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Santa Rosa Contra Dance preceded by a free lesson

Photo: Playing Old Farmer's Ball at beautiful Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa!

Dance to some of the brightest young talent in the Bay Area.  Nationally know duo, Uncle Farmer, is becoming famous for their skillfully played and inventively arranged tunes.  The fiddle music of Ben Schreiber will send us soaring and the guitar of Mike Sokolovsky will help us keep the beat.  Yo Yo Zhou, will be our caller. 


Admission: $10.00; $12.00 non-members; $7.00 young adults/financial hardship; $2.00 kids. Free lesson at 7:30. 

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 7:30.
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

    We will be hosting Uncle Farmer one more time this year before they perform in Austin, Texas (within the city limits) in February.
    It has been fun to watch the performance of this duo. We found out this weekend that they have a wide repertoire of waltzes as well as contra dance music. Thank you Ben, Mike, and Yo Yo.

    October 20, 2013

  • Marlene M

    We were a large group of enthusiastic dancers last night. Uncle Farmer lived up to their reputation as a thrilling band. I loved the variety of dances that Yoyo called as well as his great explanations.

    October 19, 2013

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