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: April 19, 2014 CALLER: Chuck Abell BAND: >Esteemed Clams LOCATION: UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
Next-Next Dance: May 3, 2014 CALLER: Mike Jones BAND: TBA 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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The third Saturday in April is almost here, and warm weather is almost here. This week's snow should melt in plenty of time for a hot night of music and dancing. Chuck Abell will be back, but this time wearing his "caller's hat" and Rochester's Esteemed Clams (last heard at Buffalo Big Dance and the ADK dance) will be playing some fine tunes. We're at the usual place, the UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY As always, contra-basics at 7:30 PM. Have your friends show up early; then be ready to dance from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. See you there.!


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: $9.00
Members: $7.00
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.