English XTRA: Playford Ball Workshop

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Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Rebecca King and Jon Berger
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 2:00–5:00 pm
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
Cost: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID (cash or check)

Newitt_King_BergerSpecial 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 David Newitt, the Dancing Master for the upcoming Bay Area Country Dance Society Playford Ball, will review most of the dances in the 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 March 15th).  Whether or not you intend to go to the Playford Ball, this dance is a wonderful opportunity to learn or review many dances in one afternoon.

Special Music:  We are honored to host Rebecca King and Jon Berger, two of the most prominent English country dance musicians in the country, for this special dance. 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.

Special Price:  Admission to this workshop is $12 for adults.

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!

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

Upcoming events:
March 14: contra dance
March 15: English country dance
March 28: contra dance

 

February 29th zesty contra, March 1st English country dance, and February 29th Jane Austen Ball

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, February 29th and an English country dance on Sunday, March 1st. Plus, our annual English outreach event, the Jane Austen Ball at Liberty Ranch High, will also be held on the evening of Saturday the 29th. Details for all three dances are below.

Our Zesty Contra:
Please note the special time and location for this dance. In this special zesty contra, dances will be taught quickly. 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: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 6:30–9:30 pm. No newcomer’s orientation.
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
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. Hailing from Monterey, 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.

 

Special English country dance event on February 29th:
Please join us as we introduce Galt High School students to English country dancing! The 4th Jane Austen Ball will be held on February 29th 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 in our big outreach effort! Tickets can be purchased at the event or online.

 

Our English Country Dance:
Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020
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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Having taught and called English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, Lise Dyckman 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 on concertina, 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! Potluck snacks are available at the break, and we encourage you to bring something to share.


For more information on any of our dances, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org
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Upcoming events:
March 8: Playford Ball Workshop
March 14: contra dance
March 15: English country dance

February 2nd Winters contra and English country dances

We’re hosting two dances at the same time on the afternoon of Sunday, February 2nd: a special contra dance in Winters and an English country dance in Roseville. Details for both dances are below.

For those who would like to attend, the memorial service for Sandy Westfall will be held on February 8th at 2 pm at the Unitarian Church in Davis.

English country dance:

Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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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The English Dance Committee has brainstormed ideas to pursue in 2020, which will be posted on the flier table at the February dances. All dancers are invited to join this committee! Please see Chris Ratekin if you’d like more information or want to get involved.

Alisa Dodson has been English country dancing since 1980 and calling since 1990. She was involved in BACDS dance in the Bay Area for many years before moving away, and she now lives in the old gold mining town of Murphys.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away, our house band: Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Susan Jones on concertina, 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!

 

Winters contra dance

Talent: Erik Hoffman calling to the music of Ruby Mountain String Band
Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020
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

Hoffman_RubyMountainStringBandLocal favorite Erik Hoffman brings clear teaching and calling, and a sense of humor. Ruby Mountain String Band is Darin Smith on fiddle, Cliff Landis on banjo and guitar, and Bob Daley on mandolin. Hailing from Mendocino County, they have been playing dances together for more than 10 years and have a rich heritage with all kinds of old-time American music. Darin is a winner of fiddle contests throughout California.  They love to make great fiddle tunes come alive, and lay down a groove to propel dancers.

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

Upcoming events:
February 8: contra dance
February 16: English country dance in Sacramento
February 22: contra dance
February 29: zesty contra dance

January 25th English Country Dance Music Workshop, Contra Flourishes Workshop, and Contra Dance

Wow, have we got a lot going on this Saturday! We’re hosting contra and English country dance workshops generously funded by our Big Day of Giving donors, along with our regular fourth-Saturday contra dance with Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle. Details for all the events are below.

English Country Dance Music Workshop:

Talent: David Wright, Clark Smith, Jane Kosta, Martin Lodahl, and Susan Jones
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 1:30–4:30 pm
Location: Sacramento Friends Meetinghous, 890-57th Street, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $5 per person (cash or check)

Want to learn to play music for English country dancing? Here’s your chance! Taught by members of Quite Carried Away, this workshop will prepare you to join in and play at dances.

Any instrument is welcome. Musicians should have some ease at playing waltzes and faster pieces on their instrument, either by ear or by using sheet music. All tunes used in the workshop will be from Barnes Volume III (‘Green Barnes’). Copies of Green Barnes will be available for sale at the workshop for $25.

