August 27 Contra Dance

Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of our Community Band, led by Claudia Kirkpatrick
Date: Saturday, August 27, 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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Lynn Ackerson from Oakland, California brings a huge and ever-expanding contra and square dance repertoire. Her gracefully efficient walk throughs and delightful programs reflect her philosophy: to build the relationship between the band and the dancers and then get out of the way. On Community Band night, all musicians are welcome to play! Send an email to Claudia Kirkpatrick (kirkmusic@hotmail.com) for a PDF of the music and the time and date of practice. Join the fun!

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:
September 10: contra dance
September 11: English country dance (Note the dance is on the 2nd Sunday this month)
September 16-18: Echo Summit dance camp (still looking for a few good men!)

August 13 Contra Dance

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of Star Thistle.
Date: Saturday, August 13, 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)

Aug13_contraCelia Ramsay has been calling contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. Celia 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. Star Thistle is Cheryl McKinney (keyboard), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Lonna Whipple (fiddle). The band plays Celtic, old-time, and other music.

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

Upcoming events:
August 27: Community Band Night contra dance
September 10: contra dance
September 11: English country dance, Roseville

August 7 English Country Dance/Picnic

Come dance—and eat!—with us this Sunday. Yes, it’s time for the annual potluck picnic that follows our Roseville English Country Dance!

Talent: Alan Winston calling to Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (Intro session at 2:30)
Location: Polish-American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville 95678
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

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The Picnic: Paul and Patty Larsen have once again invited us to their lovely home for a potluck picnic immediately following this Sunday’s dance! The Larsens will provide hamburgers, Yvonne will provide tempeh for grilling, and SCDS will provide the condiments and plates/utensils. Please bring any kind of side dish (appetizer, salad, fruit, dessert, etc.) of your choice, PLUS whatever you want to drink. And don’t forget your swim suit and towel so you can enjoy their pool!

The Dance:  Caller Alan Winston brings a program that complements the melodious harmonies of our own Quite Carried Away. 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, while first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance!

Bring a snack to share at the dance, and then bring your potluck item to the picnic immediately following the dance! Directions/map to the picnic will be provided at the dance.

Upcoming Events:
August 13: contra dance
August 27: special contra dance – Community Band Night

July 30 Truckee Contra Dance

Come out and enjoy a hot time in the cool Sierras! This special dance is being held jointly with the contra dance communities in the Foothills and Reno. Some people will be staying in the area and may be hiking on Sunday. For information about camping, please contact Barbara Gebhart at bgebhart2000@yahoo.com or 916-761-3021.

Please note special event time, location, and cost.

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Hot Cider
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 7:30–10:30 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:00 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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Joyce Miller has been calling for contra dances since 2000, starting under the tutelage of Eric Curl. She has called at dance camps in the U.S. and Canada, but what she likes most is to call for her friends in the Sierra Foothills and environs. 

Hot Cider is the house band for the Nevada City contra dance. They’ve played hundreds of contra dances in their years together. These three pickers (Rudy Darling, Barry Angell, and Rick Toles) like to mix it up. You’ll hear the best traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, the guys take more musical chances than might be prudent, so look out for manic mandolin and foolhardy fiddle.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:00 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:
August 7: English country dance
August 13: contra dance
August 27: contra dance – Community Band Night

July 23 Contra Dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Switching Protocols
Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

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Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. Switching Protocols is Ruth Byers (from Stolen Goods) on fiddle, John-Michael Seng-Wheeler on piano, and Christopher Jacoby (from the East Coast bands Phase X and Last Exit) on accordion and mandolin. This group of nerdy folk from Berkeley plays rocking contra tunes, drawing on music from Old England, New England, and New New England.
 
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:
July 30: Special Truckee Contra Dance
August 7: English Country Dance, Roseville
August 13: Contra Dance (2nd Sat)
August 27: Contra Dance (4th Sat)

July 9 Contra Dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Soul Weaving
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 8:00PM – 11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

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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.

Soul Weaving is Jonathan Goodwin (fiddle, concertina, voice), Ehlert P. Lassen (guitar), and Stephen Evans (cello). They draw their inspiration from the old harp, bagpipe and singing styles, from the transitional compositional styles of, say, 18th Century Irish harper Turlogh Carolan or 18th Century Scottish fiddler Robert Macintosh as well as from the succeeding music which has grown from those roots. The band enjoys weaving the essence of the old music into new musical patterns, exploring original shapes of melody, compositional form and structure.

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:
July 23: Contra Dance
July 30: Special Truckee Contra Dance
August 7: English Country Dance, Roseville

July 3 English Country Dance

Get a head start on your Independence Day fireworks by coming to English Country Dancing in Roseville, this Sunday, July 3! We will be graced with not one, but three fabulous callers: Gary Sandler and Yvonne Couvillion will assist David Newitt, who promises to pull together “Spring Garden” (there’s sure to be fireworks on the dance floor!) along with other marvelous choices enhanced by the air-conditioned environment (yes!) and the fantastic musicians of Quite Carried Away.

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3:00 to 6:00 pm (Intro session at 2:30)
Polish-American Hall
327 Main St, Roseville 95678

If you are bringing, or know of any, first-timers, please urge them to come at 2:30 pm for the Introductory Workshop that precedes the dance. All dancers are welcome at the workshop, while first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance!

**T-Shirt orders are here! Sue Jones expects to have the second order of our new t-shirts available for pickup at our next dance. If you ordered a t-shirt and have not yet paid Sue, please bring your checkbook or $20 cash.

**The Caller Coaching series continues! A short caller coaching session with David Newitt begins immediately after the final waltz. Anyone interested in calling ECD may attend. The caller will share information on one aspect of calling, followed by time for questions.

It’s always nice when people bring a snack to share at the break! Bringing your own water bottle reduces our use of disposable cups.