This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in New York including dance camps and weekends along with other events in New York which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: No current notes.
Accord - Rondout Valley Growers Barn Dance: Annual Barn Dance and Local Food Barbecue at Kelder's Farm, 5755 Rt. 209 between Accord and Kerhonkson from 5-10pm. Children's activities, including a petting zoo, edible minigolf, a meadow maze, hay rides and more. Tickets are $25 for adults ($30 day of) and $10 for children 6-12. There will be no charge for children under six years. Web site: http://www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org/rondout_valley_growers_events.cfm.
Albany: Dances on 2nd Fridays and some 5th Fridays to live music. All dances taught. No partner needed. Dances are held at the Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen Street from 8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. with a beginners workshop 7:45-8:00 p.m. Admission: $10 (general admission), $5 (students with ID). Contact: Peter Stix firstname.lastname@example.org (518) 729-7791. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/albanycontra.html.
Albany - Family: Circle dances, squares, line dances and play-party/singing games from around the world. Instruction and calling by Paul Rosenberg; music by Tame Rutabaga. (Sit-in musicians of any age and any degree of experience are welcome to join in.) Dances are held either on the first or second Sunday of the month. Come join us for an inter-generational, fun afternoon! Bring your children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins! Bring your friends and neighbors -- all join join hands and circle left! Location: First Congregational Church, 405 Quail Street. TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. ADMISSION: Suggested donation: Adults/ $5; Children 6-12/ $1. INFORMATION: Contact: Paul Rosenberg 518-482-9255 or email@example.com - Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/familydance.html.
Albany - SUNY: Terry Kinal has organized a contra dance at SUNY Albany from 6:00pm-8:30pm. You are welcome to attend. Participants will be mostly beginners, so if you come be prepared to help teach. The dance is on the third floor of the Physical Education Building on the main campus. A campus map is at http://www.albany.edu/maps/uptownmap.html (you can zoom in or out on your browser). The Physical Education building is #65. Parking is south of the SEFCU Arena (#67).Hope to see you there. Web site: None.
Albany - New Year's Eve: Contra/swing/waltz New Year's Eve dance. All dances taught. No partner needed. Dance is at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 375 Ontario Street (five blocks south of Madison Ave), corner of Mercer St, in Albany (ample free parking and entrance at rear of building) from 9 pm to 12:30 am. Admission: $12 ($10 for DFO members), $5 (students with ID) (includes snacks and champagne at midnight!) Please wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles. For more information, call Peter (518) 729.7791. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/albanycontradances.
Albany - Bach Branch Library: Participatory Dance for All Ages from 6:15pm to 7:45p at the Bach Branch Library, 455 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY. In the courtyard in front of the library. (Rain Location: Inside the Library). Fun, easy-to-learn dances for all ages from all around the world! Web site: http://www.homespun.biz.
Albany - Contra Fest: Dance weekend at the Dance weekend; register in advance for a discount. Location: Albany Elks Lodge, 25 South Allen Street, in Albany, NY. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/.
Albany - First Congregational Church Harvest Fair: A family dance is part of the activities at the Harvest Fair. Entire event goes from 10am to 4pm. Location: 405 Quail Street, Albany, NY 12208. Web site: http://www.communitychurchalbanyny.com/.
Alfred: Dance at the Knight Club, Powell Campus Center from 9pm to 11pm. Web site: http://www.alfred.edu.
Altamont - Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance: Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops,hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three concerts there are 120 daytime workshops given by performers. Also featured are a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children's activity area. Located at the Altamont Fairgrounds. Held in late June. Web site: http://festival.oldsongs.org/.
Amherst: Dance at the Amherst Community Church, 77 Washington Highway. Pot luck dinner at 6:30 PM, contra-basics at 7:30, dance at 8:00 PM. Web site: http://www.qccd.org/.
Annandale-on-the-Hudson - Bard College: Dances at various locations and times on campus. We charge 5-8$ to community members; bard students, staff and faculty are free. Contact: 401-323-0057. Web site: http://www.bard.edu/ or http://student.bard.edu/clubs/templates/template1.php?id=899.
Ashokan - New Year's Fiddle & Dance Fest: Long weekend of dance and music (variety of styles) with workshops during the day. Register in advance. Location: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/campnyrs.shtml.
Ashokan - New Year's Eve: Dances from 8pm (New Year's Eve) to 3am (New Year's Day) with a dinner option (reservations needed for dinner). Location: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/campnyrs.shtml.
Ashokan - Northern Week: Music and dance camp week in July with an emphasis on northern styles including Scandinavian. Register in advance. Location: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/campnw.shtml.
Ashokan - Southern Week: Music and dance camp week in August with an emphasis on southern styles including squares, Cajun and Zydeco. Register in advance. Location: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/campsw.shtml.
Ashokan - Western Week: Music and dance camp week in late June/early July with an emphasis on Lindy and West Coast swing, but with contras and squares. Location: Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/campwsw.shtml.
Ashokan - Summer Dances - Contra Dance: Contras, squares and waltzes as a prelude to Northern Week. Dance starts at 8pm and admission is $10. Ages 12 and under $5, under 5 free. Free beginners workshop 7:30pm. Dinner and overnight packages available. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/summerdance.shtml.
Ashokan - Summer Dances - Cajun and Square Dance: Squares and Cajun as a prelude to Southern Week. Dance starts at 8pm and admission is $10. Ages 12 and under $5, under 5 free. Free beginners workshop 7:00pm. Dinner and overnight packages available. Web site: http://www.ashokan.org/ashokan/summerdance.shtml.
Ashokan - Uke Camp: A family friendly weekend retreat for ukelele players of all skill levels! Workshops, concerts, dancing and jam sessions! Meals, snacks and bunkhouse-style lodging or camping is included in the registration fee. Web site: http://ashokan.org.
Ashokan - Squares - Winter Hoot: Weekend music and dance event to raise proceed for the Ashokan Center's inspiring environmental education program for kids. Attend for a few hours or the entire weekend. On-site food and lodging available. Web site: http://www.homeofthehoot.com.
Ashokan - Squares - Summer Hoot: Weekend music and dance event to raise proceed for the Ashokan Center's inspiring environmental education program for kids. Attend for a few hours or the entire weekend. On-site food and lodging available. Web site: http://www.homeofthehoot.com.
Auburn - Fall Folk Arts Festival: This event will feature traditional regional dances and crafts that celebrate autumn and the harvest. Includes a contra dance. Location: Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021. Web site: http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org.
Austerlitz - Old Austerlitz Music Festival: Participatory and performance events including a contra dance. Location: Old Austerlitz, 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, NY. Web site: http://www.oldausterlitz.org.
Ballston Spa - GottaGetGon: Informal mostly music (some dancing) weekend held on Memorial Day (U.S.) weekend in late May held at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds. A community that comes together for music and fun on one magical weekend each year or a folk festival with an old fashioned small town atmosphere. Web site:http://www.pickingandsinging.org/GGG_festival2x.htm.
Binghamton: This is an informal activity, so come as you are. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for those under 18 and students with ID. Family maximum is $17. Children below school-age are free (parents remain responsible). Important shoe policy - please bring clean soft-soled shoes to change into before dancing (see details at the link above). Any metal or other abrasive on the bottom of shoes will scratch the floor. Many tennis shoes hold stones and grit in their treads and will damage the floor too. Contradances are normally on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Check the latest schedule and location information before you come. Location: Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street. Web site: http://www.binghamtondance.org/.
Binghamton - Kindred Spirits Dance Festival: One-day dance festival in November with contras, English and Irish dancing at the Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street. Web site: http://contra.binghamtondance.org/kindred.htm.
Binghamton - Musicians' Workshops: Tunescape will be in Binghamton on Saturday, September 17, 2011 when they will do a musicians' workshop in the afternoon, and a contradance in the evening. The schedule is: 3:30 Workshops (choose one) - Melody instrument workshop, Backup instrument workshop or Percussion workshop (including foot percussion); 4:30 Break; 4:45 Joint workshop for all instruments; 5:45 Break (Dinner on your own) and then the night's contra dance. The workshops will use one or two simple tunes to develop ideas about texture, improvisation, and arrangement for contra dance use. The first set of workshops will address topics unique to each category of instrument, and the second workshop will bring all instruments together to work on a band sound and arrangement. Participants will be invited to sit in with Tunescape for a tune at the evening contra dance. To register for the afternoon workshops, please email Hilton Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Sept 15, 2011. Attendance at the workshop -Workshop admission is $5 and includes admission to the evening dance for free. Location: Trinity Church, Oak St just north of Main. This project is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Chenango County Council of the Arts. Additional funding provided by the Hoyt Foundation. Web site: None.
Bridgehampton: Circle dances, contra dances and international folk dances. No experience needed, all dances taught, singles welcome. Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Free. Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork, 977 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike at Scuttle Hole Road. Web site: http://www.uucsf.org/.
Brooklyn - Contra: Dance Location: Camp Friendship Inc, 339 8th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215-3313; lesson at 7:30pm, dance from 8pm to 11pm; $15 General Admission; $12 for Students. All are welcome! No partner necessary! If you can walk, you can contra! Website: http://www.brooklyncontra.com.
Brooklyn - Square Dance: Concerts and dance at the House of Yes, 342 Maujer Street. The night starts with the toy-piano wizardry of French toy-pianist Phyllis Chen at 9pm. Cuddle Magic, an amazing orchestral jazz-folk-pop group from Boston gone Brooklyn, continues the show at 10pm. The Dustbusters will play a short set of old time songs at 11pm and there will be an old-time southern square dance at approximately 11:30 pm. Web site: http://www.houseofyes.org.
