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Event Series Event Series: Albany Contradance

Albany Contradance & DFO Annual Meeting

May 12 @ 7:45 pm 11:00 pm EDT

Albany Contradances are held every second and fifth Friday of the month, September through June, in the large ballroom of the Albany Elks Lodge, located at 25 S Allen St, Albany, NY.

Dancing starts at 8pm, with a beginner lesson at 7:45pm. Now is a great time to be a beginner! Please share this event with anybody who may be interested, regardless of experience level!

The DFO Annual Membership Meeting will be held during the break of this dance, at approximately 9:30 pm. Any members attending only this meeting, which will be held in the smaller room off the main hall, are not subject to admission or Covid requirements; however these requirements will apply to anyone who chooses to dance before or after the meeting.

Contra dancing has its roots in English country dancing, and may feel familiar to square dancing.

Pre-register with this QR Code

As we’re living in a world with covid-19, we will have a number of precautionary measures in place:

  • We will be requiring proof of vaccinations – you must have had at least one booster. You can either send us a picture of your card virtually (via the link above), or show it at the door.
  • Dancers are encouraged to pre-register in advance at this link. You only need to pre-register once for the series.
  • All dancers must wear high-quality masks while dancing and when nearby other people. Please bring your own N95, KN95, or equivalent. We will have a limited number of N95s for those who need them.
  • Please stay home if you have cold-like symptoms, even if you think it’s “just allergies”.
  • We strongly recommend taking a rapid test before leaving home the day of the event and are grateful for your diligence around communal health!

In partnership with the DFO, we would like to remind all attendees that consent is vital to a safe and inclusive dance experience. Be polite when asking for dances, gracious if rejected, and always ask before trying to dip, lift, or twirl your partner. If someone at the dance causes you to feel uncomfortable, please speak with an organizer, who will be wearing a name badge. More information can be found at https://www.danceflurry.org/about-us/culture-of-consent/

We have decided to make our events more inclusive by asking our callers to use the gender neutral role terms Larks and Robins. Thank you for being a flexible, loving community!

In our ever-continuing work to welcome more people to the dance floor, we are implementing a sliding pay scale. Please plan to pay what you comfortably can, from $8 for those that need extra communal support to $25 for those who are able to give our newly reborn dance a financial boost.

If you can volunteer your time before, during, or after the dance, we would love to help you help us! Please fill out this form to share your availability and interest, and we’ll be in touch.

Contact us with any questions at albanycontras@danceflurry.org

We are so excited to dance with you again!

Here is a list of the remaining dates for the season:

  • MAY 12 River Road – Sarah-Hadley Yakir (fiddle), Jesse Ball (guitar), Kristen Planeaux (piano) with caller Alex Deis-Lauby
  • JUNE 9Confluence – Nadine Dyskant-Miller (flute, foot percussion) and Barbara Dyskant (keyboard) with caller Hannah Johlas
  • JUNE 30Cedar Stanistreet and Friends with caller Liz Nelson
$8 – $25 Pay what you comfortably can
25 South Allen Street
Albany, NY 12203 United States
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