Special Events

Sving! A Scandinavian Barn Dance - Canceled

Update: Due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, this dance has been canceled.  There are plans to reschedule for a later date which is yet to be determined.

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Saturday April 4, 2020

 

Welcome Spring with an Afternoon Workshop and evening Scandinavian Dance Party.

                All with live music in a rustic barn.

 

Guest Dance Leaders: Laine Harris and Jennifer Brosious

Musicians: Paul Morrissett and Petra Kerstein (fiddle and Hardanger fiddle)

 

Afternoon dance workshops

2-4:15pm  Finnskogpols           

4:30 pm  Schottische Variations & Telegangar

5:30 pm  Potluck Supper

7- 9:30 pm  Evening Dance Party

 

Location: Griggstown, NJ (Details about location will be provided upon request)

Email Kathy Talvitie for details

 

Admission Prices - Sliding Scale*

(Supporter/Sustainer/Basic)

Afternoon & Evening                     $30/$25/$15

Afternoon (2-5:30)                          $25/$20/$10

Evening (4:30 - 9:30)                       $20/$15/$8

 

Dance supporter - you make it possible for others to come to our dance. Thank you!

Dance sustainer -   you make our dance sustainable by payin enouh to help us meet our costs.

Basic admission -   on a tight budget? You too are a valued member of our community.

 

                                                We're happy you're coming to dance!

Special Wednesday Contra: Swallowtail

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

 

George Marshall & Tim Van Egmond will call to the music of Swallowtail: musicians David Cantieni, Ron Grosslein, George Marshall, Timm Triplett, & Tim Van Egmond

 

This dance will go until 11 pm, and the regular admission price for this dance will be $12.  Since it is also a last Wednesday of the month, the dance is free for those 35 and under.

 

Double Dance with Alex Deis-Lauby, Carol Bittenson and Alex Cumming

Saturday June 27, 2020

Alex Deis-Lauby calls to the music of Carol Bittenson and Alex Cumming.


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.

*Afternoon Dance:

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.

Special English Country Dance with Gene Murrow and Hold the Mustard

Saturday July 11, 2020

Gene Murrow calls to the music of Hold the Mustard: Dan Beerbohm, Barbara Greenberg, Paul Prestopino, and Kathy Talvitie

 

Times listed are TBD and are only based on previous summer English dance events:

3:30- 5:30           Special Afternoon Dance for Experienced English Country Dancers
5:30- 7:30           Dinner in town or picnic on your own in the hall

7:30- 8:00           Introduction to English Country Dance Basics

8:00- 11:00         Festive English Country Dance for All

 

Admission for this dance is still TBD.

For a general idea, here is the information for some previous dances:

Afternoon only : $8; Reduced $4-8

Evening only: $12; Reduced $6-12

All day: $18; $10-18

Note: ‘Reduced’ rate is the sliding rate for students & those with limited incomes.

Double Dance with Lisa Greenleaf and Raise the Roof

Saturday July 25, 2020


Lisa Greenleaf calls to the music of Raise the Roof: Mat Clark, Bob Pasquarello, Judi Stellar, Kathy Talvitie

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: This is a sponsored dance so admission is free.  Sponsors of this dance are celebrating their 60th birthdays in 2020:

Debbie Goodkin, Ellen Harrison, Bill O'Sullivan, Jim Rice, Ken Samoil, and Mark Widmer: "Get your kicks with the '60 Six!"

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.

Double Dance: Susan Taylor with Coracree

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.

 

Special 5th Saturday Contra and English Dance

This is a special dance featuring both contra dancing and English country dancing.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Introduction to dancing 7:30 PM

Evening Dance 8:00-11:00 PM
 

Alex Deis-Lauby calls to the music of The Flying Buttresses:

Bob Pasquarello - piano/mandolin; Bob Stein - accordion; Kathy Talvitie - piano, guitar; Miranda Weinberg - fiddle

The calling for this dance will be "Larks and Robins" for the contras and positional for the English dances.

This dance will be the regular Saturday admission of $11 general admission, $5-$11 for students/limited income

Rum & Onions XLI

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.

Head for the Hills

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

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.

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