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Petaluma Contra Dance Preceded by a Free Lesson

Nourish your inner child.  June 1 is International Children's Day and we are ready to celebrate with joyful music and dance. 

 

 

Our band is Chris Knepper (fiddle, mandolin); Charlie Hancock (piano);
Christie Hubbard (flute).   This innovative  trio will provide the music we need to remind us that contra dance is above all playful!  Our caller Susan Pleck will  inspire childlike enthusiasm in  our early summer contra playground with her selection of great contra dances.


Time: 6:30-9:30 pm Dance, 6 pm Beginners Lesson

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 6:00.

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.

More info: www.nbcds.org

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.

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  • Elaine

    This was one great dance. The flute player could not come and was replaced by Ben Schreiber. Wow! What a thrill to hear Ben and Chris playing together on one stage. The energy was great and the food
    (thank you Stacy) was fantiastic.

    June 2, 2014

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