Country Dance New York Presents Fall Fling Contra Dance 11/3
On Saturday, November 3rd, Country Dance*New York (CD*NY) will present Fall Fling, an afternoon and evening of contra dancing and live, high energy music with one of the most in-demand contra dance bands, Gaslight Tinkers with the proceedings led by caller Alex Deis-Lauby. All are welcome. No previous experience in dancing is required, and no partner is necessary. The caller teaches the patterns of each dance, making contra dancing fun and easy for all. Fall Fling will take place at P.S. 3, The John Melser Charrette School, 490 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
3:00 - 6:00 pm Challenging Contras for Advanced Dancers
7:30 - 8:00pm Contra Dance Lesson for New Dancers (everyone is welcome)
8:00 - 10:45pm Contra Dance for All
P.S. 3, The John Melser Charrette School
490 Hudson Street (corner of Hudson and Grove Streets)
New York, NY 10014
Accessible by subway via the A, C, D, E, F (West 4th Street) and 1 (Christopher Street at Sheridan Square) trains. Check http://www.mta.info for mass transit service updates.
Lively live music will be provided by the Gaslight Tinkers: Garret Sawyer, bass; Joe Fitzpatrick, drums; Peter Siegel, banjo and guitar; and Emerald Rae, fiddle. The Gaslight Tinkers' music melds African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves with traditional fiddle music. The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals.
Caller Alexandra Deis-Lauby began contra dancing in 2011 while at school in Chicago. After catching the contra bug, she began calling in 2014. Alex's smooth voice, clear teaching style and engaging dance selections delight dancers of all levels from coast to coast.
Tickets are $18 per dance, general public; $15 full-time students with ID/CDNY members OR $28 for the two (afternoon and evening) dances, general public; $22 full-time students with ID/CDNY members. Tickets are available at the door.
Contra dancing is enjoying a renaissance around the country, thanks to: a thriving youth scene; lively, uplifting acoustic music; joyful, fast-paced, aerobic dancing; and a welcoming dance community. Opportunities abound for meeting interesting people. Contra dancing started in New England in the 1700s, but the modern version is a far cry from the Virginia Reel-type dancing done in schools years ago. The current dancing is done in lines, with dancers facing their partners and moving briskly along the line in patterns to live music, dancing with their current partner, and also with everyone they meet.
Country Dance*New York
Country Dance*New York is a vibrant and long-standing intergenerational NYC dance community which involves New Yorkers and others in fun, lively dancing; supports local musicians, callers, and dancers; and hosts weekly English country dances and American contra dances. http://cdny.org