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 schedule 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: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. ADMISSION: Suggested donation: Adults/ $5-$8; 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://albanyfirstcongregational.org/.
Albany - Soul Cafe: Join us for a community/family dance at the Albany Soul Cafe Community Dinner from 6-7:45 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 85 Chesnut Street, Albany, NY 12210. $5 suggested donation dinner/dancing; dancers welcome to come after dinner at 6:45 PM - free will offering welcome. Web site: None.
Albany - Shindig: A fun new series featuring “Roots” dancing. Short concerts followed by simple community circle, square, longways dances (roots of contra dance) with live fiddle music at the First Congregational Church, 405 Quail St, Albany, NY 12208, from 7pm to 9:45pm. $7 suggested donation, $5 DFO members, $2 under 12. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org.
Albany - Shaker Heritage Society: Annual meeting at contra dance at the Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, NY 12211 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm. Pot luck dinner and meeting (no admission fee) at 5:30pm. Contra dance at 6:30pm. Special Price of $6 for dancers who attend the Stockade Assembly immediately prior to this event. Regular admission: $12 General Public, $10 DFO Members & Seniors, $6 Students. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org.
Albany - Shaker Heritage Society - Contra: Dances at the Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, NY 12211. Intro for beginners at 6:45pm, dance from 7pm to 9:30pm. Admission: $6 for students, $10 for SHS (Shaker Heritage Society) and DFO members, and $12 for non-members. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org.
Albany - Earth Day Family Dance: Dance as part of Earth Day festivities at the Washington Park Lake House, Albany, NY from 3pm to 4pm. htttp://www.homespun.biz.
Albany - Library Summer Reading Family Dance: Albany Public Library Summer Family Dance at the Washington Avenue Branch, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room (2nd Floor). Info: Albany Public Library at (518) 427-4300. Enjoy live music, easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites, and international folk dances. Try your hand at Circle dances, squares, line dances and play-party/singing games from the US and around the world. Great for families with young children! FREE. Presented by the Albany Public Library. http://www.albanypubliclibrary.org/.
Albany - Honest Weight Coop: Dance from 1:00 to 1:30 (ish!) pm, rain or shine. Free. Part of the Honest Weight Coop's Harvest Event at 100 Watervliet Ave - Albany, NY 12206 - Phone: 518-482-2667. Live fiddle band playing traditional American, Celtic, French-Canadian, Old-Time, and original fiddle tunes. Easy to learn step-by-step contras, squares, and folk dances. Great for all ages! No experience or partner necessary, all dances taught. Web site: http://homespun.biz.
Alfred: Dance and concert at Alfred Village Hall at 7pm. 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-Hudson - Bard College: Dances are generally from 7:30 until 10:30 pm, with a beginners' lesson at 7, in the Bard College Campus Center Multipurpose Room or Bard Hall. Admission is $10 for community members, $5 for non-Bard students, and free for Bard students, staff, and faculty. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com - Web site: http://student.bard.edu/contra/.
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.
Ashokan - Old Time Rollick: Weekend of beginner, intermediate and advanced Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Old Time Singing and Ballads, a Gospel Sing, Square Dancing, a concert, jam sessions and more! Web site: http://ashokan.org.
Ashokan - Trad String Fling: Weekend specializing with Scottish music and dance. Web site: http://ashokan.org.
Ashokan - Squres - Swing and Shine: A Catskills Square Dance to benefit The Ashokan Center and the Woodstock School of Art from 5 PM - 9:30 PM at the The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, New York 12461. Plus outdoor fun and crafts from 3:00-5:00pm. Regional moonshine tasting, a sumptuous dinner, and a silent art auction followed by live music and square dancing! Web site: http://ashokan.org/.
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.
Averill Park: The Debra Roy Sand Lake Center for the Arts presents a community barn dance from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Center, 2880 NY 43 Averill Park, NY 12018. Phone: 518-674-2007. No experience is needed, and no partner is needed. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught: circles, contras, and squares. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 under 18. Web site: http://www.slca-ctp.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 $8.00 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. Come with or without a partner, all are welcome. 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.
Breakabeen: The Breakabeen Grange is reviving an old tradition and hosting a Contra Dance from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. All dances are taught and you don't need to bring a partner. Suggested donatation: $9 adults, 12 and under free. The Breakabeen Grange is located in southern Schoharie County, about 8 miles south of Middleburgh, just off of NYS Route 30. From 30, turn onto County Route 18 (Clauverwie Road) and the Grange is about 1/8 mile up on the right side. For more information contact Bernie at homebrewz (at) hotmail.com or 518.618.8252. 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/.
