October 2nd English country dance

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • 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)

As a special “Bring a Friend for Free” dance, this is a perfect time to bring along a new dancer (or several!). They will not only get in free, but are also eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session that begins at 2:30, just before the dance. As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.

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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 to the midwest and then east to Massachusetts before moving back to California in 2013.  Alisa 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 English country dance 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.

The Caller Coaching series continues! A short caller coaching session with Alisa Dodson 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.

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

Upcoming events:
October 8: contra dance
October 22: waltz workshop & contra dance
October 29: family dance & contra dance
November 6: English country dance

September 24th contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, September 24, 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)

sept24contraKelsey 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.

Whimsical is an all-female contra dance band, featuring Debra Tayleur on piano, Regan Hemphill and Janette Duncan on fiddle, and Beth Christian (not pictured) on cello. The group loves to combine strong rhythmic drive with lilting melodies, playing New England, old time, Quebecois, and Irish tunes to make dancers’ spirits and feet fill the floor with joy.

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:
October 2: English country dance
October 8: contra dance
October 22: waltz workshop & contra dance

October 29: family dance & contra dance

Special events coming up this fall

In October and November, we are pleased to present special opportunities to learn about waltzing and to involve the whole family in contra dancing. All special events will be held at Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA, before our regularly scheduled contra dances (2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays, starting at 8 pm).

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On Saturday, October 22, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer a beginning waltz workshop. Kelsey Hartman will teach a class for dancers who want to learn the basic waltz moves. Come learn how to do this fun dance and be able to join in at regular contra dances. The cost is $5. 

Then, on Saturday, October 29th, from 2:00-3:30 pm, we will hold our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly dances to live fiddle music called by Erik Hoffman. The cost is $15 per family (parents and children), $5 per child without dancing parent, and $10 per adult without children. Some contra dances taught in the afternoon will be repeated at our regular dance at 8 pm (separate donation) for all to enjoy.

Finally, on Saturday, November 12, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer an intermediate waltz workshop. Susan Petrick will teach a class for experienced dancers who already know the basic moves, but who want to be better dancers and improve their technique and style. This class is not intended for beginners. The cost is $5.

September 11th English country dance

  • Talent: Bob Fraley calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
  • 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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Note the date! This month’s English Country Dance in Roseville will be held on Sunday, September 11, which is the second (rather than the usual first) Sunday of the month.

Bring a Friend for Free! Our September and October English dances will be special “Bring a Friend for Free” dances. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) —they will not only get in free, but are eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session that begins ½ hour before the dance. So bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!

Caller Bob Fraley is coming all the way from Oregon to bring us 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.

**The Caller Coaching series continues! A short caller coaching session with Bob Fraley 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.

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

Upcoming events:
September 10: contra dance
September 24: contra dance
October 22: waltz workshop
October 29: family contra dance

September 10th contra dance

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, September 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)

Sept11_contraSusan Petrick started teaching and calling for contra dances in 2000. Susan lives in Mountain View and 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. BLAM! “Bob, Liz, and Marta” is Bob Silberstein, piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd, flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch, 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:
September 11: English country dance (2nd Sunday this month)
September 24: contra dance
October 22: waltz workshop
October 29: family contra dance

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