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Petaluma Contra Dance/Optional Winter Reading Exchange

What is the best way to celebrate Ground Hog's Day?

Come  out of your hole (where you have perhaps been watching football) and come to Petaluma for our Super Stomp Sunday Contra Dance.   We call it Super Stomp Sunday because we will be hosting the amazing Sassafras Stomp visiting from Maine and Montana in a three person incarnation. 

Sassafras Stomp is a sweet, high-energy, contradance band that draws on  New England, Quebec, Maritime and Old Time traditions. Sassafras Stomp is Johanna Davis (fiddle); Adam Nordell (guitar and foot percussion); Putnam Smith (banjo and mandolin). And in a rare North Coast appearance Jean Gorrindo from San Luis Obispo will be calling this dance. 

At the end of the dance you can crawl back into your hole and read.  We are having a WINTER BOOK EXCHANGE!  Bring books you have enjoyed and read and put them on the reread table.  Take some (new to you) books home with you.  Tim Giddings will donate any orphan books to charity. 

Admission: $12.00 ; $7.00 financially challenged.    Free lesson at 6:00 p.m.
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

    I heard this dance was fantastic

    February 7, 2014

  • Elaine

    I danced last Thursday in Jerusalem. Yes, Jerusalem,
    Israel. As the Israeli caller said "it's not Talmud study" but what a great way to make friends in our worldwide contra community. I will be missing Petaluma and all my friends at home. See you in Mill Valley.


    January 28, 2014

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