July 21st English country dance

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
  • 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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Please be aware that the Army Corps of Engineers is working on levees near Camp Pollock at least until October. You will not be affected if you travel to Camp Pollock via Hwy 160 northbound and exit at Northgate Blvd, or if you take Garden Highway westbound and turn left onto Northgate Blvd. However, Garden Highway eastbound is closed from I-5 to Northgate Blvd. Instead use the Richards Blvd exit from I-5, drive east until it dead-ends at 16th Street, turn left, and immediately take the Northgate Blvd exit.

David Newitt came to Berkeley in 1982 to work on a Ph.D. in physics and to do country and display dancing. He teaches and plays music for regular Scottish and English dances and calls contras and the occasional square dance by night, while doing research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at UCSF by day. David is one of the most accomplished country dance teachers in the Bay Area, known for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Quite Carried Away 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. Ask about their CD!

Please bring a snack to share. 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:
July 27: contra dance
August 4: English country dance
August 10: contra dance

July 13th contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of Sactown Revelers
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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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Local favorite Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. Formerly known as Contrapositive, the Sactown Revelers are Cynthia Llano on guitar, Allen Barnes on rhythm mandolin, and Kathrine Gardner, who has been a dedicated dance fiddler since the mid 80’s, and has played in many great Bay Area bands. Many have fallen in love with her ethereal yet driving fiddle playing. 

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 21: English country dance
July 27: contra dance
August 4: English country dance

July 7th English country dance and picnic

It’s time for the annual potluck picnic that follows our Roseville dance! Both Camp Pollock and Roseville dancers are welcome at the picnic, so please join us at the Roseville dance this Sunday and then come along to the picnic.

Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019
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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Paul and Patty Larsen have once again invited us to their lovely home for a potluck picnic immediately after this Sunday’s dance! The Larsens will provide hamburgers and veggie burgers, and SCDS will provide the condiments, plates, and utensils. Please bring your favorite side dish (appetizer, salad, fruit, dessert, etc.), plus whatever you want to drink. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel so you can enjoy their pool! Directions to the Larsen’s house will be provided at the dance.

Lise Dyckman has been teaching and calling English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area, and beyond. She is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, 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. Ask about their CD!

Please bring a snack to share at the dance. 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:
July 13: contra dance
July 21: English country dance
July 27: contra dance

Truckee contra dance June 29th

Please join us for a hot time in the cool mountains at this special dance 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. Please contact Barbara Gebhart at bgebhart2000@yahoo.com or 916-761-3021 for information about camping.

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Special Time: 7:30–10:30 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:15 pm
Special Location: Community Arts Center, 10046 Church Street, Truckee, CA
(note that the location has moved from the Veterans Building listed on the flier)

Cost: $12 per person (cash or check)

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Kelsey 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. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), Clark Smith (guitar), and Del Eckels (percussion).

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:15 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 7: English country dance
July 13: contra dance
July 21: English country dance

June 22nd contra dance

Save the date for our special Truckee contra dance on June 29th, with Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Star Thistle!

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Kathrine Gardner, Allen Barnes, and Barry Angell
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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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Mark Goodwin began calling contra dance in Chico in 2001 and has called for local regional dances, including Nevada City and Newcastle. His aim is to call programs that bring everyone along for the ride, with dances that are memorable, have intuitive transitions, and weave familiar and interesting elements into a variety of dancer interactions. Kathrine Gardner has been a dedicated dance fiddler since the mid 80’s, and has played in many great Bay Area bands including Contrapositive. Many have fallen in love with her ethereal yet driving fiddle playing. Allen Barnes plays rhythm mandolin in various bands, including Contra positive. Barry Angell was a member of Hot Cider, the Foothills Contra house band, playing traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, he takes more musical chances than might be prudent, so keep an ear out for his manic mandolin.

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:
June 29: special Truckee contra dance
July 7: English country dance
July 13: contra dance

June 16th English country dance

  • Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

Dyckman_QCALise Dyckman was the first caller when we began dancing at Camp Pollock last October, so come out and show her what a successful dance she initiated! She’s been teaching and calling English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area, and beyond. She is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, 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. Ask about their CD!

We’re just about to order the next batch of our wonderful green T-shirts! Samples will be on display at Sunday’s dance. Turn in and pay for your order by then if you’d like a shirt this year.

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 22: contra dance
June 29: special Truckee contra dance
July 7: English country dance

June 8th contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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. 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 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:
June 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
June 22: contra dance
June 29: special Truckee contra dance