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

August 5th English country dance & picnic

  • Talent: David Newitt calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
  • Date: Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • 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 Picnic: It’s time for our annual potluck picnic! Paul and Patty Larsen have once again invited us to their lovely home for a picnic immediately following this Sunday’s dance. Directions will be available at the dance. The Larsens will provide hamburgers and veggie burgers, and SCDS will provide the condiments, plates, and utensils. Please bring a side dish (appetizer, salad, fruit, dessert) of your choice, plus whatever you want to drink. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel, so you can enjoy their pool!

The Dance: David Newitt came to Berkeley in 1982 to work on a Ph.D. in physics and to do country and display dancing. He teaches and plays music for regular Scottish and English dances and calls contras and the occasional square dance by night, while doing research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at UCSF by day. David is one of the most accomplished country dance teachers in the Bay Area, known particularly for his mastery of dance geography and his ability to make complicated dances seem simple.

Give them English country dance music to play, and they’re Quite Carried Away. The 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. Their new CD will be available for purchase!

We often feature one dance each afternoon with little or no teaching or calling, “for those who know.” Since “The Fandango” was taught at the June dance, we will feature it as this month’s FTWK dance, so that those who learned it will have a chance to practice. In addition, David will teach a previous FTWK dance, Companions, to everyone.

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:
August 11: contra dance
August 25: contra dance
September 8: contra dance
September 9th (second Sunday): English country dance

Spring Dance Weekend

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April 30 and May 1 will see the biggest English Country Dance event of the year. Join us for Spring Dance Weekend! Registration for the weekend is now open. Download the flier at right and get yourself signed up!

The event includes workshops Saturday afternoon, a dance and party on Saturday evening, and May Day in the Park on Sunday afternoon.

National and local talent for the weekend includes Jacqueline Schwab, Michelle Levy, Rebecca King, Quite Carried Away, David Newitt, Yvonne Couvillion, and Gary Sandler.

More detail, including bios and photos, is on the 2016 Spring Dance Weekend page.

June 7 English Country Dance

We can’t get enough of caller David Newitt, so he has graciously agreed to return to Roseville this Sunday, June 7, to lead us in another smile-filled afternoon of English Country Dancing!  In addition to other dances both easy and challenging, David will help us polish some of the dances he taught in April.  Our very own “Quite Carried Away” will provide the live music for our dancing pleasure.

  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00PM, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30PM
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville

If you saw the couple dancing in any of the Jane Austen movies such as “Pride and Prejudice,” you saw English Country Dancing. If you can walk, and know the difference between left and right, you can do these same dances!

As usual, beginners are welcome and no partners are necessary.  If you are bringing, or know of any, first-timers, please ask them to come at 2:30 for the “Introduction to Basics” mini workshop that precedes the dance.  First-timers attending the “Introduction to Basics” workshop receive a coupon for half-off at their next dance! It’s always lovely when people bring a snack to share!

Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for full-time college students; $5 for high school and younger; $25 maximum per family.

More information?

Echo Summit Dance Camp, September 18-20 at Camp Sacramento, is now open for registration at https://sactocds.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/2015-echo-summit-flyer.pdf.