5/11 Contra dance (UU Church, San Rafael)

San Rafael Contra Dance – at the Unitarian Church

  • Sat, May 11th, 8-11 pm -- Beginners’ lesson at 7:30 pm
  • Callers: Susan Petrick & Yoyo Zhou
  • Band:Uncle Farmer -- Ben Shreiber - fiddle, Mike Sokolovsky - guitar
  • Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael

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). Beginners are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson a half hour before the dance begins to learn the basic moves. 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.”

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

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.

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.

This dance is 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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  • Craig M.

    Yoyo Zhou is a new dance caller -- I think this was his first North Bay contra dance he called (along with Susan Petrick). He did a great job -- engaging dances and good instruction/calling. And did you notice he wrote one of the dances he called! I'm excited that Yoyo is joining the ranks of new Bay Area callers! Yoyo will be calling the August 4 Petaluma contra dance.

    May 13, 2013

  • annwbrown

    Let's Celebrate the Merrie Month of May! All spring time goodies are most welcome for the snack break. See you there!

    May 11, 2013

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