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Combined Petaluma/San Rafael Contra Dance in Mill Valley

    Yes.  One dance can be better than two when the band is Contra Sutra.   

        Contra Sutra is a groovy folk dance band from the Pacific Northwest. Kind of an all-star team, featuring members of the well-known bands KGB, The Syncopaths and Lift Ticket among many others. Rave reviews have followed their Contra and English Country dances up and down the West Coast.  Pictured above are Dave Bartley (guitar, mandolin), Russell Shumsky (percussion), Marmi Rachmiel (flute) and Ryan Mc Kasson(fiddle). 

This band is hot! Google them or check out their facebook page to sample their music.  

With calling by our favorite Monterey weatherman, Warren Blier.


Admission:  $12/$7 young adults under 26 and financial need.   
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.

More info:

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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  • Bruce

    It really was a far ranging crowd. I even danced with a Southern Belle from South Carolina. Great music and quite the enthusiastic group. Fun indeed!

    October 7, 2013

  • Kimberlee

    I "third" that ... fantastic dance and band! BIG fun.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Marlene M

    It was one of the most high-energy dances I've been to in a long while. Contra Sutra was just fabulous.

    2 · October 7, 2013

  • Elaine

    Friends from all over the Bay Area and beyond (Washington, Kentucky, Pennsylvania helped make this a special evening. Special thanks to the Mostly Marin Group about 15 of whom joined us as beginners. Great band, Great music. Hungry dancers-not one crumb of food left unconsumed.

    2 · October 7, 2013

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