Past Meetup

CONTRA DANCE with Luke Donforth and Z Train!

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New England based caller Luke Donforth ( was recently a featured performer at Catapult, a showcase for rising stars in the contra dance world.

Music by Z Train ( Jonah Sidman, Ross Harriss, and Michael Friedman.

Come dance to a live caller and band with Country Dance New York. We are an intergenerational, multiethnic, smoke and alcohol free, inclusive community with one thing in common: we love to contra and English country dance!

Contra dance is a high energy American folk dance accompanied by live string music and taught by a caller. No partner or experience required. All dances are taught in advance and the figures are easy to learn.

English country dance is choreographed community dancing, with repertoire ranging from court dances of the 1650s through dances composed this year. If you’ve seen any of the Jane Austen movies, you’ve glimpsed some kinds of ECD.

Please bring a pair of clean, soft soled shoes {no spike heels} to dance in, and a water bottle. We ask that you not use strongly scented grooming products as the smell can become overwhelming on the dance floor when things start to heat up.

Country Dance New York has been hosting contra dances most Saturdays, and English country dancing most Tuesdays, at Church of the Village for almost 70 years. COV is located at 201 W. 13 St., on the northwest corner of 7th Avenue.

Beginners' session on Saturdays {for contra} is from 7:30 to 8:00. Dancing for all from 8:00 until 10:45. Hang out with us at a local diner after the dance.

Beginner's session on Tuesdays {for ECD} is from 7:00 to 7:30. Dancing for all from 7:30 to 10:30.

To see what contra dancing looks like, click here:

To see what English country dancing looks like, click here:

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See you on the dance floor!