Petaluma Contra Dance - June 2

Join us for a Contra dance on Sun June 2 in Petaluma!

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm Dance, 6 pm Beginners Lesson

Caller: Celia Ramsay 

Band: Peak Nouveau -- Peter Tommerup (hammered and mountain dulcimer), Sarah Kirton (fiddle), Paul Clarke (banjo and bazouki), Karl Franzen (guitar, accordian)

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

Door: $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and $7 for students, young adults, and those with financial hardship.

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.

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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.”

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.

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.

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  • Craig M.

    It was a great dance. I enjoyed Peak Nouveau a lot...they played a number of tunes I haven't heard before, all very danceable. Just disappointed the dulcimer player wasn't there -- I was looking forward to hearing it as part of the band. I thought the new dancers did really well. First time I can recall a three-generation family attending -- Bill G., his daughter, and granddaughter!

    June 5, 2013

  • Marlene M

    Fabulous dance! Celia calling and Peak Nouveau playing was a great combination. Veteran and new dancers built a great evening.

    June 4, 2013

  • Elaine

    It was fun having visitors from Arizona.

    June 3, 2013

  • Elaine

    Sunday is the 60th Anniversery of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Skip the gala at Buckingham Palace and come to the Petaluma Contra Dance instead. Our gowns may be less costly but we will be having much more fun dancing to Peak Nouveau.

    May 30, 2013

  • Maxine W.

    See you Sunday!

    May 28, 2013

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