Next Dance: May 18, 2013 CALLER: Joe Kwiatkowski BAND: RIF LOCATION:First Presbyterian Church, 2085 Union Road, West Seneca, NY
Next-Next Dance: June 1, 2013 CALLER: Hilton Baxter BAND: Jericho Road 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.
Spring is in full force! Finally! Time to forget all your problems for an evening and let Buffalo's own Joe Kwiatkowski (well, Fredonia really, but that's close enough) and Buffalo's own RIF take you away for an evening of dance revelry. There will be a square. There will be a mescolanza. (What's that????) There will be wavy lines with balances, both short and long. There will be a guest caller. There will be surprise announcements. There will be snacks. There will be dancers. But there won't be anything unless you come to our West Seneca location!!! First Presbyterian Church of West Seneca, just north off the corner of Union and Clinton. Tell your GPS 2085 Union Road in West Seneca, and remind it that contrabasics starts at 7:30 (TELL YOUR FRIENDS!!!) and Joe is a stickler for starting at 8:00 PM on the dot! See you, and bring your smiles!
Schedule coming soon! Click on the image, download the PDF, print it off and share it with your friends!
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: $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.
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.