Brookhaven - Art and Music Benefit Barn Dance: From 5pm to 8pm at Painters Restaurant, 416 South County Road, Brookhaven, NY. Tickets: $100; children under 16 $50. Web site: http://www.brookhavenartandmusic.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.org.
Brooklyn - Contra - New Year's Eve: 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.org.
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 (instruction at 8:30pm) 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/.
Brooklyn - Contra - New Year's Eve: Dance at Camp Friendship, 339 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215 from 8:30pm to 1:00am with a beginners' lesson at 8pm. Brooklyn Contra will provide bubbly beverages (alcoholic and non), and light appetizers. Web site: http://www.brooklyncontra.org.
Brooklyn/Manhattan - ContraShock: Weekend dance festival in different locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Sponsored by Country Dance New York and Brooklyn Contra. Web site: http://contrashock.org/.
Brooklyn - Concert and Square Dance: A square dance and open jam at the Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St. Red Hook, Brooklyn. Concert at 9:00, square dance and jam at 10:30. $15. Web site: http://www.jalopy.biz/.
Brooklyn - Squares - Fort Hamilton: The City Stompers, in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, will host a FREE public square dance in Fort Hamilton / Bay Ridge! There will also be flatfooting demonstrations by members of the City Stompers, and information on how to join our classes in the fall. Dance is at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center, Brooklyn, New York 11209 from 6:30 PM - 8 PM. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/NYCityStompers/.
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/.
Burnt Hills: Dances at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 85 Lake Hill Road, Burnt Hills NY from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the 4th Saturday of each month from September to April. Beginners' instruction at 7:10pm. There is plenty of convenient free parking (20 spots) along the back and side of the church with an additional 30 spots just across the road. Live music. All dances taught. No need to bring your own partner. Please wear sneakers or other shoes with clean, soft soles. Admission: $11 Adults; $10 DFO members or seniors (65+); $8 HS or College students with ID; $7 Dancers under age 14. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/show_event.php?&id=10.
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 Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm The idea is to sign up for the entire series (Series cost: $20' Single drop-in: $13 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). Waltzing/couples dancing at 7:30, contra dancing begins at 8:00 pm. Bring a friend or come alone, no partners necessary! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 ages 7-14. 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/.
Chestnut Ridge - Rockland Contra Dances: The Rockland Contra Dances happen at the Green Meadow Waldorf School Gym off Route 45 in Chestnut Ridge. Address: 307 Hungry Hollow Rd, Chestnut Ridge, NY with a 7:30pm lesson and dancing from 8 pm to 10:30 pm. $12 at the door; student admission is $8.00. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1016628738420196/.
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 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm 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/.
Cuba - Squares: Square dance at the Cuba Grange, 116 E. Main St. at 7pm. Web site: None.
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.
Delhi: The New England style of folk dancing called “contra dancing” has been described as social interaction, meeting fun people, and making new friends set to music. Saint James Church Lake Delaware is pleased to be hosting the Little Delaware Contra Dance in their inviting church hall at 4:00pm. $8 gets you in, dancing, snacking, and having a great time, and children 12 and under do it all for free. Saint James is located at 55 Lake Delaware Drive in Delhi, on southbound State Route 28 halfway between Delhi and Andes. You can call 607-832-4401 for more information visit the Web site: http://www.stjameslakedelaware.net.
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: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. ADMISSION: Suggested donation: Adults/ $5-$8; 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.
Delmar - Reformed Church 17th Anniversary: Community Dance for Delmar Reformed Church's 175th Anniversary from 2:30-3:30 p.m. FREE for all ages! Celebrate one of our favorite dance venues with circles, squares, contras and more! No partner necessary. Information: Call Paul Rosenberg at 518-482-9255 or e-mail email@example.com - Web site: http://homespun.biz.
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/.
East Setauket - Bennett's Farm Fiddle and Folk Festival: Music performances, kids corner, jamming, contra dance etc. at Bennet's Farm, 56 Gnarled Hollow Road, East Setauket, NY from 11am to 7pm. Web site: http://www.fiddleandfolk.com.
Easton - Harvest Home Community Dance: Dance is from 7pm to 10pm at Burton Hall, 1071 State Route 40. Simple dances, no partner and no experience required. Light refreshments served during intermission. No admission fee. Web site: http://easton.sals.edu/.
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.
