February 9th potluck & contra dance

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, and whatever you want to drink (non-alcoholic). You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, February 9, 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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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. 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 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 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock
February 23: contra dance
March 3: English country dance in Roseville

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 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

October 27th contra dance

Talent: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, October 27, 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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Let your skeletons out of the closet for a special Halloween contra dance this Saturday! Costumes are admired but not required. 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 Crabapples are Norm Cotton (piano and fiddle), Marta Lynch (fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, and doumbek), and Teresa Fife (string bass). They have been described as, “a lively band known for playing a variety of traditional tunes. The Monterey-based band has garnered an enthusiastic following on the Central Coast and beyond. From Irish to French Canadian to old-time, from driving to floating to playful tunes, the Crabapples can do it all and do it delightfully!”

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 4: English country dance in Roseville
November 10: Schottisch workshop and contra dance
November 18: English country dance at Camp Pollock

October 13th contra dance & potluck

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, and whatever you want to drink (non-alcoholic). You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Lee Anne Welch, Erik Hoffman and Topher Gayle
Date: Saturday, October 13, 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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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. Lee Anne Welch is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! She can be heard locally at Bay Area dances, has toured throughout the United States, and has also performed in Canada and the Caribbean. Erik Hoffman has played with The Rosin Doctors and The Erik Thor & Hands Four. After starting out calling contra dances, he took up fiddle in 1987 to learn more about the music and fell in love with the instrument. He loves the spirit and joy that is passed along with traditional music and dance, and loves to share his enthusiasm. 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.

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:
October 21: English country dance at Camp Pollock in Sacramento
October 27: contra dance at Coloma Community Center
November 4: English country dance in Roseville

October 7th contra dance and English country dance

This 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: Talib Huff calling to the music of Contrapositive
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
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 (cash or check)

Huff_ContrapositiveJoin us for a special Sunday afternoon contra dance at a brand new venue, the old opera house in Winters! Talib Huff will be calling to the music of Contrapositive (Cynthia Faulkner, Kathrine Gardner, and Allen Barnes). Talib 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.

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 pizza 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: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, October 7, 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)

Newitt_QuiteCarriedAwayOur October English country dance includes a special offer to bring a friend for free. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) — each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free.

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. Their CD will be available, so you can bring the magic home!

“FTWK” stands for “for those who know.” We often feature one dance each month with little or no teaching or calling, for folks who have previously learned it. The October FTWK dance will be Newcastle, the dance that was taught to everyone last month.

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.

Bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!

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

Upcoming events:
October 13: potluck and contra dance at Coloma Community Center
October 21: English country dance at Camp Pollock in Sacramento