Queen City Contra Dancers Buffalo NY

Upcoming Dance

DATE

Friday,
Dec 9, 2022

7:30pm
(Doors Open at 7:15pm)

CALLER

Mary Collins

BAND

Viol Habits

(Kathy Howard-Petersen; Cheryl Ritch & Kerry Askin)

We are back!!! QCCD as of August 12, 2022
at the Unitarian Universalist Church!

There are a few changes, one probably the most important one, we are dancing on FRIDAY NIGHTS NOW!  THE 2nd AND 4th FRIDAYS. Mark your calendars!  

The second important thing is our new protocols for dancing. Please read the Covid protocols carefully so you know what you need to do to protect yourself and others at the dance.  As always things may and will change as we continue to move forward as a community.

“Due to the unusual circumstance of Covid, all attending the dance will need to;
Either present proof of vaccination and boosters, last booster at least 2 weeks prior

~ OR~

take a Covid test upon arrival at the venue with negative Covid result.

AND affirm no symptoms and not in contact with anyone known to have Covid.

All persons entering are to provide name, address, phone number and email in case we should need to reach them.
QCCD will not have use of the kitchen and will not be providing snacks or beverages.Bring your own if you like, for consumption outdoors or remove yourself from others for a quick sip of water.

As of September 9th dance you will no longer be required to wear a mask.  It is suggested that you do but it is no longer a requirement.  Vaccines and boosters no later than 2 weeks prior to the dance are still required as is a negative covid test, at the door, for those that are not vaxxed. 

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

Our venue(s) may have less stringent requirements than QCCD is requiring at this time.They may also increase requirements which QCCD would follow or be obligated to cancel the dance(s). As circumstance with our venue and county Covid rates change these guidelines will be reviewed and updated. 

 

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 – 10:30 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!

*  Due to the unusual circumstance of Covid, all attending the dance will need to;
  Either present proof of vaccination and boosters, last booster at least 2 weeks prior

~ OR~

take a Covid test upon arrival at the venue with negative Covid result.

AND affirm no symptoms and not in contact with anyone known to have Covid.

AND wear a mask at all times indoors.

All persons entering are to provide name, address, phone number and email in case we should need to reach them.

*  QCCD will not have use of the kitchen and will not be providing snacks or beverages.Bring your own if you like, for consumption outdoors or remove yourself from others for a quick sip of water.

*  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.

Admission:

General admission: $10.00 (Pay more if you can, less if you cannot.)
Members: $8.00  (Pay more if you can, less if you cannot.)
Students with ID: $5.00
Children under 12: Free
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.
gertham@redshift.com

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 Makes Me Feel

“Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I am dancing, I have felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists.”

Michael Jackson

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