June 22nd contra dance

Save the date for our special Truckee contra dance on June 29th, with Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Star Thistle!

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Kathrine Gardner, Allen Barnes, and Barry Angell
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
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)

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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 including Contrapositive. Many have fallen in love with her ethereal yet driving fiddle playing. Allen Barnes plays rhythm mandolin in various bands, including Contra positive. Barry Angell was a member of Hot Cider, the Foothills Contra house band, playing traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, he takes more musical chances than might be prudent, so keep an ear out for his manic mandolin.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 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:
June 29: special Truckee contra dance
July 7: English country dance
July 13: contra dance

June 16th English country dance

  • Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, June 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

Dyckman_QCALise Dyckman was the first caller when we began dancing at Camp Pollock last October, so come out and show her what a successful dance she initiated! She’s been teaching and calling English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area, and beyond. She is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, 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. Ask about their CD!

We’re just about to order the next batch of our wonderful green T-shirts! Samples will be on display at Sunday’s dance. Turn in and pay for your order by then if you’d like a shirt this year.

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:
June 22: contra dance
June 29: special Truckee contra dance
July 7: English country dance

June 8th contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
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)

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Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. BLAM! is Bob Silberstein on piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd on flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch on fiddle.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 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:
June 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
June 22: contra dance
June 29: special Truckee contra dance

June 2nd English country dance

Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019
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)

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The next batch of our wonderful green T-shirts will be ordered soon! Samples will be on display at Sunday’s dance. Turn in and pay for your order soon if you’d like a shirt this year.

David Newitt came to Berkeley in 1982 to work on a Ph.D. in physics and to do country and display dancing. He 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. David is one of the most accomplished country dance teachers in the Bay Area, known for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Quite Carried Away 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. Their CD will be available, so you can bring the magic home!

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. Please bring a snack to share at the dance.

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

Upcoming events:
June 8: contra dance
June 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
June 22: contra dance
June 29: special Truckee contra dance

May 25th contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Debra Tayleur, Janette Duncan, and Beth Christian
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
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)

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Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. Our music comes from three members of Whimsical: Debra Tayleur on piano, Beth Christian on cello, and Janette Duncan on fiddle. These musicians love to combine strong rhythmic drive with lilting melodies, combining 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 6:30 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:
June 2: English country dance in Roseville
June 8: contra dance
June 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock

May 19th English country dance

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, 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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Bruce Hamilton is in demand all over the world because of his calling and instructional skills. His program of familiar and new dances will be made all the more pleasurable by our house band, Quite Carried Away. The 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. Ask about their CD!

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary. All first-timers are eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session that begins at 1:30 pm. Please bring a snack to share at the dance.

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

Upcoming events:
May 25: contra dance
June 2: English country dance in Roseville
June 8: contra dance

May 11th contra dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Bob Kastelic and Scotty Cozen
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
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)

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With 30 years experience in teaching and leading social dance, Andy Shore has been calling contra dances since 2007. He calls both traditional and “gender role free” contra dances and loves everything from teaching beginners to satisfying seasoned dancers. Formerly of The Reno Ceilidh Band, Bob Kastelic plays fiddle, and Scotty Cozen plays mandolin, ukulele, and guitar.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 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:
May 19: English country dance at Camp Pollock
May 25: contra dance
June 2: English country dance in Roseville