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Special Santa Rosa Contra Dance Preceded by a Lesson


How is this dance different from most others?   It is free!   Bring yourselves and bring your friends.  Bring snacks to share!   If you are new to  contra dance or your friends are new to contra dance please come at 7:30 for a lesson. 

Our band of Hot Frittata fame is  Gus Garelick (fiddle) and
Don Coffin (guitar).   Our very friendly and very  smart (MIT smart) caller is Yo Yo Zhou. 


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.”


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: ContraDance is 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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  • Bic D.

    Thank you Elaine and Craig. You guys are great people. Yes it was a fun dance. We had three lines!

    August 17, 2014

  • Elaine

    Thanks to all who came and danced and cooked and made this such a wonderful community event. I love you all. Elaine

    August 16, 2014

  • Karen F

    It was awesome! So much fun seeing everyone and the band and caller were GREAT!!

    August 16, 2014

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