Truckee contra dance June 29th

Please join us for a hot time in the cool mountains at this special dance held 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 information about camping.

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Special Time: 7:30–10:30 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:15 pm
Special Location: Community Arts Center, 10046 Church Street, Truckee, CA
(note that the location has moved from the Veterans Building listed on the flier)

Cost: $12 per person (cash or check)

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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. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), Clark Smith (guitar), and Del Eckels (percussion).

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:15 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:
July 7: English country dance
July 13: contra dance
July 21: English country dance

June 22nd contra dance

Save the date for our special Truckee contra dance on June 29th, with Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Star Thistle!

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Kathrine Gardner, Allen Barnes, and Barry Angell
Date: Saturday, June 22, 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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Mark Goodwin began calling contra dance in Chico in 2001 and has called for local regional dances, including Nevada City and Newcastle. His aim is to call programs that bring everyone along for the ride, with dances that are memorable, have intuitive transitions, and weave familiar and interesting elements into a variety of dancer interactions. Kathrine Gardner has been a dedicated dance fiddler since the mid 80’s, and has played in many great Bay Area bands including Contrapositive. Many have fallen in love with her ethereal yet driving fiddle playing. Allen Barnes plays rhythm mandolin in various bands, including Contra positive. Barry Angell was 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 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:
June 29: special Truckee contra dance
July 7: English country dance
July 13: contra dance

May 5th Winters Contra & English Country Dances

“I love to dance because it’s a good way to keep the mind sharp.”
Remember to preschedule your donation for the Big Day of Giving before May 2nd!

On Sunday afternoon, May 5th, we’ll be hosting two dances at the same time: a special contra dance at The Palms Playhouse in Winters and our regular English country dance in Roseville, with traditional spring Maypole dance. Details for both dances are below.

 

The Palms Contra:

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Deniz Akin, Will Wheeler, and Lisa Illés
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
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

 

Hartman_Akin_Wheeler_IllesJoin us for a special Sunday afternoon contra dance at the old opera house in Winters! 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. Deniz Akin is involved in just about all aspects of contra dance—calling, playing, programming, and dancing. Playing guitar, banjo, and piano for several different contra dance bands, she draws from both Irish and American traditions to create driving, dynamic, and danceable rhythms. Will Wheeler, also in the Bay Area band the wiNgNuts, plays powerful, diverse guitar, fiddle, and driving foot percussion. Lisa Illés grew up playing classical music and started playing Irish folk music two years ago. She describes her flutes as extensions of herself and hopes to study folk music in Ireland after she graduates from UC Davis.

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. The bar will be open with refreshments available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

After the dance, go out a beer (or some wine) with old and new friends at Berryessa Brewing Company (27260 Highway 128). A group of us will be meeting there to continue the party, with a food truck available for dinner.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

 

The English Country Dance

Talent: Gary Sandler and Yvonne Couvillion calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
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)

Sandler_Couvillion_QCAThis week’s dance features our home-grown talent calling to the music of our house band, beginning with the traditional spring Maypole dance led by Joyce and Dave Uggla! Gary Sandler believes in helping dancers get more fun out of their dances, whether through safe and comfortable hand-holds or clear direct instructions.  He likes to vary the dance structures, shifting from lines to circles and squares.  Yvonne Couvillion 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 attend, teach and host a variety of dance events, including English country dance. Quite Carried Away, is Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl, and Dick Holdstock. 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 on either dance, and lost and found, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
May 11: contra dance
May 19: English country dance at Camp Pollock
May 25: contra dance

May 13th waltz workshop & contra dance

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Dusty Millers
Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, 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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Before our regular contra dance, from 5:30–7:00 pm, we will offer an intermediate waltz workshop, featuring music from Claudia’s Kitchen. Susan Petrick will teach a class for experienced dancers who already know the basic moves, but who want to become better dancers and improve their technique and style. This class is not intended for beginners. The cost is $5 per person (separate donation from the evening dance). Come learn how to spice up this fun dance with new moves!

Susan Petrick started teaching and calling for contra dances in 2000, and teaching couple dances, including waltz and cross-step waltz, shortly thereafter. She tours throughout the country calling for dance weekends and festivals. A regional treasure with national prominence, she is well-known for her clear teaching, efficient guidance, and expert pacing, making even complex dances accessible to all. Dusty Millers is Chris Miller (mandolin and guitar), Dane Miller (fiddle), and Thomas Angell (fiddle and guitar).

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:
May 27: contra dance
June 4: English country dance, Roseville

February 5th English country dance

  • Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, February 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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Lise Dyckman has been teaching and calling English country dance (and contra dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area, and beyond. She is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community.

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.

Upcoming events:
February 11: special family dance and contra dance
February 25: contra dance
March 5: English country dance

January 8th English country dance

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, January 8, 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 first English country dance in Roseville for 2017 will be on January 8th, which is the second Sunday rather than our usual first. 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.

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.

Upcoming events:
January 14: contra dance
January 28: potluck & contra dance
February 5: English country dance

October 8th contra dance

Talent: Joyce Miller calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
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)

oct8_contraJoyce 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. Magic Reelism plays old-time and Celtic dance music, with David Wright on fiddle and mandolins, Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, Cheryl McKinney on piano, and Del Eckels on percussion.

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 22: beginning waltz workshop & contra dance
October 29: family dance & Halloween contra dance
November 6: English country dance, Roseville