SCDS dances CANCELED through June 30th & Board nominations

Covid-19, the new coronavirus, is spreading through California, and we need to work together to stop its transmission by staying home for a while. Protecting our community is a key value of SCDS, so we have reluctantly chosen to cancel our dances through June 30th. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation and decide what to do going forward. We’re very sorry to miss dancing with all of you and hope to be able to see you again soon!

One consequence of this decision is that we will not be able to meet in person to elect a new Board of Directors in April. Instead, the slate of nominees is listed below and in our email newsletter, and we will ask you to vote by email at the end of next month. Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. (If you are not yet receiving our email announcements, you can sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.)

If you’d like to support freelance callers and musicians during this difficult time, CDSS (our parent organization) has put together a list of ways to help here: https://www.cdss.org/covid19/send-love-to-freelancers.

Closer to home, you can support our musicians and dancers:
Topher Gayle
Celia Ramsay
Ryan McKasson
The Syncopaths
Nancy Thym

2020-2021 SCDS Board of Directors nominations:
Sandra Aamodt
Susan Jones
Laura Leonelli
Karen Leyse
Martin Lodahl
Virgil Schmidt
Douglas Schwilk
Susan Stratton
Pam Wade
Bobbie Watson

February 29th zesty contra, March 1st English country dance, and February 29th Jane Austen Ball

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, February 29th and an English country dance on Sunday, March 1st. Plus, our annual English outreach event, the Jane Austen Ball at Liberty Ranch High, will also be held on the evening of Saturday the 29th. Details for all three dances are below.

Our Zesty Contra:
Please note the special time and location for this dance. In this special zesty contra, dances will be taught quickly. 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!

Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 6:30–9:30 pm. No newcomer’s orientation.
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
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. Hailing from Monterey, BLAM! is Bob Silberstein on piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd on flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch on fiddle.

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.

 

Special English country dance event on February 29th:
Please join us as we introduce Galt High School students to English country dancing! The 4th Jane Austen Ball will be held on February 29th from 6-9 pm. Those of you who came last year know how much fun we had and how much the students appreciated your presence. Lise Dyckman will again be teaching and calling to the music of Quite Carried Away. She is very keen to have experienced dancers participate in our big outreach effort! Tickets can be purchased at the event or online.

 

Our English Country Dance:
Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, March 1, 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)

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Having taught and called English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, Lise Dyckman 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 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! Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share.


For more information on any of our dances, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org
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Upcoming events:
March 8: Playford Ball Workshop
March 14: contra dance
March 15: English country dance

February 22nd contra dance

Save the date for our zesty contra coming up on February 29th! This dance will be at a special location, Camp Pollock, and a special time, 6:30-9:30, with Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of BLAM!

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Wild Goose Chase
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020
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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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. Hailing from Nevada City, classic dance band Wild Goose Chase is Margo Meredith on fiddle, Anne Meigs on piano, Kate Dwyer on banjo, and Dave Earl on mandolin. 

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:
February 29: zesty contra at special location (Camp Pollock) and time (6:30-9:30)
March 1: English country dance in Roseville
March 8: Playford Ball Workshop

February 8th contra dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Debra Tayleur, David Wright, Sue Jones, and Nick Rich
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
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. 

The band is Debra Tayleur on piano, David Wright on fiddle, Sue Jones on concertina and recorder, and Nick Rich on mandolin. Debra Tayleur has played for our dances in Whimsical and The Honeysuckle Sisters. David Wright and Sue Jones are familiar from Magic Reelism, and David also from Star Thistle. Nick Rich is a composer, songwriter, and founder of the progressive folk band Winterbirds. 

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:
February 16: English country dance in Sacramento
February 22: contra dance
February 29: zesty contra at special location (Camp Pollock) and time (6:30-9:30)

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)

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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

January 25th English Country Dance Music Workshop, Contra Flourishes Workshop, and Contra Dance

Wow, have we got a lot going on this Saturday! We’re hosting contra and English country dance workshops generously funded by our Big Day of Giving donors, along with our regular fourth-Saturday contra dance with Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle. Details for all the events are below.

English Country Dance Music Workshop:

Talent: David Wright, Clark Smith, Jane Kosta, Martin Lodahl, and Susan Jones
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 1:30–4:30 pm
Location: Sacramento Friends Meetinghous, 890-57th Street, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $5 per person (cash or check)

Want to learn to play music for English country dancing? Here’s your chance! Taught by members of Quite Carried Away, this workshop will prepare you to join in and play at dances.

Any instrument is welcome. Musicians should have some ease at playing waltzes and faster pieces on their instrument, either by ear or by using sheet music. All tunes used in the workshop will be from Barnes Volume III (‘Green Barnes’). Copies of Green Barnes will be available for sale at the workshop for $25.

