English Country Dance November 20

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!

Caller: Gary Sandler
Music: Quite Carried Away & Friends
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022 (third Sunday Sacramento)
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Young Ladies Institute (YLI), 1400 27th 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)

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.

The music will be provided by Quite Carried Away & Friends: Dick Holdstock on octave mandolin and banjo, Arlene Jamar on piano, Jane Kostka on whistle, and Martin Lodahl on viola da gamba, with guests Janet Kurnick on violin and Marilyn Cooper on keyboard.

Dance Program:

Astonished Archeologist AstonishedArchaeologist -BH 
Candles in the Dark Candles in the Dark 
Chocolate for Breakfast Chocolate for Breakfast – sos 
Cockleshells Cockleshells 
Jacob Hall’s Jig (II) Jacob Hall’s Jig 
Mad Robin Mad Robin -view from bottom of set 
Mile of Smiles Mile of Smiles 
Mr Cosgill’s Delight Mr. Cosgill’s Delight -diagrams 
Pleasures of the Town  Pleasures of the Town 
Shrewsbury Lasses, The Shrewsbury Lasses 
Sunlight through Draperies Sunlight through Draperies 
Yellow Stockings Yellow_Stockings 

Extras
Mr Isaac’s Maggot Mr Isaac’s Maggot 
Lilli Burlero Lilli Burlero

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. Our schedule of future dances is always available at https://sactocds.wordpress.com/calendar/.


COVID Safety Information

We are no longer offering a rapid self-test option, and now require complete vaccination. We did offer a self-test option for a while, but it was never used, and on the request of a number of callers and dancers, we are returning to full vaccination policy.

The SCDS Covid safety policy requires full vaccination, including boosters. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building. We recommend N95, KN95, or KF94 masks and do not allow masks with exhaust valves (because they don’t protect others), cloth masks, or surgical masks. Please bring your own water and snacks, and plan to step outside to eat or drink. Windows and doors will be open to ensure good ventilation, so please dress accordingly. Most importantly, if you’re not feeling well, stay home and join us next time.

If you haven’t been to a dance yet, please email a photo of your vaccination card to Laura Leonelli at lauraleo524@gmail.com before the dance. Please also print a copy of our waiver form, sign it, and bring your paper copy to the dance. You only need to do this once; we will record that you have provided this information, so that it will be valid for future dances.

Contra Dance Oct 22 and English Country Dance Oct 23

We’re hosting two dances this weekend: a contra dance on Saturday, October 22nd and an English country dance on Sunday, October 23rd. Details for both dances are below.

Contra Dance
Talent: Mike Fynan calling to the music of Magic Reelism
Date: Saturday, October 22, 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)

Hailing from Santa Rosa, Mike Fynan is a flashy and innovative caller. Magic Reelism plays old-time and Celtic dance music, with David Wright on fiddle and mandolins, Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, Chetani Cheryl McKinney on piano, and Del Eckels on percussion.

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: Gary Sandler calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm, with newcomer’s workshop at 1:30 pm
Location: Young Ladies Institute, 1400 27th St., Sacramento
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families (cash or check)

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. 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.

September 11 English Country Dance

Talent: Yvonne Couvillion and Gary Sandler calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
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)

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. 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

Anniversary dance, April 28th

Note special time and location. To celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Sacramento Country Dance Society, we are hosting an English country dance in the afternoon (2-5 pm), followed by a potluck dinner with Board election, and then a contra dance in the evening (7-10 pm). Please join us at Camp Pollock for this special event!

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 2:00–10:00 pm, see below for complete schedule
Location: Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento
Cost: For adults, $10 for the English dance, $12 for the contra dance, or $15 for both; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18 (cash or check)

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Schedule (see below for details):
1:30 pm – English newcomer’s orientation
2:00 – 5:00 pm – English country dance
4:30 – 5:00 Maypole dance — all invited!
5:00 – 5:30 garden tour
5:30 – 6:30 potluck dinner
6:00 Board election
6:30 contra dance beginner session
7:00 – 10:00 contra dance
At the English dance, Yvonne Couvillon, Gary Sandler, and Joyce Uggla will call to the music of our house band, Quite Carried Away. Yvonne Couvillion has been dancing since age 9 and began calling over 30 years ago. Gary Sandler came to folk dancing through his son’s involvement and discovered a great love of English country dance. Joyce Uggla was one of the founders of the Bay Area Country Dance Society and has been on the Playford Ball Committee for years. This dance will replace the English country dance normally held on the first Sunday in May.
More of a chamber orchestra than a band, Quite Carried Away has been honing its consensus of pitch, rhythm, and drive since 2002. The group is David Wright on violin and mandolin, Arlene Jamar on piano, Martin Lodahl on viola de gamba and recorder, Sandra Westfall on concertina, Susan Jones on concertina and recorder, Jane Kostka on penny whistles, and Dick Holdstock on cittern, mandolin, and banjo.
For the potluck between the two dances, please bring a dish to share with serving utensils. We will provide plates, napkins, and utensils. Bring your own beverage.
At the contra dance, Susan Petrick will call to the music of StringFire (Patti Cobb & Eric Ievins with Caroline McCaskey). 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.
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.

No partners are needed, so come by yourself or with friends or with family. 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:
Note: no English country dance in May
May 12: contra dance
May 26: contra dance
June 3: 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.