March 23rd Contra Dance & March 24th Playford Ball Workshop

“I love contra dancing because I love the fun, company, music, and the dancer’s high.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

This weekend we’ll be hosting two dances: a contra dance on Saturday night and The Playford Ball Workshop for English country dancers on Sunday afternoon. Details for both dances are below.

The votes are in! Starting in April, our contra dances will be held an hour earlier, from 7-10 pm, with a beginners’ lesson at 6:30. Please note that the last two dances in March will be held at the current time of 8-11 pm.

The Contra Dance:

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
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)


Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. Her inspiration comes from Nils Fredland, whose workshop in 2012 spurred her down the caller’s path. When calling, she considers herself a conduit between the dancers and the band, helping to channel the joy of the music through flowing, interesting dances. Magic Reelism plays old-time and Celtic dance music, with David Wright on fiddle and mandolins, Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, and Cheryl McKinney on piano.

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.

The Playford Ball Workshop:

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Rebecca King and Maggie Moore
  • Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Time: 2:00–5:00 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
  • Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID (cash or check)

Special Program:  This special English XTRA workshop is a fast-paced afternoon for experienced English country dancers, which will NOT include an introductory lesson before the dance. Caller Bruce Hamilton will review most of the dances in the program for the upcoming BACDS Playford Ball.  To experience the lengthy program with extra work on the more challenging dances, the pace of the afternoon will be more lively than usual.  This is not a dance for beginners!  (Please bring your first-timer friends to the next regular dance on April 7th).  Whether or not you intend to go to the Playford Ball, this Sunday’s dance is a wonderful opportunity to learn or review many dances in one afternoon.

Special Music:  We are honored to have Rebecca King on piano and Maggie Moore on violin for this special dance.

Special Price:  Admission to this workshop is $12 for adults.

We will begin dancing promptly at 2:00 pm. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to change shoes and check in so that we can start the program on time. It’s always nice when people bring a snack to share!

For more information on either dance, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email

Upcoming events:
March 30: zesty contra dance
April 7: English country dance
April 13: contra dance – NEW TIME from 7-10 pm!

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