March 9th – Special Birthday Contra Dance and Jane Austen Ball

Don’t miss the amazing talent at this Saturday’s contra dance! We’ll host two special guests — pianist Jeff Spero of The Syncopaths and fiddler Rodney Miller of The Stringrays, who also play together in The Rhythm Raptors, courtesy of three members of our dance community who have special birthdays this month. Cake will be served at the break to celebrate. Big thanks to John Seto, Karen Leyse, and Russell Lo Bue for sponsoring this special event!

On the same evening, Sacramento Country Dance Society also will be cosponsoring an English country dancing special event: the Jane Austen Regency Ball, benefitting the Liberty Ranch High School Creative Writing and AP British Literature classes. That dance will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, March 9th, at the school (12945 Marengo Rd. in Galt), with Lise Dyckman calling to the music of our house band, Quite Carried Away. Historical dress is admired but not required, and experienced dancers are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $5 for children and high-school students with ID and $10 for everyone else.

Birthday Contra Dance:

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Rodney Miller, Barry Angell, and Jeff Spero
Date: Saturday, March 9, 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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We’ve enticed local favorite Joyce Miller out of retirement to call this special dance! Joyce has been calling for contra dances since 2000, starting under the tutelage of Eric Curl. She has called at dance camps in the U.S. and Canada, but what she likes most is to call for her friends in the Sierra Foothills and environs.

Jeff Spero is one of the premiere dance pianists on the west coast. Known for his energetic style and creative arrangements, Jeff has brought his talents to dances and festivals throughout the nation. His accompaniments bring a fresh perspective to traditional forms. Through performances with The Syncopaths and The Rhythm Raptors, along with renowned fiddlers Richard Greene (Bluegrass), Kathleen Keane (Irish), Laura Risk (Scottish), and Tom Sauber (old-time), Jeff’s reputation as a highly sought after pianist has been well established.

Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts and is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England-style fiddling, a unique American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. He has toured the US, British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He founded the influential contra dance band Airdance and is presently enlivening the contra dance scene with The Stringrays, The Rhythm Raptors, and the Blue Ribbon Dance Band.

Barry Angell was a long-time fixture at our contra dances as a member of Hot Cider, the Foothills Contra house band, playing traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, he takes more musical chances than might be prudent, so keep an ear out for his manic mandolin.

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:
March 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock
March 23: contra dance
March 24: Playford ball workshop
March 30: zesty contra dance

March 3rd English country dance

Talent: Gary Sandler and Yvonne Couvillion calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, March 3, 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)

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This week’s dance features our home-grown talent calling to the music of our house band! Gary Sandler believes in helping dancers get more fun out of their dances, whether through safe and comfortable hand-holds or clear direct instructions.  He likes to vary the dance structures, shifting from lines to circles and squares.  Yvonne Couvillion began calling 30 years ago. She met her husband Andre at a contra dance in Bastrop, Texas 26 years ago. They now live in Sacramento where they attend, teach and host a variety of dance events, including English country dance. 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:
March 9: special birthday contra dance with Jeff Spero and Rodney Miller
March 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock
March 23: contra dance

February 23rd contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 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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Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. Whimsical is an all female contra dance band, featuring Debra Tayleur on piano, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, Beth Christian on cello, and Janette Duncan on fiddle. The group loves to combine strong rhythmic drive with lilting melodies, combining New England, old-time, Quebecois, and Irish tunes to make dancers’ spirits and feet fill the floor with joy.

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:
March 3: English country dance in Roseville
March 9: special birthday contra dance with Jeff Spero and Rodney Miller
March 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock

Flooding cancels February 17th English country dance

The February 17th English country dance at Camp Pollock has been canceled because the county has closed the entrance road due to flooding. We apologize for the late notice and hope to see you at one of our future dances!

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

Upcoming events:
February 23: contra dance
March 3: English country dance in Roseville
March 9: special birthday contra dance with Jeff Spero and Rodney Miller

February 9th potluck & contra dance

We’ll kick off the night’s festivities with a community potluck, starting at 6:30 pm in the Nevada City Room of the Coloma Community Center. Please bring a dish to share, along with serving utensils, and whatever you want to drink (non-alcoholic). You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, February 9, 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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Lynn Ackerson from Oakland, California, brings a huge and ever-expanding contra dance repertoire. Her gracefully efficient walk-throughs and delightful programs reflect her philosophy: to build the relationship between the band and the dancers and then get out of the way. 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 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:
February 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock
February 23: contra dance
March 3: English country dance in Roseville

February 3rd English country dance

  • Talent: Sharon Green calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, February 3, 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)

ECD_Green_QCASharon Green simply 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. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, is Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl, and Dick Holdstock. 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 February 7th. For more information, contact committee chair Chris Ratekin at cratekin@comcast.net.

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

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!

Upcoming events:
February 9: potluck and contra dance
February 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock
February 23: contra dance

January 26th contra dance

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, January 26, 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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Mark Goodwin began calling contra dance in Chico in 2001 and has called for local regional dances, including Nevada City and Newcastle. His aim is to call programs that bring everyone along for the ride, with dances that are memorable, have intuitive transitions, and weave familiar and interesting elements into a variety of dancer interactions. BLAM! is Bob Silberstein on piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd on flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch on fiddle.

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:
February 3: English country dance in Roseville
February 9: potluck and contra dance
February 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock