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

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

April 21st English Country Dance

Save the date for our anniversary contra dance on April 27th from 7-10 pm. Before the dance, there will be a potluck dinner starting at 5:30, and we will also have a clothing exchange at the dance. Bring shirts, dresses, and skirts that you no longer want, and trade them for something that’s new to you!

“I dance to move to the rhythm!”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

  • Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019
  • Time: 2:00-5:00 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_QCALise 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. Our house band, Quite Carried Away, 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. 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, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
April 27: potluck & anniversary contra dance, with clothing exchange
May 5: Winters contra dance

May 11: contra dance

April 13th Contra Dance

Please note that the new time, 7-10 pm, starts with this contra dance.

“I love contra dance for the fun endorphins, and aerobic exercise that I want to do. And there’s no angst about having a partner because everyone switches partners with every dance.”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

Registration is now open for Echo Summit Dance Camp on September 13-15, 2019. Come to Camp Sacramento, high in the Sierra, for a weekend of great contra dancing and music with your friends old and new!

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of StringFire
Date: Saturday, April 13, 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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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. StringFire’s infectious spirit of musical fun infiltrates the hearts and feet of musicians and dancers alike. The combination of classical training, tune writing, and superb improvisational skills creates an out-of-the-ordinary groove you won’t want to miss! The band’s dynamic, wide-ranging repertoire is driven by Patti Cobb’s bluesy piano and Erik Ievins’ vibrant bass and sonorous, sparkling cello. The fiery, intricate work of Caroline McCaskey’s fiddle completes StringFire’s signature sound.

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:
April 21: English country dance, Camp Pollock
April 27: potluck & anniversary contra dance
May 5: Winters contra dance

April 7th English Country Dance

Registration is now open for Echo Summit Dance Camp on September 13-15, 2019. Come to Camp Sacramento, high in the Sierra, for a weekend of great contra dancing and music with your friends old and new!

“I dance to twirl my skirt!”
Big Day of Giving, May 2

  • Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, April 7, 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)

Dodson_QCA

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. 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. 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, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
April 13: contra dance – NEW TIME 7 to 10 pm
April 21: English country dance, Camp Pollock
April 27: potluck & anniversary contra dance
May 5: Winters 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)

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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!