March 6th Contradance


Getting tired of winter? Come warm up at our March dance!
The music will be by Continental Drift and Bob Nicholson will be calling.

Continental Drift is a high-energy duo made up of Eric Anderson and Eileen Nicholson. Eric is a pianist from Seattle and has played with groups like Celticladda. Eileen, Bob's daughter and a native of Syracuse, plays fiddle with several are groups like Happy Endings and Seaglass.

But for the past year, they have been touring throughout the country.
Eileen combines a remarkable tone with solid rhythm and Eric's lively piano style adds a special touch to each dance. Their 'fiddle-and-piano' combination is sure to please!

Bob has been calling contra and square dances since 1990 throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Ontario and beyond. He has an easy-going calling style which makes him especially successful with beginner dancers.
And his enthusiasm makes for a great evening of fun for beginners and veterans alike.

With the band's exciting style and repertoire and Bob's teaching skills,
this is a great chance to learn contradancing or improve your skills.

February 6th Contradance

At our February dance, music will be by Eleemosynary and the caller will be Casey Mullaney.

What does Eleemosynary mean? It means "of, relating to, or dependent on charity; charitable". It is also the name of a band, made up of Peter Blue on nyckelharpa and button accordion, Carol Mandigo on guitar, and Danny Birnbaum on bass. Eleemosynary plays traditional and new contra dance music with an emphasis on tunes composed by Peter on nyckkelharpa and accordion.

Casey began calling while a student at Hartwick College and since graduating, has extended her experience at a variety of dances throughout upstate New York. Her warm and friendly style reflects her love of contradancing and, she enjoys working with beginners as well as challenging the more experienced dancer.

January 2 Contradance

Our 2015 schedule begins on January 2nd with Peter Blue calling to music by Robert and Jessica Calandresa, John Potocnik, and Tom Ives.

Peter is well-known as a caller and musician, performing throughout the Northeast. He has an easy-going calling style, an extensive repertoire of dances, and a sense of humor which ensures that you will enjoy the dance, regardless of how skilled you are.

Robert, who is a regular member of the band Tame Rutabaga, plays accordion and also writes dance tunes. Joining him is Jessica Calandresa, John Potocnik on fiddle, and Tom Ives on Bass. They will be playing a variety of contra jigs and reels of Celtic and traditional origins, as well as some of Robert's original tunes.

Now that the holidays are over, it's time to just relax and dance! So come join us.

December 5th Contradance

Our December dance will have music by NO'Shanigans and Hilton Baxter calling.

NO'Shanigans is a trio from Ithaca (a spinoff from O'Shanigans) and is led by Michael Ludgate. It has several 'occasional members' with Mike provides the rhythm, playing mandolin, 'feet', and guitar and in December he'll be joined by Lindsay Clark on fiddle, and Katrina Mackey as second fiddle. They perform fiddle and traditional dance music, based on Celtic, American and worldwide tunes.

You can read more about them or listen to some of their music at their website http://oshanigans.org

Hilton Baxter, founder of the Binghamton Country Dance group, has been calling contradances for nearly 20 years. He works throughout upstate New York and Pennsylvania, as well as venues up and down the East Coast. His smooth calling style is easy to follow and fun for dancers at all levels.

This is the last dance in 2014, so come, warm up, and enjoy the season with us!

November 7th Contradance

Our dance this month will have Katy Heine calling and music by John Potocnik, Carol Mandigo and Tom Wetmore.

Katy is a popular Ithaca-based caller who has been leading contradances throughout New York and Pennsylvania for many years. She's known for her clear teaching style and for her large repertoire of fun dances. Whether dancers are experienced or first-timers, they're sure to have a great time at one of her dances!

John and Carol are local favorites who play in groups with many other musicians. They play a mix of Celtic, French Canadian, and old time fiddle tunes, with some country harmonies added in. John plays fiddle, Carol adds her guitar skills, and Tom Wetmore will be joining them on bass.

Hope you can join us Friday!

October 3rd Contradance

Our October dance will be held Friday, October 3rd. Music will be by Alt-Escape and the caller will be Casey Mullaney.

Alt-Escape is an offshoot from the band Tunescape and a variation of 'Escape' (another offshoot). It is made up of Tim Ball on fiddle, Gail Blake on guitar and Peter Blue playing button accordion, nyckelharpa, and percussion. Like Tunescape, their music borrows from nearly every dance music tradition, playing Quebecois-Irish-Swedish-French-Techno-New England and original contra dance tunes, all with a wonderful energy and sense of humor!
Listen to the music of Escape and Alt-Escape on their website http://tunescape.org/escape/

Casey is a familiar face on our dance floor, whose love of contradancing led her to become a caller while at Hartwick College. Since graduating, she has extended her experience at venues throughout upstate NY, where her friendly style and clear instructions combine to create a fun-filled experience for both beginners and experienced dancers.

There's always fun when Peter is performing, so try to join us!

September 5th Contradance

Summer is over and we are dancing again!

Our first dance of the fall season will be Friday, Sept. 5th. Performers will be Curt Osgood, Henry Jankiewicz and John Wobus, with Michael Kernan calling.

The leader of the group, Curt Osgood, plays hammered dulcimer and is joined by Henry Jankiewicz on fiddle and John Wobus on keyboard. Each of these musicians have been performing at concerts and contradances throughout upstate New York for many years as members of other groups. But together, they bring a distinctive sound to the dance, using the harp-like sounds of the dulcimer to play traditional, folk and old-time music, as well as new compositions. You can find more about Curt on his website http://curtosgood.com/newmeet.html"