Ithaca-based caller Katy Heine has been leading contras and community dances in the Finger Lakes region and beyond for more than 25 years. She's known for her clear teaching style and for her large repertoire of fun and flowing dances. Whether the hall's full of experienced dancers or first-timers, they're sure to have a great time at one of Katy's dances!

If you're interested in booking Katy for a contra, community dance, or wedding reception, e-mail kheine@twcny.rr.com or call 607-273-0249.


Date Venue Music
December 19, 2015
5:00-11:30 p.m.
Lenox Community Center
65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA
more info.
January 9, 2016
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Trinity Memorial Church
44 Main St., Binghamton, NY
more info.
Solvei Blue and Peter Blue Band
February 25, 2016
8:00-11:00 p.m.
Covenant United Methodist Church
1124 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY
more info.
April 9, 2016
8:00-11:00 p.m.
Appel Commons
Cornell University
more info.
Laurie Hart, Tim Ball, and Autumn Rose Lester
May 21, 2016
8:00-11:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church
695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY
more info.


Some words from happy dancers:

"We can't thank you enough for calling a wonderful dance at our wedding. You did a fabulous job with an inexperienced but enthusiastic crowd. We have gotten really positive feedback about the dance, which is a tribute to your skills as a caller."

"It is always so much fun to dance when you call. You know how to start out easy (to help beginners) and work up to a fever pitch of fast and demanding dances as the evening wears on and as the skill of dancers permits. Especially was your calling tested at the benefit contra dance on January 25 in the beautiful Memorial Room of Willard Straight Hall. You knew most were rank beginners. To get all on their feet and contributing, you first called two circle dances that all could do, then graduated to simple contra lines. At the end you threw some fast, energetic contras at us. What a wonderful evening!"

"Thank you for a perfect evening. Sincerely. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, and since we stretched the length of the room with beginners I'd say that's a successful experience. Everyone was smiling!"

...and from happy musicians:

ahh, you are such a delight!! Working with you totally made the night for us last night. Such a happy dance, wasn't it?! It's cool how some callers can have a certain presence on stage that creates a vibe of happy energy that holds the whole thing together-- you do that really well, and it just FEELS GOOD!!

Katy's dances


A1w/neighbor, d-s-d, swing
A2long lines, ladies almd R 1-1/2x
B1w/partner, balance & swing
B2Circle L 1x, slide L to next, Circle 3/4

CARRIE'S DANCE (improper, double progression)

A1Circle L, swing neighbor
B1w/next neighbor, balance & swing
B2Long lines forward & back, 1s swing


A1(in long waves, ladies facing in)
Balance, slide R; balance, slide L
A2w/neighbor, balance & swing
B1circle L 3/4, swing partner
B2long lines; ladies almd R 1/2, neighbor almd L 3/4

DANCY NANCY (improper)

A1w/neighbor, balance, box the gnat; gents almd L 1-1/2x
A2w/partner, gypsy & swing
B1circle L 3/4, swing neighbor
B2long lines, 1/2 hey

FAIR SHARE (improper)

A1Circle L; 2's swing (end facing up)
A22's 1/2 figure 8 around 1's; R&L; thru
B11's turn contra corners
B21's balance & swing


A1w/neighbor, do-si-di & swing
A2Long lines; pass thru to an ocean wave, balance
B1w/neighbor, almd R 1/2; gents almd L 1/2; swing partner
B2Ladies chain, star left

HELLO (improper)

A1Circle L; w/N, do-si-di
A2w/N, balance & swing
B1Ladies chain across & back
B2Long lines; 1's swing

HELLO AGAIN (improper)

A1Star R; w/old neighbors, star L
A2w/current neighbors, do-si-do & swing
B1Down the hall 4 in line, turn as couples, return
B2Circle L (all the way), #1s swing

JIM'S DANCE (improper)

A1Hey along the line (pass N by right; w/next neighbor, L-shoulder gypsy;
pass N by right; w/old neighbor, L-shoulder gypsy)
A2w/current neighbor, balance & swing
B1circle L 3/4, swing P
B2ladies almd R 1-1/2X; w/neighbor, almd L 1-1/2X


A12's gate the 1's thru the center & back to place; 1's swing
A2Down the hall 4 in line, turn alone, return
B1Facing neighbor, 1/2 hey; swing N on the other side
B2R&L; thru; long lines

PIE TIME (improper)

A1Circle L, swing neighbor
A2long lines, ladies chain
B11/2 hey, partner swing
B2circle L 3/4; balance, california twirl


A1circle L 3/4, swing N
A2long lines, ladies chain to P
B1on L diagonal, 1/2 hey; 1/2 hey across
B2partner balance & swing


A1slide L along the lines, circle L 3/4; neighbor swing
A2long lines; 1s do-si-do & lady face out
B1lady around two, gent falls thru; gent around two, lady falls thru
B2circle L 3/4, partner swing


A1In wavy line, balance; w/neighbor, almd R neighbor 1x
Ladies almd L 1-1/2x while gents orbit cw 1/2
A2w/neighbor, balance & swing
B1gents almd L 1-1/2x, swing partner
B2circle L 3/4; do-si-do neighbor & pass thru to next