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Free Newcomer Contra Dance with Community Band, calling by Erik Hoffman

Free contra dance for all newcomers!  Also, if you're an experienced dancer, bring a newcomer, and you will both get in free!  Really, though, if you've attended just once or twice, that's good enough for us, and you won't have to pay either.  What we'd like, is to get a ton of people at the dance having a good time, so tell your friends, and let's pack the place!

Music will be by community band, led by Chris Knepper on fiddle and Debra Tayleur on piano.  The last time we did this, we had about 20 musicians crowding the stage, so it should be fun.

Calling will be by Erik Hoffman, who, besides being a longtime contra caller, is also in much demand as a caller for weddings and parties, because he can make anyone want to get up and dance with his affable inclusive style. 

Contact erik at for rehearsal schedule if you want to join the band 

WHERE: St. Paul's Presbyterian Church,[masked]rd Ave (corner of 43rd & Judah) in San Francisco. 
TIME: 8pm-11pm (FREE beginner/newcomer lesson at 7:30pm) 
MUSIC: Community band led by Chris Knepper and Debra Tayleur
CALLER: Erik Hoffman
PRICES: Free for all newcomers, and if you bring a newcomer, you both get in free too!  $8 BACDS members ($10 for non-members), $5 students or low-income or pay what you can


New to Contra dancing? New to OUR dance? No worries - just check out

Share pictures, ideas, set up carpools, volunteer to help out, or just mingle on our Facebook group at

Upcoming events: see our schedule at

March 1: Caller: Susan Pleck, Band: Brian Theriault Band (Brian Theriault, Chris Knepper, Charlie Hancock)

March 16 
Caller: Laura Mé Smith [WA],  Contra Sutra [WA] (Ryan McKasson, Marni Rachmiel, Dave Bartley, Russell S.) -- special Post Spring Fever Dance, 7:30-10:30pm, special price: $12/$10/$6

March 28 
Caller: Jeremy Korr [So Cal],  Band: The Nettles [OR] (Laura Brophy, Kevin Johnsrude, Michael Proctor) -- special price: $12/$10/$6 

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