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

October 28th family & evening contra dances

We’ll start early on Saturday the 28th with our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly contras called by Kelsey Hartman to music from Claudia’s Kitchen. The cost for the family dance is $15 per family (parents and children), $5 per child without dancing parent, and $10 per adult without children. Some contra dances taught in the afternoon will be repeated at our regular dance at 8 pm (see below) for all to enjoy.

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, October 28, 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)

Oct28_contraKelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. 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.  The Crabapples are Norm Cotton (piano and fiddle), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, and doumbek), and Teresa Fife (string bass).

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 5: English country dance
November 11: contra dance
November 25: contra dance

October 14th potluck and contra dance

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Distant Cousins
Date: Saturday, October 14, 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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We’ll kick off the night’s festivities with a community potluck, starting at 6:30 pm in the Nevada City Room of the Coloma Community Center. Please bring a dish to share, along with serving utensils. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

Yoyo Zhou is a caller from Berkeley who is known for his thoughtful teaching and fun dances. He has been calling dances since 2012, sometimes on a few minutes’ notice. He believes in helping dancers get the most out of each dance. Distant Cousins is Lee Anne Welch, Elizabeth Todd, and Cory Welch. Lee Anne is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! Elizabeth Todd plays flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion in bands including Three Fifths of Scotch, Old Town Quartet, and BLAM! Cory Welch (not shown) plays guitar with Old Town Quartet and the Reel Deal.

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:
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance
November 11: contra dance

Don’t miss our family dance October 28th

Save the date! On Saturday, October 28th, we’ll hold our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly contras called by Kelsey Hartman to music by Claudia’s Kitchen. The cost for the family dance is $15 per family (parents and children), $5 per child without dancing parent, and $10 per adult without children. Some contra dances taught in the afternoon will be repeated at our regular dance at 8 pm for all to enjoy.

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Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. 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. Claudia’s Kitchen is a local Sacramento group that enjoys old-time, Celtic, and folk music.

Upcoming events:
October 14: potluck and contra dance
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance