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!

February 11th family dance & contra

We’ll start early this Saturday with our family contra dance, designed for all ages, children through grandparents, from 2:00-3:30 pm. Beginners and children are especially encouraged to attend. This dance will feature easy, friendly contras called by Talib Huff to live 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 evening dance (separate donation) for all to enjoy.

Evening Dance:
Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, February 11, 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: $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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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. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band (left to right, as pictured) 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 25: contra dance
March 5: English country dance
March 11: beginning waltz workshop and contra dance

January 28th potluck and contra dance

Talent: Yoyo Zhou calling to the music of Deniz Akin and Obin Sturm
Date: Saturday, January 28, 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: $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’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.

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.

Obin Sturm has been playing fiddle instead of doing his homework for 15 years.  He has participated in groups such as Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles and Southwest Fiddlers of Sunset Park, but is mostly known for serenading Downtown Davis twelve months a year. Deniz Akin is involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing.  Also a banjoist, Deniz has been a part of the bluegrass and old-time scene for years.  If she’s not on stage, you can usually find her on the dance floor, doing anything from ceili to contra to social dance (especially swing!), or attempting to learn ragtime piano.  As a guitarist for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and danceable rhythms.

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 5: English country dance, Roseville
February 11: special family dance and contra dance
February 25: contra dance

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calling to the music of Swing Farm
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2016
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 (cash or check)

newyearseve_contraJoin us as we say goodbye to 2016! At our New Year’s Eve contra dance, Jean Gibson-Gorrindo will be calling to the music of Swing Farm. Please bring your favorite dessert to share. We will pass out non-alcoholic sparkling cider for a toast at midnight.

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!

Swing Farm is Ray Bierl (fiddle), Charlie Hancock (piano), and Markie Sanders (bass). The band combines traditional and jazz stylings to weave an evening of fluid beauty and foot-stomping excitement. Ray is an accomplished and engaging fiddle player, drawing on traditions from throughout North America and the British Isles. As a contra dance musician, he has been in demand in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond for his inventive and playful approach to traditional and contemporary dance music. Charlie plays piano and accordion for contra, swing, and English and Scottish country dancing. From jazz to swing to Irish music, he plays with brilliance, drive, and clarity. Markie is a prominent and respected bassist, who has performed with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Claire Lynch, Mason Williams, Laurie Lewis, and many others, including appearances on Good Morning America and the Grand Ole Opry.

December 4th Annual Holiday Tea & English Country Dance

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
  • Time: 3:00-7:00 pm [note extended time], 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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Come share the joy as we gather for the highlight of our English dancing season, the Annual Holiday Tea and Dance! Dress up, and bring a special edible to share. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated, including scones, teacakes, cookies, savories, and more, but finger foods of any kind will be welcomed. A variety of teas and additional light fare will be served during the extended break. Please note that this special event runs one hour longer than usual, to allow for tea and treats, as well as other surprises to delight and charm our dancers this holiday season.

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:
December 10: contra dance
December 31: special New Year’s Eve contra dance
January 8: English country dance (note that it’s on the 2nd Sunday)