Syracuse Country Dancers


Check out our upcoming Community Dance on December 19! It’s DANCING FOR ALL from 6:30 to 7:30 to the music of the All Comers Band. Come and bring the kids. Bring your instruments (and bring their instruments). Dance, help out, get silly, and then stick around if you can for a great contra from 8:00-11:00 with George Wilson (fiddle), Selma Kaplan (piano), and Sarah VanNorstrand (calling). Wouldn’t it be great if all kids and teens got to grow up with dance and music?

Contra Dancing & English Country Dancing in Syracuse, NY

Come join us at any of our contra dances or English country dances. Every dance has live music and a caller who teaches each dance sequence. It’s fine to come with or without a partner. New dancers are always welcome, and if you’re an old hand, you already know how much fun it can be.

If you have not danced before, we encourage you to come at the beginning of the dance to get the most out of the teaching, and be prepared to smile a lot! You can also come 20-30 minutes early and ask the caller for a mini-lesson if you wish.

What is contra dancing, and what is English country dancing?
If you’re new to this, check out our description of contra dancing, and/or this description of English country dancing.  (Hint: they’re not country line dancing.)

Where are the dances?
Usually at the United Church of Fayetteville. We occasionally have special events at Madison Hall in Morrisville. And from time to time we will hold a dance at another location. Don’t have a car? Use our Facebook page to set up a ride-share with another dancer. Ride-share drivers, ask for your $2 “go green” price reduction!

When are the dances?
Almost every weekend on either Saturday or Friday from 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Our current schedule is listed on the right and on the upcoming dances page. Sign up for our email list (on the right) to receive weekly reminders about our dances. Here is our usual monthly schedule, but there are sometimes exceptions, so please check before traveling.

A Typical Month
1st Weekend Saturday Contra dance
2nd Weekend Friday Contra dance
3rd Weekend Saturday English country dance
4th Weekend Friday Anything Goes dance (could be contra, English, or a special mix; we let you know in the schedule)
5th Weekend Saturday or Friday Occasional special events

How much is admission?
Our admission is on a sliding scale. You are welcome to pay what you can to attend.

Beginning in November, 2015, the recommended regular admission will be $10. Supporters are encouraged to pay $15-20. People with limited income (such as students or seniors) can pay $5. If you come in a group and wish to pay a group rate, we will also suggest $5/each.

Recommended admission is higher for occasional special dance events, such as our annual Contra Prom and Phylla Mae Fall Fest.

Your admission pays the callers, the bands, and expenses like rent, insurance, etc. Volunteers do all the other work involved in putting on our dances.

What should I wear to a dance?
Go for comfortable, informal clothes. It’s best to avoid colognes and perfumes. And, to help us protect the wood floors, please bring soft-soled, grit-free shoes. (Avoid flip flops and high heels.) Don’t feel you need to purchase special dance shoes; sneakers are fine and there is a brush at the dance to clean your street shoes if necessary.

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We are an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. You can become a CDSS member for as little as $25.

See our FAQ page for more answers to your questions.

Contact Information
Feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries.