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.


N.B.: These dates are tentative and dependent on resolution of our current public health crisis.

Date Venue Music
May 16, 2020
7:30-10:30 p.m.
United Church of Fayetteville
310 East Genesee St., Fayetteville, NY
more info.
Contra Prom! with Audrey Budington and Dan Faiella
August 27, 2020
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Covenant United Methodist Church, 1124 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY
more info.
November 6, 2020
7-10 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Chapel, Pioneer St & Elm St. Cooperstown, NY
more info.
Fennig's All-Stars

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."