Meet for a drink at Celia's and then go Contra dancing

  • May 17, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Celia's by the Beach

Hi Ocean Beach Buddies - OK this is a lot to ask - you will have to pay $10 plus learn how to do a new dance.  So I'm wondering if anyone will sign up but I have faith in you and your spirit of adventure! 

They do Contra dancing at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church  at 43rd and Judah every weekend.  It's a type of dance based on English, Irish and Scottish country dancing. It starts at 8pm but there is a free lesson for newbies (me included) at 7:30pm, so let's meet in the bar area at Celia's about 2 blocks away at 6:30pm for a drink and then head over around 7:25pm to the church for the dance lesson.  The lesson is free so if you just want to try it and not stay for the live music and dance, you can do that without paying the $10.

It's group dancing but you have a partner so we could really use some men signing up for this one.  OK, now I'm really pushing my luck, but again - having faith.... :)

Here is some info about the dancing:

Yes I see there is a free dance the following weekend but we have Gini's farewell dinner the following night, so I hope you can come this weekend and pay the $10 - I'm sure it will be a lot of fun.   

If you don't want to meet for the drink first, go straight to the church at 7:30pm:

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
[masked]rd Ave, San Francisco @ Judah St. 

Otherwise, meet at Celia's in the bar and look for me.  I'll try to have a meetup sign with me. 

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  • John

    Thanks Karen for setting it up. Had a great time and look forward to doing it again. I guess the guy was right about how he's never met anyone who left after the free lesson :D

    May 20, 2014

  • Barbara & C.

    Great Fun!

    May 18, 2014

  • Karen

    Thanks so much to Barbara, Eva and John for coming out for the drink. Barbara, John and I went for the dance lesson (Eva had an injury) and we ended up staying. I made it for an hour and then was wiped out! I'm not sure having a margarita first was a good idea - was definitely regretting it with all the spinning, until I finally sweat it out. People were super friendly, and tolerated us completely blowing the dances - I think it would be more fun the 2nd time when one has a sense of it and can focus more on having fun instead of just trying to figure out where you are supposed to land next. I took my shoes off for one dance to see if it would be better but that was also a mistake because now my feet hurt with blisters. Well, live and learn. But I think we could do this one again.

    May 17, 2014

  • Karen

    Thanks John :)

    May 16, 2014

  • Julie

    Karen, I've done this contra dancing at St Paul's and it was really fun and great aerobic exercise..sort of like square dancing, but done in lines with repetitive moves. You can work up quite a "glow!" You get to dance with many partners, as the lines shift, The dance community is very welcoming to newcomers, and they will reach out to give solos the opportunity to dance. Definitely get there for the lesson first, and wear comfy shoes you can twirl in!

    May 14, 2014

    • Karen

      Thanks for the info Julie!

      May 15, 2014

  • Barbara & C.

    I only have rubber-soled shoes. I think you need leather-soled shoes for that kind of dancing.

    May 15, 2014

    • Karen

      I don't know Barbara - wear what you have and I'm sure it will become apparent if they will work or not during the free lesson.

      May 15, 2014

  • Toni K.

    Darn! I'm going to miss all this fun stuff! Have a GREAT TIME everybody! Contra dancing is a BLAST! I don't know why they call it Contra Dancing. It's what we think of as square dancing.
    But I'll be at my daughter's college graduation in San Diego so it's a worthwhile loss. Can we do this again later on!? I'd love to do some contra dancing! I had no idea anybody in SF did this. There's a great little organic farm down the coast called Pie Ranch that does it once a month but it's a bit of a drive.

    May 15, 2014

  • amy

    have fun - karen comes up with yet another novel, fun idea!

    May 15, 2014

  • Natalia

    This sounds like so much fun! What a great idea. Unfortunately, we have plans for Saturday evening. Have a great time.

    May 15, 2014

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