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Santa Rosa Contra Dance preceded by a free lesson

Queen Elizabeth and the rest of us want to know why three of the best female musicians in the bay area call themselves "Fiddle King".

Perhaps it is because,  in the view of these women,  the fiddle is king.  But there are two fiddlers in this band so shouldn't the name be "Fiddle Kings"? 

Come dance to some fine local fiddle music with Fiddle King this Friday who are really Lee Anne Welch (fiddle); Julie Smolin (fiddle): and Rebecca King (keyboard).  The engaging Kelsey Hartman, who is always dressed like royalty,  will be our caller.

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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  • Elaine

    There was a dancer from North Carolina and another from Toronto. Both commented how much they enjoyed the dane.

    April 21, 2014

  • Karen F

    What a great night! I just love the dances that Kelsey calls because they flow so well making dancing effortless!

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Company showed up...I'll have to miss tonight. Have fun everyone!

    April 18, 2014

  • Elaine

    I wonder if they call themselves "Fiddle King" because
    the keyboard player is Rebecca King.

    April 16, 2014

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