April 2nd English country dance

Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, April 2, 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 (cash or check)

8jan_englishAlisa 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 away, and she 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 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.

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 2:30 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:
April 8: contra dance
April 22: potluck and Anniversary Dance (both contra and English)
April 29: zesty contra dance
May 6 & 7: Spring Dance Weekend

March 25th contra dance

Come and join us for our last $10 dance before the new donation goes into effect in April!

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Hot Cider
Date: Saturday, March 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: $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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We get the whole Nevada City package this coming dance, with calling by Joyce Miller, their home caller, and music by Hot Cider, their home band. Maybe our many Nevada City friends will travel down the hill and dance with us! Joyce Miller has been calling for contra dances since 2000, starting under the tutelage of Eric Curl. She has called at dance camps in the U.S. and Canada, but what she likes most is to call for her friends in the Sierra Foothills and environs. 

Hot Cider is the house band for the Nevada City contra dance. They’ve played hundreds of contra dances in their years together. These three pickers (Rudy Darling, Barry Angell, and Rick Toles) like to mix it up. You’ll hear the best traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, the guys take more musical chances than might be prudent, so look out for manic mandolin and foolhardy 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:
April 2: English country dance
April 8: contra dance
April 22: potluck and special Anniversary Dance (contra, English, and more!)
April 29: zesty contra dance

Spring Dance Weekend – May 6 & 7

Get ready for fantastic English country dancing, May 6th and 7th, at our Spring Dance Weekend! Don’t miss the April 13th deadline for an Early Bird discount and T-shirt orders. All the details can be found on the registration form or the event page. (Read to the end for a bonus invitation to do more English country dancing in March!)

Nikki Herbst will lead Nikki HerbstSaturday afternoon workshops on Teamwork and the Pat Shaw Centenary Celebration, and will call the Saturday evening dance party, all at the Polish-American Hall in Roseville. A longtime dance gypsy, she travels frequently from her home in Iowa City, Iowa, to lead English country dancing and contra dancing at festivals and camps across the U.S., Canada, and England. Nikki’s high-octane enthusiasm for dance is well known, and she strives to inspire dancers to have the most meaningful dance experience possible.

Charlie Hancock will provide music for the workshops on charliehancock_432Saturday afternoon on piano and accordion. Charlie is equally adept playing for English country, Scottish country, contras, and display dancing. Performed with drive and clarity, his music is infused with jazz, swing, and Irish influences. He is a member of several Bay Area dance bands, including the Raggedy Annes, and has recorded with Sylvia Herold, Holly Tannen, and Cathie Whitesides.

Yvonne Couvillion, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla will team up to provide delightful dance direction as we gather outdoors on Sunday for May at the Garden. Note the new location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Boulevard, just north of downtown Sacramento off Highway 160. The festivities will include brunch and dancing outdoors, under tall trees, with the American River nearby, surrounded by a native plant garden. We will celebrate spring by dancing around a beautifully ribboned and decorated Maypole provided by Joyce and David Uggla. Yvonne, Gary, and Joyce have developed their calling skills at our Roseville dance and at other dance gatherings in the wider Sacramento area.

Quite Carried Away will provide music for your dancing pleasure on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. More of a chamber orchestra than a band, the group has been honing its consensus of pitch and rhythm and drive since 2002. Quite Carried Away is David Wright on violin and mandolin, Arlene Jamar on piano, Martin Lodahl on viola de gamba and recorder, Sandra Westfall on concertina, Susan Jones on concertina and recorder, Jane Kostka on penny whistles, and our very own Kentish lad Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo.

Also, on Saturday, March 25, SCDS is pleased to support our first ECD outreach event, and all our dancers are invited to participate! Liberty Ranch High School in Galt is holding a Jane Austen Regency Ball, with calling by Lise Dyckman and music by our own Quite Carried Away. Our caller and band would especially appreciate participation by our regular dancers, to facilitate the enjoyment of the high school students who are new to ECD! Click here for the flier that contains details of this special event! We hope you can attend!

March 11 waltz workshop & contra

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Beginning Waltz Workshop: 5:30-7:00 pm, cost $5 per person
Contra Dance: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Dance Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

sept24contraSaturday’s fun will start with Kelsey Hartman teaching a class for dancers who want to learn the basic waltz moves. Come early at 5:30 to learn how to do this fun dance and be able to join in for waltzing at regular contra dances. 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.

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:
March 11: Playford Ball workshop for experienced English country dancers
March 25: contra dance
April 2: English country dance

English country dancing in March

This month we have our regular English country dance and two special events to anticipate! See below for details.

  • Talent: Alan Winston calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • 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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Alan Winston has been calling Regency, English, Early American, and Victorian dance since 1985. He’s called for balls, camps, and special events from Southern California to the Bay Area to Oregon, Washington, and Victoria BC. His clear, cheerful, and witty instruction serve dancers well, and it is Alan’s great joy to share the joy of community through country dance.

Give seven musicians and friends some English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away! Our 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.

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 2:30 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.

The following Saturday, March 11, is just the ticket for those who’d enjoy a faster-paced afternoon of English Country Dancing. We’ll be holding our annual Playford Ball Workshop, with Alisa Dodson calling to music from Rebecca King and Maggie Moore. This is not a dance for beginners! We will NOT be offering an introductory session for first-timers before this dance. Regardless of whether you intend to go to the BACDS Playford Ball, this dance is a wonderful opportunity to learn or review many dances in one afternoon. Note the special time and location – SATURDAY, March 11, from 2-5 pm, at YLI, 1400 – 27th St., in midtown Sacramento – and the special donation, $12 per person.

On Saturday, March 25, SCDS is pleased to support our first ECD outreach event, and all our dancers are invited to participate! Liberty Ranch High School in Galt is holding a Jane Austen Regency Ball, with calling by Lise Dyckman and music by our very own Quite Carried Away. Our caller and band would especially appreciate participation by our regular dancers, to facilitate the enjoyment of the high school students who are new to ECD! Click here for the flier that contains details of this special event! We hope you can attend!

February 25th contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of The Upside Sound
Date: Saturday, February 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
Donation: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

feb25_contraHailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. The Upside Sound gives new definition to acoustic music with its unique instrumentation and rhythms. The band (Darin Smith on cello, Brad McClanahan on guitar, Michael Charnes on cittern and bass, and Caleb Morelli on bass, banjo, and accordian) blends original and traditional tunes for upbeat dancing, creating new resonances with Americana, indie, Celtic, swing, and Latin jazz.

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:
March 5: English country dance
March 11: beginning waltz workshop & contra dance
March 11: Playford Ball Workshop for experienced English country dancers

New contra dance donation

Because our costs have risen, the donation for the second and fourth Saturday contra dances will soon increase for the first time in almost a decade. Starting in April, the regular adult rate will be $12/person. The rates for college students, children, and families will not change.

There were two significant increases in contra expenses this year. The City of Sacramento raised the rent for the Coloma Community Center, and we increased the payments to our wonderful bands and callers. This increase allows us to stay in line with other Bay Area dance groups that compete with us for talent. As the most inconvenient venue for most bands and callers to reach, it didn’t seem wise for SCDS to also offer the lowest pay.

To maintain the contra dance’s financial stability, the Board approved a donation increase that will exactly cover these increased costs. This rate is on par with other Bay Area dances. The donation for zesty and other special dances will be considered on a case-by-case basis throughout the year, depending on the cost of the talent and other circumstances.

Another way to offset the additional expenses would be to increase attendance. The Board will continue efforts to attract and retain new dancers, and we encourage all of you to invite anyone who might be interested to come and discover the fun of contra dancing!