Chat with PCD dancers and All Hands In Virtual Contra Dance
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Tune in at 7:00 to chat with fellow PCD dancers.
To attend, click on the following link: https://contradance.link/allhandsin
Then at 7:30, if you want, you can stay to dance with them and other contra dancers worldwide at the Zoom dance sponsored by the Toronto dance.
The band will be Bandwidth: stepping out from behind their Zoom screens and sound gear, Bandwidth is Brian Lindsay (WA, fiddle), Eric Schedler, (IN, accordion & banjo) and Jonathan Whitall (IL, piano, viola). Brian, Eric and Jonathan draw from their shared love of Irish and New England music. You might recognize them from online dances, and from Countercurrent, Supertrad or The Cosmic Otters - and you won't want to miss their fresh, yet familiar tour of contra dance favorites.
The caller will be Lisa Greenleaf, who has put together a special program for this month’s dance, featuring a selection of classics and chestnuts, as well as modern grooves. Dancers are in for a treat!
Lisa is a caller from the Boston area, and she is loving these virtual dances. In non-pandemic times, Lisa calls regularly throughout New England, and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout the country and beyond. Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, fun squares, challenging dances of all shapes and sizes, and caller training.
Because this dance uses pre-recorded video to feature the band, it is best if you join via laptop or PC, especially if you like to pin or watch other dancers. Or join with both – use your PC for sound and your mobile device for pinned dancing.
Have you been to a virtual dance yet? If not, you might be surprised how fun it can be. In virtual (online) contra dancing, dancers interact with imaginary people ("ghosts") in the majority of dances. Because of this, we presume that everyone in attendance has contra dancing experience. Walkthroughs are concise, and there won’t be a beginners’ lesson.
That said, when you dance alone in your living room, the contra line is exactly where you imagine it, and unexpected moves become glorious new choreography! So, everyone is always welcome to join.
No admission fee, but donations to the musicians can be made at https://contradance.link/donation
To attend the dance, click on the following link: http://contradance.link/allhandsin
Cancelled: Head for the Hills 2020
Next year: 11/12/2021 - 11/14/2021
Due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this event has been cancelled. We look forward to enjoying some time in the Poconos at next year's Head for the Hills event, November 12- 14, 2021.
PCD’s getaway weekend in the Poconos, Head for the Hills
November 13-15, 2020
A full weekend of contra and English country dancing, as well as workshops in several other folk and traditional dance styles. You can expect great bands, callers, and instructors; live music; a special Saturday evening banquet with partner dancing; an evening ceilidh in the main hall; campfire (with singing); and wonderful friendships to develop.
Cancelled: Winter Cotillion
December 13, 2020
Update: Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, this dance has been cancelled.
The Cotillion is the dressiest event on our calendar, but don't feel compelled to dress up. A potluck with mood lighting, performances from the Cotillion Singers and our ritual dance teams, even some group participation in carol singing will be interspersed with regular contra and English country dancing.
Mistress of Ceremonies: Sue Dupré
Band: Raise the Roof- Mat Clark, Judi Stellar, Bob Pasquarello, Kathy Talvitie
5 pm: Candlelit Potluck Dinner
6:30 pm: seasonal entertainment by local dance teams and carol singing for all
7-10 pm: Contra and English country dancing with a concert by The Cotillion Singers
Bring a potluck item or a ready-to-serve dessert for the break!
Admission $17, Students/Limited Income $10-$17
Note: This event will not be held in our regular dance hall. It will be at the Trinity Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton, NJ.
Cancelled: February Fling 2021
Please note there will be no February Fling in 2021. The information below is a sample of what would normally happen at a Fling.
All-day Skilled English Dance
Admission is by advance registration only, and typically sells out in January, so register ASAP! No walk-ins are accepted, but there is usually a waiting list for those registering late. Please see the flyer and registration form below to apply.
Afternoon Dance 2:30-5:00
Dinner on your own
Evening Dance 7:30-11:00
Afternoon admission: $12, Evening admission $20, Both sessions $28.
February Fling is presented jointly by the Lambertville and Princeton Country Dancers.
RESCHEDULED: Double Dance: Susan Taylor with Coracree
August 21, 2021
Update: Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, this dance has been tentatively rescheduled for August 21, 2021.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Susan Taylor calls to the music of Coracree: Jane Rothfield, Alan Carr, Bill Quern, Sarah Gowan
3:00- 6:00 Special Afternoon Contra Dance for Experienced Dancers
6:00- 7:30 Potluck in the dance hall, everyone is invited (bring a dish to share with other hungry dancers!)
7:30- 8:00 Contra Basics & warm-up session
8:00- 11:00 Contra Dance for All
Afternoon only: $15 (reduced $10- 15)
Evening only: $15 (reduced $10- 15)
All day: $27 (reduced $16- 27)
Note: ‘Reduced’ rate is for students & those with limited incomes.
Am I experienced? Experienced means that you know figures such as roll away, California twirl, pass through to a wave, contra corners, & the basic moves without being taught, you know where to beat the start of each dance phrase and how to recover from a mistake, you execute flourishes safely & on time without disturbing others, and you assist your partner and neighbor to the next move.
CANCELLED: Rum & Onions XLI
October 31, 2020
Update: Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, this dance has been canceled. Assuming the virus is under control by next year, Rum & Onions Forty-Two will be October 30, 2021.
Rum & Onions Forty-One
An annual Gala Halloween Contra Dance
(Please click here for the front page of the 2019 flyer, which has some great artwork!)
October 31, 2020
Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Music by: Rum & Onions
Led by: Bob Pasquarello
Please join us for:
3:00 Afternoon Dance for EXPERIENCED DANCERS
6:00 Potluck Supper. Bring a substantial dish to share; drinks provided by PCD.
7:00 Contra Dance Basics Workshop/Warm-up. A fun intro to contra dance basics. Everyone welcome.
7:30 Costume Parade & Dance. Parade immediately followed by contra dancing for all till 11:00, costumes encouraged!
9:00 Refreshment Break. Contributions (sweets, fruit, savory and salty snacks) gratefully accepted
An afternoon dance, a potluck dinner, a costume parade, the Basics Workshop, and the evening dance, complete with dessert break!
Prices: All day/ afternoon only/ evening only
General admission: $30/ $16/ $18
Students/limited income: $18-30/ $11-16/ $13-18
Children: $12/ $7/ $7
Please email to find out about volunteering jobs for reduced or free admission, or for any other questions pertaining to the dance.
Please note this dance is not held in our usual dance hall. The 2019 location was at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.
View a photo gallery of previous years' R&O festivities by clicking the photo at left.
If you are a musician and would like information about playing at this dance, please click here.