Truckee contra dance & English country dance

We’re hosting two dances this weekend: a special contra dance in Truckee on Saturday, June 30th, and an English country dance in Roseville on Sunday, July 1st. Details for both dances are below.


Truckee contra dance

Please join us for a special dance held jointly with the contra dance communities in the Foothills and Reno! Note that the location and time are different from usual. Some people will be staying in the area and may be hiking on Sunday. Please contact Barbara Gebhart at or 916-761-3021 for info about camping.

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 pm
Location: Truckee Community Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, 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. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Cheryl McKinney (keyboard), with special guest Sue Jones (concertina and recorder).

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 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.


English country dance:

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 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)


Alisa Dodson has been English country dancing since 1980 and calling since 1990. She was involved in BACDS dance in the Bay Area for many years before moving away, and she now lives in the old gold mining town of Murphys.

Give seven musicians and friends some English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away! Our house band is Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Susan Jones and Sandra Westfall on concertinas, Arlene Jamar on piano, Jane Kostka on whistle, Martin Lodahl on viola da gamba, and David Wright on fiddle and mandolin. Their new CD will be available for purchase!

FTWK stands for “for those who know.” We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. This month, we will be re-teaching “The Fandango” to everyone. This is your chance to learn or master this wonderful three-couple dance, so that you’ll be able to do it without any prompting the next time it’s announced as a FTWK.

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 1:30 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 on either dance, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email

Upcoming events:
July 14: contra dance
July 28: contra dance
August 5: English country dance

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