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Santa Rosa Contra Dance preceded by a free lesson

 We usually contra dance once a week in the North Bay but two of our dance halls are unavailable this month so there is no San Rafael dance and no  Petaluma dance . No! No! No!

 Luckily, on Friday, May 16 our long wait for contra mania will be over.  Our band, THE wINgNuts,  Chris Knepper (fiddle,mandolin), Christie Hubbard (flute) and Will Wheeler (guitar), will help us make up for lost time.  Yes! Yes!

Any band with Chris Knepper and a flute player is bound to be high energy so come fully hydrated and ready to burn those contra calories.  Lynn Ackerson (and her dog?) will be calling so you know this  will be a dance worth waiting for. 


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

    Yes the band was amazing. The wiNgNuts was their name and they even brought a nyckelharpa with them. It is a Swedish keyed fiddle and it sounded so authentic when the hambo was played.

    May 17, 2014

  • Marlene M

    Fabulous music by the Whoots! They had such a great variety of tunes and instruments to dance to. Lynn Ackerson called her usual, great variety of dances for us. The newcomers had a great lesson and seem to enjoy the evening.

    May 17, 2014

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