Mill Valley Special Contra Dance preceded by free lesson

Please join us for what promises to be one of the most exciting contra dance experiences of the year.  Perpetual e-Motion is coming all the way from Maine  to play for us and the caller will be the dean of contra dance callers, George Marshall from Massachusetts. 

Perpetual e-Motion is Ed Howe and fiddle (and more) and John Cote on guitar and percussion (and more).  They use their hands, feet, and mouths to produce a mix of acoustic and electronic music that is propulsive, passionate, and progressive. 

How do they do it?  A mini-documentary was made about the process and it can be viewed on their website

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 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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  • Elaine

    George was as usual so polite and precise that we should dub him the butler of contra dance. He makes it all so inviting!
    Perpetual e-motion used their amazing bag of electronic tricks drive the energy level through the roof.

    November 23, 2013

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