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Sat 5/25 Contra Dance

Sebastopol Contra Dance -- Saturday May 25, 8-11 pm-- Beginners' lesson at 7:30 pm

  • Caller: Robin Steen
  • Band: Whimsical -- Janette Duncan (fiddle), Regan Hemphill (fiddle), Roxanne Oliva (accordion, flute)
  • Location: Wischemann Hall, 465 Morris St, Sebastopol

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.

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.”

About Our Dances: Contra dances 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.

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


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.

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  • Elaine

    The band was great. We had the cutest little boy learn to dance. What fun!

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, bad foot pain. Can't dance. Next time?

    May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am a maybe at this point. I loved the last gathering at Monroe!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad I can come this time. It will be my second contra dance ever.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Maybe bring one guest, not sure yet?

    1 · May 3, 2013

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