November 25th contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of George Wilson and Clark Smith
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2017
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. A talented, multi-instrumentalist and singer from New York, George Wilson samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. His dynamic fiddling, strongly influenced by Cape Breton and French Canadian styles, has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. Versatile local guitarist Clark Smith has played with the Celtic/world music band Out of Kelter and the Turkish band Sambandha.

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 3: Holiday Tea and English country dance, Roseville Masonic Temple
December 9: contra dance
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance

November 11th contra dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Thomas Angell, Barry Angell, and Drew Congdon
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
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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Talib Huff has been calling contra dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. Brothers Thomas Angell (fiddle and guitar; not shown) and Barry Angell (mandolin and guitar) team up with Drew Congdon (banjo) for some foot-stomping 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:
November 25: contra dance
December 3: English country dance
December 9: contra dance
December 31: New Year’s Eve dance

October 28th family & evening contra dances

We’ll start early on Saturday the 28th with our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly contras called by Kelsey Hartman to music from Claudia’s Kitchen. The cost for the family dance is $15 per family (parents and children), $5 per child without dancing parent, and $10 per adult without children. Some contra dances taught in the afternoon will be repeated at our regular dance at 8 pm (see below) for all to enjoy.

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
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)

Oct28_contraKelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. 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.  The Crabapples are Norm Cotton (piano and fiddle), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, and doumbek), and Teresa Fife (string bass).

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:
November 5: English country dance
November 11: contra dance
November 25: contra dance

October 14th potluck and contra dance

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Distant Cousins
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
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’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. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

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. Distant Cousins is Lee Anne Welch, Elizabeth Todd, and Cory Welch. Lee Anne is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! Elizabeth Todd plays flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion in bands including Three Fifths of Scotch, Old Town Quartet, and BLAM! Cory Welch (not shown) plays guitar with Old Town Quartet and the Reel Deal.

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:
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance
November 11: contra dance

Don’t miss our family dance October 28th

Save the date! On Saturday, October 28th, we’ll hold our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly contras called by Kelsey Hartman to music by Claudia’s Kitchen. The cost for the family dance is $15 per family (parents and children), $5 per child without dancing parent, and $10 per adult without children. Some contra dances taught in the afternoon will be repeated at our regular dance at 8 pm for all to enjoy.

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Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. 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. Claudia’s Kitchen is a local Sacramento group that enjoys old-time, Celtic, and folk music.

Upcoming events:
October 14: potluck and contra dance
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance

Zesty Contra and English Country Dances

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, September 30th, and an English country dance on Sunday, October 1st. Details for both dances are below.

The Zesty Contra:

Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of The Swingin’ Chickens
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
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)

30Sept_contraThis is a special zesty contra dance, with no newcomer’s orientation. Dances will be taught quickly, and dancers should be familiar with hey for four, Petronella turns, and contra corners. This is an evening for experienced dancers who want to dance with enthusiasm!

Kalia Kliban has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching contra and English country dance, along with many other styles. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings in California and beyond.

The Swingin’ Chickens are Topher Gayle, Lee Anne Welch, and Rebecca King. Topher Gayle has played contra dances for over fifteen years, touring nationally with TheOpporTunists and locally with The Rosin Doctors. Lee Anne Welch is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! Rebecca King is a versatile dance pianist, conductor, and composer, whose strong classical training and love of jazz shows in her rhythmic and lyric piano accompaniments.

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.

 

The English Country Dance:

  • Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 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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We are so fortunate to have some of the best calling talent in the world near us! Those who attended last month were treated to a fabulous program by Bruce Hamilton. This Sunday, we continue the energy and enthusiasm with yet another of the country’s top callers, Kalia Kliban! Quite Carried Away provides the perfectly matched music, with Kathrine Gardner filling in for David Wright this month.

This dance is the second of our two special “Bring a Friend for Free” dances. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) — each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free. All first-timers are still eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session at 2:30, a half hour before the dance. So bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!


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

Upcoming events:
October 14: potluck and contra dance
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance

September 23rd contra dance

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
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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Celia Ramsay has been calling contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. She chooses dances that fit the people in the room, uses clarity and brevity in teaching, and has a warm personality that makes the dancers happy. 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:
September 15-17: Echo Summit Dance Camp
September 23: contra dance 
September 30: zesty contra dance
October 1: English country dance