Bring March in like a Dancing Lion!

Dance your way into the run-up to Spring!  This Thursday’s program (see full schedule grid here) will feature the Ball-prep dances listed below.  Join teachers Paul Ross, Judi Rivkin and Orly Krasner, and CDW house band Serendipity for the evening on 6th March!


Queen’s Jig
Up with Aily
February Flower
Dunant House Waltz
Rose of Sharon
Miss de Jersey’s Memorial
Norbury Park
Circle of Tradition
Hey, Boys, Up Go We
St. Margaret’s Hill
Lichfield Sundays

And… don’t forget to mark your calendars for the remaining dances this month:

13th March with Judi, Orly, Paul, and Serendipity
20th March with Judi, Orly, Paul, and Serendipity
27th March with teacher TBA, and Serendipity

Orly Krasner, Judi Rivkin, Paul Ross, and featuring music by A Joyful Noise for the evening and pianist Robin Russell for afternoon reviews
[Find a registration form here if you haven’t yet registered]

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Closing Out February in Style!!! Come Dancing on Thursday (27th)

Hi everyone,

We’re well into prep sessions for the upcoming CDW Celebration of Spring Ball on March 22nd.
You still have time to register and join the fun.

Speaking of which, below is a list of the dances we’ll be drawing from this Thursday [in alphabetical order].
Some of them may be old friends, some less familiar, and a few are a bit challenging, but all are well worth the effort.

One dance – February Flower – is a sicilian circle – it would be great to have enough of us turn out so that we can work on this wonderful dance in this formation.

And of course, we’ll be reviewing the “for those who know” dances: Miss de Jersey’s Memorial, and St. Margaret’s Hill.

Please join Orly, Paul, Serendipity, and me this Thursday, and the upcoming ones; we look forward to seeing you soon, often, and at the ball itself! We hope the weather will join us in this celebration too 🙂

FYI, there’s also a grid so you may see which dances are planned for which nights for the next few weeks.  (It will be posted under the Celebration of Spring Ball page.)

Happy dancing!

February 27th:
Bar a Bar
February Flower
A Garland for Judi
Mad Robin
Miss de Jersey’s Memorial
Norbury Park
Rose of Sharon
St. Margaret’s Hill
Thursday Mixer


2014_CDW Ball GRID (click)

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Tonight’s Dance Cancelled!

Old Man Winter has decided to grace us again with a winter wonderland —

Unfortunately, with the current weather situation, tonight’s dance in White Plains has been cancelled.

Stay safe, warm and dry — and please come back and dance with us next week!!!

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End of January? Come Dancing! (Thursday, 30th)

Dear Dancers,

Hope to see you Thursday in White Plains, where we’ll draw from the following list of English country dances.

Dances marked with an * are on the Celebration of Spring program.

Come join the fun, as we close out January – spring gets closer every day [though with this freeze-wave, it’s hard to imagine!].

Indian Queen
* Lichfield Sundays
Come Let’s Be Merry
The Homecoming
* Thursday Mixer
Well Hall

* Miss de Jersey’s Memorial
* Enjoyment
Take A Dance
Leather Lake House
Indian Summer


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Come Dancing for a Ball (or several)

During the month of January, CDW will include in its dance lists several that are scheduled for upcoming ball programs in our area.   Please come join us, whether you are prepping for one or more of these balls, or just for the fun of it!

Judi Rivkin’s program for this Thursday, 9 January, is listed below, with indicators of those that will feature in upcoming balls.

KEY:  Elm City [C]  –  CDNY [NY]  –  CDW [CoS]  –  Boston [B]

In addition, this week’s list includes several dances by or reconstructed by Fried DeMetz Hermann, as this week sees the anniversary of her passing.  These dances are marked with an asterisk (*)

DANCE LIST – 9January:
*The New English Lady
Juice of Barley [EC]
*Leah’s Waltz
Scotch Morris
*Norbury Park [CoS]
*Mylecharane [NY]
Long Odds
Fenterlarick [EC]
*The Introduction [EC] [B]
Young Widow
*Circle of Tradition [CoS]
Mr. Isaac’s Maggot [EC] [NY]

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HAPPY 2014 !!!