Brooklyn - Barn Dance: Contras, squares, circles and couples' dances from starting at 9pm at the Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St. Red Hook, Brooklyn. $15 general admission/$13 in advance (available soon). All dances taught! No experience or partner necessary! Beer & wine available! Web site: http://www.nycbarndance.com/.
Brooklyn - Folk Festival: Weekend, mostly music festival featuring Old-Time, Ballads, Blues, Pre-Blues, African, Bluegrass, Author-Vocalists, Mexican, Caribbean, Balkan and more! Instrumental Workshops, Film Screenings, Square Dance, and the Banjo Toss! Various locations. Web site: http://www.brooklynfolkfest.com.
Brooklyn - Park Slope - Squares: A square dance under the stars at 5th Avenue and 4th Street from 7pm to 9pm. Web site: http://www.parkslopefifthavenuebid.com.
Brooklyn - Park Slope - Squares - Rock Shop: A square dance at the Rock Shop (249 4th Avenue) with doors opening at 8pm and music and dancing alternating until midnight. Web site: None.
Brooklyn - Squares - Benefit for Occupy Wall Street: Halloween Night Occupy Wall St. fundraiser square dance, concert and puppet show at Jalopy! The entire event goes from 7 pm-1 am. Money goes to buying winter gear to keep those representing us down there in the park throughout the cold winter months that... began this weekend. A Halloween Puppet Show and Costume Squaredance To benefit Occupy Wall St. At The Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY. $10-50 suggested donation. Show starts at 7 with an hour of short puppet shows by various local puppeteers and will go till about 1am. Dance from 9-11. Web site: None.
Brooklyn - Dancing Under the Stars: These dances are part of the "Dancing Under the Stars" series in July and August from 7pm to 9pm (kids music and program from 6pm to 7pm) on Tuesday nights at 5th Avenue and 4th Street. Web site: http://parkslopefifthavenuebid.com.
Brooklyn - Public Library: As part of the "Plaza Swing Series" sponsored by the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn, NY 11238, there will be a dance there with a beginners class at 6:30 and the dance from 7-8:30. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/804677792890404/> or the Web site: http://www.bklynlibrary.org.
Brooklyn - Squares - Northern Brooklyn Farms' Harvest Festival: Square dance is one of the activities at this one day event. Web site: http://wp.northbrooklynfarms.com/.
Brooktondale - Music Workshop: Various music workshops on different dates and times. Check site for specific details. RSVP's are requested as the number of participants is limited. Email Mike at email@example.com to reserve a seat. Web site: http://www.ludgatefarms.com/mus_jamcann.html.
Buffalo: The Queen City Contra Dancers dance on 1st and 3rd Saturdays from October to June and 3rd Saturdays only in July and August and sometimes dance on 5th Saturdays, too! Most dances run from 8-11 pm. No partner required. Come alone, or with friends and family, or with a significant other, just come! No experience required. Beginners welcome! All dances are taught and walked through. No special outfits required. We recommend loose, breathable clothing and clean, flat, soft-soled shoes. Sneakers and Hush Puppies are good. Cowboy boots and high heels are NOT good because heels can damage wooden dance floors. General admission: $8.00; Members: $7.00; Students with ID: $6.00; Children under 12: Free. Spectators: A donation to help compensate the band. Dances are usually held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Avenue. All Queen City dances are smoke-free and alcohol-free. You are dancing at your own risk at all times. Web site: http://www.qccd.org/.
Buffalo - Big Dance: One-day dance festival, Noon - 10:30 pm, in October at the 1st Presbyterian Church of West Seneca, 2085 Union Road, West Seneca. With dance and music workshops. Web site: http://www.qccd.org/.
Buffalo - New Year's Eve: Special New Year's Eve Dance from 9pm to midnight at the 1st. Presbyterian Church of West Seneca, 2085 Union Road, West Seneca. Web site: http://www.qccd.org/.
Cambridge - Hubbard Hall: Join us for old-fashioned and new-fangled contra dances, squares, circle dances, and more. No experience needed - beginners encouraged to attend. All welcome. All dances taught and called. No partner needed. Bring soft-soled shoes for dancing. Street shoes and boots will harm our beautiful dance floor! Please carry in a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes to wear while dancing. Tickets at the door. When: 4th Sundays; dancing from 6pm to 8pm with a potluck before the dance. Dancing in the Freight Depot behind Hubbard Hall, Cambridge. Admission: $8 adults; $5 age 21 and under; $15 families; $1 discount for DFO members and Hubbard Hall members. Contact: Fern Bradley, firstname.lastname@example.org - (518) 692-9079. No dances in the summer months. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/hubbardhall.
Cambridge - Hubbard Hall - Pre-Flurry: As part of the dance program at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, we're offering a series of sessions for beginning contra dancers, aimed to help new dancers gain confidence in advance of the Flurry Festival. The sessions continue on Tuesday evenings from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. through February 9, 2010. The idea is to sign up for the entire series (Cost: $60 / $54 members - Single: $13 (drop-in). First for $5.). Web site: http://www.hubbardhall.org/.
Canton: 7 PM - Beginners Instruction 7:30 to 9:30 PM Dance! St. Mary's Gymnasium, Court St. at Powers St., Canton, NY $10 - 12 Donation Adults, $5 Students, $3 SLU Students, Children under 16 free. To get on the listserv for notification of local Contra Dances, please email your contact information (including cell phone, Facebook name, Twitter account, etc. if applicable) to email@example.com - This is a healthy, fun, alcohol-free event. Bring drinking water and please wear soft-soled shoes to dance in. Partner not required. Presented by a partnership of: Sustainable Living Project and Local Living Festival; Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY); The Greenhouse Low Impact theme cottage of St. Lawrence University, SLU Student Life, Thelomathesian Society, and Swingin' Saints. Web site: http://www.sustainablelivingproject.net/contra-dance.
Canton - St. Lawrence University: Dances sponsored by the St. Lawrence University Contra Dance Club from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Lawrence University Campus Noble Center 109. No experience necessary. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Come by yourself, with a partner, or bring the entire family. For information, call 802-282-2845. Web site: http://www.stlawu.edu/studentlife/departments/student-activities-and-leadership/clubs/9839.
Canton- Bird's Foot Farm Benefit Contra Dance: A Bird's Foot Benefit Contra Dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Syke's Formal Lounge at Saint Lawrence University. Admission donations will benefit the Bird's Foot rebuilding of the Pink House, which recently burned down. Web site: None.
Canton - TAUNY Center: Community Contra Dances at the TAUNY Center, 53 Main Street, Canton, NY 13617. Live Band Contra Dances, open to the community, are now being held monthly in the Canton area. TAUNY and the St. Lawrence University Contra Club are teaming up to offer the dances. These community contra dances are lead by a caller and easy to learn. They are open to everyone in the community regardless of age or experience, and provide a wonderful opportunity for people to come together for a community activity that carries on the tradition of country barn and social dances. The dances are also a great workout for anyone who wants to put a little extra spring in their step. These dances are free and open to the public, but donations of $5-10 are appreciated at the door. Musicians interested in playing at the dances are encouraged to join the Tune School on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 6:00pm at The TAUNY Center. Contact TAUNY at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-386-4289 with any questions. Web site: http://tauny.org.
Cassadaga - Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County: Chili Feast and Barn Dance at Red House for Youth, 91 Frisbee Road in Cassadaga. Admission to the event will be $10, and children under 18 will be admitted free with a paying adult. For more information about the event or about the mission of the Child Advocacy Program of Chautauqua County, call 338-9844. Web site: http://www.capjustice.org/.
Charlton: Barn Dance at the Harmony Hall Community Center, 1401 Peaceable Street, Charlton, NY from 7pm to 9:30pm (times are approximate). Simple, easy-to-learn contra, square, circle and folk dances from around the world. No experience necessary. All dances will be taught. All ages welcome. Partner and non-partner dances. Web site: None.
Chatham: Come join us, on the first Saturday of each month at the Morris Memorial hall, Park Row (just off Main St). Dances begin with waltzing from 7:30-8:00pm, then instruction and family dancing between 8:00 and 8:30 PM, followed by more experienced-level dances from 8:30 to 11:00 PM. Bring a friend or come alone, no partners necessary! Admission is $8 - $10 (sliding scale). The Hall has asked us to dance in SOFT SOLED DANCE SHOES or Sneakers ONLY! We love dancing on the real wooden floor and non-dance shoes have been damageing it. So please use your dance shoes or sneakers. Those who do not have them will be asked to dance in stocking feet (which is not so bad). Web site: http://cococontra.org/.
Clinton - Hamilton College: Dance at Alumni Gym from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Web site: http://hamilton.edu/.
Clinton - Kirkland Art Center Barn Stomp: Dust off those boots and choose your partner for the Kirkland Art Center's Barn Stomp - A Fall Celebration of 50 Years of Art, Music and Dance from 6pm to 10pm at the Fillius Events Center, Hamilton College. Ticket price includes: Appetizers with The Rusty Doves; Presented by Clinton Tractor & Implement. Central NY's freshest old-time Americana duo playing a progressive blend of swing, bluegrass, and folk, with selections from many genres, spanning every decade since l900. A Golden Harvest Dinner sponsored by Golden Artist Colors. A colorful, seasonal offering of hearty salads, roasted vegetables, barbeque chicken, pulled pork and cajun shrimp, complete with a delicious selection of cakes and pies. Foot Stompin' Music : A barn filled evening of lively music and vocal creativity that makes simple dances accessible to anyone of any age and dance experience. Casually elegant attire, wear your country best and your dancin' shoes (or boots if you got 'em)! Full cash bar all night long. We will also be announcing the winning raffle ticket for one week accommodations on Ireland's western coast at Teach na d'Taibhs. A raffle ticket is $l00. No more than l00 will be sold! For more information and to purchase raffle tickets call 853.8871. Barn Stomp tickets are $75 with a $10 discount through October 1. Available now by calling 853.8871 or online - Web site: http://www.kirklandartcenter.org.
