, Scotland, Ireland, Quebec and beyond!

Our caller will be Hilton Baxter. Hilton has been calling for almost 20 years, shortly after forming Contradance in Binghamton (now the Binghamton Community Dance). He has appeared at many dances along the east coast, where his calm and easy-going style makes the dance easy for beginners and fun for veteran dancers.

Dancing begins at 7:30 but we will give instructions for some basic steps at 7:15.

The Farmers' Market is at 101 Main Street and there is plenty of free parking in Doubleday Field.

Look for our signs to the entrance of the Market.

April 7th Contrdance


We're hoping that spring will be here for our contradance on Friday April 7th..  Music will be by Tom Wadsworth and Ed Lowman and the caller will be Garry Aney.

Guitarist Tom Wadsworth has been playing dances since his twenties, appearing throughout the Hudson River Valley, Capitol, Catskill and Adirondack regions. He is the lead member of several bands including his own Skeleton Band and also plays mandolin, tin whistle, and uilleann pipes.
Wadsworth will be joined by Ed Lowman on fiddle. As a long-time musician, Lowman is also an accomplished bass, guitar, and mandolin player who sings lead and backing vocals as well.

Garry Aney, a frequent caller at our dances, combines his love of historical interpretation with modern influences, creating an interesting balance of contemporary and traditional contradances. He calls dances from as far back as the Revolutionary War era, and as up-to-date as modern twenty-first century dances.

Garry's repertoire, in combination with the band's Americana tunes, should provide a unique evening of dance for everyone.

The dance begins at 7:30, but if you're a beginner, you can come at 7:15 when we'll have a short introduction to some basic contradance steps.

Hope to see you on the 7th!

Tonight's dance is ON


The power is back and the dance is ON.
See you tonight

Power outage in Cooperstown


As you may know, there has been a power outage in Cooperstown all afternoon.
The current estimate for power to be restored is 5:00 pm

We are really hoping to hold the contradance tonight, so we are waiting until after 5:30 to see if power is back.

Around 5;45 we will update this sight, as well as facebook and also send an email letting everyone know if the dance is on.

Please check before leaving home!
Hope to see you later tonight

March 3rd Contradance


Our caller will be Peter Blue and the music will be by Erik House and Friends.

Peter is well known throughout New York, New England and beyond as a musician, caller, and organizer of the Pine Lake dances at Hartwick College. His easy-going calling style and sense of humor make for an evening full of surprises.


Erik House is the leader of this month's band and a life-long fiddler from Springfield Center. He will be joined by “Friends” Kathy Shimberg and Tom White. Kathy plays piano and several other instruments in a variety of styles and has been involved in contradancing for years as a caller and dancer as well as a musician. Tom is also versatile, playing fiddle, mandolin, whistle and more. 

 So with this great group, as Erik says, “we should have a rousing good dance”.
Hope to see you on the 3rd!