Contra Dance January 28

Caller: Talib Huff
Music: Whiskey Brothers
Sound: Amanda Schmidt
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023 (fourth Saturday)
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); If cost is the only thing preventing you being being there, please talk to the greeters at the door.

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.

From dance halls to a 20+ year regular gig at Berkeley’s famous Albatross Pub, the Whiskey Brothers have a long and storied history of offering up a variety of acoustic music. Up-tempo dance medleys, waltzes, Cajun two-steps, Conjunto polkas, classic country and bluegrass songs and more work their way through the Whiskey Brothers’ performances. The Whiskey Brothers Trio features John MacFarlane (fiddle), Jeff Ward (mandolin), and Dave Courchaine (guitar).


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

English Country Dance January 15

Caller: David Newitt
Music: Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, January 15 (third Sunday Sacramento)
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Young Ladies Institute (YLI), 1400 27th St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

David Newitt 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. One of the most accomplished country dance teachers in the Bay Area, David is known for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away, our house band: QCA is Martin Lodahl (viola da gamba), Susan Jones (English concertina), Jane Kostka (whistle), David Wright (violin and mandolin), Arlene Jamar (piano), and Dick Holdstock (octave mandolin and tenor banjo)

As usual, beginners are welcome.  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. No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. 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. Our schedule of future dances is always available at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/. You may join our email list on groups.io at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS/. Please enter your name when joining.


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

NYE contra dance made us happy!

Our New Year’s Eve contra dance saw 69 happy people dancing to the music of the Syncopaths and the calling of Dane Wallinga. This is more people than have attended a dance since the beginning of the pandemic, and we saw a number of friends who were back for their first dance, and a few new people as well. With the expense of a nationally famous band, the Syncopaths, we still lost money on the evening, but it was a good investment if measured by the smiles and compliments of the dancers. However, in order to have a successful dances, and a successful organization, Sacramento Country Dance Society, we need more people to attend.

We have lost money on every contra dance since the beginning of the pandemic. We were in pretty good financial position before the pandemic, but the losses cannot continue. The traditional success of Echo Summit Contra Dance Weekend supported our organization overhead, while the regular contra dance and English Country Dance came close to breaking even. But with lower attendance has come big losses.

So, we invite you to come back, see old friends and make new friends, and dance your joy. And support your dance community.

Our requirements for vaccination and masking continue. The masking requirement makes some people unhappy, but it is the most effective way of preventing COVID-19 transmission, apparently more important than vaccination or self-tests before dances. Imagine a room full of people, exercising and breathing in close proximity. Masking is the best solution. A few dance communities that have dropped masking requirements have had a considerable number of COVID cases. On the other hand, the contra dance communities that many of the Sacramento dancers attend in other places have had no documented cases of transmission. Many people happily work with masking by sitting out some dances or even every other dance. You can always head outside for some un-masked breathing, as we only require masks in the building.

While we hope we are past peak pandemic and dance cancellation, our schedules may change, so it is always best to check the online calendar (Calendar) or subscribe to it in your personal calendar, and to subscribe to our email list on groups.io at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

NYE contra dance, forward and back, by John Seto
NYE contra dance, balancing in the circle mixer, by John Seto
NYE contra dance, Syncopaths (Joe Craven, Ryan McKasson, Christa Burch, Jeff Spero), by Dan Allison

New Year’s Eve Contra Dance!

Note: The first dance of the new year will be English Country Dance on January 15 (third Sunday). There will be no English Country Dance on January 1 (first Sunday), nor contra dance on January 14 (second Saturday).

Caller: Dane Wallinga
Music: Syncopaths
Sound: Amanda Schmidt
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Time: 8:00–12:00 midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:40pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Special NYE pricing: $18 for adults; $12 for college students with ID; $8 for dancers under 18; $40 maximum for families (cash or check)

Join us for four hours of contra dance on New Year’s Eve, 8:00PM to midnight, at Coloma Community Center. This is one of our biggest and most joyful events of the year, along with our Anniversary Dance in April, so you’ll want to be there. It’s a chance to see old friends and make new friends. Even if you can’t come for the entire evening, please come.

The Syncopaths, a Sacramento favorite, will play, with Dane Wallinga calling. Syncopaths are Jeff Spero, Ryan McKasson, Christa Burch, and Joe Craven stepping in for Ashley Hoyer (Broder). From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to tunes and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. Evolving through their contradance origins, they are creating a “chamber folk” sound, characterized by the compelling rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms of the piano and bodhrån. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious. Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience. Syncopaths homepage Joe Craven homepage

Dane Wallinga has quickly become a Bay Area go-to caller, giving dancers a thoughtful program of interesting, fun dances, called with a relaxed style.

We will have a New Year toast with sparking cider at midnight, outside (grab your coats), and a final waltz to bring in the New Year.

We do have higher pricing for the New Year’s Eve Contra Dance. If cost is the only thing preventing you being being there, please talk to the greeters at the door.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:40 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. Events are accessible to people with disabilities.

Contact: For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email sactocds@gmail.com. Our schedule of future dances is always available at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/. You may join our email list on groups.io at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS/. Please enter your name when joining.


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

English Country Dance December 18: Holiday Dance & Tea

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!
Note: post updated with Holiday Dance and Tea information

Caller: Lise Dyckman
Music: Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 18, 2022 (third Sunday Sacramento)
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Young Ladies Institute (YLI), 1400 27th 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)

Join your English Country Dancing friends for the annual Holiday Dance and Tea.