Please register in advance to attend the workshop and tell us what instrument(s) you plan to play. Registrants will receive sheet music by email. To register, send an email to SusanJones533@gmail.com. Questions? Call David or Sue at 916-739-8906.

 

Contra Flourishes Workshop:

Talent: Susan Petrick
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 5:00–6:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Cost: $5 per person (cash or check)

This workshop is aimed at people who already know the basic contra moves and want to add more style and fun to their dancing! Caller Susan Petrick will show you how to spice up your dancing smoothly and safely, while taking good care of your partner. Then you can practice your new skills at our regular Saturday night contra dance.

 

Contra Dance:

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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)

Petrick_Star_ThistleSusan Petrick is 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. 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 6:30 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 2: Winters contra dance
February 2: English country dance in Roseville
February 8: contra dance
February 16: English country dance in Sacramento

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calling to the music of The Rosin Doctors
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Special Time: 8:00 pm–midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Special Cost: $15 per person (cash or check)

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Join us for our biggest dance of the year, as we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020! This dance will start at 8 pm and last until midnight, when we’ll share a sparkling cider toast and sing Auld Lang Syne. We ask everyone to bring a dessert or appetizer to share at the break.

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 Rosin Doctors are a prescription for fun! Collectively they have around a hundred years of administering treatments to musical instruments, injecting joy into parties and events. Bringing to the stage a wide variety of musical instruments, the Docs contribute a wide variety of traditional and new music to any happening. The Rosin Doctors are Dan Engle on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and claw hammer banjo; Erik Hoffman on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Jews harp, the Spanish bagpipe (gaita), and percussion; and Topher Gayle on mandolin, mandola, mandinator (an instrument he makes!), guitar, percussion and…More Cowbell. Together they administer doses of music that lift the spirits and get the blood flowing.

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 5: English country dance in Roseville
January 11: contra dance
January 19: English country dance in Sacramento
January 25: English Country Dance Music Workshop
January 25: contra dance with Contra Flourishes workshop beforehand

December 15th Holiday Tea with English country dance & December 14th contra dance

On the second weekend of December, SCDS will be hosting two dances, with a special holiday celebration at our English country dance! The details for both dances are below. Don’t forget to save the date for our New Year’s Eve contra celebration too!

Contra Dance:

Talent: Dane Wallinga calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 7:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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)

Wallinga_Star_Thistle.pngDane Wallinga has quickly become a Bay Area go-to caller, giving dancers a thoughtful program of interesting, fun dances, called with a relaxed style. 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 6:30 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.

 

Annual Holiday Tea and English Country Dance:

Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019
Time: 2:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

Dyckman_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. This afternoon is sure to be a delectable mix of new and familiar dances, as well as edible delights! Note that the dance will end at 6 pm to allow for extra social time.

Lise Dyckman was the first caller when we began dancing at Camp Pollock last October, so come out and show her what a successful dance she initiated! Having taught and called English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, 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 on concertina, 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 and lost and found for either dance, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance (Note: no contra on December 28th)
January 5: English country dance
January 11: contra dance

October 12th potluck and special contra dance

Don’t miss the amazing talent at this Saturday’s contra dance! We’ll host two special guests — pianist Jeff Spero of The Syncopaths and fiddler Rodney Miller of The Stringrays — courtesy of the members of our dance community who contributed to SCDS on the Big Day of Giving. And Pam Wade is going to bring chocolate cake for the break!

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Rodney Miller and Jeff Spero
Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 7:00–10:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 6:30 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)

Petrick_Miller_Spero.pngWe’ll kick off the night’s festivities with a community potluck, starting at 5:30 pm in the Nevada City Room at 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. We will provide plates, napkins, and utensils.

Susan Petrick is 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.

Jeff Spero is one of the premiere dance pianists on the west coast. Known for his energetic style and creative arrangements, Jeff has brought his talents to dances and festivals throughout the nation. His accompaniments bring a fresh perspective to traditional forms. Through performances with The Syncopaths and The Rhythm Raptors, along with renowned fiddlers Richard Greene (Bluegrass), Kathleen Keane (Irish), Laura Risk (Scottish), and Tom Sauber (old-time), Jeff’s reputation as a highly sought after pianist has been well established.

Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts and is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England-style fiddling, a unique American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. He has toured the US, British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He founded the influential contra dance band Airdance and is presently enlivening the contra dance scene with The Stringrays, The Rhythm Raptors, and the Blue Ribbon Dance Band.

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 6:30 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 20: English country dance in Sacramento
October 26: contra dance
November 3: English country dance in Roseville