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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

November 25th contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of George Wilson and Clark Smith
Date: Saturday, November 25, 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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Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. A talented, multi-instrumentalist and singer from New York, George Wilson samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. His dynamic fiddling, strongly influenced by Cape Breton and French Canadian styles, has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. Versatile local guitarist Clark Smith has played with the Celtic/world music band Out of Kelter and the Turkish band Sambandha.

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 3: Holiday Tea and English country dance, Roseville Masonic Temple
December 9: contra dance
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance

Want to help us out?

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.

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!

The Echo Summit Dance Camp requires a large number of volunteers, for tasks like greeting and cabin assignment, sweeping the dance floor, moving furniture, assisting the bands and callers, keeping water dispensers full, organizing the first night potluck, and many more. Though everyone is welcome to help, there are a limited number of work scholarships for low-income people who perform a required number of hours of volunteer work in trade for a reduced registration fee.

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!

November 11th contra dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Thomas Angell, Barry Angell, and Drew Congdon
Date: Saturday, November 11, 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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Talib Huff has been calling contra 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. Brothers Thomas Angell (fiddle and guitar; not shown) and Barry Angell (mandolin and guitar) team up with Drew Congdon (banjo) for some foot-stomping dance 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, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Upcoming events:
November 25: contra dance
December 3: English country dance
December 9: contra dance
December 31: New Year’s Eve dance

November 5th English country dance

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 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

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We are so fortunate to have some of the best English country dance caller talent in the world near us! This Sunday, our dance will feature the Bay Area’s David Newitt calling the first of two dances in a row. David will introduce some special dances that will be featured at December’s Annual Holiday Tea. Come learn these dances on Sunday, so you can enjoy them even more in December. And if that isn’t enough to bring you out, we’ll have perfectly matched music from our own Quite Carried Away.

Speaking of the Annual Holiday Tea, mark your calendars now. December 3rd is just around the corner, and you won’t want to miss it! Details to follow.

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. All dancers are welcome at the workshop, while 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:
November 11: contra dance
November 25: contra dance
December 3: English country dance