Clymer - Library Benefit Dance: Join us for a Contra Dance Fundraiser from 7-10 pm, at the Clymer Central School SPC (big gym at 564 Clymer-Sherman Rd., Clymer, New York 14724). Admission by donation. No experience necessary, all ages welcome, singles and couples. Snacks and drinks are provided. Special thanks to the Community Support Group of Southwestern Chaut. Co. for sponsoring this event and the Clymer Historical Society for co-hosting! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/ClymerFrenchCreekFreeLibrary.
Colonie - Buhrmaster Barn Dance: Enjoy a tradition of community dancing passed down from generation to generation at barn dances throughout the country. Dance contras and squares to live music on most 1st/3rd Sundays from mid- May through mid-September in the Buhrmaster Barn at the historic Pruyn House in Colonie, New York, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Colonie (Albany), NY. Potluck Dinner: 5:00 p.m. Dance: 6-9 p.m. Admission: $12 General Public, $10 DFO Members & Seniors, $6 students. Contact: email@example.com, 413-441-5236. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/buhrmaster.html.
Congers - Family Barn Dance to Benefit Blue Rock School: Dance to benefit the Ruth Schaeffer Scholarship Fund at Blue Rock School in West Nyack. Dance will be at the Congers Lake Memorial Park Auditorium, 6 Gilchrest Road, Congers, NY. $10 per person - Fun Raffle - Cider and Donuts. Enjoy live, traditional fiddle tunes from Ireland, Appalachia, New England and beyond. The event is open to the public. No Previous Dance Experience Necessary. Children welcome. Admission is $10 per person and tickets will be sold at the door. Refreshments and raffle tickets will be available for sale. Web site: http://www.bluerockschool.org.
Cooperstown: The Otsego Dance Society holds contradances at 8:00 PM on the first Friday of each month, with some exceptions, located at the Presbyterian Church, on Pioneer St. in Cooperstown. The admission charges are: Adults, $8, teens $4, 12 and under, free. For Otsego Dance Society info call (607) 965-8232 or (315) 272-6110. E-mail: ODS_oneonta.edu. Web site: http://otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com/.
Croton-on-Hudson - Clearwater Festival/Great Hudson River Revival: A June weekend festival fundraiser for Hudson Sloop Clearwater and also the country's oldest music and environmental festival. It includes storytellers and family-oriented entertainers, as well juried crafts, a Green Living Expo, a working riverfront, environmental education sites and the Circle of Song, where audience participation is the focus. Dancing is a small part of the festival. Web site: http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/.
Cuba: The Southern Tier Contra Dance Society sponsors dances on most 2nd Saturdays (October-May) at the Palmer Opera House, 12 West Main Street, Cuba, NY. We need to be mindful and careful of the floor surface. This means bringing a pair of clean soft-soled shoes to dance in, rather than using "street shoes" that can track outside grit onto the dance floor. Entire families are invited. There is no need to come with a partner. Live Music, all dances taught and called-easy and fun. Dancing is from 7:30-10:30 PM with admission $7, 14 and under $2. More info: Barbara Dyskant firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 557-8978. Web site: http://www.stcds.com/.
Davenport - Hartwick College: Pine Lake Campus contra dance. Hartwick College at Pine Lake. The college acquired the Pine Lake Environmental Campus in 1971 from the Neunzig family. Hartwick currently owns 920 acres (3.7 km2) in West Davenport, approximately 8.2 miles (13.2 km) from the main campus by Interstate 88 (though there are parallel roads ideal for bicycles as well). Eleven buildings, including eight cabins, are available for student residence during the school year. The Vaudevillian is an arched building, which looks similar to a gymnasium in the inside, used for showing movies, contra dances, indoor festivals, and other events. Time: 8:00pm-11:00pm. Web site: None.
Delmar - Family: Circle dances, squares, line dances and play-party/singing games from around the world. Instruction and calling by Paul Rosenberg; music by Tame Rutabaga. (Sit-in musicians of any age and any degree of experience are welcome to join in.) Dances are held either on the first or second Sunday of the month. Come join us for an inter-generational, fun afternoon! Bring your children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins! Bring your friends and neighbors -- all join join hands and circle left! Location: Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue. TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. ADMISSION: Suggested donation: Adults/ $5; Children 6-12/ $1. INFORMATION: INFORMATION: Contact: Paul Rosenberg 518-482-9255 or email@example.com - Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/familydance.html.
Delmar - Homespun "Barn" Dance: Dances at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue. Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the World. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught. Circles, contras, squares. Partner and non-partner dances. For more information, contact Paul at 518-482-9255 Or: firstname.lastname@example.org No Experience Necessary! Suggested Donation: DanceFlurry Organization Members: $5; Non-Members: $6-$8 (sliding scale); Children: Free-$3 (sliding scale). Web site: None.
Dryden - Dairy Day: Dryden Dairy Day is the community service project of the Dryden Grange. Its purpose is to reinstate an "old home day" atmosphere by in an event with a "dairy" them that is entertaining, fun, educational, and affordable to families--both young and old! The event brings together local farmers, businesses, and organizations through their sponsorship, involvement, and cooperation. Dryden Dairy Day celebrates the many contributions the dairy farmer makes to our lives. It includes a contra dance. Held in mid-June. Web site: http://www.drydendairyday.org/.
Enfield: Enfield Community Barn Dance and Potluck - Join the Enfield Democrats for a family barn dance and potluck. Donations to support the Enfield Democratic Committee. Bring a dish to pass, place settings, and both left feet. Drinks provided. Dances from 3pm-5pm. The Ithaca Old Time Jam will be jamming. Hosted by Marc and Barbara Sadovnic at their *stunning* restored barn. Suggested donation $7/person, $12/family. Free for kids! Get your harvest on! Event starts at 2PM - 5PM (Dancing starts at 3PM) 190 Halseyville Road (corner of Halseyville and Hayts/Aiken Road) Ithaca, NY 14850. Web site: None.
Fayetteville - Phylla Mae Fall Fest: The Fall Fest, held in October, is a mostly dancing weekend with some music workshops held Eastern Hills Bible Church, 4600 Enders Road, Manlius, NY 13104. Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/PhyllaMaeFallFest.html.
Fredonia: Dances on the 1st Friday of the month, beginning at 8:00pm at the Fredonia Grange #1, 58 W. Main Street. For more information, call 716-672-2716 or e-mail email@example.com. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary, come alone or with friends. Enjoy a Tradition of Community Dancing as Passed Down from Generation to Generation! Live Music(Celtic and Southern String Bands); Smoke and Alcohol Free. Friendly-Welcoming Atmosphere. All ages-Singles and Couples. Come alone or with friends. All dances called and quickly learned. $6 per person for the dance. Web site: http://www.fredoniacontra.com/Home.html.
Fredonia - Victorian Dazzle Festival: It's Fredonia a la 1890 -- experience the art, history and romance of a simpler time at Fredonia's Victorian Dazzle Festival. Victorian period costumes, ghost tours, lectures & demonstrations, antique vendors, architectural tours and a variety of Victorian era arts and entertainment combine to make this a special weekend for anyone interested in the magic of a bygone time. Held in July. Web site: http://www.festivalsfredonia.com/content/victorian-dazzle-festival.
Fredonia - Squares: Dance at the Fredonia Grange Hall, 58 West Main Street, Fredonia from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Donation: $5; 12 and under - Free. No classes, no costumes, no experience needed. Singles, couples and families welcome. All funds support restoration of a 100 year old painting at the Grange. Web site: None.
Geneva - Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Dance from 8-11 pm, Location: Hirshson Hall ballroom, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Clair Circle, Geneva, NY. Free admission, parking is available on Saint Clair St. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/174224229434575/.
Geneva - MAMA Project Benefit: Event to support a MAMA mission trip to Honduras. Location: Ramada Geneva Lakefront, 41 Lakefront Drive, Routes 5 and 20, Geneva, NY 14456. Come and enjoy an afternoon (2pm to 5pm) of fund, music and fellowship. A love offering will be collected at the door. Door prizes and a silent auction. Contact Angel Landis at 607-869-2530 for more information. Web site: http://mamaproject.org.
Geneva - Hoedown for Hunger: Benefit event for Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes. Location: Geneva Visitor Center. Tickets ($35) include food, entertainment and dancing (not just contra). Event begins at 6pm. Web site: http://www.catholiccharitiesfl.org/.
Glen Cove: Long Island All Together and OutNAbout Glen Cove sponsor occasional gender free dances at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove, 7 North Lane. Dances usually begin at 1:30pm (workshop at 1:00pm). For only $7 you will find there is always a live band, a caller giving instruction to all, refreshments and an opportunity to dance, listen to great music and meet and greet new friends and old. This is a great time to relax and kick up your heels. E-mail: OutNAboutGC@aol.com. Web site: http://www.openchurchgc.org.
