Get ready for fantastic English country dancing, May 6th and 7th, at our Spring Dance Weekend! Don’t miss the April 13th deadline for an Early Bird discount and T-shirt orders. All the details can be found on the registration form or the event page. (Read to the end for a bonus invitation to do more English country dancing in March!)
Nikki Herbst will lead Saturday afternoon workshops on Teamwork and the Pat Shaw Centenary Celebration, and will call the Saturday evening dance party, all at the Polish-American Hall in Roseville. A longtime dance gypsy, she travels frequently from her home in Iowa City, Iowa, to lead English country dancing and contra dancing at festivals and camps across the U.S., Canada, and England. Nikki’s high-octane enthusiasm for dance is well known, and she strives to inspire dancers to have the most meaningful dance experience possible.
Charlie Hancock will provide music for the workshops on Saturday afternoon on piano and accordion. Charlie is equally adept playing for English country, Scottish country, contras, and display dancing. Performed with drive and clarity, his music is infused with jazz, swing, and Irish influences. He is a member of several Bay Area dance bands, including the Raggedy Annes, and has recorded with Sylvia Herold, Holly Tannen, and Cathie Whitesides.
Yvonne Couvillion, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla will team up to provide delightful dance direction as we gather outdoors on Sunday for May at the Garden. Note the new location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Boulevard, just north of downtown Sacramento off Highway 160. The festivities will include brunch and dancing outdoors, under tall trees, with the American River nearby, surrounded by a native plant garden. We will celebrate spring by dancing around a beautifully ribboned and decorated Maypole provided by Joyce and David Uggla. Yvonne, Gary, and Joyce have developed their calling skills at our Roseville dance and at other dance gatherings in the wider Sacramento area.
Quite Carried Away will provide music for your dancing pleasure on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. More of a chamber orchestra than a band, the group has been honing its consensus of pitch and rhythm and drive since 2002. Quite Carried Away 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 our very own Kentish lad Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo.
Also, on Saturday, March 25, SCDS is pleased to support our first ECD outreach event, and all our dancers are invited to participate! Liberty Ranch High School in Galt is holding a Jane Austen Regency Ball, with calling by Lise Dyckman and music by our own Quite Carried Away. Our caller and band would especially appreciate participation by our regular dancers, to facilitate the enjoyment of the high school students who are new to ECD! Click here for the flier that contains details of this special event! We hope you can attend!