August 5th English country dance & picnic

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, August 5, 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)


The Picnic: It’s time for our annual potluck picnic! Paul and Patty Larsen have once again invited us to their lovely home for a picnic immediately following this Sunday’s dance. Directions will be available at the dance. The Larsens will provide hamburgers and veggie burgers, and SCDS will provide the condiments, plates, and utensils. Please bring a side dish (appetizer, salad, fruit, dessert) of your choice, plus whatever you want to drink. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel, so you can enjoy their pool!

The Dance: David Newitt came to Berkeley in 1982 to work on a Ph.D. in physics and to do country and display dancing. He teaches and plays music for regular Scottish and English dances and calls contras and the occasional square dance by night, while doing research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at UCSF by day. David is one of the most accomplished country dance teachers in the Bay Area, known particularly for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Give them English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away. The 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!

We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, “for those who know.” Since “The Fandango” was taught at the June dance, we will feature it as this month’s FTWK dance, so that those who learned it will have a chance to practice. In addition, David will teach a previous FTWK dance, Companions, to everyone.

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, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email

Upcoming events:
August 11: contra dance
August 25: contra dance
September 8: contra dance
September 9th (second Sunday): English country dance

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