February 11th family dance & contra

We’ll start early this Saturday with our family contra dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend. This dance will feature easy, friendly contras called by Talib Huff to live 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 evening dance (separate donation) for all to enjoy.

Evening Dance:
Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, February 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: $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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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. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band (left to right, as pictured) is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Cheryl McKinney (keyboard).

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 25: contra dance
March 5: English country dance
March 11: beginning waltz workshop and contra dance

Oct 29th family dance, potluck & Halloween contra dance

So much fun that it’s hard to fit it all into the headline! We’ll start early this Saturday 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 Erik Hoffman from Oakland, to live fiddle music from Clark Smith and Erik Hoffman. 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: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: potluck 6:30-8:00, dance 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, 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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This is our Halloween dance, so costumes are encouraged for everyone! A community potluck will be held, starting at 6:30 pm in the Nevada City Room of the Coloma Community Center, before the evening dance. Bring a dish to share and serving utensils. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

In the evening, Erik Hoffman joins us again with a set of dances ranging from easy to complex. The Crabapples are Norm Cotton (piano and fiddle), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, and doumbek), and Teresa Fife (string bass). Though this is a fifth Saturday dance, it is not a zesty contra, so dancers of all skill levels are welcome. There will be a workshop, most dances will be walked through, as usual, and only a few dances will be advanced.

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 6: English country dance, Roseville
November 12: intermediate waltz workshop & contra dance
November 26: contra dance

Family dance and waltz workshops

Our next three regular dances will be preceded by special events: two waltz workshops and a family dance. All events will be held at Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA, before our regularly scheduled contra dances (2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays, starting at 8 pm).

On Saturday, October 22, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer a beginning waltz workshop. Kelsey Hartman will teach a class for dancers who want to learn the basic waltz moves. Come learn how to do this fun dance and be able to join in at regular contra dances. The cost is $5. 

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Then, on Saturday, October 29th, from 2:00-3:30 pm, we will hold our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly dances to live fiddle music called by Erik Hoffman. The cost 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 (separate donation) for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, November 12, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer an intermediate waltz workshop. Susan Petrick will teach a class for experienced dancers who already know the basic moves, but who want to be better dancers and improve their technique and style. This class is not intended for beginners. The cost is $5.

Finally, remember to save New Year’s Eve for contra dancing! Jean Gibson-Gorrindo will be calling to the music of Swing Farm (Ray Bierl, Charlie Hancock, and Markie Sanders), who combine traditional and jazz stylings to weave an evening of fluid beauty and food-stomping excitement.

Special events coming up this fall

In October and November, we are pleased to present special opportunities to learn about waltzing and to involve the whole family in contra dancing. All special events will be held at Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA, before our regularly scheduled contra dances (2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays, starting at 8 pm).

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On Saturday, October 22, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer a beginning waltz workshop. Kelsey Hartman will teach a class for dancers who want to learn the basic waltz moves. Come learn how to do this fun dance and be able to join in at regular contra dances. The cost is $5. 

Then, on Saturday, October 29th, from 2:00-3:30 pm, we will hold our Halloween family dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents. Costumes are welcomed but not required. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend, as this dance will feature easy, friendly dances to live fiddle music called by Erik Hoffman. The cost 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 (separate donation) for all to enjoy.

Finally, on Saturday, November 12, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer an intermediate waltz workshop. Susan Petrick will teach a class for experienced dancers who already know the basic moves, but who want to be better dancers and improve their technique and style. This class is not intended for beginners. The cost is $5.

Feb 13 family dance and contra dance

Autumn-in-danceFebruary 13 Family Dance: For the Love of Dance!

A family dance (For the Love of Dance) will occur in the afternoon, 2:00 to 4:00PM, at Coloma Community Center, with calling by Erik Hoffman and music by Erik and Clark Smith. The dances will be selected to appeal to family members of all ages, but the dance is open to all dancers whether part of a family or not. Some of the same dances learned during the afternoon will be repeated in the evening. The family dance has special pricing: $15 per family of parents and children, $5 per child without dancing parent, and $10 per adult without children.

February 13 Contra Dance (Second Saturday)

  • Erik Hoffman calling to the music of Soul Weaving
  • February 13, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. Soul Weaving is the perfect driving force behind Eric’s calling and our feet.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30PM, 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 contra dance information, and contra lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Feb 13 family dance – save the date

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Danielle & Virgil

Coming up in February, our first family dance of the year, for all ages, children through grandparents. Beginners and children are encouraged to come. Save the date and time, Saturday, February 13, 2:00-4:00PM. We will have a Valentine’s Day theme, “for the Love of the Dance.”

This event is separate from our evening contra dance, but there will be some dances in common, and we hope that people will attend both. Though anyone is welcome to attend the family dance, with or without family, understand that the dances will be selected to appeal to children and youth, and the dance will be closer to a traditional community barn dance than a contra dance. Please help create a successful dance by sharing the flier and word-of-mouth with your family, friends, and education contacts.

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Amanda Schmidt, parent of two children and spouse of Virgil (you’ve met them dancing and seen them doing sound), wrote an article for Sacramento Parent magazine, which you can read at this link: http://issuu.com/sacramentoparentmag/docs/spweb0116_01/28.