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Santa Rosa Contra Dance with the Caffeinators preceded by free lesson.

Get your dancing percolator going by dancing to the lively music of The Caffeinators (Jon Berger.fiddle; Noel Cragg, keyboard; Tony Blake, percussion).  Every time we book this energetic local band they get rave reviews.   Count on Kalia Kliban to call some steaming hot  dances.

Contra dance 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. Free lesson at 7:30. 

Remember: “if you can walk you can do this form of dance.”

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

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.

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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  • Karen F

    Awesome band and caller!

    February 21, 2014

    • Elaine

      Thanks for the positive feedback Wendy and Karen.

      February 24, 2014

  • wendy

    Lots of fun..I brought a bunch of new folks and saw them laughing and smiling all night long! My favorite caller, also.

    February 22, 2014

  • Elaine

    Dear Karen, Thank you for your kind comments on our Meetup page. If you have a broken wrist you should not contra dance for now. However, the dizziness problem will go away. If you decide to try it again, I will be glad to give you some tips on dizziness. Just like many of us get car sick as kids, we learn to do things like look at the center line and ride in the front seat to avoid that carsick feeling. For most of us dizziness does go away!
    Have fun at the English dance!

    February 9, 2014

  • Karen V.

    I love this dance, but I can't do it. I became extremely dizzy a week ago when I went to the Petaluma dance. I have a broken wrist also and can not chance on falling. The people in Petaluma were so kind, gracious, friendly and understanding. I wish I could keep on, but not at this time. I plan on checking on English Country dancing next weekend to see if there is less circling, and turning.
    You are a wonderful group of people!

    February 8, 2014

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