May 26th contra dance

Save the date: June 30th will be the annual Truckee contra dance, with Andy Shore calling to the music of Star Thistle.

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of Deniz Akin and Obin Sturm
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
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. Obin Sturm has been playing fiddle instead of doing his homework for 15 years. He has participated in groups such as Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles and Southwest Fiddlers of Sunset Park, but is mostly known for serenading Downtown Davis twelve months a year. Deniz Akin is involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing. If she’s not on stage, you can usually find her on the dance floor, doing anything from ceili to contra to social dance (especially swing!), or attempting to learn ragtime piano.  As a guitarist for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and danceable rhythms.

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:
June 3: English country dance
June 9: contra dance
June 23: contra dance
June 30: Truckee contra dance

May 12th contra dance

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of The Ladle Thieves
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
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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Celia Ramsay has been calling contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. She 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. The Ladle Thieves are Christina Thompson (fiddle, banjo) and Darin Smith (cello, fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar), with guest musician Cliff Landis (fiddle, banjo, guitar).

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:
May 26: contra dance
June 3: English country dance
June 9: contra dance
June 23: contra dance
June 30: special Truckee contra dance

Big Day of Giving

BDOG2018-LogoTeal-Magenta.pngDon’t forget SCDS at the Big Day of Giving on May 3rd! These funds pay for special events for our dance community, including talents like Ryan McKasson and Jacqueline Schwab, waltz and schottische workshops, and outreach to high school students.

You can schedule your gift any time between now and May 3rd, and the charge will be completed on the Big Day itself. We get some matching funds from donations that the organizers have solicited, so your gift will be a little larger than what you send us.

A couple of years ago, we committed to being a 100% giving Board of Directors, so all of us will be making a contribution again this year. Please join us and put your money where your heart is by making a tax-deductible contribution. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it ensures the future of contra and English country dancing in Sacramento. See you at the dance!

Anniversary dance, April 28th

Note special time and location. To celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Sacramento Country Dance Society, we are hosting an English country dance in the afternoon (2-5 pm), followed by a potluck dinner with Board election, and then a contra dance in the evening (7-10 pm). Please join us at Camp Pollock for this special event!

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:00–10:00 pm, see below for complete schedule
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento
Cost: For adults, $10 for the English dance, $12 for the contra dance, or $15 for both; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18 (cash or check)

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Schedule (see below for details):
1:30 pm – English newcomer’s orientation
2:00 – 5:00 pm – English country dance
4:30 – 5:00 Maypole dance — all invited!
5:00 – 5:30 garden tour
5:30 – 6:30 potluck dinner
6:00 Board election
6:30 contra dance beginner session
7:00 – 10:00 contra dance
 
At the English dance, Yvonne Couvillon, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla will call to the music of our house band, Quite Carried Away. Yvonne Couvillion has been dancing since age 9 and began calling over 30 years ago. Gary Sandler came to folk dancing through his son’s involvement and discovered a great love of English country dance. Joyce Uggla was one of the founders of the Bay Area Country Dance Society and has been on the Playford Ball Committee for years. This dance will replace the English country dance normally held on the first Sunday in May.
 
More of a chamber orchestra than a band, Quite Carried Away has been honing its consensus of pitch, rhythm, and drive since 2002. The group 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 Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo.
 
For the potluck between the two dances, please bring a dish to share with serving utensils. We will provide plates, napkins, and utensils. Bring your own beverage.
 
At the contra dance, Susan Petrick will call to the music of StringFire (Patti Cobb & Eric Ievins with Caroline McCaskey). Susan Petrick has become a regional treasure with national prominence, who tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. She is well-known for her clear teaching, efficient guidance, and expert pacing, making even complex dances accessible to all.
 
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.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. 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:
Note: no English country dance in May
May 12: contra dance
May 26: contra dance
June 3: English country dance

Jane Austen Ball April 21st

Stay tuned for more information about our Anniversary Dance on April 28th, with a new format, at a special time and location!

This Saturday, April 21st, from 6 to 9 pm, students at Liberty Ranch High School (12945 Marengo Road) in Galt will be having a ball, with a little assistance from the Sacramento Country Dance Society. Come out and help us introduce a new generation to the fun of English country dancing.

Jane Austen BallCaller Lise Dyckman will make this event unforgettable! Music will be provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away. Those of you who attended last year’s ball remember how much fun we had, and Lise is keen to have experienced dancers participate again this year. Instruction for new dancers will begin at 6 pm.

The cost is $5 for high school students with ID and $10 for everyone else. Tickets are available online until April 20th or at the door (cash only).

The Jane Austen Regency Ball will benefit the school’s creative writing and British literature classes. Historical dress is admired but not required. Light refreshments will be offered. For questions, contact Anngela Schroeder at aschroeder@ghsd.k12.ca.us.

April 14th contra dance

Registration is now open for Echo Summit Dance Camp 2018!

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
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 dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has lead dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. Whimsical is an all female contra dance band, featuring Debra Tayleur on piano, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, Beth Christian on cello, Roxanne Oliva on accordion, flute, and percussion, and Janette Duncan on fiddle. The group loves 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 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 28: Anniversary celebration – English country dance, potluck, & contra dance
May 12: contra dance
May 26: contra dance

Zesty contra and English country dance

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, March 31st, and an English country dance on Sunday, April 1st. Details for both dances are below.

The Zesty Contra:

Don’t miss one of the last chances to dance to Hot Cider! After the Nevada City dance on April 7th, the band will be retiring. This is a special zesty contra dance. Dances will be 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: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Hot Cider
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm. No newcomer’s orientation.
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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Susan Petrick has become a regional treasure with national prominence, who tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. She is well-known for her clear teaching, efficient guidance, and expert pacing, making even complex dances accessible to all. 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 Thomas Angell) 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.

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.

 

The English Country Dance:

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Rebecca King and Jon Berger
  • Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • 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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Don’t miss this special English country dance! Bruce Hamilton is in demand all over the world because of his calling and instructional skills, and Rebecca King and Jon Berger are two of the most prominent English country dance musicians in the country. Rebecca King is a classically trained pianist with strong roots in jazz and folk music.  Her interpretations breathe strong, rhythmical energy and deeply moving grace. Jon Berger is an astonishing fiddler and button accordion player, who has toured with Tempest, recorded with multiple groups, and plays with passion and drive.

We feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. This dance for April will be Miss deJersey’s Memorial, the dance that Gary taught to the full group in March.

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! Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share.

Upcoming special event: Please join us as we introduce Galt High School students to English country dancing! The 2nd Jane Austen Ball will be held on April 21st from 6-9 pm. Those of you who came last year know how much fun we had and how much the students appreciated your presence. Lise Dyckman will again be teaching and calling to the music of Quite Carried Away. She is very keen to have experienced dancers participate. This event is our one big outreach effort this year! Tickets can be purchased at the event or online until April 20th. Look for fliers with details at our April 1st dance.

 

For more information on any of our dances, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
April 14: contra dance
April 28: Anniversary celebration – English country dance, potluck, & contra dance