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

October 2nd English country dance

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
  • 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)

As a special “Bring a Friend for Free” dance, this is a perfect time to bring along a new dancer (or several!). They will not only get in free, but are also eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session that begins at 2:30, just before the dance. As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.

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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 to the midwest and then east to Massachusetts before moving back to California in 2013.  Alisa 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 English country dance 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.

The Caller Coaching series continues! A short caller coaching session with Alisa Dodson begins immediately after the final waltz. Anyone interested in calling ECD may attend. The caller will share information on one aspect of calling, followed by time for questions.

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

Upcoming events:
October 8: contra dance
October 22: waltz workshop & contra dance
October 29: family dance & contra dance
November 6: English country dance

September 24th contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, September 24, 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)

sept24contraKelsey 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:
October 2: English country dance
October 8: contra dance
October 22: waltz workshop & contra dance

October 29: family dance & contra dance

August 27 Contra Dance

Talent: Lynn Ackerson calling to the music of our Community Band, led by Claudia Kirkpatrick
Date: Saturday, August 27, 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)

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Lynn Ackerson from Oakland, California brings a huge and ever-expanding contra and square 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. On Community Band night, all musicians are welcome to play! Send an email to Claudia Kirkpatrick (kirkmusic@hotmail.com) for a PDF of the music and the time and date of practice. Join the fun!

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 10: contra dance
September 11: English country dance (Note the dance is on the 2nd Sunday this month)
September 16-18: Echo Summit dance camp (still looking for a few good men!)