September 29th zesty contra dance

At this special zesty contra, dances will be taught quickly. There will be no newcomer’s orientation before the dance. Dancers should be familiar with moves like hey for four, Petronella turns, and contra corners. This is an evening for experienced dancers who want to dance with enthusiasm!

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Contrapositive
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 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 Susan Petrick calling to the music of Contrapositive (Kathrine Gardner, Cynthia Faulkner (not pictured), and Allen Barnes). Susan Petrick has become a regional treasure with national prominence, who tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. She is well-known for her clear teaching, efficient guidance, and expert pacing, making even complex dances accessible to all.

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:
October 7: special contra dance at The Palms in Winters
October 7: English country dance
October 13: potluck and contra dance

September 22nd contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, September 22, 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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Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. Her inspiration comes from Nils Fredland, whose workshop in 2012 spurred her down the caller’s path. 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. 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:
September 29: zesty contra dance
October 7: contra dance at The Palms in Winters
October 7: English country dance
October 13: potluck and contra dance

September 8th contra dance & September 9th English country dance

Because many people travel on Labor Day weekend, we’ve pushed our English country dance back to the second Sunday of the month. We’ll return with a bang, hosting two dances with renowned caller Kalia Kliban: a contra dance on Saturday and an English country dance in Roseville on Sunday. Details for both dances are below.

The Contra Dance

Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Chaos Wranglers
Date: Saturday, September 8, 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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Kalia Kliban has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching contra and English country dance, along with many other styles. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings in California and beyond.

Chaos Wranglers (Erik Hoffman, Topher Gayle, and Kenny Blacklock) bring a wild variety of instrumental textures and styles to their music. Spontaneous arrangements of traditional and newer tunes blend in creative, crazy ways. You’ll hear echoes of Topher’s and Erik’s former bands, of course, but the addition of Kenny’s gorgeous violin and piano (and other stuff) will bring new sounds to make your feet happy!

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.

 

The English Country Dance

Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, September 9, 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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Our September and October English country dances will include a special offer to bring a friend for free. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) — each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free. Please note that this dance is on the second Sunday of the month to avoid conflicts with Labor Day weekend.

Caller Kalia Kliban comes to us fresh from a whirlwind tour of dance camps and workshop appearances, to bring us a program of both familiar and new dances. Quite Carried Away provides the perfectly matched music, and their CD will be available, so you can bring the magic home!

FTWK stands for “For Those Who Know.” We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. The September FTWK dance will be Newcastle.

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.

Bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!

 

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

Upcoming events:
September 22: contra dance
September 29: zesty contra dance
October 7: English country dance

August 25th contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of our Community Band
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento
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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Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. Her inspiration comes from Nils Fredland, whose workshop in 2012 spurred her down the caller’s path. 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. Music for this dance will be provided by our Community Band, led by Claudia Kirkpatrick. All musicians are welcome to play! Send an email to Claudia (kirkmusic@hotmail.com) for a PDF file of the music and the time and place of practice.

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 8: contra dance
September 9th (second Sunday): English country dance
September 22: contra dance
September 29: zesty contra dance

August 11th contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Nanette Fynan and Peter Tracy
Date: Saturday, August 11, 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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Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. Nanette Fynan has been playing the violin for 47 years and teaching for 32 years. She began playing for dances after the family hosted a dancing fiddling workshop and received a grant from the Country Dance and Song Society in 2010 for the training of young dance musicians. Peter Tracy picked up an acoustic guitar at age 11 and learned from the radio how to play.  When he was drafted, he went off to Vietnam with acoustic guitar in hand. After his return, he struggled with PTSD, but in the mid-eighties, he found his musical spark again with friends who formed The Splinter Group. In addition to contra dances, he performs at Veterans for Peace events.

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:
August 25: contra dance
September 8: contra dance
September 9th (second Sunday): English country dance

August 5th English country dance & picnic

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, August 5, 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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The Picnic: It’s time for our annual potluck picnic! Paul and Patty Larsen have once again invited us to their lovely home for a picnic immediately following this Sunday’s dance. Directions will be available at the dance. The Larsens will provide hamburgers and veggie burgers, and SCDS will provide the condiments, plates, and utensils. Please bring a side dish (appetizer, salad, fruit, dessert) of your choice, plus whatever you want to drink. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel, so you can enjoy their pool!

The Dance: 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 particularly for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Give them English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away. The 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. Their new CD will be available for purchase!

We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, “for those who know.” Since “The Fandango” was taught at the June dance, we will feature it as this month’s FTWK dance, so that those who learned it will have a chance to practice. In addition, David will teach a previous FTWK dance, Companions, to everyone.

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:
August 11: contra dance
August 25: contra dance
September 8: contra dance
September 9th (second Sunday): English country dance

July 28th contra dance

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Reno Ceilidh Band
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018
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. The Reno Ceilidh Band is Bob Kastelic and Scott Cozen.

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:
August 5: English country dance
August 11: contra dance