Anniversary dance, April 28th

Note special time and location. To celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Sacramento Country Dance Society, we are hosting an English country dance in the afternoon (2-5 pm), followed by a potluck dinner with Board election, and then a contra dance in the evening (7-10 pm). Please join us at Camp Pollock for this special event!

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:00–10:00 pm, see below for complete schedule
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento
Cost: For adults, $10 for the English dance, $12 for the contra dance, or $15 for both; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18 (cash or check)

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Schedule (see below for details):
1:30 pm – English newcomer’s orientation
2:00 – 5:00 pm – English country dance
4:30 – 5:00 Maypole dance — all invited!
5:00 – 5:30 garden tour
5:30 – 6:30 potluck dinner
6:00 Board election
6:30 contra dance beginner session
7:00 – 10:00 contra dance
 
At the English dance, Yvonne Couvillon, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla will call to the music of our house band, Quite Carried Away. Yvonne Couvillion has been dancing since age 9 and began calling over 30 years ago. Gary Sandler came to folk dancing through his son’s involvement and discovered a great love of English country dance. Joyce Uggla was one of the founders of the Bay Area Country Dance Society and has been on the Playford Ball Committee for years. This dance will replace the English country dance normally held on the first Sunday in May.
 
More of a chamber orchestra than a band, Quite Carried Away has been honing its consensus of pitch, rhythm, and drive since 2002. The group is David Wright on violin and mandolin, Arlene Jamar on piano, Martin Lodahl on viola de gamba and recorder, Sandra Westfall on concertina, Susan Jones on concertina and recorder, Jane Kostka on penny whistles, and Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo.
 
For the potluck between the two dances, please bring a dish to share with serving utensils. We will provide plates, napkins, and utensils. Bring your own beverage.
 
At the contra dance, Susan Petrick will call to the music of StringFire (Patti Cobb & Eric Ievins with Caroline McCaskey). 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.
 
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.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. 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:
Note: no English country dance in May
May 12: contra dance
May 26: contra dance
June 3: English country dance

Jane Austen Ball April 21st

Stay tuned for more information about our Anniversary Dance on April 28th, with a new format, at a special time and location!

This Saturday, April 21st, from 6 to 9 pm, students at Liberty Ranch High School (12945 Marengo Road) in Galt will be having a ball, with a little assistance from the Sacramento Country Dance Society. Come out and help us introduce a new generation to the fun of English country dancing.

Jane Austen BallCaller Lise Dyckman will make this event unforgettable! Music will be provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away. Those of you who attended last year’s ball remember how much fun we had, and Lise is keen to have experienced dancers participate again this year. Instruction for new dancers will begin at 6 pm.

The cost is $5 for high school students with ID and $10 for everyone else. Tickets are available online until April 20th or at the door (cash only).

The Jane Austen Regency Ball will benefit the school’s creative writing and British literature classes. Historical dress is admired but not required. Light refreshments will be offered. For questions, contact Anngela Schroeder at aschroeder@ghsd.k12.ca.us.

Zesty contra and English country dance

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, March 31st, and an English country dance on Sunday, April 1st. Details for both dances are below.

The Zesty Contra:

Don’t miss one of the last chances to dance to Hot Cider! After the Nevada City dance on April 7th, the band will be retiring. This is a special zesty contra dance. Dances will be taught quickly, and 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: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Hot Cider
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm. No newcomer’s orientation.
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. Hot Cider is the house band for the Nevada City contra dance. They’ve played hundreds of contra dances in their years together. These three pickers (Rudy Darling, Barry Angell, and Thomas Angell) like to mix it up. You’ll hear the best traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, the guys take more musical chances than might be prudent, so look out for manic mandolin and foolhardy 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.

 

The English Country Dance:

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Rebecca King and Jon Berger
  • Date: Sunday, April 1, 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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Don’t miss this special English country dance! Bruce Hamilton is in demand all over the world because of his calling and instructional skills, and Rebecca King and Jon Berger are two of the most prominent English country dance musicians in the country. Rebecca King is a classically trained pianist with strong roots in jazz and folk music.  Her interpretations breathe strong, rhythmical energy and deeply moving grace. Jon Berger is an astonishing fiddler and button accordion player, who has toured with Tempest, recorded with multiple groups, and plays with passion and drive.

We feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. This dance for April will be Miss deJersey’s Memorial, the dance that Gary taught to the full group in March.

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.

Upcoming special event: Please join us as we introduce Galt High School students to English country dancing! The 2nd Jane Austen Ball will be held on April 21st 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. This event is our one big outreach effort this year! Tickets can be purchased at the event or online until April 20th. Look for fliers with details at our April 1st dance.

 

For more information on any of our dances, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
April 14: contra dance
April 28: Anniversary celebration – English country dance, potluck, & contra dance

March 18th Playford Ball workshop

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Rebecca King and Maggie Moore
  • Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
  • Time: 2:00–5:00 pm
  • Location: YLI Clubhouse (1400 – 27th St, Sacramento)
  • Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID (cash or check)

Playford_Dodson_KingSpecial 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 Alisa Dodson, who is this year’s Dancing Mistress for the BACDS Playford Ball, will review most of the dances in the upcoming Ball program.  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 1st).  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 and Location:  Admission to this workshop is $12 for adults. Please note that the workshop will be held at the YLI Clubhouse (1400 – 27th St, Sacramento), not at our usual location. 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!

Parking: Please take special care to check parking signs, or you may find yourself with a hefty ticket. In general, the streets to the south and west of the hall have unrestricted parking; whereas the streets to the north and east have meters and/or time limits that are operative on Sundays. Look carefully for signs, and plan to walk a block or two.

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

Upcoming events:
March 24: contra dance
March 31: zesty contra dance
April 1: English country dance

February 24th contra dance & workshop

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of The Ladle Thieves
Date: Saturday, February 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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This evening’s fun will start early, with Kelsey Hartman teaching a class for dancers who want to learn advanced contra moves like contra corners. Music will be provided by Claudia’s Kitchen. This workshop, from 5:30-7:00 pm (cost: $5), will help get you ready to participate in zesty contra dances, which are fast-paced evenings for experienced dancers. The regular contra dance will follow from 8-11 pm, with an newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm.

Kelsey is a “contraholic,” who can often be found dancing or calling a contra dance. 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. The Ladle Thieves are Christina Thompson (fiddle, banjo) and Darin Smith (cello, fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar), playing with guest artists Brad McClanahan (guitar), and Michael Charnes (cittern) from The Upside Sound.

The newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm is 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:
March 4: English country dance
March 10: contra dance
March 18: English XTRA, Playford Ball workshop

February 10th contra dance & potluck

If you want to hear more from visiting musicians Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald after this Saturday’s dance (and you probably will), they’ll be playing a house concert in Sacramento the following weekend, at 6 pm on Sunday, February 18th. For more information or to reserve a seat, email Jimmy at jlspearow@att.net.

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018
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 6:30 pm in the Nevada City Room of the Coloma Community Center. Please bring a dish to share, along with serving utensils. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

We have a special treat this week! Ryan McKasson of the Syncopaths (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar and mandolin) are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when they play together, resulting in an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between.

Joyce Miller has been calling for contra dances since 2000, starting under the tutelage of Eric Curl. She has called at dance camps in the U.S. and Canada, but what she likes most is to call for her friends in the Sierra Foothills and environs.

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 24: advanced contra moves workshop and dance
March 4: English country dance
March 10: contra dance

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Uncle Farmer
Date: Sunday, December 31, 2017
Time: 8:00 pm–midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $15 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share at this special dance.

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. Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber on fiddle and Michael Sokolovsky on guitar. With an Irish and New England sound at its core, the duo is known for its original dance tunes, modern twists on old favorites, and sets mixed with pop rhythms and improvisational flair. Their performances range from sweet and nostalgic to gritty and energetic, and their sound truly fills both the room and the hearts of dancers.

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 7: English country dance
January 13: contra dance