|Next Dance: September 17, 2016 CALLER: Mary and Joe BAND: Fried Oatmeal Carol Waddel-Sheets, Dave Sheets, Chris Jones LOCATION: UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY|
|Next-Next Dance: October 1, 2016 CALLER: Margaret Mathews BAND: Harmonic Vines LOCATION: UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY|
|Miss the article on participatory dancing in Buffalo in which QCCD appeared? You can still read it and watch the video.|
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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.
It's a special, special night this weekend. We're celebrating the 25th anniversary of QCCD's founding. We're having an extra long night. At 5:30 PM, we will partake of our semi-annual foray into dancing the traditional contra dance, the state dance of New Hampshire, Money Musk. After Money Musk, we're setting up tables and chairs, and having a put luck dinner. Contra basics at 7:30 PM. Dancing starts at 8:00 PM. Anniversary cake and ice cream at 9:30 PM, and we dance until 11:00 PM. Dances are called by Mary Collins and Joe Kwiatkowski and Mary and Joe.We'll see what THAT means shortly after 9:00 PM. Brand new exciting band will be playing for us: Fried Oatmeal---Dave Sheets, Carol Waddel-Sheets and Chris Jones. All in all, it's going to be a fun and different night. We're at the place which has been our primary home for twenty five years: UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY. Join in the fun!
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
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.
What is contra dance, anyway? (from Wikipedia)
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.