December 15th Holiday Tea with English country dance & December 14th contra dance

On the second weekend of December, SCDS will be hosting two dances, with a special holiday celebration at our English country dance! The details for both dances are below. Don’t forget to save the date for our New Year’s Eve contra celebration too!

Contra Dance:

Talent: Dane Wallinga calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 7:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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)

Wallinga_Star_Thistle.pngDane Wallinga has quickly become a Bay Area go-to caller, giving dancers a thoughtful program of interesting, fun dances, called with a relaxed style. 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).

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.


Annual Holiday Tea and English Country Dance:

Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 2:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

Dyckman_QCAPlease dress up and bring a special treat to share for the highlight of our English country dancing season, the Annual Holiday Tea and Dance. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated, including scones, teacakes, or cookies, but finger foods of any kind will be welcomed. A variety of teas will be served during the extended break. This afternoon is sure to be a delectable mix of new and familiar dances, as well as edible delights! Note that the dance will end at 6 pm to allow for extra social time.

Lise Dyckman was the first caller when we began dancing at Camp Pollock last October, so come out and show her what a successful dance she initiated! Having taught and called English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, she is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, is Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Susan Jones on concertina, Arlene Jamar on piano, Jane Kostka on whistle, Martin Lodahl on viola da gamba, and David Wright on fiddle and mandolin. Ask about their CD!

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 for either dance, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email

Upcoming events:
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance (Note: no contra on December 28th)
January 5: English country dance
January 11: contra dance

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