Ithaca-based caller Katy Heine has been leading contras and community dances in the Finger Lakes region and beyond for 30 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, send her an e-mail or call 607-273-0249.


Date Venue Music
April 14, 2019
7-10 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Rochester
175 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY
more info.
ECD with Sister Haggis
May 16, 2019
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY
more info.
June 22, 2019
Private party
Ithaca, NY
July 14, 2019
3-9:30 p.m.
Ward's Island Recreation Association Clubhouse
Toronto, Canada
more info.
Peach Jam
September 8, 2019
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road, Colonie, NY
more info.
September 12, 2019
7:30-10:00 p.m.
State Street Church
159 State St, Portland, ME
more info.
Lake Effect
September 13, 2019
Time TBA
Congress Square Park
Portland, ME
more info.
Lake Effect
September 14, 2019
8:00-11:00 p.m.
Topsham Grange
47 Pleasant St, Topsham, ME
more info.
Lake Effect
November 9, 2019
8-11 p.m.
Venue TBA
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
New Brew
November 16, 2019
7:45-11:00 p.m.
Lenox Community Center
65 Walker Street, Lenox, MA
more info.
Gaslight Tinkers
December 7, 2019
8-11 p.m.
Venue TBA
Ithaca, NY
more info.
New Brew

Some words from happy dancers and dance organizers:

"Unflappable, accomplished, amazing—that's Katy Heine from Ithaca. She's called everywhere—including from the back of a truck in the Ithaca Fest Parade! Her fine collection of dances, great teaching, and spot-on timing mean you and your friends will have a great time at the dance this week."

"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!"

"Katy Heine is much admired for her clear teaching, spot-on calling, well-chosen dances, and friendly demeanor."