Glen Falls: Fun, Traditional Dancing to Live Music! Support Live Music & Dance in Glens Falls! No experience needed - beginners encouraged to attend. All welcome. All dances taught and called. No partner needed. Bring soft-soled shoes for dancing. When: 4th Saturdays, from November to March, 8-11 p.m; Free lesson: 7:30 p.m. Where: at Temple Beth El, 3 Marion Ave., Glens Falls. Admission: $10 adults, $9 DFO members, $8 college & high school students w/ ID, $7 young dancers under 15. Contact: Bill firstname.lastname@example.org 518-307-6091. [This series has ended as of September 2012] Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/glensfalls.html.
Great Valley - Keith Blackmon Memorial Weekend - Squares: Celebrating the Rich Tradition of Round and Square Dancing in New York State. Location: Crook Farm, Bradford, PA, Great Valley Fire Company, Great Valley, NY and Cattaraugus County Museum, Machias, NY. Web site: http://cdss.org.
Hampton - Agricultural Stewardship Association and the Pember Library and Museum Barn Dance and Pig Roast: Combination fundraiser event including a barn dance held in mid-late May. Web site: http://agstewardship.org/.
Hector - Logan Community Center Fundraiser: Dance from 7pm to 10pm at the Logan Community Center, corner of Logan Rd. and Picnic Area Rd., between Hector and Burdett, NY. Come on out and dance. Beginners are encouraged to join. Light refreshments and a bake sale. Suggested donation - $5/person. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412190405730021/.
High Falls - Anniversary Barn Dance: Annual Barn Dance with Foot stompin' barn dance, local food barbecue, Anniversary fest honoring our farmers, Fun, farm displays, local food, live music for all agesat Epworth Center, 8 Epworth Lane, High Falls, NY 12440. http://www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org/rondout_valley_growers_events.cfm.
Hillsdale - Falcon Ridge Folk Festival: A four-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State. Mostly music with a track of dance programming including contras into the wee hours. Held in late July. Web site: http://www.falconridgefolk.com/.
Hillsdale - Mettabee Farms: Fall Contra Dance and Community Potluck from 4pm to 9pm at Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Rd, Hillsdale, NY. All Ages Welcome! $10 Adults & $5 Kids (suggested donation). A family dance will begin around 5:00pm for young children and their parents, followed by faster and more complicated dances. Beginner and experienced dancers of all ages are welcome at all dances! Come and just listen to the music or sit by the fire if you do not want to dance! Bonfire! Great Food! Pumpkin Carving! Web site: http://www.mettabeefarm.com.
Hopewell Junction - Synergy: Dance (contras, English, etc.) and music weekend in early October sponsored by Country Dance New York (CDNY) and held at Circle Lodge on Sylvan Lake. Register in advance. Web site: http://cdny.org/Synergy.html.
Ithaca - Belle Sherman: Family square dance at Belle Sherman Elementary School to raise money for the Belle Sherman 5th grade class trip to the Cayuga Nature Center and the Floating Classroom. Dance is from 6 p.m - 7:30 p.m. in the Belle Sherman Elementary School Gymnasium, 501 Mitchell Street, Ithaca. NY. Admission $5/person, $18/family. All dances will taught; no partner necessary; fun for all ages! Web site: None.
Ithaca - Cornell: The Cornell Contra Dance Club sponsors dances at Willard Strait Hall, Memorial Room and Appel Commons 3rd Floor on various Saturdays, 8 PM to 11 pm. Everybody is invited! The cost is $2 for students, and $5 for others. If you'd like to help us get started, we'll need a few folks to help with setup, cleanup, and greeting people at the door. Work 45 minutes and get in free! Contact aee52 at cornell dot edu for more info. Web site: https://sites.google.com/a/cornell.edu/contradance/.
Ithaca - Tompkins County Country Dances: New England Contra and Square Dances on Fridays at 8:00pm at the Bethel Grove Community Center, 1825 Slaterville Road. Free refreshments (or, bring refreshments and get in free). For more information: Ted, 607-273-8678. All dances are taught with live music and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to bring a partner. Loose, comfortable clothing is suggested; soft-soled shoes help to protect the dance floor (and your feet). Web site: http://www.tedcrane.com/TCCD/Main.htp.
Ithaca - Tompkins County Country Dances - New Year's Eve: New England Contra and Square Dances on New Year's Eve. Time: 6pm to 1am? Free, but bring a big treat for all. Potluck at 6-ish, waltzing at 7:15, dancing 8-until at the Bethel Grove Community Center, 1825 Slaterville Road. All dances are taught with live music and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to bring a partner. Loose, comfortable clothing is suggested; soft-soled shoes help to protect the dance floor (and your feet). Web site: http://www.tedcrane.com/TCCD/Main.htp.
Ithaca - Tompkins County Country Dances - Mondays in the Summer: New England Contra and Square Dances on Mondays in the summer (roughly June 1 to September 15) at 7:30pm at the Main Pavilion on the Downtown Ithaca Commons. There is an Open Band, so new musicians are welcome. Play by ear or with sheet music (provided). For more information: Ted, 607-273-8678. All dances are taught with live music and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to bring a partner. Loose, comfortable clothing is suggested; soft-soled shoes help to protect the dance floor (and your feet). Web site: http://www.tedcrane.com/TCCD/Main.htp.
Ithaca - Tompkins County Country Dances - Wednesdays in the Summer: New England Contra and Square Dances on Wednesdays in the summer (roughly June 1 to September 15) from 7pm to 9pm at Thompson Park, Ithaca NY There is an Open Band, so new musicians are welcome. Play by ear or with sheet music (provided). For more information: Ted, 607-273-8678. All dances are taught with live music and beginners are welcome. It is not necessary to bring a partner. Loose, comfortable clothing is suggested; soft-soled shoes help to protect the dance floor (and your feet). Web site: http://www.tedcrane.com/TCCD/Main.htp.
Ithaca - Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca: Dances on various dates at various times (generally 7:30pm to 10:30pm or 8:00pm to 11:00pm) at various venues including the Women's Community Building at 100 West Seneca Street and Beverly J. Martin School at 02 West Buffalo Street. Check site for details about each event. Web site: http://www.hands4dancers.org.
Ithaca - Fiddlehead Frolic: A small annual dance festival held during the first weekend in April in Ithaca. Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.hands4dancers.org/frolic/.
Ithaca - Waltz Jam: Dance to the musicians of the Waltz Jam. This is CNY's only "waltz jam". It is an open band (so musicians, bring your instruments) playing the "New England standard waltzes" from The Waltz books (I,II & III). This takes place once per month at 7:00 pm, first Friday of the Month for one hour preceding the regular Ithaca Friday Contra dance at Bethel Grove Community Center which starts at 8 pm ... a great warm up for the evening's contra dance. Web site: http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com?key=US_NY_ITH_TCCD.
Ithaca - Music Workshop: Instrumental workshops with various musicians, times, costs vary. Location: at Mike and Raylene's workshop on Canaan Rd. RSVP and Directions email@example.com Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org/.
Ithaca - Cornell Spanish Dairy: Benefit dance by the Cornell Dairy Spanish Club from 8pm to 11pm for funds for overseas trip for the Spanish Class. Beginners are especially welcomed to this event. Location: Cornell Livestock Pavillion 48 Judd Falls Road. Web site: None.
Ithaca - Farmers' Market - Squares: Event goes from 5:30 to 10 pm (dance is from 8pm-10pm) at Steamboat Landing (location of the Sat and Sun farmer's market in downtown Ithaca). Dish to Pass Supper and Dance Party Free Admission! Live auction with Peggy Haine at 7:00 pm. There will be tour boats shuttling people from Steamboat Landing to the West End Waterfront Rhiner Fest until 10 pm, So come by boat if you wish! Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org.
Ithaca - Squares - Enfield Baptist: Dance is at 7:30pm at The Old Enfield Baptist Church, 174 Enfield Main Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Suggested donation: $5 to $10 Come square dance or just be there to enjoy the music and community. Either way, come to this fun event to support Enfield's After-School Program! All dances will be taught; no experience is needed. For more information about the event: Nancy Spero (273-6603) or Judy Hyman (277-7025). Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org.
Ithaca - Oasis Dance Club - Squares: Dance at the Oasis Dance Club (1230 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY) at 9:30pm. Admission is $5 at the door. Kitchen open until 10pm. Web site: None.
Ithaca - Community School of Music and Arts: Benefit dance as part of its Arts For All Marathon. Arts For All Marathon is CSMA's annual fund raising drive: see www.artsforallmarathon.org The band will be donating most of the door proceeds to CSMA! 8-11 pm. $10/ea or $25/family at the door. 3rd Floor performance space. 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850. Web site: http://csma-ithaca.org/.
Ithaca - Squares - Community School of Music and Arts: Square dance at the Community School of Music and Art, 3rd floor 330 East State Street, Ithaca, NY at 7:30pm. Come to dance or just to party to great tunes. There will also be waltzes, and free style music. $5-10 dollars suggested donation, Beginners welcome, no partner needed. Bake sale to benefit Lehman Alternative School. For more info call Nancy Spero: 607-273-6603. Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org.
Ithaca - New York Youth Against Fracking - Fundraiser: New York Youth Against Fracking (NYYAF) invites you to their upcoming contra dance fundraiser! Contras, squares, and other fun, easy-to-learn dances. From 2:00 - 5:00 pm; LACS Gym, 111 Chestnut Street, Ithaca; Cost: $5.00 per person, $12.00 per family, 8 and under FREE! Proceeds from this event will go to anti-fracking efforts of NYYAF. Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=5963#5963.
Ithaca - Squares - Lehman Alternative Community School Fundraiser at the school, 111 Chestnut Street in Ithaca from 7pm to 10pm. Cost is 5$, children 10 and under free. No experience necessary! Bring your friends and family! This is a family group fundraiser which allows the students in this group to use funds for various school-wide activities fostering positive growth and community service. Web site: http://www.ithacacityschools.org.
Ithaca - Benefit for Tom Hodgson and Laurie Hart: A Show of Support for Tom Hodgson and Laurie Hart (the Contradictions better half). Couple dances and a few contras and squares plus songs, stories and tunes. Come enjoy a convivial afternoon while showering Laurie and Tom with some good loving energy. They have both had challenging health issues in the past two years and we didn't want the year to end without a chance to make sure they feel our support. $5-25 suggested donation. Time: 3pm to 5pm in St Paul's United Methodist Church basement in Ithaca, NY. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1375301432714399.
Ithaca - Ithaca College: Dance in Ithaca College Square from 9pm to 11pm. Web site: http://ithaca.edu.
Ithaca - Squares - Indian Creek Neighborhood Association: Dance at the Lehman Alternative Community School from 8pm to 11pm to benefit the Indian Creek Neighborhood Association. Suggested donation is $5 to $10. Web site: http://www.stopsprawl.org.
Ithaca - Squares - Chanticleer Loft: Dance at The Chanticleer, 101 W State St, Ithaca, New York 14850 from 8pm to 11pm. $5 cover. Web site: None.
Jacksonville - Squares: Dances begin at 7:30pm at Close Hall, 8 miles north of Ithaca on Route 96 in Jacksonville. $7 suggested donation, beginners welcome, no partner needed. For more information, contact: Nancy Spero, 273-6603 or Steve Selin 272-9862. Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?t=383&postdays=0&postorder=desc&start=0.
Kerhonkson - New York Folk Music Society Fall Weekend/Eisteddfod: Folk arts, including music (instrumental and vocal) and some dancing weekend in late October/early November. at the Friar Tuck Inn. Web site: http://www.minstrelrecords.com/fmsny/eisteddfod/.
Kerhonkson - New York Folk Music Society Fall Weekend/Eisteddfod: Folk arts, including music (instrumental and vocal) and some dancing weekend in late October/early November. at the Friar Tuck Inn. Web site: http://www.minstrelrecords.com/fmsny/eisteddfod/.
Kerhonkson - New York Folk Music Society Spring Weekend: The Folk Music Society of New York sponsors a spring weekend of concerts, workshops and classes in late May at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road, Kerhonkson, NY.. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.minstrelrecords.com/fmsny/weekends.html.
Kingston - Clearwater: Clearwater and the Hudson River Maritime Museum herald the return of spring on the Hudson River with a celebratory Barn Dance at the new Kingston Home Port and Education Center! Enjoy Contra Dance music. Advance Reservations $20. Price at the door is $25. Children under 12 get in free. All monies will be collected at the door. Contact Linda Richards at 845 265-8080, x7105, Events@Clearwater.org - Event is from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Clearwater's Home Port and Education Center, 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY. Web site: http://www.Clearwater.org.
Knox: Octagon Barn Dance at 588 Middle Road from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the World. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught. Circles, contras, squares. Partner and non-partner dances. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org.
Knox - Northeast Cave Conservancy: Benefit dance for the Conservancy. Doors open at 6:30pm, dance from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world, including partner and non-partner circles, contra and square dances. Every age and ability is invited. Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Silent Auction and Raffle with over $500 in prizes! $15 per person; $30 per family; children under 12 free. Web site: http://www.necaveconservancy.org.
Lake George - Adirondack Dance Weekend: Sponsored by the DanceFlurry, the weekend provides opportunities for dancing (contras, English, squares, waltz) along with recreational activities. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/silverbay.html.
Lima: Join us for an evening of fun! Old Time Country Music and Dancing from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Historic Lima Town Hall Ballroom (Access only by stairway), 7329 East Main Street. Everyone welcome. Dance (simple instructions provided) or just listen and enjoy. Admission prices: LHS Members $5, Non-members $8, Children under 16 free. Homemade refreshments included. For tickets, call 585-582-2652 or 585-624-2173 and leave message with your name and phone number. Web site: http://www.limahistorical.com/.
Machias - Keith Blackmon Memorial Weekend - Squares:Celebrating the Rich Tradition of Round and Square Dancing in New York State. Location: Crook Farm, Bradford, PA, Great Valley Fire Company, Great Valley, NY and Cattaraugus County Museum, Machias, NY. Web site: http://cdss.org.
Morrisville: Dance at Madison Hall, US Route 20 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Admission $8. Always a fun dance. Sponsored by Hamilton Friends. Web site: http://www.madisonhall.org.
Naples - Seeking Common Ground: May Day celebration and dance at Shimmering Light Farm, 6141 Hicks Rd, Naples, NY 14512. 3:00 pm - Make your May Crown (bring flowers, herbs or ribbons to contribute) and/or help paint a mural on the greenhouse wall. 5:00 – Traditional May Pole Dance. 6:00 – Potluck Supper (bring a dish to pass). 7:30 – Contra Dance. We will end the evening with a bonfire; bring your instruments :). May Day and potluck are Free. Barn dance is a suggested donation of $10 , the proceeds of which will be invested in building a walk-in cooler at the farm this year. Address: It is the driveway directly after the “Yacuzzo Outdoor Maintenance” sign. Bring a chair or blanket for the meadow if you would like one. May Day is rain or shine event. We have a spacious 5,000 square foot barn loft in the case of inclement weather. Camping is welcome. Hope to see you there! Web site: http://www.seekingcommonground.org/.
New Paltz - Mohonk's Family Festival: Taking place over two weekends and one week, this festival has a number of activities for families with contra dancing and square dancing a part of the program. Held at the Mohonk Mountain House. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.mohonk.com/.
New Paltz: Dances on 4th Saturdays at the New Paltz Community Center, 1 Veterans Drive. No Smoking Monthly every 4th Saturday to March. Admission $10, $8 New Paltz residents, $5 Undergrads/Teens, $1 Children. Refreshments by Ann Foley. Set up volunteer needed. Info: (845) 883-4467. Web site: http://www.hudsonvalleydance.org.
New York City - Country Dance * New York: American contra dances are held from September to early June. Except where otherwise indicated, all dances are on Saturday evening from 8:00-10:45 pm, at the Chinatown YMCA, 273 Bowery (corner of Houston). [Dances move to Church of the Village, 201 W 13th St, New York City beginning with dance on February 2, 2013.] Members and full-time students with ID: $12; Non-members $15. CDSS members who live 50 miles outside of NYC pay as CD*NY members. Admission Rates for Children: Children under ten Free. Children ages 10-15 get in at half the regular rate, teens 16-18 get in at $12 (student/member rate). Please bring a pair of CLEAN, SOFT-SOLED SHOES to change into for the dance. If the shoes have been worn outside, take extra care to scrub off any grit from the soles. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Country Dance * New York - Twelfth Night: Special afternoon and evening of dancing at PS 199, 270 West 70 Street. Admission Full-Day: $15 members: $20 non-members; Afternoon: $8 members: $10 non-members; Evening: $10 members: $14 non-members. Please bring a pair of CLEAN, SOFT-SOLED SHOES to change into for the dance. If the shoes have been worn outside, take extra care to scrub off any grit from the soles. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Country Dance * New York - Winter Meltdown: Special afternoon and evening of dancing at location TBA. Admission TBA. Please bring a pair of CLEAN, SOFT-SOLED SHOES to change into for the dance. If the shoes have been worn outside, take extra care to scrub off any grit from the soles. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Country Dance * New York - May Mania: Special afternoon and evening of dancing at Chinatown Y's Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery, Manhattan. Admission TBA. Please bring a pair of CLEAN, SOFT-SOLED SHOES to change into for the dance. If the shoes have been worn outside, take extra care to scrub off any grit from the soles. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Couple Dances: Sporadic dates, times and places. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Dance Parade: Annual parade in May showing off dozens of dance styles and groups. Event starts off at Broadway and 28th Street and goes to the East Village. Web site: http://www.danceparade.org/EE.
New York City - Center Contra: Gender-Role Free Contra Dance in NYC. Dance whichever role you want with whomever you want! Our dances are held monthly and are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, dance experience, or number of left feet. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. 6:30 - 7:00 Beginner instruction and "Contra Clinic" for returning dancers. Dance is from 7:00pm to 9:45pm. Admission to the dance is $12, but there is a sliding scale and dancers can pay what they can. Location: Room 301, LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street. Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/nyc/.
New York City - Village Contra: Gender-Role Free Contra Dance in NYC. Dance whichever role you want with whomever you want! Our dances are held monthly and are open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, dance experience, or number of left feet. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. 6:30 - 7:00 Beginner instruction and "Contra Clinic" for returning dancers. Dance is from 7:00pm to 9:45pm. Admission to the dance is $12, but there is a sliding scale and dancers can pay what they can. Location: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave, between 35th and 36th St, Room 1212. Web site: http://www.lcfd.org/nyc/.
New York City - Barn Dance: Contras, squares, circles and couples' dances from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at the Phillip Coltoff Center 219 Sullivan between 3rd Street and Bleecker. 7:45-8 Beginner instruction, 7:15-7:45 Clogging workshop. $15 general admission / $12 seniors-students. All dances taught! No experience or partner necessary! Beer & wine available! Web site: http://www.nycbarndance.com/.