Essex - Lakeside School: Annual barn dance at Lakeside School, Black Kettle Farm. Starts aat 5:30 p.m. $10 singles, $35 for families. No experience necessary! Bring your family, bring your neighbors, bring your enthusiasm for the most rambunctious (and delicious) community event of the season. Kick off the evening with freshly made, tasty tacos from local Food Truck favorite: Mace Chasm Farm (opening at 5:30pm). Then, join us on the dance floor–the toe tapping begins at 6:30pm for the little ones followed by the 10 and up crowd hitting the barn board to promenade the night away! All proceeds benefit Lakeside School. Don't miss out on the fun! Web site: http://www.lakesideschoolinessex.org.
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.
Fayetteville (Syracuse) - Callers' Gathering: One-day callers workshop held in March. Our annual callers gathering is a opportunity for callers and people interested in calling to get together and “workshop” dances in a friendly and supportive environment. We choose a topic to focus on for the day and work with each other to learn from the dances and from the collective experiences brought to the gathering by the participants. Evening dance at the end of the day. Web site: http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/.
Flushing - Squares - Town Hall: Concert and Dance at Town Hall, Flushing, NY from 8pm to 11pm. 7-7:45 Quebec square dance lesson. Concert and dancing 9:30 Web site: None
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Gallupville: Dance from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM at Gallupville house, State Route 443 in Gallupville, NY 12073. Yummy dessert potluck during intermission: bring a dessert to share! $ 5 per person to cover caller and band & 50/50 raffle. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call Fox Creek Farm at 518-872-2375. Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Great for all ages! No experience or partner necessary. Web site: http://www.homespun.biz/.
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 email@example.com 518-307-6091. [This series has ended as of September 2012] Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/new/glensfalls.html.
Glenville: Community Dance at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7-9 PM. $5 per person. Age 18 and under FREE. Web site: None.
Governors Island - Squares - Porch Stomp: Porch Stomp celebrates the beginning of summer in New York City with an afternoon of folk, Americana, bluegrass and roots music on Governors Island. Musicians of all ages, both amateur and professional, enliven the porches of Nolan Park, while audience members stroll through grassy walkways, enjoying beautiful weather and sweet sounds echoing from every corner. Porch Stomp aims to bring together all of the diverse folk communities in New York City. The festival also offers all-inclusive jams and educational opportunities for folks learning to play music. Web site: http://makemusicny.org.
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.
Hadley: Barn Dance - at The King's School, 6087 Route 9N, Hadley, New York 12835. Join the Senior Class of the King's School as they sponsor a Barn Dance at The King's School from 7:00-9:00pm for a great night of barn dancing. All ages warmly welcomed! Admission: $10 per person, $15 per couple (but no partner necessary!). Refreshments available. Everyone welcome! No experience needed. All ages - from school children to seniors. Information: 518-654-6230. The School's web site is http://kingsschool.info but really no information there except for the date. Web site: None.
Hamilton - Bible Fellowship: Contra Dance from 7-9:30pm at the Hamilton Bible Fellowship, 7433 Hamilton Rd, Hamilton NY. $5. Web site: http://www.hamiltonbiblefellowship.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/876213635779179/.
Hemlock: Dance from 7-10pm (beginners' lesson at 6:30pm) at the Jack Evans Community Center, 4705 S. Main St. Hemlock, NY 14466 (That is straight down 15A from Rochester - it takes about 30-40 min from most places in Rochester.) Free admission, but donations gratefully accepted. We are working to keep this building open to be used for community events. The Town of Livonia had planned to close it June 1st but has now agreed to keep it open until Nov. 1st. This gives the community more time to put plans in action to keep the building for community use. Web site: None.
High Falls - Rondout Valley Growers Anniversary Harvest Hoedown and Local Food Barbecue: 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.
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: The evening will start with a selection of dances that are great for families with young children from 6:30-7:30 p.m.. The fun continues from 7:30-10 p.m. for all ages with slightly more challenging circles, squares, long-line dances and more! All dances taught. No experience or partner necessary. Easy to learn, fun to do! Location: Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Rd, Hillsdale, NY. All Ages Welcome! Suggested donation: $10 adults; $5 kids; Family and Farmer discount available. Web site: http://www.mettabeefarm.com.
Honeoye Falls: Barn/square dance at 160 Plains Road, Honeoye Falls. Come enjoy a night of square dancing with your friends and family! Dancing starts at 7:30pm and goes until 10:30pm. Cost: $2/person to cover the cost of the caller. *Please bring a snack or dessert to share!* Web site: None.
