February 2nd Winters contra and English country dances

We’re hosting two dances at the same time on the afternoon of Sunday, February 2nd: a special contra dance in Winters and an English country dance in Roseville. Details for both dances are below.

For those who would like to attend, the memorial service for Sandy Westfall will be held on February 8th at 2 pm at the Unitarian Church in Davis.

English country dance:

Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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 English Dance Committee has brainstormed ideas to pursue in 2020, which will be posted on the flier table at the February dances. All dancers are invited to join this committee! Please see Chris Ratekin if you’d like more information or want to get involved.

Alisa Dodson has been English country dancing since 1980 and calling since 1990. She was involved in BACDS dance in the Bay Area for many years before moving away, and she now lives in the old gold mining town of Murphys.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away, our house band: 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!


Winters contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of Ruby Mountain String Band
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
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

Hoffman_RubyMountainStringBandLocal favorite Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. Ruby Mountain String Band is Darin Smith on fiddle, Cliff Landis on banjo and guitar, and Bob Daley on mandolin. Hailing from Mendocino County, they have been playing dances together for more than 10 years and have a rich heritage with all kinds of old-time American music. Darin is a winner of fiddle contests throughout California.  They love to make great fiddle tunes come alive, and lay down a groove to propel dancers.

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. 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 on either dance, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
February 8: contra dance
February 16: English country dance in Sacramento
February 22: contra dance
February 29: zesty contra dance

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