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

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 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

November 24th contra dance

Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of The Honeysuckle Sisters
Date: Saturday, November 24, 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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Yes, we will be dancing on Thanksgiving weekend! 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.

The Honeysuckle Sisters are Beth Christian on cello, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, and Debra Tayleur on piano. The group loves strong rhythmic drive and 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:
December 2: Holiday Tea and English Country Dance in Roseville
December 8: contra dance
December 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance

November 10th schottisch workshop and contra

This evening’s fun will start early, with John Hingtgen and Barbara Jensen teaching a class on schottisch, a fun turning dance. This workshop, from 5:30-7:00 pm, costs $5. The regular contra dance will follow from 8-11 pm, with a newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm.

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Reno Ceilidh Band
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
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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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. The Reno Ceilidh Band is Bob Kastelic and Scott Cozen.

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 18: English country dance at Camp Pollock
November 24: contra dance
December 2: English country dance in Roseville