Honeoye Falls - Squares - Music Boosters: Spaghetti dinner and square dance fundraiser sponsored by the HFL School District Music Boosters. Middle School Cafeteria, 619 Quaker Meeting House Rd, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Supper from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, square dancing from 7pm to 9pm. Adults $6/$7; children under 10, $3/$4; family $20/$24. Web site: http://hflcsd.org.
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.
Hudson - NY - Squares - Benefit for Triform and Claverack Library: This dance is a joint benefit for Triform, a residential community for young adults with developmental disabilities and the local Claverack Library. The dance will be held at the Churchtown Dairy located at 357 County Rte. 12, Hudson, NY. Tickets for this fundraiser are: $75.00/adult; $25/ages 13-18; children 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets contact Jenny Post at 518.851.7120 or go to npo.justgive.org/claveracklibrary - The dance is from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Web site: http://triform.org.
Irondequoit - Squares: Old Time Community Square Dance at the Summerville Presbyterian Church Hall, 4845 St. Paul Blvd, Irondequoit, NY 14617 from 3pm to 5pm. Donations Gratefully Accepted. This is a benefit for a Mission Trip of adults and youth from the Summerville Mission Team for participation in Recovery and Rebuilding work after Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Web site: None.
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 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 Community School of Music and Art (330 East State St., Ithaca) and the Beverly J. Martin School, 302 W. Buffalo. Check site for details about each event. Web site: http://www.hands4dancers.org.
Ithaca - Fiddlehead Frolic: A small annual dance festival held during the third (usually) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, $12.00 per family, 8 and under FREE! Proceeds from this event will go to anti-fracking efforts of NYYAF. Web site: http://canaaninstitute.org/mikesmusic/viewtopic.php?p=5963#5963.
Ithaca - Squares - Lehman Alternative Community School Fundraiser at the school, 111 Chestnut Street in Ithaca from 7pm to 10pm. Cost will be 7$, 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.
Ithaca - Falling Waters Music Camp: Join us for an instructive and inspiring weekend of instruction, jamming and performance at La Tourelle in Ithaca, NY. Register in advance. No dances listed on the schedule. Web site: http://wintervillagebluegrass.org/musiccamp/.
Ithaca - Cornell - Block and Bridle: Proceeds from the dance will be donated to PATH International, a therapeutic horsemanship association which helps children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges find strength and independence through work with horses. Location: Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room. Time 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets: $5. Snacks and beverages provided. Contact email@example.com with questions. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/CUBlockBridle.
Ithaca - Tompkins County - Scandinavian: Dances from 1pm to 4pm. Location: Great Room of Slow Lane about 7 miles south of Ithaca center (call or e-mail for directions). Web site: http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com?key=US_NY_ITH_TCCD.
Ithaca - Farmers' Market - Contras: Free dance from 5pm to 8pm at the Farmers' Market at Steamboat Landing. Web site: http://www.ithacamarket.com.
Ithaca - Music Forum: Scholar Crystal Peebles will talk about: Balance and Swing: Relationships between Music and Contra Dance Choreography at the Whalen Center for Music, Ithaca College, 3322 Whalen Center, Ithaca, New York 14850 beginning at 8pm. Free, with reception. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/315353242168901/.
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.
Jefferson - Squares - Schoharie County Maple Festival: Not a part of the Festival, but event being held to celebrate it. Location: The Maple Museum, 221 Creamery Street, Jefferson, NY, 12093. Event starts at 7pm and admission is free. Refreshments. Hosted by the Jefferson Historical Society. Web site: http://www.jeffersoncountyhistory.org/.
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.
Kingston - Squares - Hudson Valley Sudbury School Benefit: A Family-Friendly Square Dance. There'll be PIE and an old fashioned CAKE WALK and EASY DANCES for the whole FAMILY with simple instructions before each dance. $8 per person • $15 per family (at the door). Proceeds support the school and its efforts to give generous financial aid! Location: BSP Lounge, 323 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401 from 1pm to 4pm. Web site: http://sudburyschool.com/.
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! $10 Single, $20 max for 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/events_adirondack.php.
Lexington: Annual barn dance at the Big Barn at the end of Grinnell Road. Auction from 5pm to 6:30pm with drawing from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Children's auction table. Line dancing from 5pm to 6pm. Square dancing from 7pm to 9pm. Hay rides, face painting. No charge, but bring a covered dish to share. Put on your dancing shoes and bring out the family to meet your neighbors and enjoy a free night of fun. Web site: http://www.lexingtonny.com.
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.