It’s a new year, full of promise — and new year resolutions are floating all around us!

Make your resolution to come English country dancing with CDW in 2014!

You can see our entire schedule of dances here — and our regular Thursday evening dances for January 2014 are also listed below:

These dances will feature music by Serendipity, with Judi Rivkin teaching the dance program:
THURSDAY, 9 January  7:30-10:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, 23 January  7:30-10:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, 30 January  7:30-10:00 p.m.

In addition, our monthly dance party will be held on
SATURDAY, 18 January – 8:00-11:00 p.m.  –  featuring music by Calliope, and Bruce Hamilton as guest teacher

And as a very special treat to start the new year off right – Bruce Hamilton will offer a dance workshop – “The Joy of Dancing Well” – on Sunday afternoon, 19 January – 2:00-5:00 p.m.  (See flyer here for more information)

And while you’re putting all these on your calendar — look ahead a few months to March and CDW’s annual Celebration of Spring Ball on 22 March.  More information is available from our flyer here – Reserve early!!!

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CDW Holiday Dance Party !!!


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Thanksgiving Dance, and Remembering Ruth Caley

Join us in appreciating our dance community with a special dance on Friday, 29 November — and maybe even work off a few of those customary overindulgences in stuffing and pumpkin pie!
Country Dancers of Westchester
Thanksgiving Dance
Remembering Ruth Caley
Giving thanks with beautiful music and bountiful
dancing in Westchester County, New York
Dances taught by
Judi Rivkin, Orly Krasner & Paul Ross
and music provided by
Our Thanksgiving band
Robin, Sue, Julia and John
Friday,  November 29, 2013,  8:00 – 11:00 pm
at Church in the Highlands, White Plains, NY
for info call  914-693-5577 or 845-735-3365
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Upcoming CDW Events

A few announcements this week to aid your planning for the upcoming months —  with direct links to the overall schedule, flyers and useful information:

This Thursday CDW will have its weekly dance as usual, 7:30-10:00 p.m.  Please join us for another evening of dance, music and community.  Reminder that next week, with Thanksgiving on Thursday, 28th, we will have our November dance party instead on Friday, 29 November.  Check the master schedule here for more details.

Flyers have now been posted for both the annual New Year’s Eve Dance and the annual Celebration of Spring Dance.  They can be found here for New Year’s Eve and here for Celebration of Spring.  Register early (for Spring ball) and don’t miss out on these great evenings!

In addition, don’t miss the opportunity to join in a special workshop on Sunday, 19 January to be taught by Bruce Hamilton, “The Joy of Dancing Well”.  Details and registration form may be found here:

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Celebrating and Honoring

It will be yet another celebration on Thursday, 14 November — our dance will commemorate the birthday of Fried de Metz Hermann (13 Nov), one of CDW’s original founders as well as a knowledgeable and prolific English country dance choreographer.  (You can read more about Fried and her contributions to CDW here.)

This week’s dance list will feature many of Fried’s composition – come join us for the evening from 7:30-10 p.m. to enjoy dancing some examples of her legacy.  All of these were either choreographed or reconstructed by Fried de Metz Hermann:

6 for the Six Proud Walkers DLi 2/4 D
Anna Maria DL 3/2 Bb
Enjoyment* 3C 2/2 G
Jack’s Health DL 6/8 Am
Randolph Farewell 3Ccirc 3/4 G
Rose of Sharon* DLi 2/4 Cm
Thursday Mixer* DLi mix 2/2 D
Leather Lake House TL 2/4 A
Joy After Sorrow 3C 3/4 Am
Hills and Dales of Wales DLi 2/4 C
Saturday Triad 3C 6/8 G
Bar a Bar* DL 2/4 Dm
Girl’s Best Friend DLi 3/4 D/Em
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