January 28th potluck and contra dance

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Deniz Akin and Obin Sturm
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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We’ll kick off the night’s festivities with a community potluck, starting at 6:30 pm in the Nevada City Room of the Coloma Community Center. Please bring a dish to share and serving utensils. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

Yoyo Zhou is a caller from Berkeley who is known for his thoughtful teaching and fun dances. He has been calling dances since 2012, sometimes on a few minutes’ notice. He believes in helping dancers get the most out of each dance.

Obin Sturm has been playing fiddle instead of doing his homework for 15 years.  He has participated in groups such as Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles and Southwest Fiddlers of Sunset Park, but is mostly known for serenading Downtown Davis twelve months a year. Deniz Akin is involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing.  Also a banjoist, Deniz has been a part of the bluegrass and old-time scene for years.  If she’s not on stage, you can usually find her on the dance floor, doing anything from ceili to contra to social dance (especially swing!), or attempting to learn ragtime piano.  As a guitarist for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and danceable rhythms.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30 pm, perfect for people who have not contra danced before, or who could use some refresher. Experienced dancers are invited to partner with newcomers during the orientation and early dances to help integrate them into the community.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Upcoming events:
February 5: English country dance, Roseville
February 11: special family dance and contra dance
February 25: contra dance

January 14th contra dance

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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Celia Ramsay has been calling contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. She chooses dances that fit the people in the room, uses clarity and brevity in teaching, and has a warm personality that makes the dancers happy. Magic Reelism plays old-time and Celtic dance music, with David Wright on fiddle and mandolins, Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, Cheryl McKinney on piano, and Del Eckels on percussion.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30 pm, perfect for people who have not contra danced before, or who could use some refresher. Experienced dancers are invited to partner with newcomers during the orientation and early dances to help integrate them into the community.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Upcoming events:
January 28: potluck & contra dance
February 5: English country dance
February 11: family dance & contra dance

January 8th English country dance

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 pm
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
  • $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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The first English country dance in Roseville for 2017 will be on January 8th, which is the second Sunday rather than our usual first. Alisa Dodson has been English country dancing since 1980 and calling since 1990.  She was involved in BACDS dance in the Bay Area for many years before moving away, and she now lives in the old gold mining town of Murphys.

Give seven musicians and friends some English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away! Our house band is Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Susan Jones and Sandra Westfall on concertinas, Arlene Jamar on piano, Jane Kostka on whistle, Martin Lodahl on viola da gamba, and David Wright on fiddle and mandolin.

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.  If you are bringing, or know of any, first-timers, please urge them to come at 2:30 for the introductory workshop that precedes the dance.  All dancers are welcome at the workshop, but first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance!

For more information, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
January 14: contra dance
January 28: potluck & contra dance
February 5: English country dance

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calling to the music of Swing Farm
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016
Time: 8:00 pm to midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Special Event Cost: $15 (cash or check)

newyearseve_contraJoin us as we say goodbye to 2016! At our New Year’s Eve contra dance, Jean Gibson-Gorrindo will be calling to the music of Swing Farm. Please bring your favorite dessert to share. We will pass out non-alcoholic sparkling cider for a toast at midnight.

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo‘s strong teaching and musical skills, combined with her musical and rhythmic vocal quality, help her deliver dances that are flowing, challenging, and fun.  She has a particular knack for collecting dances with exceptional choreography designed to enhance the connectedness between us all. In her mind, that feeling of connection is what it is all about!

Swing Farm is Ray Bierl (fiddle), Charlie Hancock (piano), and Markie Sanders (bass). The band combines traditional and jazz stylings to weave an evening of fluid beauty and foot-stomping excitement. Ray is an accomplished and engaging fiddle player, drawing on traditions from throughout North America and the British Isles. As a contra dance musician, he has been in demand in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond for his inventive and playful approach to traditional and contemporary dance music. Charlie plays piano and accordion for contra, swing, and English and Scottish country dancing. From jazz to swing to Irish music, he plays with brilliance, drive, and clarity. Markie is a prominent and respected bassist, who has performed with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Claire Lynch, Mason Williams, Laurie Lewis, and many others, including appearances on Good Morning America and the Grand Ole Opry.

