English Country Dance December 18: Holiday Dance & Tea

Our New Year’s Eve Dance will be December 31, 8:00PM to midnight. Save the date!
Note: post updated with Holiday Dance and Tea information

Caller: Lise Dyckman
Music: Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, December 18, 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)

Join your English Country Dancing friends for the annual Holiday Dance and Tea.

We will have hot teas as before, together with whatever snacks folks wish to bring. Instead of our usual two breaks, we will take one longer break. People can remain inside to socialize with masks on, or can grab a cup of tea and some snacks to take outside (masks optional), where we hope to have chairs. If you would like to bring a snack to share, please bring finger foods–that is, nothing requiring silverware–either individually wrapped, or grab-able with tongs.

Lise Dyckman has been teaching and calling English Country Dance (and Contra Dance) for decades, in Philadelphia, New York City, California’s Bay Area region and beyond, and is known for her clear and concise calling, musicality, humor, interest in dance history and attention to welcoming community.

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. 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/. You may join our email list on groups.io at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS/. Please enter your name when joining.


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.

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

Caller: Lise Dyckman
Music: 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

March 6 English Country Dance

March 6 English Country Dance

  • Talent: Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away (David Wright, Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl and Dick Holdstock)
  • Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00PM, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30PM
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
  • $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Those of us who came to the January 3rd dance had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year with caller Lise Dyckman. Lise returns this Sunday, March 6, to lead us in another smile-filled afternoon of English Country Dancing! Since she is this year’s caller for the BACDS Playford Ball, it’s a good guess that Lise will bring us some of the dances from the Ball program, along with other gems. Our very own “Quite Carried Away” will provide live music for our dancing pleasure.

Lise&QCA

Lise Dyckman and Quite Carried Away

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 2:30 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.

January 3 English Country Dance

Start your year right with the first English Country Dance of the year.

Lise Dyckman calling to the music of Quite Carried Away (David Wright, Susan Jones, Arlene Jamar, Sandy Westfall, Jane Kostka, Martin Lodahl and Dick Holdstock)

  • Date: Sunday, January 3, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00PM, with newcomer’s workshop at 2:30PM
  • Location: Polish American Hall, 327 Main St, Roseville
  • $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Lise Dyckman and Quite Carried Away

Lise Dyckman and Quite Carried Away

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 2:30 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.