January 25th English Country Dance Music Workshop, Contra Flourishes Workshop, and Contra Dance

Wow, have we got a lot going on this Saturday! We’re hosting contra and English country dance workshops generously funded by our Big Day of Giving donors, along with our regular fourth-Saturday contra dance with Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle. Details for all the events are below.

English Country Dance Music Workshop:

Talent: David Wright, Clark Smith, Jane Kosta, Martin Lodahl, and Susan Jones
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 1:30–4:30 pm
Location: Sacramento Friends Meetinghous, 890-57th Street, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $5 per person (cash or check)

Want to learn to play music for English country dancing? Here’s your chance! Taught by members of Quite Carried Away, this workshop will prepare you to join in and play at dances.

Any instrument is welcome. Musicians should have some ease at playing waltzes and faster pieces on their instrument, either by ear or by using sheet music. All tunes used in the workshop will be from Barnes Volume III (‘Green Barnes’). Copies of Green Barnes will be available for sale at the workshop for $25.

Please register in advance to attend the workshop and tell us what instrument(s) you plan to play. Registrants will receive sheet music by email. To register, send an email to SusanJones533@gmail.com. Questions? Call David or Sue at 916-739-8906.


Contra Flourishes Workshop:

Talent: Susan Petrick
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 5:00–6:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $5 per person (cash or check)

This workshop is aimed at people who already know the basic contra moves and want to add more style and fun to their dancing! Caller Susan Petrick will show you how to spice up your dancing smoothly and safely, while taking good care of your partner. Then you can practice your new skills at our regular Saturday night contra dance.


Contra Dance:

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 7:00–10:00 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)

Petrick_Star_ThistleSusan Petrick is a regional treasure with national prominence, who tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. She is well-known for her clear teaching, efficient guidance, and expert pacing, making even complex dances accessible to all. 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.

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

Upcoming events:
February 2: Winters contra dance
February 2: English country dance in Roseville
February 8: contra dance
February 16: English country dance in Sacramento

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