December 4th Annual Holiday Tea & English Country Dance

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
  • Time: 3:00-7:00 pm [note extended time], 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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Come share the joy as we gather for the highlight of our English dancing season, the Annual Holiday Tea and Dance! Dress up, and bring a special edible to share. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated, including scones, teacakes, cookies, savories, and more, but finger foods of any kind will be welcomed. A variety of teas and additional light fare will be served during the extended break. Please note that this special event runs one hour longer than usual, to allow for tea and treats, as well as other surprises to delight and charm our dancers this holiday season.

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:
December 10: contra dance
December 31: special New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 8: English country dance (note that it’s on the 2nd Sunday)

November 26th contra dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of The Honeysuckle Sisters
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016
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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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. The Honeysuckle Sisters are Janette Duncan on fiddle, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, and Debra Tayleur on piano. The group loves strong rhythmic drive and 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:
December 4: Annual Holiday Tea & English country dance
December 10: contra dance
December 31: special New Year’s Eve contra dance

Save New Year’s Eve for dancing!

At our New Year’s Eve contra dance, Jean Gibson-Gorrindo will be calling to the music of Swing Farm. The dance will run from 8 pm to midnight, and this special event costs $15 per person. Save the date to join us as we say goodbye to 2016!newyearseve_contra

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo‘s strong teaching and musical skills, combined with her musical and rhythmic vocal quality, help her deliver dances that are flowing, challenging, and fun.  She has a particular knack for collecting dances with exceptional choreography designed to enhance the connectedness between us all.  In her mind, that feeling of connection is what it is all about!

Swing Farm is Ray Bierl (fiddle), Charlie Hancock (piano), and Markie Sanders (bass). The band combines traditional and jazz stylings to weave an evening of fluid beauty and foot-stomping excitement. Ray is an accomplished and engaging fiddle player, drawing on traditions from throughout North America and the British Isles. As a contra dance musician, he has been in demand in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond for his inventive and playful approach to traditional and contemporary dance music. Charlie plays piano and accordion for contra, swing, and English and Scottish country dancing. From jazz to swing to Irish music, he plays with brilliance, drive, and clarity. Markie is a prominent and respected bassist, who has performed with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Claire Lynch, Mason Williams, Laurie Lewis, and many others, including appearances on Good Morning America and the Grand Ole Opry.

November 12th waltz workshop & contra

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm contra dance, 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)

nov12_contraBefore our regular contra dance, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer an intermediate waltz workshop, featuring music from Lonna Whipple and Cheryl McKinney. Susan Petrick will teach a class for experienced dancers who already know the basic moves, but who want to be better dancers and improve their technique and style. This class is not intended for beginners. The cost is $5 per person (separate donation from the evening dance). Come learn how to spice up this fun dance with new moves!

Susan Petrick started teaching and calling for contra dances in 2000, and teaching couple dances, including waltz and cross-step waltz, shortly thereafter. She tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. A regional treasure with national prominence, she is well-known for her clear teaching, efficient guidance, and expert pacing, making even complex dances accessible to all.

Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band (left to right, as pictured) is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Cheryl McKinney (keyboard).

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 26: contra dance
December 4: Annual Holiday Tea and English country dance
December 10: contra dance
December 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration contra dance

November 6th English country dance

Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
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).

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This Sunday, English Country Dance in Roseville welcomes back one of the most popular callers on everybody’s list—Kalia Kliban! If you attended our Annual Holiday Tea last December, you know why she’s so much in demand—and if you didn’t, come find out why! And as if this weren’t enough, we’ll have amazing music from our very own “Quite Carried Away”!

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, while first-time attendees receive a coupon for half-off admission at their next dance!

The Caller Coaching series continues! A short caller coaching session with Kalia begins immediately after the final waltz. Anyone interested in calling ECD may attend. The caller will share information on one aspect of calling, followed by time for questions.

So bring a snack for the break, and we’ll see you at the dance!

P.S. Mark your calendars now for the Annual Holiday Tea! It’s just around the corner and you won’t want to miss it—details to follow!

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

Upcoming events:
November 12: intermediate waltz workshop and contra dance
November 26: contra dance
December 4: Annual Holiday Tea and English country dance

Oct 29th family dance, potluck & Halloween contra dance

So much fun that it’s hard to fit it all into the headline! We’ll start early this Saturday 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 Erik Hoffman from Oakland, to live fiddle music from Clark Smith and Erik Hoffman. 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: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: potluck 6:30-8:00, dance 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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This is our Halloween dance, so costumes are encouraged for everyone! A community potluck will be held, starting at 6:30 pm in the Nevada City Room of the Coloma Community Center, before the evening dance. Bring a dish to share and serving utensils. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

In the evening, Erik Hoffman joins us again with a set of dances ranging from easy to complex. The Crabapples are Norm Cotton (piano and fiddle), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, and doumbek), and Teresa Fife (string bass). Though this is a fifth Saturday dance, it is not a zesty contra, so dancers of all skill levels are welcome. There will be a workshop, most dances will be walked through, as usual, and only a few dances will be advanced.

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 6: English country dance, Roseville
November 12: intermediate waltz workshop & contra dance
November 26: contra dance

October 22nd contra & waltz workshop

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of The Reno Ceilidh Band
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Beginning Waltz Workshop: 5:30-7:00 pm, cost $5 per person
Contra Dance Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Dance 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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Saturday’s fun will start with Kelsey Hartman teaching a class for dancers who want to learn the basic waltz moves. Come 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. Playing at the evening dance, the Reno Ceilidh Band is Bob Kastelic, Scott Cozen, and Jim Hutchins.

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 29: family dance (2:00-3:30), potluck (6:30-8:00) and contra (8:00-11:00)
November 6: English country dance (3:00-6:00), Roseville
November 12: intermediate waltz workshop (5:30-7:00) and contra (8:00-11:00)