New York City - Barn Dance - The Suffolk: Dances at The Suffolk (former PS 160), 107 Suffolk street (Lower East Side) from 10pm to 1am. $10. Come get an "education" with all the grit that a raucous hoedown on the Lower East Side is certain to provide. What happens when Williamsburg meets West Virginia? Raucous hoedown partying ensues! Come dance "Rip 'n' Snort", "Roll the Barrel", and the "Georgia Rang-Tang" to fiddle tunes backed up by banjo and guitar. Beer and Wine are available to loosen you up if the red hot fiddle isn't enough! No experience or partner necessary. All dances taught. But this is a dance PARTY, not a dance class! Web site: http://www.nycbarndance.com/.
New York City - Contra Shock: Weekend dance event. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Country Dance * New York - New Year's Eve: Special dance on New Year's Eve. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Big Apple Waltz: Monthly Waltz Workshops, Sundays, 4:00-6:00pm. Improve your waltz skills in a variety of traditional and modern waltz styles! Two classes each month (4:00-5:00 & 5:00-6:00) -- follow class links for details! $10 per class or take both for $18 Location: DANY Studios, Studio 10, 305 W. 38th between 8th & 9th, New York City. Web site: http://www.blank.org/susan/bigapplewaltz/.
New York City - Family: A new dances series has started in New York City. It is a "family" contra dance that specifically welcomes children. Dances occur on various Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. The admission price is $10/person, $20/family. Location: Church for All Nations, 417 West 57th St. (btwn 9th and 10th Aves.) New York City, NY. Web site: http://lrw.net/nyfcd.
New York City - Bryant Park: Free dance at Bryant Park (6th Avenue and 42nd Street) from 6pm to 9pm. All dances taught! No experience or partner necessary! Web site: None.
New York City - Washington Square Park Folk Festival">: One day, mostly music festival with a square dance. Web site: http://www.wspfolkfest.com.
New York City - ContraResolution: ContraResolution II, a free dance for beginners, will take place on January 10, 2015, from 3:45 to 6PM at the Church of the Village, 201 W 13th St. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
Newark Valley - Apple Festival: Weekend harvest festival from 10am - 5pm, Bement Billings Farmstead; Music, crafts, 1800's reenactors and demos, gift shop. $6 Adults, $4 students and senior citizens, $18 family rate. Includes one contra dance. Web site: http://www.nvhistory.org.
Old Bethpage: Dances at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway). Telephone: 516-572-8400. Web site: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/museums/central_nass_museum/old_bethpage_rest.html.
Old Bethpage - Old-Time Music Weekend: Weekend event at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road (Exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway) in early September with traditional music and dance as part of the events. Telephone: 516-572-8400. Web site: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Parks/WhereToGo/museums/central_nass_museum/old_bethpage_rest.html.
Old Bethpage - Long Island Fair: Sponsored by The Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and held at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration in late September/early October, the Fair includes a number of agricultural, historic and cultural activities along with a wide variety of entertainment including contra dancing. Web site: http://www.lifair.org/.
Olean: The Southern Tier Contra Dance Society sponsors dances on most 2nd Saturdays (October-May) at Immanuel Lutheran Church, N. 4th and Lauren Streets, Olean. We need to be mindful and careful of the floor surface. This means bringing a pair of clean soft-soled shoes to dance in, rather than using "street shoes" that can track outside grit onto the dance floor. Entire families are invited. There is no need to come with a partner. Live Music, all dances taught and called-easy and fun. Dancing is from 7:30-10:30 PM with admission $7, 14 and under $2. More info: Barbara Dyskant firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 557-8978. Web site: http://www.stcds.com/.
Oneonta - Hartwick College: Contra dance at Hartwick College from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the Music Circle in the Anderson Center for the Arts. Possible contact for more information: MullaneyC@hartwick.edu - Web site: http://www.hartwick.edu.
Oneonta - Hartwick College - Pine Lake: Contra dance at Hartwick College Camp at Pine Lake 1894 Charlotte Creek Road from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Dance is free. Web site: http://www.hartwick.edu.
Oneonta - Vaudevillian: Dance at 8pm at the Vaudevillian, Pine Lake, 1894 Charlotte Creek Road near Davenport Center. Sponsored by the Hartwick College Student Senate. Free for Hartwick students. Donations requested from others. Information: Peter Blue email@example.com - Web site: None.
Oswego - Great Bear Groove Dance Weekend: Dance weekend in early June sponsored by the band, The Great Bear Trio. Held at the Fallbrook Lodge. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.greatbeargroove.com/.
Oswego: Dance sponsored by the Ontario Center for Performing Arts from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. No partners are necessary. Low-heeled, comfortable shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Cost:$7 general admission; $6 Music Hall members and Seniors; $5 students; $20 family (or groups of 4 or more); children under 5 free. A newcomer's workshop begins at 7:00. Location is at The McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St. Web site: http://www.oswegomusichall.org/.
Owego: The Tioga County Contra Dance sponsors dances on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Tioga Trails Cafe, Lake and Main Streets. Admission is $7, Students and Seniors(55+) $5, Family Max $15. Beginners Welcome, all dances taught and prompted. Contact: Stu Johnson (607) 687-4034 or April Swaney (607) 657-8067. Web site: http://dance.clarityconnect.com/owegocontra.html.
Parksville: There are dances in Parksville on the third Saturday of each month from April to December from 7:30pm-10:00pm at The Just Breathe Yoga Barn, 108 Somewhere in Time Lane, Parksville, NY. Web site: http://www.parksvilleny.org/yoga.html.
Parksville - Catskill Mountainkeeper Benefit Dance: An Evening of Family Fun from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at 108 Somewhere in Time Lane (off Breezy Hill Rd) in Parksville, NY. Cost: $10/person; $30/family. Bring your dancing shoes! Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the work of Catskill Mountainkeeper. Web site: http://www.catskillmountainkeeper.org.
Parksville - Catskills CRAFT: The Catskills CRAFT group will hold a Contradance at Just Breathe Yoga in Parksville, New York, at 7 pm. Catskills CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is an educational networking group for beginning and mentoring farmers. Come do-si-do with fellow farmers and gardeners to celebrate another great year of farming in the Catskills. Please bring clean shoes for dancing or dance barefoot. The group will share a potluck supper. This event is free and open to the public. For more details on Catskills CRAFT, visit www.catskillscraft.org. Contact Eleanor Blakeslee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 267-0184 for more information about this event or to inquire about available transportation. Web site: http://www.catskillscraft.org.
Perry City: Friendly dance on the horizon at the Perry City Quaker Meeting, 6324 Route 227 in Perry City, NY. The dance starts at 6:30 - family games and dances then at 7:15 the Contra Dance. suggested donations: $5/person $9/couple $12/family with children 14 and under Beverages and Treats for Sale at the dance Bake Sale take home something sweet for your Valentine - Web site: None.
Petersburgh: The Fox Hollow Revival Contra and Square dances are held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Veterans Memorial Community Center, 71 Main Street. For more information on that dance, e-mail email@example.com, Dances begin at 7pm. Web site: None.
Pine Hill - Folk Festival: One-day festival with locally made food, artists and artisans, demonstrations, workshops, children's activities with music throughout the day and a dance in the evening. Held in early October. Web site: http://pinehillcommunitycenter.org/events/pine-hill-folk-festival/.
Pompey - Historical Society: Strawberry Social - Enjoy music, country dancing (with lessons), a Silent Auction, games for the young, good food, and especially our famous fresh Strawberry Shortcake! Fun for both adults and children. Event is $5.00/per person but child and family rates are available. Assortment of square dances. Music begins at 6:00 and dancing at 7:15. Chomppers Catering Wagon will have pulled pork, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and sides available. Event held RAIN OR SHINE at our campus (corner of Rte. 20 and Pompey Center Rd). Web site: http://www.pompeyhistorical.org.
Poughkeepsie - 3rd Saturday: Third Saturday Contra Dance. Dance from 7:30pm-10:30pm, beginners welcome, no partner necessary. Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Avenue. Large Wood Dance Floor, No Smoking. All dances are taught before we do them with music, though if you are a beginner it is wise to get there on time, because the earlier dances are the easier dances. It is a little like square dance, but always with live music (which often sounds less like cowboys than like Celtic music with a twist of jazz!). A caller leads dancers through a variety of easily learned and fun dances. There are often 2-3 couple dances (waltz, polka, swing, etc.), and usually refreshments for sale -- juice, cookies. People wear comfortable clothing (it gets hot!) Please wear clean dance shoes, so we don't scratch the floor! We hope to see you there! Admission $5 to $10. Info: 845/473-7050. Web site: http://www.hudsonvalleydance.org/.
Poughkeepsie - 5th Saturday: Fifth Saturday Contra Dances at Arlington Reformed Church, 22 Raymond Avenue. Large Wood Dance Floor, No Smoking. Admission $5 to $10, Dance from 7:30pm-10:30pm Ever wanted to play this kind of music? Come join in! Any level welcome, no partner necessary! All dances are taught before we do them with music, though if you are a beginner it is wise to get there on time, because the earlier dances are the easier dances. Usually refreshments for sale -- juice, cookies. People wear comfortable clothing and shoes (it gets hot!) Info: 845/473-7050. Web site: http://www.hudsonvalleydance.org/.
Poughkeepsie - Family Dance: Co-sponsored by and located at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie, 67 South Randolph Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Here's a great way for kids to learn to dance, and those of you who already dance can help us get more young people involved! This is a dancer-friendly community dance. Come join us. The more people we get, the jollier it gets. Bring the kids. Kids love to dance! Please come, we'd love to see you! Dance 1:30-3:30 PM; $6/3 children; $18 maximum per family. Web site: http://www.hudsonvalleydance.org/.
Rennselaerville - Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering: Held in July at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Latham, New York. Web site: http://www.cranberrygathering.com/.
