Spring Dance Weekend

If you didn’t pre-register for English country dance Spring Dance Weekend, don’t fret – there will be room at the door for all events! Feel free to attend any or all of these events on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, as we celebrate spring! The event includes workshops on Saturday afternoon, a dance and party on Saturday evening, and May in the Garden on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, May 6, 2016 at Polish-American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville, CA
1:00 – 4:30 Workshops led by Nikki Herbst with music by Charlie Hancock

  • 1:00 – 2:30 Teamwork!

    English country dancing provides us with both personal and interpersonal exhilaration! This workshop will focus on ways to make each dance be fun for all, while allowing it to be an artistic ‘happening.’

  • 3:00 – 4:30 Pat Shaw Centenary Celebration

    This year, there will be special events all over the world to celebrate 20th century choreographer Pat Shaw, one of the greatest contributors to the renaissance of English country dance. Come explore a selection of his widely varied dances!

4:30 – 7:00 Dinner Break
Visit one of the many nearby eateries for a relaxing dinner, then return in time to change into something dressier for the evening dance. The building will re-open at 6:30.

7:00 – 10:00 Party and Dance
Music by Quite Carried Away with calling by Nikki Herbst. All dances will be taught. Elegant but comfortable attire of all sorts is encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, May 7, 2016  May in the Garden!
New Location: Camp Pollock, American River Parkway, 1501 Northgate Boulevard, just north of downtown Sacramento off Highway 160 (click the Directions tab at the link for more details). Brunch and dancing outdoors, under tall trees, with the American River nearby, surrounded by a native plant garden.

11:00 Potluck Brunch
12:00 Native Plant Garden Tour
12:30 – 3:30 Dance on the Green, including a Maypole
Music by Quite Carried Away, with calling by Yvonne Couvillion, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla

Charlie Hancock will provide music for the charliehancock_432workshops on Saturday afternoon on piano and accordion. Charlie is equally adept playing for English country, Scottish country, contras, and display dancing. Performed with drive and clarity, his music is infused with jazz, swing, and Irish influences.He studied jazz piano with Mark Levine. After cutting his teeth playing disco & punk rock in 1970’s Los Angeles, Charlie Hancock has lived for the last 30 years in the Bay Area. He has played for BACDS dances, camps, and balls for 18 years, with occasional gigs further afield, including Pinewoods and the Portland (OR) English ball. He is a member of several Bay Area dance bands, including the Raggedy Annes, and has recorded with Sylvia Herold, Holly Tannen, and Cathie Whitesides.

Nikki Herbst will lead Saturday afternoon workshops, Nikki Herbstand will call the Saturday evening dance party. A dance gypsy for many years, she travels frequently from her home in Iowa City, Iowa, to lead English country dancing and contra dancing at festivals and camps across the U.S., Canada, and England. She started teaching dance many years ago in the hope of spreading the goodness that she feels dancing together can bring to our lives. She loves meeting new communities and returning to familiar ones, and has been fortunate enough to lead English country dancing, contra dancing, and dance leader workshops at numerous festivals and camps and at community dances across the map. Nikki’s high-octane enthusiasm for dance is well known, and she strives to inspire dancers to have the most meaningful dance experience possible. In her teaching, she tries to blend dance instructions with historical information, demonstrations, style tips, memory aids, and cheerleading. She loves to share what she has learned from her many teachers as well as what she has come to know over the years by working with dancers of all ability levels.

Quite Carried Away

Quite Carried Away will provide music for your dancing pleasure on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. More of a chamber orchestra than a band, the group has been honing its consensus of pitch and rhythm and drive since 2002. Quite Carried Away 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 our Kentish lad Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo. Quite Carried Away is the home band for the monthly English country dance in Roseville.

