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Fri Mar 15 Contra dance - Charlie Fenton & The Crabapples

Contra dance -- Friday, Mar 15th, 8-11 pm -- beginners' lesson at 7:30 pm

Caller: Charlie Fenton

Band: The Crabapples -
Marta Lynch (fiddle), Teresa Fife (bass), Norm Cotton (piano, fiddle), Bob Silberstein (mandolin, piano, percussion.

Dance Manager/Host: Emily, Karen or Marlene.

Location: Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa

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

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).

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

    Lots of wonderful beginners and three lines of dancers. The Crabapples were awsome.

    March 16, 2013

    • Elaine

      Wendy, I'll let you in on a secret. Stay to the end. Men outnumbered women by the end of the evening.

      March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yea, i figured that..but i actually needed to leave anyway a little early to go back to work for a last minute project.

      March 17, 2013

  • Karen F

    I agree; Charlie and the Crabapples were just awesome. Only down side is it made the evening fly by.

    March 16, 2013

  • Michael M.

    That was the best attended dance we have had in a long time and the first time in a long while that we had Charlie Fenton or The Crabapples grace our dance hall. They were nothing short of fabulous. The energy was simply electric. Thanks to everyone who danced. You all made it a great dancing experience.

    March 16, 2013

  • Larry D.

    I have to agree Elaine, the crabapples were fabulous. They blended in so well with the dances, it was hard to believe they were performing live (and just for us). I still feel like a beginner and appreciate the help and guidance of you old pros. See yu soon, Larry

    March 16, 2013

  • Kris K.

    Sorry, I have to have nerve blocks in my back before I can be active again. Shots this coming Friday so hopefully after that. Cal Freel won't be coming either, he was coming with me but I signed him up on his own page.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my third Contra Dance...great fun and the people couldn't be nicer!

    March 11, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Great lineup!!

    January 21, 2013

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