Sunday Jan 13 San Rafael Contra dance (at Masonic Hall)

Sunday Jan 13th – 7:30-10:30 pm -- Beginner's Lesson at 7

Caller: Lynne Ackerson

Band: The Crabapples

Marta Lynch - fiddle
Bob Silberstein - mandolin
Norm Cotton - piano
Teresa Fife - upright bass

Location: Masonic Hall, 1010 Lootens Place, San Rafael  (This will be our last dance at the Masonic Hall for a while, until after the construction project is done. Come dance in the hall where we've had so much fun!)

Door: $12 adults, $10 members, $7 adults under 25/FT students with ID/financial hardship, $2 ages 6–17, under 6 free.

Sound: Erik Ievins

Dance Manager/Host(s): Linda Howard and Alan Holbrook


Contra dancing 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).

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.

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.”

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.

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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  • Craig M.

    A wonderful (but temporary) goodbye contra dance at Marin Masonic Sunday night January 13 with Lynn Ackerson and the Crabapples. We won't be dancing at Marin Masonic for about 6 months or so due to their remodeling activities. Check the NBCDS website for San Rafael contra locations in the months ahead and come join us! About 20 Mostly Marin Meetup participants joined us at this SRF dance. Great fun introducing new people to contra dance. Just remember, experienced dancers, be gentle and treat them well!

    January 15, 2013

  • Karen F

    Great band and caller.

    January 14, 2013

  • Charme

    Very fun and enjoyable. I loved it!!!

    January 14, 2013

  • wendy

    I think I decided not to drive so far on a Sunday night..really wanted to dance but I think I need to rest my knee and leg anyway....see you all next Friday for sure though

    January 13, 2013

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