Joyce Uggla started her folk dance career as a Joyce_Ugglababy asleep on the piano at square and folk dances while her father called and her mother danced. She didn’t really get addicted to folk dance until she went to Stanford during the heyday of folk dancing in the 1970s. Over the years, she has taught folk dance at recreation centers and weekends; been on the founding board of the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS); called numerous parties, weddings, and school events; and held English Country Dances in her living room (remodeled to accommodate two lines of dancers). Along the way, she became interested in English Country Dance.  She has been on the Playford Ball Committee since about its third year. Way back at Stanford, she joined the Society for Creative Anachronism.  One of the fellows there had a Maypole, and she began leading the dances.  When he retired from the group, he gave her the Maypole and she and her husband became the local Maypole experts—dancing with Morris dancers and at fairs, schools, church events, a weaver’s convention, weddings, and at the 2016 SCDS Spring Weekend.

Gary Sandler

Gary Sandler learned ballroom dancing in college and came to International Folk Dance just 12 years ago through his son’s involvement in a youth dance program in the Sierra foothills.  He learned a wide variety of dance styles and discovered a great love of English Country Dance. Gary likes helping dancers get more fun out of their dances, whether through safe and comfortable hand-holds or clear direct instructions.  Gary likes to vary the dance structures for English Country Dances, shifting from lines to circles and squares.  Gary calls and teaches a number of dance styles, mostly at his local Folk Dance group’s weekly dance. Gary had the opportunity in 2011 to teach a folk dance to a club in Utrecht, Netherlands, while he and his wife were on their 30th wedding anniversary vacation. The teaching was easy, he says, but following the rest of the class material in Dutch was tough!

Yvonne Couvillion began dancing (waltz, twist, and swing) at Yvonne-Andre cropage 9 with her mother. She first performed dance in junior high school, and continued dancing in high school and college. She took a class in teaching International Folk Dance in graduate school, and began calling 30 years ago. She met her husband Andre at a contra dance in Bastrop, Texas 26 years ago. They now live in Sacramento where they regularly attend, teach and host a variety of dance events including English Country Dance.

April 29th Zesty Contra Dance

The Big Day of Giving is coming up soon! These funds help us to pay for special talent at our Anniversary Dance, for workshops like the upcoming Intermediate Waltz Workshop on May 13th, and for special events like family contra dances and the English country dance Spring Dance Weekend on May 6th and 7th. If you want to support Sacramento Country Dance Society, you no longer have to keep track of the date and remember to give. Instead you can schedule your gift in advance here, and the charge will be completed on May 4th. Please put your money where your heart is by making a one-time, tax-deductible contribution. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it ensures the future of contra and English country dancing in Sacramento. See you at the dance!

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, April 29, 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: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

Apr_29_zestyThis is a special zesty contra dance, with no newcomer’s orientation. 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!

Yoyo Zhou is a popular caller from the Bay Area, who has called many dances there and nationally, including the gender-free Circle Left Contra Dance in Oakland. He is known for thoughtful teaching and fun dances, called with energy, enthusiasm, and precision. BLAM! is Bob Silberstein on piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd on flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch on 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. For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org
Upcoming events:
May 6 & 7: English country dance Spring Dance Weekend
May 13: intermediate waltz workshop & contra dance
May 27: contra dance

April 22nd Anniversary Dance

Join us on Saturday night for our 31st anniversary celebration, with calling by Kalia Kliban and a special guest band from the Bay area, featuring Jon Berger, Noel Cragg, and Shira Kammen. This evening will be a celebration of all of the dance types supported by our organization, including contra, English, squares, and other unusual formations. There will be a potluck dinner before the dance, and cake will be served at the break to celebrate our anniversary. The donation is $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check).
Apr22_contraWe’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 and serving utensils. You may also bring your own table setting to save on disposables.
Kalia Kliban has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching contra and English country dance, along with many other styles. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings in California and beyond. She called our 30th Anniversary Dance last year, beautifully blending contra and English dance styles to showcase the best of these traditional dance forms.
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 for both English and contra dances. Noel Cragg plays jazzy, swinging English and contra dance tunes. Master of piano and squeezebox, Noel brings a shot of brilliant energy to everything he plays. Multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen has spent over half her life exploring early folk and celtic music and has performed and taught throughout the world.
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.  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:
April 29: zesty contra dance – for experienced dancers
May 6 & 7: Spring Dance Weekend, English country dance
May 13: intermediate waltz workshop & contra dance

Echo Summit registration is open

The registration page is now open for Echo Summit Dance Camp on September 15-17, 2017, featuring the Syncopaths, The Free Raisins, Cis Hinkle, and Luke Donforth. We look forward to seeing everyone! The camp is already a quarter full after the first week of registration. Last year we filled up by mid-June, so get your registration in promptly to join in the fun!