Rensselaerville - Jane Long Haseley Dance: Dance from 2pm to 5pm. Free will donation to cover expenses at Conkling Hall, Rensselaerville, NY. Potluck to follow the dance. Janet and her brother, Jack Long, have been long-standing dance enthusiasts and supporters. Web site: None.
Riverhead - East End Livestock and Horsemen's Association Benefit: Dance to benefit the organization at Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. Join EEHLA for their annual Barn Dance benefit at Hallockville, with proceeds supporting the Association's livestock rescue fund. Tickets are available at the door: $20 adults, $5 ages 5-12 and under 5 are free. Soft drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing with a live caller from 7-9pm. Web site: http://www.eelha.org/.
Riverhead - Hallockville Farm Museum: Annual Hallockville Barn Dance! Come one come all! Fun for the whole family, no dance experience needed. The historic Naugles Barn will be filled with live music. Come hungry! and enjoy the local Roaming Fork food truck; local wine and beer, and ice cream will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 at the door; $5 ages 5-12; children 4 and under Free. This event is co-sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust. Web site: http://www.hallockville.com.
Rochester: The Country Dancers of Rochester sponsor contra dances on Thursdays from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at the Covenant United Methodist Church. We offer an easy and friendly pre-dance lesson every week at 7:40 for newcomers. Admission: $8 ($7 members and students, ages 17 & under free). Our dances are participatory and open to all, with live music, and smoke and alcohol free. Newcomers are always welcome. Dances are taught and prompted, with more teaching at the beginning of the evening. No partner or special dress needed - dress comfortably and wear soft-soled, low-heeled shoes. Web site: http://CDRochester.org.
Rochester - Thanksgiving Festival: Presented by the Country Dancers of Rochester, the Festival features dancing, music and workshops on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (U.S.) and is held at the Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner Street. Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://CDRochester.org.
Rochester - Waltz: Esther's Waltz class at Twelve Corners Church, 1200 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14618, 7 pm. Web site: http://estherbrillpartnerdance.com/.
Rose: Dances at the Rose Community Building School Street off Rte. 414, Rose NY 7:30 -10:30* on 2nd Saturdays 7$ Adults, 5$ Students, 20$ Family. Questions? Call Ross Marshall 315/587-2093. Web site: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rose-ny-contra-dances.
Rush - Turtle Hill Folk Festival: Weekend music festival with some dancing held in mid-September. Web site: http://www.goldenlink.org/festival.html.
Saratoga Springs - 3rd Saturday: Contradancing: 8:00-11:00 PM; free instruction session for beginners at 7:35. Please wear sneakers or other shoes with clean, soft soles. Dates: 3rd Saturdays; no dances in May, June, July and August. Location: Italian-American War Veterans' Post 35, 247 Grand Avenue. Admission: Adults - $11; DFO members - $10; High School and College students with ID - $8; Senior Citizens (65+) - $8; Dancers under age 15 - $7. (Children are welcome, but children who aren't dancing must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.) Questions? Call (518) 885-4430, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/saratogacontra.html.
Saratoga Springs - 4th Saturday: Contradancing: 8:00-11:00 PM; free instruction session for beginners at 7:35. Please wear sneakers or other shoes with clean, soft soles. Dates: 4th Saturdays; no dances in December (sometimes), May, June, July and August. Location: First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs, 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Admission: Adults $10, DanceFlurry members $9, High School and College Students with ID $7, $6 for young dancers under 15. (Children are welcome, but children who aren't dancing must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.) Questions? Call (518) 899-0105, or e-mail: email@example.com. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/saratoga.
Saratoga Springs - The Flurry Festival: Mammoth dance (numerous styles) festival held on Presidents' Day (U.S.) in mid-February with the Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga City Center being the center of the festival. Music, singing and other workshops, too. Advance discount tickets available (see website for dates). If you are staying in the area, early hotel reservations are strongly recommended. Web site: http://www.flurryfestival.org>.
Saratoga Springs - Parting Glass Contra: There has been a open jam session in Saratoga for almost 10 years. Organizers are looking to develop an opportunity for new musicians to play for dances and new callers to practice dances (or old callers to practice new dances). Fiddler Pete Sutherland and caller Will Mentor inspired the idea for this series with their Monkey House Bar square dance in Winooski, Vermont. This dance is low key and informal to allow musicians, callers, and dancers to try new things. Beginner lesson at 3:30pm; Free Dance (donations welcome) from 4pm to 6pm at 40-42 Lake Avenue Lake Ave and Henry Street, Saratoga Springs. Information: John Guay - firstname.lastname@example.org (518) 692-8612. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/parting-glass-pub-contra-party.
Saratoga Springs - Adult and Senior Center: Dances at the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. 3:30 Beginners Walk Thru. Dance 4-6 PM. Relaxed, Informal, Beginners Welcome. Free Admission. Donations Accepted. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org.
Schroon Lake - Squares: Dances on Wednesday evenings during the summer at the Town Park at 7pm Rain location: Boathouse Theater. Free admission. Contact Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce 518-532 7675 for more information. Web site: http://www.schroonlake.org/.
Scotia: Join us for a dance and picnic from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Help us celebrate the joys of being outside in the summer with a picnic and dance sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization and the Northeast Megaband. Picnic 5-7 pm, Contra Dance 7-9 pm; Where: Freedom Park, Schonowee Avenue, Scotia, next to Jumpin' Jacks; Details: Picnic starts at 5:00 pm. This is NOT a pot luck. Bring your own chairs, blankets, etc. Bring your own meal or purchase food from Jumpin' Jack's food outlet. There are grills there. There will be some music jamming before the dance. Dance starts at 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/.
Shelter Island - Sylvester Manor: Contra Dance in the Barn. 7 p.m. Step dancing class; 8 p.m. Contradance. East Enders have long celebrated the turning of the seasons with music and dancing in the barn. Come celebrate the start to Summer with a contra dance at the Havens House Barn (16 South Ferry Road). Sylvester Manor's crew of farmer-musicians will rock into the night with fiddles and banjoes afire. This dance is open to all comers, no experience necessary. The caller will lead us through moves that are as classic as they are comfortable. Ages 6-106 will have a great time. Admission: $10 adult, $5 student. Web site: http://sylvestermanor.wordpress.com.
Shelter Island - Plant and Sing: Plant & Sing is a 3 day event over Columbus Day Weekend (early-mid October) to celebrate the culture of food: growing, cooking, eating, writing and singing. It includes a contra dance. Web site: http://www.plantandsing.com/.
Sherman - Great Blue Heron Music Festival: Held in early July, this is a mostly music festival but with some dance tracks (sometimes including contras and squares) and recreational activities. Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.greatblueheron.com.
Sidney: Location: Hillcrest Roller Rink, West Main St, 563-8144. Dance is from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Anyone can participate. The steps are taught before each dance. Make a mistake and everyone laughs with you - because chances are they just made one-! Wonderful music and new friends to meet, make for a great evening. $5.00 entrance fee. Children 12 and under participate free of charge/Families of five or more get discount! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/372273842903216/.
Smithtown - LITMA: Dances every 2nd & 4th Friday from September - July from 8pm to 11pm (instruction begins at 7:45). All dances are taught right there as we do them. Singles are welcome, and so are couples, families, and groups of friends. Soft soled shoes are highly recommended because they will be easy on your feet and easy on our floors. Arrive early and be ready to dance at 7:45 for a lesson. Refreshments available because we bring them to share with each other. Please consider bringing an item to share at our refreshment table. There is also water to keep you hydrated and dancing. Location: Smithown Historical Society Frank Brush Barn, 211 East Main Street (Route 25). Admission: $10 LITMA members / $14 non-members / $7 students / under 16 free with parent. Web site: http://www.litma.org.
Southampton - Animal Shelter Benefit: Dinner and ance at 230 Elm Street in Southampton, from 7pm t0 11pm. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. Call 631-728-7387 ext 223. Web site: http://www.southamptonanimalshelter.com.
St. Johnsville - Fort Klock: From 7 pm-10ish Fort Klock will be holding a dance in our Dutch Barn! The music will focus on 18th century music and dance similar to Contra and Square dance. You are encouraged to attend in period clothing, or in 21st century clothing. Just come to have a good time dancing and listening to the music and enjoying the light refreshments that will be provided. This event is free to the public and is to celebrate the end of our 50th season and is open to the public. Fort Klock Historic Restoration’s policy prohibits alcohol consumption on our site. If you have any questions concerning the event, please call the Fort at 518-568-7779. Fort Klock is located 2 miles EAST of St Johnsville on St Route 5. Web site: None.
Stone Ridge - Squares: A free program featuring an overview of Oldtime Appalachian Music, a clog dance demo, and then...a square dance. Join in, or just tap your feet! Time: 7:00pm until 10:00pm. Marbletown Community Center, 3775 Main Street, Stone Ridge. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/511304305572392/.
Sydney: Dances are from 6:30pm to 10:00pm at Hillcrest Roller Rink, Main Street, Sidney, NY. $5.00 (12 and under are free) For more information call 563-8144 or 563-2582. We welcome all ages and dancers to the event. No experience is necessary as steps are taught before each dance. Families of five or more receive a discount. Children twelve and under may participate free of charge. Web site: None.
