Family dance and waltz workshops

Our next three regular dances will be preceded by special events: two waltz workshops and a family dance. All events will be held at Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA, before our regularly scheduled contra dances (2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays, starting at 8 pm).

On Saturday, October 22, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer a beginning waltz workshop. Kelsey Hartman will teach 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 at regular contra dances. The cost is $5. 

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Then, on Saturday, October 29th, from 2:00-3:30 pm, we will hold our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly dances to live fiddle music called by Erik Hoffman. The cost 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 (separate donation) for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, November 12, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer an intermediate waltz workshop. 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.

Finally, remember to save New Year’s Eve for contra dancing! Jean Gibson-Gorrindo will be calling to the music of Swing Farm (Ray Bierl, Charlie Hancock, and Markie Sanders), who combine traditional and jazz stylings to weave an evening of fluid beauty and food-stomping excitement.

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