Special San Rafael Contra Dance; free lesson at 7:30


Special Contra Dance, San Rafael Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
This is going to be a very special evening.

The Unitarian Church folks have invited us to a pot luck they'll host at the church. Bring a dish to share! That starts at 5:30. At 6:30 we'll wander into the neighborhood, to the nearby nursing home, and serenade with holiday songs (books provided)! Back at the hall by 7:30 for hot chocolate and a lesson.

At 8:00 we'll host our hosts at a dance with legendary fiddler, Blaine Sprouse. Sprouse started fiddling as a kid and had the good sense to follow Bill Monroe's bands around to festivals, soaking up Monroe's fiddler, Kenny Baker's technique. It paid off when, after playing in lots of big name bands around the south and at the Grand Ole Opry, Sprouse recorded a twin-fiddle album with Baker himself. Sprouse recently moved to Marin and we're happy to have him! Our very own Ray Bierl will be there to accompany Mr. Sprouse, along with Markie Sanders. We have the good fortune to have Kelsey Hartman to call this fabulous dance!

Talk about community!!! This is it, folks. Come celebrate the holidays, meet our friends who loan us their lovely hall on a regular basis, and greet our talented musicians. What a place to live, eh?

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.

More info: www.nbcds.org


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. www.nbcds.org



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  • Elaine

    This was a great opportunity to meet new friends from the Unitarian congregation. The music was great and the fellowship was wonderful.
    Thanks to our caller Kelsey for making the newcomers feel so welcome. Elaine

    December 15

  • wendy

    If I get back in time from my office christmas trip., I will be there - I love San Rafael dances

    December 2

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