Sun Mar 3 Petaluma Contra Dance - Alan Winston & Uncle Farmer

Contra dance -- Sunday Mar 3rd – 6:30-9:30 pm -- Beginner's Lesson at 6:00

Caller: Alan Winston

Band: "Uncle Farmer" - Ben Schreiber - fiddle, Mike Sokolovsky - guitar

Location: Petaluma Woman’s Club, 518 B Street, Petaluma

Door: $12 adults, $10 members, $7 adults under 25/FT students with ID/financial hardship, $2 ages 6–17, under 6 free.

Dance Manager/Host: Tom Schwartz

Info: www.nbcds.org

Contra dancing focuses on pattern, flow and rhythm. It's energetic, so wear loose, comfortable clothes and low, smooth-soled shoes that will stay on your feet (not sandals or running shoes).

If you haven't done much contra dancing, come a half hour before the dance begins for an easy lesson to learn the basic moves. Before each dance, the caller teaches the dance and continues to prompt dancers as needed once the band starts. Because the pattern of moves is repeated often, you learn quickly. Very little footwork is required — just a smooth walking step.


About Our Dances: Contra and English Country Dance (ECD) are fun, easy to learn, and accompanied by live music. Before each dance, the caller teaches the dance and continues to prompt dancers as needed once the band starts. Because the pattern of moves is repeated often, you learn quickly. Very little footwork is required — just a smooth walking step. Contra dance music features fantastic fiddle tunes, driving Celtic rhythms, Cajun, old-timey and sometimes dashes of Eastern-European and swing. English Country dance music features lively jigs and reels, lyrical triple-time melodies and waltzes.

BEGINNERS are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson a half hour before the dance begins to learn the basic moves. Wear low, smooth-soled shoes, and loose, comfortable clothes. You can come alone or with a partner — our dances are friendly and inclusive, and you’ll probably end up dancing with most of the people in the hall. Remember: “if you can walk you can do this form of dance.”

NOTE: Please help NBCDS conserve resources by bringing your own water bottles/mugs to dances. Scent-free dancing is greatly appreciated as many have severe allergies. Parents, all non–dancing children must be supervised.

Dances are sponsored by the North Bay Country Dance Society, a non-profit organization that promotes and produces American and English Country Dance folk and ritual dancing, music and song in the Wine Country north of San Francisco (Sonoma & Marin counties) since 1992. www.nbcds.org

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  • Elaine

    There were fantastic newcomers at this dance.

    March 7, 2013

  • Michele L.

    Hi, Is it ok to come just to watch and enjoy?

    February 26, 2013

    • Moira H.

      Think so. Just ask whoever is working the desk when you get there.

      February 27, 2013

    • wendy

      But, it's hard to sit and not dance!

      February 27, 2013

  • Elaine

    Uncle Farmer is getting some much deserved national attention. They are one of five bands performing at the Catapult Dance Weekend over Memorial Day in Atlanta Georgia.

    February 15, 2013

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