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The Rochester Area Federation is a regional organization of dance
clubs in the Rochester area, as well as parts of the Buffalo and
Finger Lakes regions. The Federation’s purpose is to promote
interest in round dancing and square dancing through a variety of
activities, and to provide a forum for coordination among its
affiliated clubs as well as the Callers Co–op or Rochester. The
Federation’s executive Board meets with club representatives
most months to keep clubs up–to–date and help coordinate
The premier Federation–organized event is the annual Dance–O–Rama festival, generally held on the first weekend in May. A new dinner dance event is being planned for September.
If you are new to square dancing, be sure to click HERE for an overview of this enjoyable and healthy activity.
Just about every evening (and even some afternoons) there is a club
dancing somewhere in our area: Auburn, Batavia, Bath, Campbell, Chili,
Dalton, Fulton, Geneva, Henrietta, Penfield, Penn Yan, Pittsford,
Rochester (Commons Way, Maiden Lane, Mt. Read Blvd.), Snyder, and
Webster. For contact information on our affiliates, see Club Listings and
Caller Listings elsewhere on this website.
Many of these clubs offer instruction in square dancing and/or round dancing. Clubs often begin the season with an “Open House” event geared to those with no dancing experience at all. Most of these occur in September but some occur in January. Click HERE for a listing. Most clubs that hold an Open House also offer instruction for beginners.
Green buttons on the “Federation” page will take you to details about our organization and its activities, including meeting dates, meeting minutes and other items of interest. Scroll this page to find seasonal articles.
For announcements, photos and “late-breaking” news you can follow us on Facebook at Square Dancing in Rochester, NY Area.
This web site is also home to our quarterly online news publication, the Promenader. There you will find schedule information, articles, and flyers covering the activities of our many round and square dance clubs. A new issue is posted every three months — on the first day of March, June, September, and December. Each new issue contains fresh news and updated schedule information, open house and class listings.
The RAF helps its member clubs to attract and retain new dancers by reimbursing part or all of their promotion and recruitment expenses. This support comes via two different programs. The program descriptions and downloadable forms are provided in the “RAF Forms” section (or click HERE).
Banner Stealing is a fun way for clubs to draw visiting dancers from other clubs. Dancers from your club attend another club’s dance and, by demonstrating dancing skills and good will, earn the right to bring home their “traveling” banner … then dancers from the other club will have to come to one of your dances to earn it back. It’s a great way to enlarge your circle of dancing friends. The RAF facilitates this attendance-boosting activity by identifying participating clubs on the RAF website (on the CLUBS page) and by publishing the Banner Stealing Rules.
The Rochester Area Federation is seeking someone who would like to join the on-going effort to support, promote and grow square dancing in the Rochester area!
Jim Gotta will be advancing to become the RAF President for the coming season, creating a vacancy at Vice President.
The role and term of the Vice President is fully defined in the RAF By-Laws (click HERE). It can be summarized as “President-elect” with responsibility for chairing the Dance-O-Rama committee.
Please consider stepping forward to join the RAF board in this role. The board is an active and dedicated group of dancers, just like you, who care about square dancing and want to take their turn organizing events and facilitating communications and development opportunities among area clubs.
Board meetings are held at Bill Gray’s on Jefferson Road, Rochester, one evening of each month during the fall, winter and spring. There are no meetings in December, June, July or August. Meeting day-of-the week varies, to avoid consistently conflicting with any particular club.
If you (or someone you know) would be interested in this post, please
contact one of this year’s nominating committee members:
Terry Pratt (585-469-7808),
Warren Olson (email@example.com),
or Peter Emmel (585-381-5049 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for your consideration!!