Fayetteville (Syracuse): Syracuse Country Dancers sponsor dances generally on 1st Saturdays (but sometimes 1st Fridays, 2nd and 4th Fridays and 5th Saturdays (but not always, so check the schedule) [Starting in March 2012, the schedule is: contra dances on first and third Saturdays, English country dancing on Fridays of the second weekend of every month, and a fourth Saturday dance at Madison Hall in Morrisville where contras, squares and English dances all may be offered. If the month has a fifth weekend, we will still have a dance, usually on Saturday, but you should check our schedule because it might be on Friday instead.] Every dance has live music and a caller who teaches each dance sequence. It's fine to come with or without a partner. If you're an old hand, you know how much fun contradancing can be. New dancers are also always welcome at our dances. We encourage new dancers to come at the beginning of the dance (to get the most out of the teaching), and to be prepared to smile a lot. Unless otherwise noted on the schedule, our dances run from 8 to 11 p.m., and are held at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville. (There are about half a dozen dances per year that we move to alternate locations.) Admission to our regular dances is $7 ($5 for people with limited income, $20 maximum per family). Contact David Smukler if you are interested in bringing a group at a reduced rate. We offer a discount for groups of 10 dancers or more. Admission is higher for occasional special dance events, such as our Cream of the Crop series and our annual weekend of dance. What should you wear to a contra dance? Go for comfortable, informal clothes. It's best to avoid colognes and perfumes. And, to help us protect the wood floors, please bring soft-soled grit-free shoes. (Flip flops and high heels should be avoided.) Don't feel you need to purchase special dance shoes; sneakers work fine and there is a brush at the dance to clean your street shoes if necessary. Web site: http://syracusecountrydancers.org/.
Fayetteville (Syracuse) - New Year's Eve: Special dance sponsored by the Syracuse Country Dancers. Every dance has live music and a caller who teaches each dance sequence. It's fine to come with or without a partner. If you're an old hand, you know how much fun contradancing can be. New dancers are also always welcome at our dances. We encourage new dancers to come at the beginning of the dance (to get the most out of the teaching), and to be prepared to smile a lot. Unless otherwise noted on the schedule, our dances run from 8 to 11 p.m., and are held at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville. (There are about half a dozen dances per year that we move to alternate locations.) Admission to our regular dances is $7 ($5 for people with limited income, $20 maximum per family). Contact David Smukler if you are interested in bringing a group at a reduced rate. We offer a discount for groups of 10 dancers or more. Admission is higher for occasional special dance events, such as our Cream of the Crop series and our annual weekend of dance. What should you wear to a contra dance? Go for comfortable, informal clothes. It's best to avoid colognes and perfumes. And, to help us protect the wood floors, please bring soft-soled grit-free shoes. (Flip flops and high heels should be avoided.) Don't feel you need to purchase special dance shoes; sneakers work fine and there is a brush at the dance to clean your street shoes if necessary. Web site: http://syracusecountrydancers.org/.
Syracuse - Erie Canal Museum: Chestnuts at the Erie Canal Museum -- a special evening of classic contra dances in a special location, the Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse, NY. A rare opportunity to experience some beloved classics -- don't miss it! Admission to our regular dances is $7 ($5 for people with limited income, $20 maximum per family). Contact David Smukler if you are interested in bringing a group at a reduced rate. We offer a discount for groups of 10 dancers or more. What should you wear to a contra dance? Go for comfortable, informal clothes. It's best to avoid colognes and perfumes. And, to help us protect the wood floors, please bring soft-soled grit-free shoes. (Flip flops and high heels should be avoided.) Don't feel you need to purchase special dance shoes; sneakers work fine and there is a brush at the dance to clean your street shoes if necessary. Web site: http://syracusecountrydancers.org/.
Syracuse - Family - New School: Family dance at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 East Genesee Street, sponsored by The New School. Dance is from 2pm to 4pm; sliding scale admission of $2.50-$5.00. Pre-read kids books and baked goodies. Web site: http://www.newschool-syr.org.
Troy - Contra Dance Workshop: Contra Dance Beginners' Workshop from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street. Contra Dance Basics. Fun, easy-to-learn dances. No partner necessary. Admission: $5. For more information, contact Paul @ 518-482-9255 or email@example.com. Web site: None.
Trumansburg - Finger Lakes Grass Roots Festival of Music and Dance: The Festival, held in mid-to-late July has a focus on traditional and contemporary roots music, with four stages which run ridiculously long hours to accommodate the 60 some bands that play the festival. The band selection reflects the eclectic tastes of our 'amorphous committee', a difficult to nail down group of musicians and artists who lean toward roots related & world music. There is dancing (sometimes contras and squares), but it is not the emphasis of the Festival. Register in advance for a discount. Web site: http://www.grassrootsfest.org/festival/.
Trumansburg - No-Frack Benefit: Contra Dance No-Frack Benefit at the Rongo at 7pm. Suggested donation of $5 supports local anti-frack initiatives. Every dance is taught, beginners welcome, you do not need to know your right foot from your left, come with or without a partner. Location: Rongovian Embassy 1 West Main Street Trumansburg, NY (607) 387-3334. Web site: http://www.rongo.com/.
Trumansburg - Fundraiser for the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts: Event is at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 5 McLallen Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Come celebrate the Trumansburg community and the area dance community together in a splendid historic building. Contra dances have been held for hundreds of years in small town halls such as the Conservatory. Come help us revive this tradition in T'burg! Suggested donation $10; children under 13 free; discount for families. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/379426608786742/.
Trumansburg - Conservatory of Fine Arts: All-ages Contra Dance at the conservatory from 2-5pm. Live music and calling. All dances will be taught. Those in the contra dance cognescenti say that the wide wood floor at TCFA is a joy for these events--come see for yourself. Admission is $10 at the door, with kids 13 and under admitted free. Web site: http://www.tburgconservatory.org.
Trumansburg Conservatory - Traditional Music and Dance Weekend: Weekend of concerts, workshops and dances. Pay for the whole weekend or a la carte. Web site: http://www.tburgconservatory.org.
Trumansburg - Quaker Meeting: Winter Family dance is a fundraiser for the Quaker meeting house. Meeting house is located on Rt. 227, 4.5 miles south of the post office in Trumansburg. Dance starts at 7:15pm. Perry City Friends Meetinghouse, 6324 Rt. 227, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Web site: None.
Voorheesville: Dances sponsored by Old Songs, generally on the 1st Saturday of the month at 37 South Main Street. Contra Dancing is a participatory and social evening. It is a great way to exercise and meet new friends. You don't have to know how to dance. In an evening of dancing there will be many contra dances (parallel lines facing each other), circle dances, and New England squares. You don't need a partner...there are always plenty of helpful partners available. Please wear clean soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floor. Dancing from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Admission: $8 per person, children 12 & under are free. Web site: http://www.oldsongs.org/dances.html.
Voorheesville - Fiddling Demystified for Strings: A camp week of classes, workshops and performances with at least one dance. The focus throughout the week will be on turning simple tune phrases into experimental rhythms, mining tunes in each style for a variable pulse, stitching their phrases together. Held in mid-August. Register in advance. Web site: http://fiddlingdemystified.com.
Voorheesville - French Canadian Music Camp: Learn the syncopated swing and twisted tunes of Québécois and Franco fiddle music and learn to sing, dance and play with that Northern "Je ne sais quoi". This week offers evening jam sessions and dancing Monday - Thursday at the hall with staff members. Held in mid-August. Register in advance. Web site: http://fiddlingdemystified.com.
Water Mill - LITMA: Dances 1st Saturdays from October through May from 8pm to 11pm (instruction begins at 7:45). All dances are taught right there as we do them. Singles are welcome, and so are couples, families, and groups of friends. Soft soled shoes are highly recommended because they will be easy on your feet and easy on our floors. Arrive early and be ready to dance at 7:45 for a lesson. Refreshments available because we bring them to share with each other. Please consider bringing an item to share at our refreshment table. There is also water to keep you hydrated and dancing. Admission: $10 LITMA members / $14 non-members / $7 students / under 16 free with parent. Location: Watermill Community Center, Route 27A. Web site: http://www.litma.org.
Westbury - Family Dance - LITMA: This dance is for the whole family. Simple circles, square, and contradances that everyone can enjoy. This is a great dance for passing on the tradition of traditional dance and music to the next generation. Admission is $7 for adults and children are free with a paid adult. These dances are held in cooperation with and are held at Westbury Friends from 7pm to 9pm. For more information call Lauren at (516) 746-4270. Location: Westbury Monthly Meeting (Westbury Friends), 550 Post Avenue. Web site: http://www.litma.org.
Westbury - Young Dancer Series: Dances strictly for those between 13 to 30 years of age, unless your playing in the band or calling. For information call Herb Lape (631) 427-7542. Admission: $10/$14. 8:00pm-11:00pm. Location: Westbury Friends School. Web site: http://www.litma.org.
Whallonsburg: Dances on various Saturdays at Square and Contra Dances at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, located at the corner of Route 22 and Whallons Bay Road. Dances begin at 7:00pm, live band with caller and instruction. A mix of squares, contras, and other dance sets to French Canadian and Celtic tunes. $6 admission, students half-price. Refreshments available. Web site: http://www.thegrangehall.org/dancing-at-the-grange.
Whallonsburg - Benefit Dance: For the Black Kettle Wildfarm/Lakeside Preschool Benefit Barn Dance. Time; 7pm to midnight. Location: Intersection of Leaning and Cook Rds. Chili dinner by volunteers available for $5 at 5pm. Dance suggested donation - $10. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org.
Woodstock: Dances at the Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Rd. sponsored by the Friends of Fiddle & Dance. Medium Wood Dance Floor, No Smoking Admission $10 Members $9, 8:00PM to 11:00PM Info: 246-2121. Web site: http://ashokan.org/calendar/mid-hudson-dance-calendar/.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.