August 27 Contra & August 28 English Country Dance

Sacramento County is out of the red zone, and we’re hosting two dances this weekend: a contra dance on Saturday, August 27th and an English country dance on Sunday, August 28th. Details for both dances are below. Please note that this English country dance will be held at a new location, The Hastings Annex in Old Sacramento.

Contra Dance
Talent: Celia Ramsay calling to the music of Claudia’s Kitchen
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022
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)

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. Claudia’s Kitchen is a local Sacramento group that loves old-time, Celtic, and folk music.

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.

English Country Dance
Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: 1002 2nd 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)

The dance location is just south of the corner of J St. and 2nd St. and adjacent to the Old Sacramento Visitor Center. It’s difficult to find free parking unless you like a long walk! Paid options include multi-level garages, and parking at meters on the street. Another option (cheaper than parking) is to take Light Rail to the AMTRAK station. Also, RT buses 30, 38, and 62 come very close to Old Sacramento.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away, our house band: 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.

As usual, beginners are welcome.  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.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. Both 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

June 13 family dance, potluck, and second Saturday contra dance

This Saturday we have a full evening of dance events. A family dance at 5:30 welcomes children to the dance floor with fun, energetic and simple dances. Everyone is welcome to dance. At 7:00 we’ll sit down for a potluck dinner. Please bring enough food for twice the number of people you bring. We aren’t organizing the potluck, but keep in mind there is only so much chips and salsa you can eat. Bring serving utensils, your own plate and eating utensils if you wish, and labels with contents are always appreciated. At 7:30 those wanting the newcomer’s orientation will head to the dance floor. And at 8:00, our regular contra dance. Talib Huff will call both dances, while Claudia’s Kitchen plays for the family dance and BLAM! for the regular contra dance.

Family Dance

June 13, 2015 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Caller Talib Huff with band Claudia’s Kitchen

Donation: $25 maximum for families, $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for high school students with ID (your donation for the family dance also covers the regular contra dance)

Potluck Dinner

June 13, 2015 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Second Saturday Contra Dance

June 13, 2015 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Headlining are caller Talib Huff and BLAM! (Bob Silberstein, Elizabeth Todd and Marta Lynch).

Donation: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for high school students with ID; $25 maximum for families

A newcomer’s orientation is offered at 7:30PM, 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.

Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819

These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

Talib Huff: http://www.sactocds.org/wp/contra-dance/talent/talib-huff/

Claudia’s Kitchen: https://claudiaskitchenband.shutterfly.com

BLAM!: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BLAM-A-Contra-Dance-Band/407527389395407

More information?

Echo Summit Dance Camp, September 18-20 at Camp Sacramento, is now open for registration at http://www.sactocds.org/wp/special-events/echo-summit-dance-camp-2015/.