Santa Rosa Contra Dance

The fair is over, the big bands have gone home.  Time to celebrate  friends at  a good old fashioned community Santa Rosa Contra Dance in our beloved Monroe Hall.  Our band will be the talented bay area musicians John Douglas(saxes and flutes); Debra Tayleur(keyboard)and Erik Hoffman (fiddle).  Mike Fynan, Santa Rosa's favorite hometown caller will keep our dance community moving together with his inventive calling. 

Admission:  $10.00; $12.00 non-members; $7.00 young adults/financial hardship; $2.00 kids. 
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.”  Beginners lesson at 7:00.

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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  • Elaine

    And, thank you Michael Martin for the Carrots.

    August 18, 2013

  • Kimberlee

    Yes, thank you for the garden food! Those carrots were out of this world!! Thank you!!

    August 18, 2013

  • Elaine

    People came from San Mateo, Ukiah, and we even had a dancer from Maryland. A fun mix of people. Thanks to Tim Giddings and Larry Davis for the fresh fruit.

    August 18, 2013

  • Marlene M

    There were great dancers, caller and music! Thanks, everyone who brought snacks. Where else can you dance and walk out with apples to go! I just finished one of Tim's Gravenstein apples.

    August 17, 2013

  • Michael M.


    August 17, 2013

  • wendy

    sorry - worked late and too tired to get all changed and pretty!

    August 16, 2013

  • Michael M.

    7:30 miracles do happen!!

    August 16, 2013

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