Marcy - Utica Maennerchor: A Family Community Contra, Round and Barn Dancing Class will be held at the Utica Maennerchor, 5535 Flanagan Road, Marcy, NY 13403 from 7:30-9:30pm. The Event is being hosted by the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor. This is beginner level and FUN for all, simple and easy to do, and every dance is taught and walked through before the music starts. Experienced Dancers will be there to help all the new Folks. So, come if you can and invite anyone you think that might like to try this kind of dancing. All ages are welcome. This Class will be FREE to all that come. Web site: http://www.uticamaennerchor.com.
Medina - Higher Mountain Bluegrass Festival: Location: Forrestel Farm Riding Camp 11380 Main St, Medina, NY 14103 from 2pm to 9pm. Admission: $5 pre-sale / $10 at the door. 16 and under free. Food and beverage vendors on premises, horseback riding, pony rides, Children Activities, Chinese Auction and Basket Raffles all to benefit Fully Alive Christian Ministries. Various bands to be playing all day. Barn Dancing. Bring a lawn chair. Jammin' all day. Bed and Breakfast on premises for overnight guests. For information call: 716-772-1006. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1616724931878515/.
Milford - Beaver Valley Campground: Dance at the Campground, 38 Towers Road, Milford, NY. Free live music. All ages welcome. No dance experience or partner needed. 6:00pm - cookout - dinner and snacks by donation with proceeds to go to Cooperstown and Hardwick Food Banks. 6:45pm - quick and easy dance lesson. 7:00pm-10:00pm - dancing and live music. Web site: None.
Morris - Otsego County Fair: One-hour contra dance on one day as part of this week-long event with a wide variety of activities. Web site: http://www.otsegocountyfair.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/.
Naples - Shimmering Light: Event from at the Shimmering Light Farm, 6143 Hicks Road, Naples, New York 14512, from 2:00–9:30PM. 2:00 - Weave your May Crown and a Wee Bit of Enchantment; 4:30 - Traditional May Pole; 5:30 - Potluck Supper (bring your favorite spring dish to pass!); 6:30 - Barn Contra Dance. What to Bring: Chairs or blanket for the meadow. Herbs, flowers and/or ribbons for your May Crown adornments. A dish to share if you are staying for the potluck. Ages: Families, Adults, Children with adults. Delightful fun for all ages, from the young’uns to the wise ones! Cost: May Day Events from 2-6:30PM are free to the public and welcome donations from those who can provide. Contra Dance: $15/adults. Children are free. Funds raised will support scholarships for our educational programs. Registration requested by April 27. Rain or Shine (move to Great Barn loft in case of rain). Web site: http://www.shimmeringlight.info.
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 - 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. Beginners' lesson and "Contra Schmooze" from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Dance from 7:00pm to 9:45pm. Admission to the dance is $15, Students $12. Location: LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011. Web site: http://www.villagecontra.org/.
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 - 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: https://www.facebook.com/wspfolkfestival.
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/.
New York City - Family Dance - 92nd St Y: There will be Squares, Circle dances, Reels and Lines. Bring a dish and share in a vegetarian pot-luck supper before the dancing begins. Dance is from 5-8 pm. $15 for Adults / FREE for children under 18. Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, Buttenwieser Hall. Web site: http://www.92y.org.
New York City - Randall's Island Fall Festival: A dance from 2pm to 3pm is one of the activities during this event (from 10am to 3pm). A full day of face painting, hunting for pumpkins, Urban Farm tours, apple cider and more! This FREE event is open to the community. Location: Urban Farm, Fields 62-63. Web site: http://www.randallsisland.org.
New York City - CDNY - Flash Mob: Events at various locations and times. Generally there is a link in the notes for more information. Not recommended for beginners. Web site: http://www.cdny.org/.
New York City - Squares - City Stompers: Square dance events at a variety of locales, dates and times in New York City. Hosted by the City Stompers and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Web site: http://www.nycitystompers.com/home/City_Stompers/Home.html.
New York City - The Harlem Hoedown: Dance outside the Harlem State Office Building, 163 W 125th St, New York, New York 10027 from 1pm to 5pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/TheHarlemHoedown.
New York City - Waltz - Metropolitan Museum of Art: waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and schottisches from the the time of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1000 5th Ave, New York, New York 10028. You are invited to dance or linger; costumes are admired and optional. Location: Engelhard Court in the American Wing. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1661444287432918/.
New York City - Squares - Jimmy's No. 43: Dances on the last Wednesday of each month at Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E 7th St, New York, New York 10003 from 9pm to 11pm. Jimmy's is an East Village locale with a speak-easy vibe and a fabulous selection of craft beer and hard cider on tap. Bring your dancing shoes! Flatfooting, Clogging, and even Square Dancing! Dance with us or just come to enjoy the music and make new friends. No cover, just a one drink (or food item) minimum to thank Jimmy’s No. 43, a long-standing friend of the arts in the East Village, for providing us with a space to dance in. Web site: http://nycitystompers.com.