We will have hot teas as before, together with whatever snacks folks wish to bring. Instead of our usual two breaks, we will take one longer break. People can remain inside to socialize with masks on, or can grab a cup of tea and some snacks to take outside (masks optional), where we hope to have chairs. If you would like to bring a snack to share, please bring finger foods–that is, nothing requiring silverware–either individually wrapped, or grab-able with tongs.

Lise Dyckman has been teaching and calling English Country Dance (and Contra Dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area region and beyond, and is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away, our house band: Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Susan Jones on concertina, Arlene Jamar on piano, Jane Kostka on whistle, Martin Lodahl on viola da gamba, and David Wright on fiddle and mandolin.

As usual, beginners are welcome.  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. No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. 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. Our schedule of future dances is always available at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/. You may join our email list on groups.io at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS/. Please enter your name when joining.


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

Contra Dance December 10

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Jeff Spero and M’Gilvry Allen
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 (first Saturday)
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)

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. Jeffrey Spero has become one of the premiere dance pianists on the west coast.  Known for his energetic style and creative arrangements, Jeff has brought his talents to dances and festivals throughout the nation. His accompaniments bring a fresh perspective to traditional forms. He is a member of The Syncopaths. M’Gilvry Allen grew up under a rock in Sebastopol, California, playing traditional Scottish and Irish fiddle music with his family. Now he’s a professional music maker in Oakland, using those same folk instruments plus some fancy electronic tools to make music that feels like breathing underwater.


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

English Country Dance December 4

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!

Caller: Yvonne Couvillion
Music: Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022 (first Sunday Roseville)
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Polish American Community Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville, CA 95678
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

As usual, beginners are welcome.  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. No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. 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. Our schedule of future dances is always available at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/. You may join our email list on groups.io at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS/. Please enter your name when joining.

Dance Program

2:00 Cold and Raw Cold and Raw -easy 
2:10 Lambeth Walk (no video found)
2:20 Winter Dreams Winter Dreams Waltz 
2:35 Jovial Beggars Jovial Beggars – YouTube    

– – BREAK
3:00 Winter Solstice Winter Solstice – English Country Dance – YouTube 
3:20 Mad Robin Mad Robin -view from bottom of set 
3:35 In the Bleak Midwinter In the Bleak Midwinter 
3:50 A Lean Tango A Lean Tango

– – BREAK
4:00 In the Fields of Frost and Snow In the Fields In Frost and Snow 
4:15 Two Cousins The Two Cousins – English Country mixer -Otterholt
4:30 Autumn in Amherst Autumn in Amherst 
4:45 Mr. Epstein’s Esplanade (no video found)
     
Extra/Alternate 
Eastbourne Rover Eastbourne Rover 
Turning by Threes Turning By Threes

Contra Dance November 26

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Kathrine Gardner and Will Wheeler
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022 (fourth Saturday)
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)

Mark Goodman, Katherine Gardner, Will Wheeler

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. Many have fallen in love with her ethereal yet driving fiddle playing. Will Wheeler from the Bay Area band the wiNgNuts, plays powerful, diverse guitar and driving foot percussion.

English Country Dance November 20

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!

Caller: Gary Sandler
Music: Quite Carried Away & Friends
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022 (third Sunday Sacramento)
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Young Ladies Institute (YLI), 1400 27th 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)

Gary Sandler believes in helping dancers get more fun out of their dances, whether through safe and comfortable hand-holds or clear direct instructions.  He likes to vary the dance structures, shifting from lines to circles and squares.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away & Friends: Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Arlene Jamar on piano, Jane Kostka on whistle, and Martin Lodahl on viola da gamba, with guests Janet Kurnick on violin and Marilyn Cooper on keyboard.

Dance Program:

Astonished Archeologist AstonishedArchaeologist -BH 
Candles in the Dark Candles in the Dark 
Chocolate for Breakfast Chocolate for Breakfast – sos 
Cockleshells Cockleshells 
Jacob Hall’s Jig (II) Jacob Hall’s Jig 
Mad Robin Mad Robin -view from bottom of set 
Mile of Smiles Mile of Smiles 
Mr Cosgill’s Delight Mr. Cosgill’s Delight -diagrams 
Pleasures of the Town  Pleasures of the Town 
Shrewsbury Lasses, The Shrewsbury Lasses 
Sunlight through Draperies Sunlight through Draperies 
Yellow Stockings Yellow_Stockings 

Extras
Mr Isaac’s Maggot Mr Isaac’s Maggot 
Lilli Burlero Lilli Burlero

As usual, beginners are welcome.  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. No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Both 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. Our schedule of future dances is always available at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/.


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

New Year’s Eve Contra Dance

Please join us for the traditional New Year’s Eve Dance! While this dance is always a special event, this one is extra special, with Sacramento favorites Syncopaths coming to play their wild and soulful music.

The success of New Year’s Eve will also have an effect on our dance schedule in the new year, 2023. Can we continue to have two contra dances a month, plus fifth Saturday Zesty Contras? Or will we have to trim back to one dance a month? We know you have many options for your New Year’s Eve, but we hope you will join us for all or part of the evening. Four hours of dancing, 8:00PM to midnight! And a chance to catch up with old friends and make new friends.

Pricing for the dance will be $18 adults, $12 college students, $9 youth, and $40 families.

So put it on your calendar now. There will be another announcement as the date gets closer.