Queen Ci=[ty Contra Dancers Buffalo NY

Upcoming Dance






February 23, 2024

(Contra basics at 7:00pm)

Exceptional calling by long-time caller Dave Smukler from the Syracuse area dance scene.  Dave has many years calling Contra, Squares and English Country Dance.

Lake Effect – not the snow kind!  The marvelous band from Rochester makes a rare appearance in Western NY!  Churck Abel brings his musicians and execptional talent to our dance tonight.  Jazzy, Bluesy and tradiaional contra tunes, this is a band not to be missed.



Alternate location dance!

St. John’s Lutheran Church

55 Pleasant Ave. Lancaster, NY  14086

We are back & dancing!!! Come join us!


The Queen City Contra Dancers’ board has determined that our dances are now open to everyone regardless of your vaccination status.  No testing required, masking is optional but it is encouraged. 

The return of snacks! 
You may once again bring snacks; however, they must be individually packaged.  There will be no food prep in the kitchen, no coffee offered.


As always, you dance “at your own risk.”

General Information



Dance location “Home” site:
UU Church, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 

 *  Sometimes we dance on 5th Saturdays, too!
*  Most dances run from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM.
*  Contra-basics for newcomer friends at 7:00 PM
*  No partner required. Come alone, or with friends and family, or with a significant other, just come!
*  No experience required. Beginners welcome! All dances are taught and walked through.
*  No special outfits required. We recommend loose, breathable      clothing and clean, flat, soft-soled shoes. Sneakers and Hush Puppies are good. Cowboy boots and high heels are NOT good; not only do those shoes damage wooden dance floors, but they are difficult to move around in, and we do move around!

*  Windows and doors will be open and fans in place to aid in ventilation.

*  Parking is available street side, additional parking is at Parish Commons located on the opposite West Ferry and Elmwood Corners. Some limited parking in the lot next to the church is usually for set up/take down crew, band and caller, if arriving after 7 pm and there is space, please feel free to park there. Please DO NOT park in the bank lot, you most likely will be towed.


General admission: Suggested amount $10.00 (Pay more if you can, less if you cannot.)
Members: $8.00  (Pay more if you can, less if you cannot.)
Spectators: A donation to help compensate the band

 Join QCCD and get $2 off admission

*  All Queen City dances are smoke-free and alcohol-free.
*  You are dancing at your own risk at all times.

Courtesy Turns at the Contra Dance
by Robert Reynolds Hewitt, (C)2003, used by permission.

Take a Look at the Contra Dancing Fun!

Contra Dance Bibliography

A Queen City exclusive. Way back in 1993, while in library school, our co-founder compiled a bibliography on contra dance research sources. Here it is in original, unimproved form.

“The Fine Print”

Dancing is done at your own risk and self-evaluation of your physical health and ability.   Contra dancing, while low impact, is still exercise and you will become warm.

Dancing Gems or “Heard on the Floor”

Contra Dance is to …”walk around to music and act friendly…” – Andy Davis, caller, organizer, musician

“Go forward with purpose!” – Nils Fredland, caller, musician

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