June 8th contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
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)

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Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. 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 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:
June 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
June 22: contra dance
June 29: special Truckee contra dance

May 25th contra dance

Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Debra Tayleur, Janette Duncan, and Beth Christian
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
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)

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Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. Our music comes from three members of Whimsical: Debra Tayleur on piano, Beth Christian on cello, and Janette Duncan on fiddle. These musicians love 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 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:
June 2: English country dance in Roseville
June 8: contra dance
June 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock

May 11th contra dance

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Bob Kastelic and Scotty Cozen
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
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)

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With 30 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. Formerly of The Reno Ceilidh Band, Bob Kastelic plays fiddle, and Scotty Cozen plays mandolin, ukulele, and guitar.

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:
May 19: English country dance at Camp Pollock
May 25: contra dance
June 2: English country dance in Roseville

April 27th Potluck & Anniversary Contra Dance

“I love contra dance because I love the fun, company, music, and the dancer’s high.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

Please join us for our 33nd anniversary celebration at the new time of 7-10 pm. Cake will be served at the break to celebrate our anniversary, and we will elect our new Board. We will also be hosting a clothing swap at the dance. Bring the shirts, skirts, and dresses that you don’t wear any longer, and trade them for something that’s new to you!

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Debra Tayleur, Jon Berger, and Roxanne Oliva
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
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)

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We’ll kick off the night’s festivities with a community potluck, starting at 5:30 pm in the Nevada City Room at 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. We will provide plates, napkins, and utensils.

Debra Tayleur plays piano for several bands, including Whimsical and The Honeysuckle Sisters. Fiddler Jon Berger, of The String Rays and Persons of Quality, has played for English country and contra dances in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1980s. Roxanne Oliva plays accordion, harp, and flute in multiple bands, including Whimsical.

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:
May 5: Winters contra dance
May 5: English country dance in Roseville
May 11: contra dance

April 13th Contra Dance

Please note that the new time, 7-10 pm, starts with this contra dance.

“I love contra dance for the fun endorphins, and aerobic exercise that I want to do. And there’s no angst about having a partner because everyone switches partners with every dance.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

Registration is now open for Echo Summit Dance Camp on September 13-15, 2019. Come to Camp Sacramento, high in the Sierra, for a weekend of great contra dancing and music with your friends old and new!

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of StringFire
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
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)

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Talib Huff has been calling 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. StringFire’s infectious spirit of musical fun infiltrates the hearts and feet of musicians and dancers alike. The combination of classical training, tune writing, and superb improvisational skills creates an out-of-the-ordinary groove you won’t want to miss! The band’s dynamic, wide-ranging repertoire is driven by Patti Cobb’s bluesy piano and Erik Ievins’ vibrant bass and sonorous, sparkling cello. The fiery, intricate work of Caroline McCaskey’s fiddle completes StringFire’s signature sound.

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:
April 21: English country dance, Camp Pollock
April 27: potluck & anniversary contra dance
May 5: Winters contra dance

March 30th Zesty Contra Dance

“I love contra dance because I love the music and dancing, and it is my community.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

The votes are in! Starting in April, our contra dances will be held an hour earlier, from 7-10 pm, with a beginners’ lesson at 6:30. Please note that this dance will be held at the current time of 8-11 pm.

At this special zesty contra, dances will be taught quickly. There will be no newcomer’s orientation before the dance. Dancers should be familiar with moves like hey for four, Petronella turns, and contra corners. This is an evening for experienced dancers who want to dance with enthusiasm!

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00–11:00 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 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. The Crabapples are Norm Cotton (piano and fiddle), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, and doumbek), and Teresa Fife (string bass). They have been described as, “a lively band known for playing a variety of traditional tunes. The Monterey-based band has garnered an enthusiastic following on the Central Coast and beyond. From Irish to French Canadian to old-time, from driving to floating to playful tunes, the Crabapples can do it all and do it delightfully!”

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:
April 7: English country dance
April 13: contra dance – NEW TIME 7 to 10 pm
April 21: English country dance

March 23rd Contra Dance & March 24th Playford Ball Workshop

“I love contra dancing because I love the fun, company, music, and the dancer’s high.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

This weekend we’ll be hosting two dances: a contra dance on Saturday night and The Playford Ball Workshop for English country dancers on Sunday afternoon. Details for both dances are below.

The votes are in! Starting in April, our contra dances will be held an hour earlier, from 7-10 pm, with a beginners’ lesson at 6:30. Please note that the last two dances in March will be held at the current time of 8-11 pm.

The Contra Dance:

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, March 23, 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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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. Magic Reelism plays old-time and Celtic dance music, with David Wright on fiddle and mandolins, Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, and Cheryl McKinney on piano.

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.

The Playford Ball Workshop:

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Rebecca King and Maggie Moore
  • Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Time: 2:00–5:00 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
  • Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID (cash or check)

Special Program:  This special English XTRA workshop is a fast-paced afternoon for experienced English country dancers, which will NOT include an introductory lesson before the dance. Caller Bruce Hamilton will review most of the dances in the program for the upcoming BACDS Playford Ball.  To experience the lengthy program with extra work on the more challenging dances, the pace of the afternoon will be more lively than usual.  This is not a dance for beginners!  (Please bring your first-timer friends to the next regular dance on April 7th).  Whether or not you intend to go to the Playford Ball, this Sunday’s dance is a wonderful opportunity to learn or review many dances in one afternoon.

Special Music:  We are honored to have Rebecca King on piano and Maggie Moore on violin for this special dance.

Special Price:  Admission to this workshop is $12 for adults.

We will begin dancing promptly at 2:00 pm. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to change shoes and check in so that we can start the program on time. It’s always nice when people bring a snack to share!

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

Upcoming events:
March 30: zesty contra dance
April 7: English country dance
April 13: contra dance – NEW TIME from 7-10 pm!