New York City - Signature Theatre: Dance as part of the Signature Theatre's "Sig Social". The Theatre is located at 480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036. Lesson is 9:15pm with the dance at 9:30pm. Lesson and dance appear to be free. Attendees can also attend a theatre event before the dance (separate ticket). Held in conjunction with Brooklyn Contra. Web site: http://www.signaturetheatre.org.
New York City - Scandinavian - Wednesdays: Dances every Wednesday: 7:00 - 7:45 All welcome for request dancing to live or recorded music. Instruction for beginners. 7:45 - 8:30 Teaching; 8:30 - 10:00 Swedish and Norwegian dancing. Live music. Admission: $10 per evening. Location: Town and Village Synagogue 334 East 14th Street, NYC (between 1st and 2nd Aves). Note: Please bring clean leather soled shoes with low heels for dancing. They will make the turning easier, and protect the wooden dance floor. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/scandianewyork/wednesdays.
New York City - Lerner Hall: Special dance lesson for a group of about 60 study abroad students at Lerner Hall at Columbia University, some of whom may be joining the Village Contra Dance on July 8. WE'D LOVE YOUR HELP as experienced dancers to come out and help the lesson (and by extension, the dance on Friday) run more smoothly! Help us grow our community by welcoming beginners and spread the joy of contra to friends from China. The lesson will be held in Lerner Hall of Columbia University in Room 555. (1 block south of the 116th St subway stop on line 1. Enter from the East side/campus side) Let the attendant know you are here for the Contra lesson. If you RSVPed on FB, they should have your name. Otherwise please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names of dancers you are coming with. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/210872872640398/.
New York City - Squares - Far Rockaway: The City Stompers, in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, will host a FREE public square dance at Rockaway Beach! There will also be flatfooting demonstrations by members of the City Stompers, and information on how to join our classes in the fall. Dance is from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Beach 94th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11693, United States. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/NYCityStompers/.
New York City - Squares - Asser Levy: The City Stompers, in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, will host a FREE public square dance at Rockaway Beach! There will also be flatfooting demonstrations by members of the City Stompers, and information on how to join our classes in the fall. Dance is from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at Asser Levy Recreation Center, 23rd Street FDR Dr, New York, New York 10010. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/NYCityStompers/.
New York City - Squares - Gotham Girls Roller Derby Fundraiser: Unlace your skates and put on your cowboy boots, it's square dancing time! Get ready to kick up your heels, do-si-do, and curtsy to lighting-fast fiddle tunes. All dances are taught beforehand as part of the fun, so beginners are as welcome as those who can Allemande blindfolded. Doors open at 8:00 P.M. Live music and dancing commences at 8:30 P.M. Event will take place at the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Warehouse located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Exact location will be emailed upon purchase of ticket. All proceeds will go towards the operating costs of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, an NY State registered 501c3 non-profit. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/GothamGirls/.
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.
North Hillsdale - Oldtone Roots Music Festival: features traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians, instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations, and exceptional national and regional acts on our main, dance, & workshop stages. Web site: http://www.oldtonemusicfestival.com/.
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 email@example.com or (716) 557-8978. Web site: http://www.stcds.com/.
Olean - Farmers' Market: Meet, organize, dance an hour, invite newbies to come to Cuba that night!! 10:30 AM - 12 PM. Olean Mall Parking Lot, 400 N. Union, Olean, NY 14760. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/637339729780083/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Oneonta - Callers' Gathering: One-day callers workshop held in March. Our annual callers gathering is a opportunity for callers and people interested in calling to get together and “workshop” dances in a friendly and supportive environment. We choose a topic to focus on for the day and work with each other to learn from the dances and from the collective experiences brought to the gathering by the participants. Evening dance at the end of the day. Location: Hartwick College's Pine Lake Campus is located at 1894 Charlotte Creek Rd Oneonta NY. Web site: http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/.
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 Countryside Community Center, 9 Sheldon Guile Boulevard, Owego, NY 13827 (US). Admission is $7, Students and Seniors(55+) $5, Family Max $15. Beginners Welcome, all dances taught and prompted. Contact: Stu Johnson (607) 687-4034. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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/.
Pine Hill: Dance at the Pine Hill Community Center, 287 Main St., Pine Hill, NY 12465 at 1pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pine-Hill-Community-Center/181760911859034.
