Contra Dance January 28

Caller: Talib Huff
Music: Whiskey Brothers
Sound: Amanda Schmidt
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023 (fourth Saturday)
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); If cost is the only thing preventing you being being there, please talk to the greeters at the door.

Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities.

From dance halls to a 20+ year regular gig at Berkeley’s famous Albatross Pub, the Whiskey Brothers have a long and storied history of offering up a variety of acoustic music. Up-tempo dance medleys, waltzes, Cajun two-steps, Conjunto polkas, classic country and bluegrass songs and more work their way through the Whiskey Brothers’ performances. The Whiskey Brothers Trio features John MacFarlane (fiddle), Jeff Ward (mandolin), and Dave Courchaine (guitar).


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 December 10

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

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Jeff Spero and M’Gilvry Allen
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 (first Saturday)
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)

Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. Jeffrey Spero has become one of the premiere dance pianists on the west coast.  Known for his energetic style and creative arrangements, Jeff has brought his talents to dances and festivals throughout the nation. His accompaniments bring a fresh perspective to traditional forms. He is a member of The Syncopaths. M’Gilvry Allen grew up under a rock in Sebastopol, California, playing traditional Scottish and Irish fiddle music with his family. Now he’s a professional music maker in Oakland, using those same folk instruments plus some fancy electronic tools to make music that feels like breathing underwater.


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 8 and English Country Dance Oct 9

We’re hosting two dances on the second weekend in October: a contra dance on Saturday, October 8th and an English country dance on Sunday, October 9th. Details for both dances are below.

Contra Dance
Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Star Thistle
Date: Saturday, October 8, 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)

Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools, weddings, festivals and dance communities. Star Thistle plays contra dances featuring Celtic, old-time, and other music. The band is Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Cheryl McKinney (keyboard).

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: Bruce Herbold calling to the music of Quite Carried Away
Date: Sunday, October 9, 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)

Bruce Herbold started dancing Scottish country dance in 1977 in Berkeley and got seriously into English country dance in the 90s. He teaches two SCD classes each week and calls ECD all around the Bay Area.  His overarching goals as a caller and a teacher are to make the dancing sociable and fun. He believes that every good dance tells a story. 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.

May 28th Contra Dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Persons in Black
Date: Saturday, May 28, 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)

Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. Persons in Black is Sue Jones on concertina and recorders, David Wright on fiddle and mandolin, Clark Smith on guitar, and Del Eckels on percussion.

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) or cloth masks unless they are worn on top of a surgical mask. 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. We will collect information for contact tracing, so please let us know if you become ill after the dance. 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.

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.

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

July 14th contra dance

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Thomas Angell, Dane Miller, and Lauren Leverone
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018
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)

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Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities.

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

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.

For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Upcoming events:
July 28: contra dance
August 5: English country dance
August 11: contra dance

April 8th Contra Dance

Note that the new donation goes into effect with this dance. Adults will now pay $12.

Talent: Talib Huff calling to the music of Conundrum
Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 8:00–11:00 pm, with newcomer’s orientation at 7:30 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)

Talib Huff has been calling contra dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has led dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. Conundrum is Debra Tayleur on piano, David Wright on fiddle and mandolin, Barry Angell on guitar, and Dell Eckels on percussion.

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

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.

For more information, and lost and found, contact Laura Leonelli, 916-549-7093, or email info@sactocds.org

Upcoming events:
April 22: potluck and Anniversary Dance (contra & English country dancing – & cake!)
April 29: zesty contra dance – for experienced dancers
May 6-7: Spring Dance Weekend

 

January 9 Contra Dance (Second Saturday)

  • Talib Huff calling to the music of Whimsical (Debra Tayleur, Regan Hemphill, Janette Duncan, Beth Christian)
  • January 9, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Location: Coloma Community Center, 4623 T St, Sacramento, CA 95819
  • $10 for adults; $8 for college students with ID; $5 for dancers under 18; $25 maximum for families

Talib Huff has been calling dances for over 20 years. He currently calls primarily in the Sacramento region and has lead dances for local groups, schools wedding, festivals and dance communities. Whimsical hails from Sonoma County, a group of musicians and music teachers.

Talib Huff and Whimsical

Talib Huff and Whimsical (Debra Tayleur, Regan Hemphill, Janette Duncan, not shown, Beth Christian)

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.

For more contra dance information, and contra 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/.