Hey guys, we've been offered the opportunity to join the North Bay Country Dance group for a night of Contra Dancing in Santa Rosa! I'm going and I'm looking forward to it.
If you've never Contra Danced before, it's definitely worth a try!! It's sort of like line dancing and square dancing with LIVE MUSIC. Beginners are encouraged! Everybody there will be very kind and encouraging. Their motto is "if you can walk you can do this form of dance."
WHEN: Friday, Jan 18th, 8-11 pm - lesson at 7:30 pm
MUSIC: The band is called "Whimsical" - Janette Duncan (fiddle), Regan Hemphill (fiddle), Beth Christian (cello, fiddle), Debra Tayleur (piano)
COST: Say that you're with the "Sonoma County Artists Group" and get in for $10 [Regular price is: $12 adults, $10 NBCDS members, $7 adults under 25/FT students with ID/financial hardship, $2 ages 6–17, under 6 free.]
MORE INFO: www.nbcds.org - Dance Manager/Host: Emily Shaul Location: Monroe Hall, 1400 W College Ave, Santa Rosa
THE DANCE: 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. Click here to get a feel for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPmHoStII8
WHAT TO WEAR: 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).
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. www.nbcds.org