Come to Camp Sacramento, high in the Sierra, for a weekend of great contra dancing and music with your friends old and new! Camp Sacramento is two hours east of Sacramento off Highway 50 just west of Echo Summit at an elevation of 6600 feet. Nestled in the tall trees of the Sierra Nevada, Camp Sacramento’s refinished wooden dance floor and rustic small cabins are waiting for you to enjoy. Camp staff even sell espresso drinks in the morning, and beer and ice cream in the afternoons to keep your dance energy going.

THE CALLERS

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Luke Donforth
brings a warm and inviting playfulness to the hall with his calling. Contra caller and choreographer, based in Burlington, VT, he calls new and traditional contras at weekly dances, festivals, barn dances, weddings, and parties. Luke has shared the joy of dancing far and wide — in over a third of the US and a fifth of Canadian provinces.

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Cis Hinkle
 has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark.  When not on the road, Cis teaches t’ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.

THE BANDS

The Syncopaths
syncopaths_porch_stepsFrom dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. At the heart of the band’s sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson’s dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the amazing picking of mandolinist Ashley Broder. Jeff Spero provides inventive piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch’s bodhrán. Christa also lends her singular voice — warm, supple, expressive, and intimate — to the band’s songs. Together, they create a “chamber folk” sound, characterized by the compelling, rhythmic interplay of fiddle and mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

free-raisins-under-tree-1000The Free Raisins
An energetic dance band from Boston, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. The band features Audrey Knuth on a driving and lyrical fiddle, Amy Englesberg on creative piano, and Jeff Kaufman on foot-stompin’ mandolin and dance-movin’ trumpet. They promise a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes, guaranteed to get your feet moving. Come out and get your two scoops worth!

 

Sound by Victor Garza.

THE PROGRAM — Registration starts on Friday at 5 pm, a potluck dinner is at 6 pm, and the dancing starts at 8 pm. The weekend includes dances, dance and music workshops, and concerts by the bands. Camp ends at 3:30 pm on Sunday. Five meals are included. There are no beginner’s lessons at camp.

LODGING – Lodging is in small rustic cabins, with bathrooms in separate buildings nearby. Couples get their own cabin; singles get a cabin with one to three other people of the same gender. The cabins are unheated and nights can be near freezing. BRING WARM BEDDING. Space heaters and heating pads are not allowed because of old electric wiring. You are allowed to sleep in your vehicle (van or car); no large RVs or trailers are allowed due to access issues in case of fire. No tent camping is allowed because of bears.  For those who prefer other housing, please make your own reservations offsite. We are unable to reduce the camp fee if you stay offsite.

Spring Dance Weekend – May 6 & 7

Get ready for fantastic English country dancing, May 6th and 7th, at our Spring Dance Weekend! Don’t miss the April 13th deadline for an Early Bird discount and T-shirt orders. All the details can be found on the registration form or the event page. (Read to the end for a bonus invitation to do more English country dancing in March!)

Nikki Herbst will lead Nikki HerbstSaturday afternoon workshops on Teamwork and the Pat Shaw Centenary Celebration, and will call the Saturday evening dance party, all at the Polish-American Hall in Roseville. A longtime dance gypsy, she travels frequently from her home in Iowa City, Iowa, to lead English country dancing and contra dancing at festivals and camps across the U.S., Canada, and England. Nikki’s high-octane enthusiasm for dance is well known, and she strives to inspire dancers to have the most meaningful dance experience possible.

