Bark, bark! BigDOG wags its tail!

New BIG Day LogoHere, finally, is an update. The Big Day of Giving website has had problems since this morning, sometimes working and sometimes not, and it is not working at this time. The event has been extended to 3:00PM Wednesday, so if you wish, you may check the website to see if it works.

As a good alternative, you can donate online via our partner JustGive, https://npo.justgive.org/scds, and it will be credited to our BigDOG fundraising. You may bring a check to the next dance, as Paul Larsen suggested, and it will be much appreciated but won’t count towards BigDOG. And you may call Celine at 916-893-8616 and she will take down your credit card information (be patient, she wasn’t expecting to be doing this!).

We received donations early in the day, and at times during the day, totaling $1450 from 19 supporters. To those of you who were lucky or persistent, THANK YOU! Our donation webpage will not likely reflect the correct amount any time during the event, but we are receiving your donations and they are being acknowledged by Celine.

We will make use of your contribution to fund special activities such as family dances, national callers and musicians, and waltz workshops.

Apr 30 Special Zesty Contra Dance (5th Sat)

Don’t forget that this weekend is also the English Country Dance Spring Dance Weekend.

Special Zesty Contra Dance (Fifth Saturday)

No newcomer’s orientation. Dances taught quickly and dancers should be familiar with hey for four, Petronella turns and contra corners. This is an evening for experienced dancers who want to dance with enthusiasm!

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of The Crabapples (Norm Cotton, Marta Lynch, Bob Silberstein & Teresa Fife)
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
$12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Kelsey is a caller, organizer and dancer active in the Hayward dance community, “helping to channel the joy of the musicians’ music through flowing, interesting dances.” The Crabapples were recently described as, “a lively band known for playing a variety of traditional tunes. The Monterey-based band has garnered an enthusiastic following on the Central Coast and beyond. From Irish to French Canadian to old-time, from driving to floating to playful tunes, the Crabapples can do it all and do it delightfully!”

Kelsey Hartman & The Crabapples

Kelsey Hartman & The Crabapples

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.

Because of some plumbing issues, the City has disabled the drinking fountains at Coloma.  Filtered water dispensers are available.  It would be a great idea to bring your own water bottle!

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

Big Day of Giving in 8 days!

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The Big Day of Giving is fast approaching. This is an exciting time for our city and for our Sacramento Country Dance Society friends. Just this week we were informed that Golden 1 Credit Union will once again make an extra contribution for every donation made using a Golden 1 credit or debit card. So reach for that plastic if you’re a Golden 1 member!

Mark your calendar for May 3rd. Love our traditions, preserve our heritage, serve our town. See you at the dance!

Make your online donation at: https://bigdayofgiving.org/ (search for Sacramento Country…)

How to donate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eUZShX1udE

Apr 23 Contra & English Country Anniversary Dance

April 23 Anniversary Dance

  • Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Jacqueline Schwab & Michelle Levy
  • Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • Time: 8:00PM – 11:00PM, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30PM
  • Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Please join us for our 30th anniversary celebration, featuring calling by Kalia Kliban and special guest musicians Michelle Levy from the Bay area and Jacqueline Schwab from Massachusettes. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm before the evening dance. Please bring a food item (not dessert) with serving utensils to share. We will provide plates, napkins, utensils and cake! Bring your own beverage.

Kalia-Michele-Jacqueline

The dance this evening will include both contra dance and English Country Dance. Kalia Kliban is at ease calling both contra dance and English Country Dance. Jacqueline Schwab & Michelle Levy are equally at ease, playing with elegance and drive. You can print the SCDS 30th Anniversary Flier for yourself or to share with friends and co-workers.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30PM, 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.

Apr 9 Contra Dance (2nd Sat)

April 9 Contra Dance (Second Saturday)

  • Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of Stringfire (Erik Ievins, Patti Cobb & James MacQueen)
  • Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
  • Time: 8:00PM – 11:00PM, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30PM
  • Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Lynn calls for us regularly, and brings concise calling with intriguing dances. StringFire features excellent musicians with great reputations in their own right. This frolicking, high energy group is guaranteed to get your toes tapping and inspire your dance moves. Often playing as a trio with James MacQueen on fiddle, Patti Cobb tickling the ivories, Erik Ievins rounding things out on bass and cello.

Lynn+StringFire

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30PM, 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

 

Apr 3 English Country Dance in Roseville

April 3 English Country Dance

  • Talent: Sharon Green, calling to the music of Quite Carried Away (David Wright, Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl and Dick Holdstock)
  • Date: Sunday, April 3, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00PM, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30PM
  • 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

Caller Sharon Green has such a busy dance calendar internationally that she hasn’t graced our dance hall for a year and a half. This Sunday, April 3, we welcome her back to lead us in a varied program that includes dances never done in Roseville. Come see! Come listen! Come dance! “Quite Carried Away” will provide live music for our dancing and listening pleasure.

Sharon+QCA

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.

March 26 Contra Dance (4th Sat)

March 26 Contra Dance (Fourth Saturday) at Clunie

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of Wildcat Canyon (Art Peterson, Stephanie Costanza and Laurie Miller)

  • Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
  • Time: 8:00PM – 11:00PM, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30PM
  • Location: Clunie Auditorium (McKinley Library), 601 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA (note that this is not our usual dance location, but one we have used over the years from time to time, with a great room and dance floor)
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

First, a word from our sponsor… registration for Echo Summit Dance Camp 2016 is now open. Go there for registration information, camp details, and information about our wonderful and famous bands and callers (Erik Weberg and Lisa Greenleaf calling, music by JEMS and The Quarks). All the cool people will be there, and we presume that includes you!

Celia Ramsay has been calling Contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. Celia chooses dances that fit the people in the room, uses clarity and brevity in teaching, and has a warm personality that makes the dancers happy. Wildcat Canyon has been playing bay area contradances for over ten years and is also experienced in country, blues, norteno, and other genres. Tunes and songs that’ll bring a smile to your face and make you move your feet.

Celia+WildcatCanyon

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30PM, 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