June 30th Truckee contra dance

Please join us for a special dance held jointly with the contra dance communities in the Foothills and Reno! Note that the location and time are different from usual.

Some people will be staying in the area and may be hiking on Sunday. Please contact Barbara Gebhart at bgebhart2000@yahoo.com or 916-761-3021 for info about camping.

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 pm
Location: Truckee Community Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, CA
Cost: $12 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 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. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Cheryl McKinney (keyboard), with special guest Sue Jones (concertina and recorder).

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 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:
July 1: English country dance
July 14: contra dance

June 23rd contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

Hartman_BLAMKelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. When calling, she considers herself a conduit between the dancers and the band, helping to channel the joy of the music through flowing, interesting dances. BLAM! is Bob Silberstein on piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd on flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch on fiddle.

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:
June 30: special Truckee contra dance
July 1: English country dance
July 14: contra dance

Echo Summit Dance Camp

To avoid disappointment, please register soon for Echo Summit Dance Camp on September 14-16, 2018, as the cabins are likely to fill up within a few weeks. Don’t miss Lisa Greenleaf and Lindsey Dono calling to the music of the Latter Day Lizards and Toss the Possum!

Join us in the mountains for a weekend of great contra dancing and music with friends old and new. Camp Sacramento is two hours east of Sacramento, off Highway 50 just west of Echo Summit, at an elevation of 6600 feet. Nestled in the tall trees of the Sierra Nevada, Camp Sacramento’s refinished wooden dance floor and rustic small cabins are waiting for you to enjoy. Camp staff sell espresso drinks in the morning, and beer and ice cream in the afternoons to keep your dance energy going.

THE CALLERS

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Lisa Greenleaf

Lisa Greenleaf calls regularly in the Boston and New England areas and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout the country and beyond.  Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, fun squares, challenging dances of all shapes and sizes, and callers’ training. Lisa likes to emphasize community and communication in her workshops, guiding participants to get the most out of their dancing or calling experience.  She has a keen interest in understanding group dynamics as well as the power of positive leadership.

 

ldcaller10-4-14-4-editedLindsey Dono

Northwest mainstay Lindsey Dono delights in traveling to share her love of dance with an ever-expanding network of “contra family.” Known for serene and sunny instruction, Lindsey transforms newcomers into avid regulars while keeping veterans piqued with sophisticated programming. A dancer for more than twenty years, Lindsey incorporates her knowledge of waltz, lindy hop, blues, jazz, and ballet to lead a variety of workshops. At last count, Lindsey had more than fifty swing variations in her repertoire! Off the dance floor, Lindsey can be found practicing archery, hiking, gardening, and excitedly chattering about science.

 

THE BANDS

ldl_promo_2The Latter Day Lizards

The Lizards are a New England dance band featuring a trio of musicians fervent with the desire and talent to ignite flames under dancing feet. With a wide ranging and hopelessly eclectic repertoire including everything from Irish and Scottish traditional jigs and reels to Balkan, blues and swing tunes (often juxtaposed next to each other), the Latter Day Lizards bring excellent musicianship, playfulness, drama and unrelentingly infectious rhythm to their dance performances. With Kate Barnes on piano, guitar and flute, Bill Tomczak on clarinet, sax and drum, Corey DiMario on bass, and Dave Langford on guitar and fiddle, they blend swing, rock-and-roll and jazz influences with traditional foot-stomping dance music to make an innovative, spontaneous and rhythmically inflammatory sound. Shared among all the Lizards are decades of experience in getting people’s pulses racing and feet moving.

 

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Toss the Possum, a family band, puts a unique twist on Celtic, Southern, and old-time fiddle tunes, including rock n’ roll and jazz influences. They are known for their driving renditions of traditional tunes, and also love the excitement of creating color and rhythm on the fly! Hear Rob Zisette bend and sing on his acoustic fiddle and sizzle on his electric five-string fiddle. Add to that his sense of humor, improv looping, fantastic beat boxing, vocals, and other surprises. With Laura Zisette backing it all up on keyboard, you’ve got a band that is ready to create some magic with the caller and the dancers! Joining Toss the Possum is guest Bonnie Insull, a leading light of the Southern California English and contra scenes. With her dynamic jazz influences, her incredible flute beat-boxing chops, and her energetic foot percussion, she’s a great complement to the band.

Sound by Victor Garza.

THE PROGRAM — Registration starts on Friday at 5 pm, a potluck dinner is at 6 pm, and the dancing starts at 8 pm. The weekend includes dances, dance and music workshops, and concerts by the bands. Camp ends at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Five meals are included. There are no beginner’s lessons at camp.

LODGING – Lodging is in small rustic cabins, with bathrooms in separate buildings nearby. Couples get their own cabin; singles get a cabin with one to three other people of the same gender. The cabins are unheated and nights can be near freezing. BRING WARM BEDDING. Space heaters and heating pads are not allowed because of old electric wiring. You are allowed to sleep in your vehicle (van or car); no large RVs or trailers are allowed due to access issues in case of fire. No tent camping is allowed because of bears.  For those who prefer other housing, please make your own reservations offsite. We are unable to reduce the camp fee if you stay offsite.

June 9th contra dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Contrapositive
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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Join us for Andy Shore calling to the music of Contrapositive (Kathrine Gardner, Cynthia Faulkner (not pictured), and Allen Barnes). With over 26 years 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.

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:
June 23: contra dance
June 30: Truckee contra dance
July 1: English country dance

June 3rd English country dance

Talent: Alan Winston calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
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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Alan Winston has been calling Regency, English, Early American, and Victorian dance since 1985. He’s called for balls, camps, and special events from Southern California to the Bay Area to Oregon, Washington, and Victoria BC. His clear, cheerful, and witty instruction serve dancers well, and it is Alan’s great joy to share the joy of community through country dance.

Recording stars Quite Carried Away will have their new CD available for purchase. 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.

We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it, called FTWK (“for those who know”). This month we will be teaching “The Fandango” to everyone. This is your chance to learn, or master, this wonderful three-couple dance, so that you’ll be able to do it the next time it’s announced as FTWK.

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 1:30 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:
June 9: contra dance
June 23: contra dance
June 30: Truckee contra dance

May 26th contra dance

Save the date: June 30th will be the annual Truckee contra dance, with Andy Shore calling to the music of Star Thistle.

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of Deniz Akin and Obin Sturm
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. 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. 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:
June 3: English country dance
June 9: contra dance
June 23: contra dance
June 30: Truckee contra dance

May 12th contra dance

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of The Ladle Thieves
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $12 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. The Ladle Thieves are Christina Thompson (fiddle, banjo) and Darin Smith (cello, fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar), with guest musician Cliff Landis (fiddle, banjo, guitar).

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:
May 26: contra dance
June 3: English country dance
June 9: contra dance
June 23: contra dance
June 30: special Truckee contra dance