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

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

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