Sebastopool Contra Dance Preceded by a Free Lesson

We have some  birthday advice  for Marcus Aurelius who  born on April 26, 121 C.E. (or A.D).

 You see Marcus got it wrong when he said : "The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing!"  Well maybe that was true in Roman times ,but to function in today's complex society contra dancing provides more guidance for the art of living than wrestling. 

Live a little better and come to the Sebastopol contra dance.  Our caller will be Ken Olcottt and our band will be old favorites Rebecca King on keyboard and Jon Berger on fiddle. 


Admission:  $12,00 non-members: $10.00 members; $7.00 financially challenged or young adults. 

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 contra 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.


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