November 2nd Contradance


We'll be holding our monthly contradance on Friday November 2nd at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Music will be by Tailwind and Hilton Baxter will be calling.

Tailwind, a band formerly known as Fancy That, is still made up of the same members. Leader Curt Osgood is well known for his skill on the hammered dulcimer which he has played for over thirty years. 
Joining him are fiddler Henry Jankiewicz and John Wobus on keyboard, both of whom are talented contradance musicians, playing with numerous groups in a wide range of styles.
Together they play a mix of traditional, folk, and old-timey music, including both modern, Celtic and Americana tunes.

Hilton Baxter has called contradances for 20 years at dances throughout central New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and beyond. His dance instructions are clear and his calm gentle style and light sense of fun make the dances easy and enjoyable for everyone, especially when he adds a square or triplet to spice things up


The combination of the dulcimer and fiddle make a unique sound in contradance music so join us on the 2nd and hear for yourself.

October 5th Contradance



Our October contradance will be held Friday October 5th at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. The band Rosetree will provide the music and Ted Crane will be the caller.

Rosetree consists of Amy Shapiro on fiddle and nyckelharpa (a Swedish folk instrument) and Allen Lutins on guitar. Both are well-known musicians playing with various groups in New York's central and southern tier areas. 
Playing together since 2003, their duo performances feature European folk music (especially Celtic, Eastern European and Scandinavian) as well as Old Time, Bluegrass and other 'Americana' classics..

Ted Crane has been a contradance caller in the Ithaca area since 1979 as well as playing bodhra (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. 
Ted calls a lively program of traditional, contemporary, and original contras and an occasion square or circle dance.

Now that the summer is over and the weather has cooled off, hope to see you on the 5th!

September 7th Contradance


Our fall season will begin with a contradance on Friday September 7th at the Presyterian Church in Cooperstown.
The music will be by the band Balter annd Robby Poulette willbe the caller.

Balter is a contradance band which brings together several talented area musicians with unique backgrounds.
It was formed by Oneonta musician Peter Blue who plays accordion, nyckelharpa, and percussion.
Other members are guitarist Carol Mandigo, Tom Wetmore on bass, and fiddler Tom White who also plays mandolin and whistle.
Peter says the band's name means "to dance without particular skill or grace but with extreme joy".

Robby, an active contradancer and dance organizer, started calling in 2014.
Since then, he has called dances throughout the Cooperstown area and beyond and is a regular caller at the Pine Lake dances in Oneonta.
His easy-going teaching ability helps new dancers feel comfortable and his friendly style makes the dance fun for everyone.

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and join us on the 7th!

July 13th Contradance


As you may know, we usually don't dance in July and August.
But after having several cancellations due to the winter weather,
we have arranged to have a special contradance in July.

It will be on July 13th, the SECOND Friday of the month.
The band will be Air Power and Ed Bugel will be calling.

We'll be sending out reminders and more details, but if you're around,
put it on your calendar!

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!