How can you help SCDS?

Organizing dances is a lot of work, and the Sacramento Country Dance Society can always use more help! Volunteering is a great way to form stronger bonds with our community. If you’ve been enjoying our dances, here are some opportunities to give back.

First, you can support SCDS financially – even without giving any money yourself! SCDS uses Amazon Smile. If you sign up with SCDS as your charity through that link, a small part of the amount you spend comes to SCDS every time you shop, at no charge to you. Sign up today, and buy your holiday presents through the smile.amazon.com link.

Second, SCDS simply could not exist without volunteers!  Whether you’d like to work the door at dances, be trained as a sound technician, help with publicity, or guide long-term strategy as a board member, there’s an opportunity waiting for you.  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, use your current skills, or learn new ones, and it’s lots of fun!

The Echo Summit Dance Camp requires a large number of volunteers, for tasks like greeting and cabin assignment, sweeping the dance floor, moving furniture, assisting the bands and callers, keeping water dispensers full, organizing the first night potluck, and many more. Though everyone is welcome to help, there are a limited number of work scholarships for low-income people who perform a required number of hours of volunteer work in trade for a reduced registration fee.

If you’re interested in volunteering your time, please speak to any of our Board members at dances, or send an email inquiry to sactocds@yahoo.com.  We’d love to have you!

December 10th contra dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of The Swingin’ Chickens
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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With over 26 years of experience in teaching and leading social dance, Andy Shore has been calling contra dances since 2007. He calls both traditional and gender-role-free contra dances and loves everything from teaching beginners to satisfying seasoned dancers.

The Swingin’ Chickens are Topher Gayle, Lee Anne Welch, and Rebecca King. Topher Gayle has always enjoyed the social aspects of making music, so it’s natural that he’s in a bunch of bands with a bunch of different people playing many styles of music. Topher has played contra dances for over fifteen years, touring nationally with TheOpporTunists and locally with The Rosin Doctors. Lee Anne Welch is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, and Balance & Swing. Her longest-standing partnership is with Seattle-based pianist Eric Anderson in the high-energy duo Bandemonium! They can be heard locally at Bay Area dances, have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Canada and the Caribbean. Rebecca King is a versatile dance pianist, conductor, and composer, whose strong classical training and love of jazz shows in her rhythmic and lyric piano accompaniments. She plays English and contra dance in the Bay area and has been on staff at West Coast dance camps, weekends, and balls and at Pinewoods. By day, she teaches music in the Sonoma Valley schools.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30 pm, perfect for people who have not contra danced before, or who could use some refresher. Experienced dancers are invited to partner with newcomers during the orientation and early dances to help integrate them into the community.

For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Upcoming events:
(There will not be a dance on December 24th – Happy holidays!)
December 31: special New Year’s Eve contra dance

January 8: English country dance (note that it’s on the 2nd Sunday)
January 14: contra dance

December 4th Annual Holiday Tea & English Country Dance

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
  • Time: 3:00-7:00 pm [note extended time], with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 pm
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
  • $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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Come share the joy as we gather for the highlight of our English dancing season, the Annual Holiday Tea and Dance! Dress up, and bring a special edible to share. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated, including scones, teacakes, cookies, savories, and more, but finger foods of any kind will be welcomed. A variety of teas and additional light fare will be served during the extended break. Please note that this special event runs one hour longer than usual, to allow for tea and treats, as well as other surprises to delight and charm our dancers this holiday season.

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.  If you are bringing, or know of any, first-timers, please urge them to come at 2:30 for the introductory workshop that precedes the dance.  All dancers are welcome at the workshop, but first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance!

For more information, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
December 10: contra dance
December 31: special New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 8: English country dance (note that it’s on the 2nd Sunday)