January 5th English country dance

Interested in learning how to play music for English country dancing? Save the date for our workshop from 1:30-4:30 pm on January 25th! Preregister by writing SusanJones533@gmail.com to receive the sheet music two weeks in advance.

Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
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)

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The theme for our first English country dance of 2020 is “New Year – New Beginnings.” Caller Alisa Dodson has chosen dances to refresh some of the basic moves and stylistic features of English country dance. This program is particularly welcoming to new dancers, so if your friends have made resolutions to try something new, this is a great time to bring them along!

Quite Carried Away, our house band, 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, call Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org.

Upcoming events:
January 11: contra dance
January 19: English country dance in Sacramento
January 25: English Country Dance Music Workshop
January 25: contra dance with Contra Flourishes workshop beforehand

New Year’s Eve contra dance

Talent: Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calling to the music of The Rosin Doctors
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Special Time: 8:00 pm–midnight, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA
Special Cost: $15 per person (cash or check)

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Join us for our biggest dance of the year, as we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome in 2020! This dance will start at 8 pm and last until midnight, when we’ll share a sparkling cider toast and sing Auld Lang Syne. We ask everyone to bring a dessert or appetizer to share at the break.

Jean Gibson-Gorrindo‘s strong teaching and musical skills, combined with her musical and rhythmic vocal quality, help her deliver dances that are flowing, challenging, and fun.  She has a particular knack for collecting dances with exceptional choreography designed to enhance the connectedness between us all. In her mind, that feeling of connection is what it is all about.

The Rosin Doctors are a prescription for fun! Collectively they have around a hundred years of administering treatments to musical instruments, injecting joy into parties and events. Bringing to the stage a wide variety of musical instruments, the Docs contribute a wide variety of traditional and new music to any happening. The Rosin Doctors are Dan Engle on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and claw hammer banjo; Erik Hoffman on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Jews harp, the Spanish bagpipe (gaita), and percussion; and Topher Gayle on mandolin, mandola, mandinator (an instrument he makes!), guitar, percussion and…More Cowbell. Together they administer doses of music that lift the spirits and get the blood flowing.

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:
January 5: English country dance in Roseville
January 11: contra dance
January 19: English country dance in Sacramento
January 25: English Country Dance Music Workshop
January 25: contra dance with Contra Flourishes workshop beforehand

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

December 1st English country dance

Save the date for our Annual Holiday Tea on December 15th! We will dance our favorite dances from 2019, and the food will be delicious as always.

Talent: Bruce Hamilton calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 1, 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)

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Everyone’s favorite caller, Bruce Hamilton, has created a program of familiar and new dances made all the more pleasurable by the melodious harmonies provided by our house band, Quite Carried Away. Ask about their CD!

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.  Please bring a snack to share at the dance. If you are bringing 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:
December 14: contra dance
December 15: Annual Holiday Tea and English country dance in Sacramento
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance (Note: no contra on December 28th)

November 23rd contra dance

Talent: Mark Goodwin calling to the music of Whimsical
Date: Saturday, November 23, 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. Whimsical is an all female contra dance band, featuring Debra Tayleur on piano, Regan Hemphill on fiddle, Beth Christian on cello, Roxanne Oliva on accordion, and Janette Duncan on fiddle. The group loves to combine strong rhythmic drive with lilting melodies, combining 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 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:
December 1: English country dance in Roseville
December 14: contra dance
December 15: Annual Holiday Tea and English country dance in Sacramento
December 31: New Year’s Eve contra dance (Note: no contra on December 28th)

November 17th English country dance

Save the date for our Annual Holiday Tea on December 15th! We will dance our favorite dances from 2019, and the food will be delicious as always.

Talent: Alisa Dodson calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, November 17, 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)

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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 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:
November 23: contra dance
December 1: English country dance in Roseville
December 14: contra dance
December 15: Annual Holiday Tea and English country dance in Sacramento

November 9th contra dance

Talent: Kelsey Hartman calling to the music of The Swingin’ Chickens
Date: Saturday, November 9, 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)

Hartman_Swingin-Chickens.pngKelsey 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. The Swingin’ Chickens are Topher Gayle, Lee Anne Welch, and Rebecca King. Topher Gayle has always enjoyed the social aspects of making music, so it’s natural that he’s in a bunch of bands with a bunch of different people playing many styles of music. Topher 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! She can be heard locally at Bay Area dances and has toured throughout the United States, in Canada, and in the Caribbean. Rebecca King is a classically trained pianist with strong roots in jazz and folk music.  Her interpretations breathe strong, rhythmical energy and deeply moving grace.

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:
November 17: English country dance in Sacramento
November 23: contra dance
December 1: English country dance in Roseville