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. Location: St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. 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 St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. 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/.
Port Jervis:Dances at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 31 W Main St. Port Jervis, New York 12771 with teaching at 6:30pm and dancing from 7pm to 9pm. You are also welcome to join us to just listen to the live music! Hope to see you there! Be sure to bring shoes comfortable to dance in and a bottle of water. $10 - for adults | $5 - 18 and younger | 6 and under is free! Web site: None.
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 from6 6pm to 11pm (dance may be smaller subset of hours). 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. 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 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Covenant United Methodist Church. We offer an easy and friendly pre-dance lesson every week at 7:15pm for newcomers. General admission: $9; Members & students: $8; Youth under 17 (accompanied by a responsible adult): $2). 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/.
Rochester - Squares - Harvest Hootenanny: As part of this South Wedge community festival which goes from 11am to 9pm on South Avenue between Gregory and Averill, there will be a square dance. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/HarvestHootenanny.
Rochester - Squares - Mosaic Church: Dance at the Mosaic Church, 389 Gregory St, Unit 400, Rochester, New York 14620. Tickets: $7 per person, $25 maximum per family. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/mosaicroc/.
Rochester - New Year's Eve: Dance will be from 8:30 to midnight (bring your noisemakers!) and then to 12:15am, and will feature mostly contra dances with a sprinkling of couple dances such as waltz, French bouree, and Scandinavian dances. Bring a friend and a dish to share! It will be a great night to spend with your friends dancing, listening to amazing musicians, and munching delicious snacks. Location: Summerville Presbyterian Church, 4845 St Paul Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617. Admission: $10 for members; $12 for non-members; $ 5 for listeners and children under 12. Fancy attire admired but not required. Web site: http://CDRochester.org.
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.
Round Lake: Dances at the Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Avenue, Round Lake, NY from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the 4th Saturday of each month from September to April. Beginners' instruction at 7:10pm. There is plenty of convenient free parking (20 spots) along the back and side of the church with an additional 30 spots just across the road. Live music. All dances taught. No need to bring your own partner. Please wear sneakers or other shoes with clean, soft soles. Adults $12; DFO members & Seniors (65+) $10; HS and College Students with ID $8; $7 for young dancers under 15. Web site: http://www.danceflurry.org/show_event.php?&id=10.
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 - The Flurry : 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 - 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.
Saratoga Springs - Family Dance: Saratoga Family Dance from 10am to 11am in Congress Park. Admission free. Contact Paul Rosenberg for more info: email@example.com or call 518-482-9255. Rain/heat location: The Dutcher Room in Saratoga Springs Public Library). Web site: http://www.homespun.biz/.
Saratoga Springs - First Night: 7-8 p.m. - Family Dance for Families with Young Children 9-10 p.m. - Community Dance for All Ages (7+). Part of the many activities at this New Year's Eve celebration. Web site: http://www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight.
Saratoga Springs - Super Bowl Dances: Event in the H. Dutcher Community Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866-3271 from 2pm to 3pm. Get your groove on with our Super Bowl Sunday Family Dances at the library. Fun, participatory, family dances from around the world. For all ages! No registration required. Web site: http://www.sspl.org/.
Saratoga Springs - Spring Fever Barn Dance: Spring Fever Barn Dance at the New Horizon Church, 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs, NY from 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Suggested Donation: $3 per person, $15 per family (max). When the dancing starts, the steps are easy enough for everyone to participate: the young and old, the nimble and not so nimble. Everyone has a great time! $3 per person/$15 per family max donation appreciated. Drinks and snacks provided. It is open to everyone so, please pass this on to anyone else you know that might enjoy it. Information: 518-654-6230. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Horizon-Church/469772549753918.
Saratoga Springs - High Rock Park: Contra dance as part of Farm Fest Friday at the Farmers' Market Pavilion in High Rock Park. Free and open to all. Dance from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. Web site: http://www.flurryfestival.org.
Saratoga Springs - Family Dance in the Park: Family Dance at Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Park, presented by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Dance is from 10am to 11am at Congress Park Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Saratoga Springs Public Library Children's Room at 584-7860 opt. 3. Circle dances, squares, line dances and play-party/singing games from the US and around the world. Great for families with young children! FREE. For Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 482-9255. Web site: http://www.homespun.biz.
Saugerties: Harvest Hoe-Down Dance for Saugerties Food Pantry at the Knights of Columbus, 19 Barclay Ave., Saugerties. 7-9 PM. $10 Admission. Cash beverages available. 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds donated to Saugerties Food Pantry and God Given Bread Soup Kitchen. Web site: None.