Charlie Hancock will provide music for the workshops on charliehancock_432Saturday afternoon on piano and accordion. Charlie is equally adept playing for English country, Scottish country, contras, and display dancing. Performed with drive and clarity, his music is infused with jazz, swing, and Irish influences. He is a member of several Bay Area dance bands, including the Raggedy Annes, and has recorded with Sylvia Herold, Holly Tannen, and Cathie Whitesides.

Yvonne Couvillion, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla will team up to provide delightful dance direction as we gather outdoors on Sunday for May at the Garden. Note the new location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Boulevard, just north of downtown Sacramento off Highway 160. The festivities will include brunch and dancing outdoors, under tall trees, with the American River nearby, surrounded by a native plant garden. We will celebrate spring by dancing around a beautifully ribboned and decorated Maypole provided by Joyce and David Uggla. Yvonne, Gary, and Joyce have developed their calling skills at our Roseville dance and at other dance gatherings in the wider Sacramento area.

Quite Carried Away will provide music for your dancing pleasure on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. More of a chamber orchestra than a band, the group has been honing its consensus of pitch and rhythm and drive since 2002. Quite Carried Away 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 our very own Kentish lad Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo.

Also, on Saturday, March 25, SCDS is pleased to support our first ECD outreach event, and all our dancers are invited to participate! Liberty Ranch High School in Galt is holding a Jane Austen Regency Ball, with calling by Lise Dyckman and music by our own Quite Carried Away. Our caller and band would especially appreciate participation by our regular dancers, to facilitate the enjoyment of the high school students who are new to ECD! Click here for the flier that contains details of this special event! We hope you can attend!

March 11 waltz workshop & contra

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Beginning Waltz Workshop: 5:30-7:00 pm, cost $5 per person
Contra Dance: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Dance Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

sept24contraSaturday’s fun will start with Kelsey Hartman teaching a class for dancers who want to learn the basic waltz moves. Come early at 5:30 to learn how to do this fun dance and be able to join in for waltzing at regular contra dances. 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.

Whimsical is an all-female contra dance band, featuring Debra Tayleur on piano, Regan Hemphill and Janette Duncan on fiddle, and Beth Christian (not pictured) on cello. The group loves to combine strong rhythmic drive with lilting melodies, playing 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:
March 11: Playford Ball workshop for experienced English country dancers
March 25: contra dance
April 2: English country dance

English country dancing in March

This month we have our regular English country dance and two special events to anticipate! See below for details.

  • Talent: Alan Winston calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 pm
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
  • $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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Alan Winston has been calling Regency, English, Early American, and Victorian dance since 1985. He’s called for balls, camps, and special events from Southern California to the Bay Area to Oregon, Washington, and Victoria BC. His clear, cheerful, and witty instruction serve dancers well, and it is Alan’s great joy to share the joy of community through country dance.

Give seven musicians and friends some English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away! Our house 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.

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 2:30 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.

The following Saturday, March 11, is just the ticket for those who’d enjoy a faster-paced afternoon of English Country Dancing. We’ll be holding our annual Playford Ball Workshop, with Alisa Dodson calling to music from Rebecca King and Maggie Moore. This is not a dance for beginners! We will NOT be offering an introductory session for first-timers before this dance. Regardless of whether you intend to go to the BACDS Playford Ball, this dance is a wonderful opportunity to learn or review many dances in one afternoon. Note the special time and location – SATURDAY, March 11, from 2-5 pm, at YLI, 1400 – 27th St., in midtown Sacramento – and the special donation, $12 per person.

On Saturday, March 25, SCDS is pleased to support our first ECD outreach event, and all our dancers are invited to participate! Liberty Ranch High School in Galt is holding a Jane Austen Regency Ball, with calling by Lise Dyckman and music by our very own Quite Carried Away. Our caller and band would especially appreciate participation by our regular dancers, to facilitate the enjoyment of the high school students who are new to ECD! Click here for the flier that contains details of this special event! We hope you can attend!