Please register in advance to attend the workshop and tell us what instrument(s) you plan to play. Registrants will receive sheet music by email. To register, send an email to SusanJones533@gmail.com. Questions? Call David or Sue at 916-739-8906.

 

Contra Flourishes Workshop:

Talent: Susan Petrick
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 5:00–6:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $5 per person (cash or check)

This workshop is aimed at people who already know the basic contra moves and want to add more style and fun to their dancing! Caller Susan Petrick will show you how to spice up your dancing smoothly and safely, while taking good care of your partner. Then you can practice your new skills at our regular Saturday night contra dance.

 

Contra Dance:

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
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)

Petrick_Star_ThistleSusan 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. 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 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:
February 2: Winters contra dance
February 2: English country dance in Roseville
February 8: contra dance
February 16: English country dance in Sacramento

January 11th contra dance

Interested in learning how to play music for English country dancing? Join us for a workshop from 1:30-4:30 pm on January 25th! Preregister by writing SusanJones533@gmail.com to receive the sheet music two weeks in advance.

Talent: Andy Shore calling to the music of Todd Silverstein, Lewis Santer, and Erik Hoffman
Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020
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)

Shore_SilversteinSanterHoffman.pngWith over 30 years experience in teaching and leading social dance, Andy Shore calls both traditional and “gender role free” contra dances. He loves everything from teaching beginners to satisfying seasoned dancers. Todd Silverstein, a recent arrival from Oregon where he played contras in bands like The Nettles, mixes it up on bouzouki, whistle and saxophone. Local favorite Lewis Santer plays guitar and Irish bouzouki. Erik Hoffman played fiddle with The Rosin Doctors and The Erik Thor & Hands Four. He loves the spirit and joy that is passed along with traditional music and dance, and loves to share his enthusiasm.

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:
January 19: English country dance in Sacramento
January 25: English Country Dance Music Workshop
January 25: contra dance with Contra Flourishes workshop

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calling to the music of The Rosin Doctors
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Special Time: 8:00 pm–midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Special Cost: $15 per person (cash or check)

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Join us for our biggest dance of the year, as we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020! This dance will start at 8 pm and last until midnight, when we’ll share a sparkling cider toast and sing Auld Lang Syne. We ask everyone to bring a dessert or appetizer to share at the break.

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo‘s strong teaching and musical skills, combined with her musical and rhythmic vocal quality, help her deliver dances that are flowing, challenging, and fun.  She has a particular knack for collecting dances with exceptional choreography designed to enhance the connectedness between us all. In her mind, that feeling of connection is what it is all about.

The Rosin Doctors are a prescription for fun! Collectively they have around a hundred years of administering treatments to musical instruments, injecting joy into parties and events. Bringing to the stage a wide variety of musical instruments, the Docs contribute a wide variety of traditional and new music to any happening. The Rosin Doctors are Dan Engle on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and claw hammer banjo; Erik Hoffman on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Jews harp, the Spanish bagpipe (gaita), and percussion; and Topher Gayle on mandolin, mandola, mandinator (an instrument he makes!), guitar, percussion and…More Cowbell. Together they administer doses of music that lift the spirits and get the blood flowing.

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 5: English country dance in Roseville
January 11: contra dance
January 19: English country dance in Sacramento
January 25: English Country Dance Music Workshop
January 25: contra dance with Contra Flourishes workshop beforehand

December 15th Holiday Tea with English country dance & December 14th contra dance

On the second weekend of December, SCDS will be hosting two dances, with a special holiday celebration at our English country dance! The details for both dances are below. Don’t forget to save the date for our New Year’s Eve contra celebration too!

Contra Dance:

Talent: Dane Wallinga calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 7:00–11:00 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)

Wallinga_Star_Thistle.pngDane Wallinga has quickly become a Bay Area go-to caller, giving dancers a thoughtful program of interesting, fun dances, called with a relaxed style. 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 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.

 

Annual Holiday Tea and English Country Dance:

Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 2:00-6:00 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)

Dyckman_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. This afternoon is sure to be a delectable mix of new and familiar dances, as well as edible delights! Note that the dance will end at 6 pm to allow for extra social time.

Lise Dyckman was the first caller when we began dancing at Camp Pollock last October, so come out and show her what a successful dance she initiated! Having taught and called English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, 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 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!

 

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

Upcoming events:
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance (Note: no contra on December 28th)
January 5: English country dance
January 11: contra dance

November 23rd contra dance

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, November 23, 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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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. Whimsical is an all female contra dance band, featuring Debra Tayleur on piano, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, Beth Christian on cello, Roxanne Oliva on accordion, 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 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:
December 1: English country dance in Roseville
December 14: contra dance
December 15: Annual Holiday Tea and English country dance in Sacramento
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance (Note: no contra on December 28th)