Zesty Contra and English Country Dances

We’re hosting two dances on the same weekend: a zesty contra on Saturday, September 30th, and an English country dance on Sunday, October 1st. Details for both dances are below.

The Zesty Contra:

Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of The Swingin’ Chickens
Date: Saturday, September 30, 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: $12 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

30Sept_contraThis is a special zesty contra dance, with no newcomer’s orientation. Dances will be taught quickly, and 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!

Kalia Kliban has been part of the Bay Area dance community since the mid-80s, performing and teaching contra and English country dance, along with many other styles. Her clear and humorous teaching style has gotten feet tapping at camps and gatherings in California and beyond.

The Swingin’ Chickens are Topher Gayle, Lee Anne Welch, and Rebecca King. Topher Gayle has played contra dances for over fifteen years, touring nationally with TheOpporTunists and locally with The Rosin Doctors. Lee Anne Welch is a sought-after contra dance fiddler who has played with several bands, including Luceo, Peak Nouveau, Balance & Swing, and Bandemonium! Rebecca King is a versatile dance pianist, conductor, and composer, whose strong classical training and love of jazz shows in her rhythmic and lyric piano accompaniments.

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 English Country Dance:

  • Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 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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We are so fortunate to have some of the best calling talent in the world near us! Those who attended last month were treated to a fabulous program by Bruce Hamilton. This Sunday, we continue the energy and enthusiasm with yet another of the country’s top callers, Kalia Kliban! Quite Carried Away provides the perfectly matched music, with Kathrine Gardner filling in for David Wright this month.

This dance is the second of our two special “Bring a Friend for Free” dances. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several!) — each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free. All first-timers are still eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session at 2:30, a half hour before the dance. So bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!


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

Upcoming events:
October 14: potluck and contra dance
October 28: family (afternoon) and Halloween (evening) contra dances
November 5: English country dance

September 23rd contra dance

Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of BLAM!
Date: Saturday, September 23, 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: $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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Celia Ramsay has been calling contra dances since 2002, but has been telling people what to do for much, much longer. She chooses dances that fit the people in the room, uses clarity and brevity in teaching, and has a warm personality that makes the dancers happy. BLAM! is Bob Silberstein on piano and doumbek, Elizabeth Todd on flutes, whistle, bodhran, and foot percussion, and Marta Lynch on fiddle.

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 15-17: Echo Summit Dance Camp
September 23: contra dance 
September 30: zesty contra dance
October 1: English country dance

September 10th English country dance

  • Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 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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Everyone’s favorite caller, Bruce Hamilton, has created a program of both familiar and new dances made all the more pleasurable by the melodious harmonies provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away. As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary. 

Our September and October English country dances will be special “Bring a Friend for Free” dances. This is a perfect time to bring along one new dancer (or several). Each regular dancer may bring one first-time attendee for free. All first-timers are still eligible to receive a coupon for half off their next dance if they attend our introductory session that begins at 2:30 pm. So bring a snack to share at the dance, and bring a friend for free!

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

Upcoming events:
September 15-17: Echo Summit Dance Camp 
September 23: contra dance 
September 30: zesty contra dance 
October 1: English country dance 

September 9th contra dance

Please note that this month’s English country dance, featuring Bruce Hamilton and Quite Carried Away, will be held on September 10th, not on the usual first Sunday of the month.

Talent: Susan Petrick calling to the music of Three Fifths of Scotch
Date: Saturday, September 9, 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: $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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Susan Petrick has become 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.

Three Fifths of Scotch is Eloise Blanchard (not pictured) on fiddle, Elizabeth Todd on flute and whistle, Debra Tayleur on keyboard, and Del Eckels on percussion.  With their Scottish and New England tunes, these musicians will keep you dancing until you’re dizzy.

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: English country dance (note: 2nd Sunday)
September 15-17: Echo Summit Dance Camp (only a few spaces left)
September 23: contra dance
September 30: zesty contra dance

Community Band Night: August 26th contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of our Community Band
Date: Saturday, August 26, 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: $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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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. Music for this dance will be provided by our Community Band, led by Claudia Kirkpatrick. All musicians are welcome to play! Send an email to Claudia (kirkmusic@hotmail.com) for a PDF file of the music and the time and place of practice.

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 9: contra dance
September 10: English country dance (note: 2nd Sunday)
September 15-17: Echo Summit Dance Camp (only a few spaces left)

August 12th contra dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of The Reno Ceilidh Band
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
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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Talib Huff has been calling contra 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. The Reno Ceilidh Band is Bob Kastelic, Scott Cozen, and Jim Hutchins.

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:
August 26: contra dance Community Band Night
September 9: contra dance
September 10: English country dance (note: 2nd Sunday)

August 6th English country dance

Talent: Bob Fraley calling to the music of Bill and Susan Jensen with Kathrine Gardner
Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Time: 3:00-6:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30 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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Caller Bob Fraley is coming all the way from Oregon to bring us a program that complements the melodious harmonies of our own Quite Carried Away. While our house band is scattered to the four winds, we welcome Palo Alto musicians (and dancers!) Bill and Susan Jensen, together with Kathrine Gardner on fiddle.

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 pm 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:
August 12: contra dance
August 26: contra dance Community Band Night
September 10: English country dance (note: 2nd Sunday)