Petaluma Contra Dance


Labor Day weekend  in Sonoma County is a time to relax (and dance) with friends.  This year we have invited our favorite uncle, Uncle Farmer, to add to the fun.  Uncle Farmer is Ben Schreiber (fiddle) and Mike Sokolovsky (guitar) and they are two of the best contra dance musicians in Northern California.  Local favorite  Mike Fynan will keep us in a Labor Day party mood with his inventive calling.  We will be burning 300 calories per hour at least!

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 6:00 p.m.

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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  • Marlene M

    First off, I love the duo band that is UNCLE FARMER! They play such great tunes and some of the best music to contra dance to. Mike Fynan called some great dances with unusual, fun twists! Add our smiling dancers for magic!

    September 2, 2013

  • Elaine

    This dance was at least as zesty as the dance Saturday. Great dancing, great music and dancers on the floor we hadn't seen for a while. Welcome back Clark!

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im doing a hike earlier that day - but will try to come if I'm not too worn out as the next day is a NO WORK DAY!

    August 27, 2013

    • Elaine

      I hope you can make it Wendy.

      August 27, 2013

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