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Thanksgivikkah Sebastopol Contra Dance preceded by free lesson

Are you ready for the epic convergence of two holidays:  Thanksgiving and Hanukkah?    Come and join us for a little pre-feast fun and  exercise at our first Thanksgivikkah  contra dance. We will be celebrating again this holiday again in 77,000 so this is a once in a lifetime experience.

 We will be dancing to the music of the Road Oilers with Mike Drayton (fiddle); John Pedersen (banjo, fiddle); Perry Fly  (guitar, concertina): Chuck Wiley (guitar, bass).  The multi-talented Lea Smith will be coming down from Fort Bragg to call this dance.

And the food will be healthy but seasonal.  What says Thanksgivikkah more than sweet potato latkes made by Harbin Hot Springs gourmet Jim De Vore. We may even sing some Thanksgivikkah songs.



Contra dancing focuses on pattern, flow and rhythm. It's energetic, so wear loose, comfortable clothes and low, smooth-soled shoes that will stay on your feet (not sandals or running shoes)

 Beginners are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson a half hour before the dance begins to learn the basic moves. 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.” Come at 7:30 p.m. for a free lesson. 


Door: $12 adults, $10 NBCDS members, $7 adults under 25/FT students with ID/financial hardship, $2 ages 6–17, under 6 free.

 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.


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.


This dance is 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 found out at this dance that Contra dancers can also sing! We all enjoyed Lea's calling, Jim's sweet potato latkes, and the music by the Road Oilers. The beginners were very enthusiastic. We hope to see more of you in the New Year.

    November 24, 2013

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