Saugerties - Mountaintop Music and Merriment Festival: One-day afternoon festival of activities sponsored by the Mountatintop School including a family dance. Web site: http://mountaintopschool.com/.
Schenectady - Electric City Food Coop Fundraiser: A Farm-to-Table Dinner and Dance to Benefit the Coop's Capital Campaign, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, at The Brown School, 150 Corlaer Avenue, Schenectady. The Electric City Food Coop is preparing an amazing evening of dancing, a farm-to-table buffet prepared by a chef colleague and me, and silent auction. All ages welcome. All dances taught. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free meal options available. Wine and Beer available for purchase. Dinner/Dance Admission: $45 members, $55 non members. Dancing-Only Admission: $15 members, $25 non members. Web site: http://www.electriccityfood.coop.
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/.
Schoon Lake - Bandstand: Do-si-do to live fiddle music at Schroon Lake Waterfront. July through August, join in at the waterfront every Wednesday from 7-9pm for family style square dancing. No experience necessary. Learn to square dance taught by callers. Located at the Bandstand Park on Dock Street. FREE. Location: Schroon Lake Bandstand, Dock St. - Schroon Lake, NY. Information: 518.532.7675. Web site: http://www.schroonlakeregion.com.
Schoon Lake - Dock Street: Family Square Dance from 7pm to 9pm at Dock Street, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. Info: Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce at 518-532-7675. Presented by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce. Web site: http://www.schroonlakeregion.com.
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.
Sherman - Squares - Heron Bluegrass Festival: Weekend bluegrass festival that lists square dancing as one of the activities. Held in mid-August. Location: 2361 Wait Corners Rd, Sherman, NY, 14781. Web site: http://heronbluegrass.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 starting at 7pm (instruction begins at 6:45). 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.
Spencer - Tompkins County Country Dances: New England Contra and Square Dances on Fridays at 8:00pm in the Great Room of Slow Lane about 7 miles south of Ithaca center. Since it's our home, we'd prefer not to put the address on the web (smile). So, please call 607.273.8678 (on the day of the event, you might also try a cell number, 607.342.4109. 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.
Spencer - Tompkins County Country Dances - New Year's Eve: New England Contra and Square Dances on New Year's Eve in the Great Room of Slow Lane about 7 miles south of Ithaca center. Since it's our home, we'd prefer not to put the address on the web (smile). So, please call 607.273.8678 (on the day of the event, you might also try a cell number, 607.342.4109. Event is from 6pm to 1am. Free, but bring a big treat for all. Potluck at 6-ish, waltzing at 7:15, dancing 8-until. 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.
Springville - Fiddlers' Green Country and Bluegrass Festival: Events at Fiddlers' Green and Concord Town Hall including clogging workshops, chicken BBQ, crafters, encampment, music, etc. Dance is from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Concord Town Hall. $4. Web site: http;//www.concordnyhistoricalsociety.org.
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/.
Stone Ridge - Rondout Valley Growers Barn Dance: Annual Harvest Hoedown in Tongore Park in Stone Ridge starting at 3pm. Full menu from a number of vendors plus dancing. Web site: http://www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org/rondout_valley_growers_events.cfm.
Strykersville - Squares: Dance to benefit the Strykersville Fair Department from 7pm to 10:30pm at the Fire Department, 594 Minkel Road, Strykersville, New York 14145. $6 admission, kids under 5 free. Kids dances done too! Sloppy Joes and snacks avaiable. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/953264341452023/.
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) [Beginning on November 1, prices change: regular admission will be $10. Supporters are encouraged to pay $15-20. People with limited income (such as students or seniors) can pay $5. If you come in a group and wish to pay a group rate, we will also suggest $5/each.] 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.
Troy - Children's Chorus Fundraiser: The Troy Children's Chorus is hosting a fundraiser. The evening kicks off at 5:15 PM with a potluck supper prepared by the Children's Chorus community. At 6:15 PM, there will be a fun family dance for all ages! $5 children, $10 adults, $25 family. Location: First United Presbyterian Church, 1915 5th Avenue, Troy. Cost: $5 children, $10 adults, $25 family. Web site: http://www.troychildrenschorus.org/.
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://oldsongs.org/dances/.
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.
Water Mill - Parrish Art Museum: Dance at the Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway Water Mill, NY starting at 6pm. Web site: http://parrishart.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 Mountain View Studio, 20 Mountain View Avenue, Woodstock, NY 12498 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.