June 10th contra dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Derya and Deniz Akin
Date: Saturday, June 10, 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)


With over 26 years experience in teaching and leading social dance, Andy Shore has been calling contra dances since 2007. He calls both traditional and “gender role free” contra dances and loves everything from teaching beginners to satisfying seasoned dancers.

From the Bay Area contra dance bands Common Ground and Common Farmer, multi-instrumentalist Derya Akin enjoys playing fiddle in a variety of styles ranging from bluegrass and old-time to Irish and New England.  Although she has competed and placed in fiddle competitions throughout Northern California in the past, she much prefers applying her musical skills to playing for dances.  Derya has been an active member of the contra dance community since 2009 as a musician and dancer. Deniz Akin has become involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing.  If she’s not on stage, you can usually find her on the dance floor, doing anything from ceili to contra to social dance (especially swing!), or attempting to learn ragtime piano.  As a guitarist for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and of course highly danceable rhythms.

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:
June 24: contra dance
July 2: English country dance, Roseville
July 8: contra dance
July 22: contra dance
July 29: special Truckee contra dance

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