Courtesy turns at the Contra Dance by Robert Reynolds Hewitt
Courtesy Turns at the Contra Dance

by Robert Reynolds Hewitt, (C)2003, used by permission.
 

Queen City Contra Dancers

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Next Dance: November 1, 2014 CALLER: Margaret Mathews BAND: Harmonic Vines (Werner, Anne, and Tom) LOCATION: Delaine Waring AME Church, 680 Swan Street, Buffalo, NY
Next-Next Dance: November 15, 2014 CALLER: Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg BAND: Tempest LOCATION: UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
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Men in Skirts FAQ
We are proud to be the first dance organization in cyberspace to explain this popular but baffling dance floor phenomenon. Now has pictures of our favorite guy in skirts! Not for the humor-impaired.

Contra Dance Bibliography
A Queen City exclusive. Way back in 1993, while in library school, our co-founder compiled a bibliography on contra dance research sources. Here it is in original, unimproved form.

The inevitable small print: Queen City Contra Dancers are grateful to Cynthia Van Ness for all of the work she has done in running this website from 1998 to 2010. It is now maintained by Joe Kwiatkowski and a team of QCCD helpers. Queen City regrets the necessity of reminding you that all pages are copyright (C)1998-2013, all rights reserved. No portion of it may be reproduced in any form without permission.
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November already? The weather may be turning cold, but the music is hot and the dancing is hotter when Harmonic Vines (Anne Maroney, Werner Ceusters, Tom Santarsiero) unpack their instruments, and special guest Margaret Mathews visits from Rochester for s great night of dancing. PLEASE NOTE that we are in our alternate location that evening, the Delaine Waring AME Church at 680 Swan Street in the Larkin Village area. Contra-basics at 7:30 PM---bring your friends. Dancing from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Don't miss it!!!!


Basic Info About Our Dance

Our current schedule and directions

*We dance on 1st and 3rd Saturdays from October to June and 3rd Saturdays only in July and August
*Sometimes we 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; not only do those shoes damage wooden dance floors, but they are difficult to move around in, and we do move around!
*General admission: $10.00
Members: $8.00
Students with ID: $6.00
Children under 12: Free
Spectators: A donation to help compensate the band
*All Queen City dances are smoke-free and alcohol-free.
*You are dancing at your own risk at all times.

Some Good Dance Links

*What is contra dance, anyway? (from Wikipedia)

*DancingList.com
A page devoted to upcoming dances of all kinds in Western New York

*Country Dance & Song Society
The umbrella organization for groups such as Queen City.

*Contra Dance Links for the United States, Canada, and the World
Don't leave town without finding a good dance to visit!

*National Day-of-the-Month Dance Grid
By Ted Crane in Ithaca. If you want to know which cities dance on which day of the month, this is an impressive site.

*An American Ballroom Companion
Dance instruction manuals, c. 1490-1920, online in full text courtesy of the Library of Congress. Added for amusement and research.