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

April 27th Potluck & Anniversary Contra Dance

“I love contra dance because I love the fun, company, music, and the dancer’s high.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

Please join us for our 33nd anniversary celebration at the new time of 7-10 pm. Cake will be served at the break to celebrate our anniversary, and we will elect our new Board. We will also be hosting a clothing swap at the dance. Bring the shirts, skirts, and dresses that you don’t wear any longer, and trade them for something that’s new to you!

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Debra Tayleur, Jon Berger, and Roxanne Oliva
Date: Saturday, April 27, 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)

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We’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.

Debra Tayleur plays piano for several bands, including Whimsical and The Honeysuckle Sisters. Fiddler Jon Berger, of The String Rays and Persons of Quality, has played for English country and contra dances in the San Francisco Bay Area since the early 1980s. Roxanne Oliva plays accordion, harp, and flute in multiple bands, including Whimsical.

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:
May 5: Winters contra dance
May 5: English country dance in Roseville
May 11: contra dance

March 30th Zesty Contra Dance

“I love contra dance because I love the music and dancing, and it is my community.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

The votes are in! Starting in April, our contra dances will be held an hour earlier, from 7-10 pm, with a beginners’ lesson at 6:30. Please note that this dance will be held at the current time of 8-11 pm.

At this special zesty contra, dances will be taught quickly. There will be no newcomer’s orientation before the dance. Dancers should be familiar with moves like hey for four, Petronella turns, and contra corners. This is an evening for experienced dancers who want to dance with enthusiasm!

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of The Crabapples
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8:00–11:00 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_Crabapples

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. 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!”

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:
April 7: English country dance
April 13: contra dance – NEW TIME 7 to 10 pm
April 21: English country dance

March 23rd Contra Dance & March 24th Playford Ball Workshop

“I love contra dancing because I love the fun, company, music, and the dancer’s high.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

This weekend we’ll be hosting two dances: a contra dance on Saturday night and The Playford Ball Workshop for English country dancers on Sunday afternoon. Details for both dances are below.

The votes are in! Starting in April, our contra dances will be held an hour earlier, from 7-10 pm, with a beginners’ lesson at 6:30. Please note that the last two dances in March will be held at the current time of 8-11 pm.

The Contra Dance:

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, March 23, 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)

Hartman_Magic_Reelism

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. Magic Reelism plays old-time and Celtic dance music, with David Wright on fiddle and mandolins, Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, and Cheryl McKinney on piano.

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.

The Playford Ball Workshop:

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Rebecca King and Maggie Moore
  • Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • 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)

Special 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 Bruce Hamilton will review most of the dances in the program for the upcoming BACDS Playford Ball.  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 April 7th).  Whether or not you intend to go to the Playford Ball, this Sunday’s dance is a wonderful opportunity to learn or review many dances in one afternoon.

Special Music:  We are honored to have Rebecca King on piano and Maggie Moore on violin for this special dance.

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

Upcoming events:
March 30: zesty contra dance
April 7: English country dance
April 13: contra dance – NEW TIME from 7-10 pm!

March 9th – Special Birthday Contra Dance and Jane Austen Ball

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, who also play together in The Rhythm Raptors, courtesy of three members of our dance community who have special birthdays this month. Cake will be served at the break to celebrate. Big thanks to John Seto, Karen Leyse, and Russell Lo Bue for sponsoring this special event!

On the same evening, Sacramento Country Dance Society also will be cosponsoring an English country dancing special event: the Jane Austen Regency Ball, benefitting the Liberty Ranch High School Creative Writing and AP British Literature classes. That dance will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, March 9th, at the school (12945 Marengo Rd. in Galt), with Lise Dyckman calling to the music of our house band, Quite Carried Away. Historical dress is admired but not required, and experienced dancers are encouraged to attend. Tickets are $5 for children and high-school students with ID and $10 for everyone else.

Birthday Contra Dance:

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Rodney Miller, Barry Angell, and Jeff Spero
Date: Saturday, March 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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We’ve enticed local favorite Joyce Miller out of retirement to call this special dance! Joyce 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.

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.

Barry Angell was a long-time fixture at our contra dances as a member of Hot Cider, the Foothills Contra house band, playing traditional Celtic, Canadian, Appalachian, and western swing tunes. Always looking for a smile, he takes more musical chances than might be prudent, so keep an ear out for his manic mandolin.

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 17: English country dance at Camp Pollock
March 23: contra dance
March 24: Playford ball workshop
March 30: zesty contra dance

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)

Ackerson_StarThistle

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