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 20th English country dance

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 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)

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David Newitt came to Berkeley in 1982 to work on a Ph.D. in physics and to do country and display dancing. He teaches and plays music for regular Scottish and English dances and calls contras and the occasional square dance by night, while doing research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at UCSF by day. David is one of the most accomplished country dance teachers in the Bay Area, known for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

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!

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 this Thursday, January 17th. For more information, contact committee chair Chris Ratekin at cratekin@comcast.net.

Please bring a snack to share. 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:
January 26: contra dance
February 3: English country dance in Roseville
February 9: potluck and 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

 

December 16th English country dance

  • Talent: Sharon Green calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento, CA
  • 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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Camp Pollock is only five minutes from downtown and midtown Sacramento by car, with easy parking. Or skip the traffic and take the American River Bike Trail. Either way, you’ll find a wonderful dance floor and great acoustics for the live music provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away.

Sharon Green 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. 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:
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 6: Winters contra dance

January 6: English country dance in Roseville

December 2nd English Holiday Tea and Dance

  • Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-6:00 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_Kliban_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. With Kalia Kliban’s calling, this afternoon is sure to be a delectable mix of new and familiar dances, as well as edible delights! Please note that the dance will end at 6 pm this month to allow for extra social time.

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:
December 8: contra dance
December 16: English country dance at Camp Pollock
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance

November 18th English country dance

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
  • Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento, CA
  • 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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Our new third-Sunday English country dance series has been a smashing success so far! Over 40 dancers enjoyed the live music and dancing in the lodge at our last Camp Pollock event. On the north side of the American River, only 5 minutes from downtown and midtown Sacramento, and on the American River Bike Trail, Camp Pollock provides easy parking, a wonderful dance floor, and great acoustics.

Everyone’s favorite caller, Bruce Hamilton, has created a program of both familiar and new dances made all the more pleasurable by the melodious harmonies provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away. The band 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. All first-timers are eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session that begins at 1:30 pm. Please bring a snack to share at the dance.

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

Upcoming events:
November 24: contra dance
December 2: English country dance in Roseville
December 8: contra dance

November 4th English country dance

  • Talent: Sharon Green calling to the music of The Parson Sisters
  • Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • 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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Sharon Green 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.

The Parson Sisters are Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco on fiddle and Clara Byom on keys. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the duo specializes in global folk dance music, including Balkan, Irish, contra, and English country dance. Coming from a classical violin background, Mirinisa took time off in college to delve into West African drumming, non-classical violin, and various other instruments, deciding to stick with those after graduating and returning to New Mexico. She is a lifelong dancer with various folk groups. Clara plays piano, accordion and clarinet in several groups. A full-time multi-instrumentalist and ethnomusicologist, she also enjoys dancing whenever she has time.

“FTWK” stands for “for those who know.” We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. The November FTWK dance will be The Fandango.

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:
November 10: Schottisch workshop and contra dance
November 18: English country dance at Camp Pollock
November 24: contra dance