October 14th potluck and contra dance

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Distant Cousins
Date: Saturday, October 14, 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)

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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.

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. Distant Cousins is Lee Anne Welch, Elizabeth Todd, and Cory Welch. Lee Anne is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! Elizabeth Todd plays flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion in bands including Three Fifths of Scotch, Old Town Quartet, and BLAM! Cory Welch (not shown) plays guitar with Old Town Quartet and the Reel Deal.

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 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance
November 11: contra dance

Don’t miss our family dance October 28th

Save the date! On Saturday, October 28th, we’ll hold 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 Kelsey Hartman to 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 regular dance at 8 pm for all to enjoy.

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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. Claudia’s Kitchen is a local Sacramento group that enjoys old-time, Celtic, and folk music.

Upcoming events:
October 14: potluck and contra dance
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance

Zesty Contra and English Country Dances

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, September 30th, and an English country dance on Sunday, October 1st. Details for both dances are below.

The Zesty Contra:

Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of The Swingin’ Chickens
Date: Saturday, September 30, 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)

30Sept_contraThis 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!

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.

The Swingin’ Chickens are Topher Gayle, Lee Anne Welch, and Rebecca King. Topher Gayle has played contra dances for over fifteen years, touring nationally with TheOpporTunists and locally with The Rosin Doctors. Lee Anne Welch is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! Rebecca King is a versatile dance pianist, conductor, and composer, whose strong classical training and love of jazz shows in her rhythmic and lyric piano accompaniments.

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: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 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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We are so fortunate to have some of the best calling talent in the world near us! Those who attended last month were treated to a fabulous program by Bruce Hamilton. This Sunday, we continue the energy and enthusiasm with yet another of the country’s top callers, Kalia Kliban! Quite Carried Away provides the perfectly matched music, with Kathrine Gardner filling in for David Wright this month.

This dance is the second of our two special “Bring a Friend for Free” dances. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) — each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free. All first-timers are still eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session at 2:30, a half hour before the dance. So bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!


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

Upcoming events:
October 14: potluck and contra dance
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance

Community Band Night: August 26th contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of our Community Band
Date: Saturday, August 26, 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)

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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. Music for this dance will be provided by our Community Band, led by Claudia Kirkpatrick. All musicians are welcome to play! Send an email to Claudia (kirkmusic@hotmail.com) for a PDF file of the music and the time and place of practice.

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:
September 9: contra dance
September 10: English country dance (note: 2nd Sunday)
September 15-17: Echo Summit Dance Camp (only a few spaces left)

July 29th Truckee contra dance

Get ready for a hot time in the mountains! Join us on Saturday for a special dance hosted jointly with the contra dance communities in the Foothills and Reno. Some people will be staying in the area and may be hiking on Sunday. Please contact Barbara Gebhart at bgebhart2000@yahoo.com or 916-761-3021 for info about camping.

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Post Industrial String Band from Quincey, CA
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017
Special Time: 7:30–10:30 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:00 pm
Special LocationTruckee Community Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, 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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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. The band is Kenny Davis, Leslie Mink and Ken Cawley.

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.A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:00 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.

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

Upcoming events:
August 6: English country dance
August 12: contra dance
August 26: contra dance Community Band Night

Last call for Echo Summit Dance Camp

Echo Summit Dance Camp will likely fill up this month. Don’t miss out – get your registration in soon! Come to the high Sierra for great contra dancing and music with your friends old and new, on the weekend of September 15-17, 2017, featuring the Syncopaths, The Free Raisins, Cis Hinkle, and Luke Donforth. Send in your registration promptly to join in the fun!

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 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 at 6 pm, and dancing 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.

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July 2nd picnic & English country dance

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, July 2, 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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The Picnic: Yes, it’s time for the annual potluck picnic that follows our Roseville English Country Dance! Paul and Patty Larsen have once again invited us to their lovely home for a potluck picnic immediately following this Sunday’s dance! The Larsens will provide hamburgers and veggie burgers, and SCDS will provide the condiments and plates/utensils. Please bring any kind of side dish (appetizer, salad, fruit, dessert, etc.) of your choice, plus whatever you want to drink. And don’t forget your swim suit and towel so you can enjoy their pool!

The Dance: 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 particularly for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Give them English Country Dance music to play, and they’re 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.

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.

Upcoming events:
July 8: contra dance
July 22: contra dance
July 29: special Truckee contra dance
August 6: English country dance