Special Events

All Hands In Virtual Social Gathering and Contra Dance

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Saturday Night Virtual Social Gathering and Contra Dance  ~~  "Doors” open at 7:00PM Eastern  ~~  Dance from 7:30 PM-8:45 PM Eastern

PCD  will once again be joining with other dance groups for "All Hands In."

Tune in at 7:00 to chat with fellow PCD dancers. Then at 7:30 you can dance with them and other contra dancers worldwide at the Zoom dance sponsored by the Toronto dance.

No admission fee, but donations to the musicians can be made at https://contradance.link/donation

Music by Ian & Charley Roberts, with Bev Bernbaum & Kris Rosar calling

To attend, click on the following link: http://contradance.link/allhandsin

Ian and Charley Roberts are best known as one half of Vertical Expression, one of the UK's most popular contra dance bands. As Vertical Expression they are well known for performing at dance series and festivals all over the UK, and have also played in Paris, Denmark and the east coast of the USA.  As a duo they play melodeon and one-row accordion (Ian), piano (Charley) and occasionally feet (also Ian). Their approach to playing for dancing is energetic and rhythm-led: It's all about making your feet want to move!
 
Toronto’s own Bev Bernbaum has called all over North America as well as Europe and New Zealand! Her clear voice, calm manner and straightforward teaching style make contra dancing a pleasure in person or on line!

Based in Guelph, Ontario, Kris Rosar's clear, enthusiastic calling style helps with her goal to "share the fun." She has actively participated in contra dance since the early 1990s, helping develop and support the Owen Sound and Fergus dance communities.

 

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 and/or you can “pin” another dancer and interact with them on your screen. 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 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.

To attend the dance, click on the following link: http://contradance.link/allhandsin

 

Join the event any time between 7:00PM and 7:30PM Eastern. There will be a brief introduction to virtual dancing at 7:30PM, and dancing will begin promptly thereafter.

At in-person dances, an entry fee is collected; for All Hands In, we work on the honor system, asking dancers to make a donation to the band. Recommended donation is $10 (more if you can; less if you can’t).

 

All of our callers and helpers are volunteering, to help our musicians during a difficult time. You can make your donation to our musicians at this link: https://contradance.link/donation

 

Toronto’s contra dance community hosts the infrastructure and provides the funding to produce All Hands In, with further volunteer assistance from participating communities like ours. Let us know if you would like to volunteer when it is our turn to help out, so we can show up strong as part of this collaborative initiative.

CANCELLED: Rum & Onions XLI

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.

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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.

CANCELLED: Head for the Hills

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.

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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.

Winter Cotillion

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Please note: this dance has not been officially cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but it still is a possibility. Please check back here to see if anything has changed.

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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.

RESCHEDULED: Double Dance: Susan Taylor with Coracree

Update: Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, this dance has been tentatively rescheduled for August 21, 2021.

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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

Admission:

 

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.

 

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All Hands In Virtual Social Gathering and Contra Dance

9/12/2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Saturday Night Virtual Social Gathering and Contra Dance  ~~  "Doors” open at 7:00PM Eastern  ~~  Dance from 7:30 PM-8:45 PM Eastern

PCD  will once again be joining with other dance groups for "All Hands In."

Tune in at 7:00 to chat with fellow PCD dancers. Then at 7:30 you can dance with them and other contra dancers worldwide at the Zoom dance sponsored by the Toronto dance.

No admission fee, but donations to the musicians can be made at https://contradance.link/donation

Music by Ian & Charley Roberts, with Bev Bernbaum & Kris Rosar calling

To attend, click on the following link: http://contradance.link/allhandsin

Ian and Charley Roberts are best known as one half of Vertical Expression, one of the UK's most popular contra dance bands. As Vertical Expression they are well known for performing at dance series and festivals all over the UK, and have also played in Paris, Denmark and the east coast of the USA.  As a duo they play melodeon and one-row accordion (Ian), piano (Charley) and occasionally feet (also Ian). Their approach to playing for dancing is energetic and rhythm-led: It's all about making your feet want to move!
 
Toronto’s own Bev Bernbaum has called all over North America as well as Europe and New Zealand! Her clear voice, calm manner and straightforward teaching style make contra dancing a pleasure in person or on line!

Based in Guelph, Ontario, Kris Rosar's clear, enthusiastic calling style helps with her goal to "share the fun." She has actively participated in contra dance since the early 1990s, helping develop and support the Owen Sound and Fergus dance communities.

 

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 and/or you can “pin” another dancer and interact with them on your screen. 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 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.

To attend the dance, click on the following link: http://contradance.link/allhandsin

 

Join the event any time between 7:00PM and 7:30PM Eastern. There will be a brief introduction to virtual dancing at 7:30PM, and dancing will begin promptly thereafter.

At in-person dances, an entry fee is collected; for All Hands In, we work on the honor system, asking dancers to make a donation to the band. Recommended donation is $10 (more if you can; less if you can’t).

 

All of our callers and helpers are volunteering, to help our musicians during a difficult time. You can make your donation to our musicians at this link: https://contradance.link/donation

 

Toronto’s contra dance community hosts the infrastructure and provides the funding to produce All Hands In, with further volunteer assistance from participating communities like ours. Let us know if you would like to volunteer when it is our turn to help out, so we can show up strong as part of this collaborative initiative.

CANCELLED: Rum & Onions XLI

10/30/2021

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.

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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.

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.

Winter Cotillion

12/13/2020

Please note: this dance has not been officially cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but it still is a possibility. Please check back here to see if anything has changed.

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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.

RESCHEDULED: Double Dance: Susan Taylor with Coracree

8/21/2021

Update: Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, this dance has been tentatively rescheduled for August 21, 2021.

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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

Admission:

 

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.

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