January 27th contra dance

Do you know anyone who resolved to make new friends, get more exercise, or have more fun in 2018? This month is a great time to introduce them to contra! New dancers get free admission to our January 27th contra dance simply by telling the people at the door that they haven’t been to our dance before.

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, January 27, 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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Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. 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).

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.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.

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

Upcoming events:
February 4: English country dance
February 10: potluck and contra dance
February 24: advanced contra moves workshop and dance

January 13th contra dance

Do you know anyone who resolved to make new friends, get more exercise, or have more fun in 2018? This month is a great time to introduce them to contra! New dancers get free admission to our January 13th and 27th contra dances simply by telling the people at the door that they haven’t been to our dance before.

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, January 13, 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. 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:
January 27: contra dance
February 4: English country dance
February 10: potluck and contra dance

January 7th English Country Dance

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response at our last dance, we are permanently changing the time of our regular English country dances. Sunday dances will now run from  2:00 to 5:00 pm, with an introductory workshop for new dancers at 1:30 pm.

  • Talent: Sharon Green calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, January 7, 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)

ECD_Green_QCAThe first dance of 2018 will emphasize the basics of English country dance. If you’re a regular dancer, this is an excellent opportunity to hone your skills at a relaxed pace. It’s also a perfect time to bring friends who are new to English country dancing. If you’ve come in the past, but found the pace a bit challenging, this is the perfect month to give us another try!

Sharon Green simply loves welcoming newcomers to the joys of English country dance. Having come to country dancing as a non-dancing adult, she knows what a challenge it can be for beginners; she also knows that it just gets better and better. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, is Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl, and Dick Holdstock.

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

Upcoming events:
January 13: contra dance
January 27: contra dance
February 4: English country dance

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Uncle Farmer
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm–midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $15 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 bring a dessert or appetizer to share at this special dance.

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. Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. With an Irish and New England sound at its core, the duo is known for its original dance tunes, modern twists on old favorites, and sets mixed with pop rhythms and improvisational flair. Their performances range from sweet and nostalgic to gritty and energetic, and their sound truly fills both the room and the hearts of 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:
January 7: English country dance
January 13: contra dance

Support dancing and save on 2017 taxes

Don’t forget to save the date for our New Year’s Eve contra dance with Susan Petrick calling to the music of Uncle Farmer!

Has connecting with friends on the dance floor made your life sweeter? Organizing dances is a lot of work, and the Sacramento Country Dance Society can always use more help! Volunteering is a great way to form stronger bonds with our community. If you’ve been enjoying our dances, here are some opportunities to give back.

First, you can support SCDS financially through the links on our Donations page. We are a 503(c) organization, so all your contributions are tax deductible. The rules for tax deductions are likely to change in 2018, so take advantage of this tax break while you can.

You can even improve our finances without giving any money yourself. SCDS uses Amazon Smile. If you sign up with SCDS as your charity through that link, a small part of the amount you spend comes to SCDS every time you shop, at no charge to you. Sign up today, and buy your holiday presents through the smile.amazon.com link.

Second, SCDS simply could not exist without volunteers.  Whether you’d like to work the door at dances, be trained as a sound technician, help with publicity, or guide long-term strategy as a board member, there’s an opportunity waiting for you.  Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, use your current skills, or learn new ones, and it’s lots of fun!

If you’re interested in volunteering your time, please speak to any of our Board members at dances, or send an email inquiry to sactocds@yahoo.com.  We’d love to have you!

December 9th contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of StringFire
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
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. StringFire’s infectious spirit of musical fun infiltrates the hearts and feet of musicians and dancers alike. The combination of classical training, tune writing, and superb improvisational skills creates an out-of-the-ordinary groove you won’t want to miss! The band’s dynamic, wide-ranging repertoire is driven by Patti Cobb’s bluesy piano and Erik Ievins’ vibrant bass and sonorous, sparkling cello. The fiery, intricate work of Caroline McCaskey’s fiddle completes StringFire’s signature sound.

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:
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 7: English country dance
January 13: contra dance

Annual Holiday Tea & English Country Dance

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
  • Special Time: 2:00-6:30 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Special Location: Roseville Masonic Temple, 235 Vernon 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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Please bring a special treat to share for the highlight of our dancing season, the Annual Holiday Tea and Dance. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated, including scones, teacakes, or cookies, but finger foods of any kind will be welcomed. A variety of teas will be served during the extended break. With David Newitt’s calling, this afternoon is sure to be a delectable mix of new and familiar dances, as well as edible delights! Note the special time and location.

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:
December 9: contra dance
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 7: English country dance