January 20th English country dance

  • Talent: David Newitt and Bonnie Richardson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 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)

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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. Ask about their CD!

Want to help decide how our dances operate and suggest new activities? Then consider joining the English Dance Committee! We are an all-volunteer organization, and we need both your input and your energy. The next committee meeting is this Thursday, January 17th. For more information, contact committee chair Chris Ratekin at cratekin@comcast.net.

Please bring a snack to share. 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, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
January 26: contra dance
February 3: English country dance in Roseville
February 9: potluck and contra dance

January 12th contra dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Deniz Akin, Will Wheeler, and Lisa Illés
Date: Saturday, January 12, 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)

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With over 29 years experience in teaching and leading social dance, Andy Shore has been calling contra dances since 2007. He calls both traditional and “gender role free” contra dances and loves everything from teaching beginners to satisfying seasoned dancers. Deniz Akin is involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing. As a guitarist for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and danceable rhythms. Will Wheeler, also in the Bay Area band the wiNgNuts, plays powerful, diverse guitar and driving foot percussion. Lisa Illés grew up playing classical music and started playing Irish folk music two years ago. She describes her flutes as extensions of herself and hopes to study folk music in Ireland after she graduates from UC Davis.

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.

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

Upcoming events:
January 20: English country dance at Camp Pollock
January 26: contra dance

January 6th Winters contra & English country dance

Did you resolve to have more fun, get more exercise, or make new friends this year? Here’s your chance! On 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: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Topher Gayle and Caroline McCaskey
Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019
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

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Join us for a special Sunday afternoon contra dance at the old opera house in Winters! Yoyo Zhou is a caller from Berkeley who is known for his thoughtful teaching and fun dances. He has been calling dances since 2012, sometimes on a few minutes’ notice. He believes in helping dancers get the most out of each dance.  Topher Gayle has always enjoyed the social aspects of making music, so it’s natural that he’s in a bunch of bands with a bunch of different people playing many styles of music. Topher has played contra dances for over fifteen years, touring nationally with TheOpporTunists and locally with The Rosin Doctors. Caroline McCaskey has been teaching and playing fiddle pretty much her whole life. Her classical training combines with her extensive contra dance experience to produce her signature fiery, intricate style.

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 food 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: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019
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)

Dyckman_QCALise Dyckman has been teaching and calling English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area, and beyond. 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 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. 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 on either dance, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
January 12: contra dance
January 20: English country dance at Camp Pollock

 

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Audrey Knuth, Chris Knepper, and Christopher Jacoby
Date: Monday, December 31, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm to midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Special Event Cost: $15 per person (cash or check)

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Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share. And don’t forget your checkbook so you can bid in our silent auction! Available items include vacation stays at a house in Massachusetts or a cabin in Placerville, mosaic window art, a wine basket, a tabletop photography book, handmade beaded earrings, a shadow puppet show experience, and beginning banjo lessons.

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. Classically trained Audrey Knuth of the Free Raisins, who recently moved to the Bay Area from Boston, plays a driving and lyrical fiddle. Local favorite Chris Knepper plays fiddle and mandolin with the WiNgNuts for many San Francisco and Berkeley dances.  Christopher Jacoby, another East Coast transplant, is steeped in the contra music world, playing great grooves on mandolin, guitar, and accordion.

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.

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

Upcoming events:
January 6: Winters contra dance
January 6: English country dance in Roseville
January 12: contra dance

December 16th English country dance

  • Talent: Sharon Green calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento, CA
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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Camp Pollock is only five minutes from downtown and midtown Sacramento by car, with easy parking. Or skip the traffic and take the American River Bike Trail. Either way, you’ll find a wonderful dance floor and great acoustics for the live music provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away.

Sharon Green loves welcoming newcomers to the joys of English country dance. Having come to country dancing as a non-dancing adult, she knows what a challenge it can be for beginners; she also knows that it just gets better and better. Quite Carried Away is Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl, and Dick Holdstock. 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, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 6: Winters contra dance

January 6: English country dance in Roseville

December 8th contra dance

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Christopher Jacoby, Will Wheeler, and Brian Theriault
Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
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)

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Susan Petrick has become 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.

Christopher Jacoby, an East Coast transplant, is steeped in the contra music world, playing great grooves on mandolin, guitar, and accordion. Will Wheeler, also in the Bay Area band the wiNgNuts, plays powerful, diverse guitar and driving foot percussion. Originally from Maine, Brian Theriault’s fiddling is dynamic yet easygoing, and he leans on his roots in Scottish, Quebecois and New England style to create effortless dance music.

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.

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

Upcoming events:
December 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 6: Winters contra dance

January 6: English country dance in Roseville

December 2nd English Holiday Tea and Dance

  • Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-6:00 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)

ECD_Kliban_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. With Kalia Kliban’s calling, this afternoon is sure to be a delectable mix of new and familiar dances, as well as edible delights! Please note that the dance will end at 6 pm this month to allow for extra social time.

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, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
December 8: contra dance
December 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance