Apr 23 Contra & English Country Anniversary Dance

April 23 Anniversary Dance

  • Talent: Kalia Kliban calling to the music of Jacqueline Schwab & Michelle Levy
  • Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • Time: 8:00PM – 11:00PM, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30PM
  • Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Please join us for our 30th anniversary celebration, featuring calling by Kalia Kliban and special guest musicians Michelle Levy from the Bay area and Jacqueline Schwab from Massachusettes. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm before the evening dance. Please bring a food item (not dessert) with serving utensils to share. We will provide plates, napkins, utensils and cake! Bring your own beverage.


The dance this evening will include both contra dance and English Country Dance. Kalia Kliban is at ease calling both contra dance and English Country Dance. Jacqueline Schwab & Michelle Levy are equally at ease, playing with elegance and drive. You can print the SCDS 30th Anniversary Flier for yourself or to share with friends and co-workers.

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. These events are accessible to people with disabilities.

Spring Dance Weekend


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.

New Years Eve Contra Dance

Susan Petrick

Susan Petrick

Sacramento will be dancing the night away on New Years Eve! The SCDS dance will take place from 8:00PM to just after midnight. We will have a potluck snack break (not a potluck dinner, but snacks), and then at midnight, a toast to the new year with apple cider.

Susan Petrick, a Sacramento favorite, will be calling to the music of The Whoots (Jim Oakden, Michelle Levy & Shira Kammen). Though less familiar to us, The Whoots have a strong reputation in the bay area and beyond.

We know you have a lot of options on New Years Eve, so if you can’t join us for the entire four hours, carve out at least two hours and join us for crazy fun dancing. There will be more posts as the evening approaches, with more details, but please put it on your calendar now.