October 7th contra dance and English country dance

This Sunday afternoon, we’ll be hosting two dances at the same time: a special contra dance at The Palms Playhouse in Winters and our regular English country dance in Roseville. Details for both dances are below.


The Palms Contra:

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Contrapositive
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 2:00–5:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 1:30 pm
Location: The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St, Winters, CA
Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID (cash or check)

Huff_ContrapositiveJoin us for a special Sunday afternoon contra dance at a brand new venue, the old opera house in Winters! Talib Huff will be calling to the music of Contrapositive (Cynthia Faulkner, Kathrine Gardner, and Allen Barnes). Talib has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 1:30 pm, perfect for people who have not contra danced before, or who could use some refresher. The bar will be open with refreshments available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

After the dance, go out a beer (or some wine) with old and new friends at Berryessa Brewing Company (27260 Highway 128). A group of us will be meeting there to continue the party, with a pizza truck available for dinner.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.


The English Country Dance

Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, October 7, 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)

Newitt_QuiteCarriedAwayOur October English country dance includes a special offer to bring a friend for free. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) — each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free.

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 for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Quite Carried Away 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 CD will be available, so you can bring the magic home!

“FTWK” stands for “for those who know.” We often feature one dance each month with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. The October FTWK dance will be Newcastle, the dance that was taught to everyone last month.

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.

Bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!

For more information, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
October 13: potluck and contra dance at Coloma Community Center
October 21: English country dance at Camp Pollock in Sacramento

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