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English Country Dance

Come dance with us!

The lively Bay Area "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a & Strathspey Society Band - Heather on fiddle, David on concertina, Patti on piano, Bruce on percussion & clarinet and Betsy on flute will treat us to contemporary and traditional tunes.

Popular Bay Area caller David Newitt will be our caller today.

Admission: $10.00; $12.00 non-members; $7.00 young adults/financial hardship; $2.00 kids. 

Contact person: Kathy Woeltjen

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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.

More info: www.nbcds.org

BEGINNERS are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson 15 minutes 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 1:45.

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. www.nbcds.org

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  • Elizabeth G

    Great to share the dancing fun with newcomers! Good energy and socialability for everyone.

    September 17, 2013

  • Karen F

    Lots of fun, I will be back!

    September 16, 2013

  • Bill L.

    Warm,pleasant afternoon with a goodly turnout of regular dancers and a few delightful newer folks. Energy from the Houmahoumanukanukaapuaa and Strathspey Society Band plus good direction from David Newitt - who also selected a really pleasing array of dances.

    September 15, 2013

  • Elaine

    It should be a great weekend of Country dancing in Sonoma County. I hope since there is no work on Monday that some of our meetup friends will give English Country Dancing a try. The lesson is free and the music is wonderful.

    August 27, 2013

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