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Our dances were not started on Meetup. So you won't see very high RSVP counts since most people attend without RSVPing on Meetup.

1 of 2: Contra Dancing

You love live music, to move to it, to get exercise, to make friends.

Typically 60 to 90 of us are dancing each Sunday. This is a great place for non-dancers to explore a new kind of fun, for experienced dancers new to contra dance, and of course returning contra dancers. No experience necessary!

Our live music includes all kinds of instruments depending on the band. Typical instruments include fiddle, guitar, piano, mandolin, accordion, flute.

We offer a 20-minute orientation lesson before each dance where you'll learn the basic structure of a contra dance and the most common figures. The caller teaches the sequence for each dance before the music starts, and then prompts the figures for a while. The dances are about 30 seconds but then the sequence repeats several more times, and each time you meet another pair of dancers. How sociable!

It's perfectly okay to come to the dance by yourself. Everybody asks everybody to dance.

What to wear: comfortable, smooth-sole (if possible) shoes, lightweight clothing or layers when it's cold. Maybe bring an extra shirt in case you work up a sweat...Let's Dance!

2 of 2: English Country Dancing

The Grandparent of contra dancing, English Country Dancing appeals to your love of variety, excitement, elegance, energy, and even a bit of challenge. Come with friends or come by yourself. Everyone dances.

Upcoming events (5+)

Dance: Drop Kick Mickeys band/John Rogers calls, Sun 6:30-9:30: Lesson at 6:10pm

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

Contra Dance to the band Drop Kick Mickeys with John Rogers calling, Sun 6:30-9:30: Lesson at 6:10pm Contra dance is a fun social dance with a live band and a caller. Enjoyable, good exercise, and you don't need a partner. From 6:30 -9:30pm almost every Sunday night. Contra dance orientation/lesson at 6:10 p.m. in the Carrillo Ballroom for those who are new. Every dance is a new experience. The cost is $12, or $10 if you are a member. Teens and students to 24, $5, age 12 and under are free. At SB Carrillo Recreation Center (https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=100+East+Carrillo+Street%2C+Santa+Barbara%2C+CA%2C+93101%2C+us) 100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA in the large ballroom with the sprung floor. You don't need to bring a partner because this is a social dance and everybody dances with everybody. You don't need to know how to Contra Dance. There is a lesson at 6:10pm and a walk-through by the Caller before each dance so you can just jump in. You will get friendly help all night. Those who participate in contra dancing find a safe place to meet and socialize with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. It's a great social activity, a way to meet people, to socialize and have a good time with a group of people. Not just one or two....At a contra dance you meet lots of people in the course of an evening. Lots of good exercise too. The band takes a break in the middle. At the end of each half, you can dance a waltz. And during the break, recorded music is played for East and West Coast swing dance, Country Dance, and more. The best description I have heard is that with each dance we build a carousel, then jump on and ride it. Great fun for the brain and the body. Join us for great fun! More info (http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/)

English Country Dancing and Join the World of Jane Austen

First Presbyterian Church

$5.00

Imagine dancing like Elizabeth Bennet, or Mr. Darcy. Or like Jane Austen herself, who loved the "Country Dance" of her day. We'll teach anyone with any or no experience dances that can be traced all the way back to the 17th century. We'll teach other dances written last year, "in the historical style." Some of our dances are energetic, like in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice, others are elegant, like in the 1995 BBC version. Many are both at once! No need to bring a partner, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Come to dance, to socialize, and no doubt to prepare for our next Winter Dreams Ball (http://www.sbcds.org/wd/) in February 2019. It'll be a doozy!

Dance: The Cat Mountain Rounders/Susan Petrick (caller) 6:30-9:30: Lesson@6:10pm

SB Carrillo Recreation Center

$12.00

Contra dance to Susan Petrick (caller) and Dan Levenson & the Cat Mountain Rounders. Contra dance is a fun social dance with a live band and a caller. Enjoyable, good exercise, and you don't need a partner. From 6:30 -9:30pm almost every Sunday night. Contra dance orientation/lesson at 6:10 p.m. in the Carrillo Ballroom for those who are new. Every dance is a new experience. The cost is $12, or $10 if you are a member. Teens and students to 24, $5, age 12 and under are free. At SB Carrillo Recreation Center (https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=100+East+Carrillo+Street%2C+Santa+Barbara%2C+CA%2C+93101%2C+us) 100 East Carrillo Street, Santa Barbara, CA in the large ballroom with the sprung floor. You don't need to bring a partner because this is a social dance and everybody dances with everybody. You don't need to know how to Contra Dance. There is a lesson at 6:10pm and a walk-through by the Caller before each dance so you can just jump in. You will get friendly help all night. Those who participate in contra dancing find a safe place to meet and socialize with other people, especially members of the opposite sex. It's a great social activity, a way to meet people, to socialize and have a good time with a group of people. Not just one or two....At a contra dance you meet lots of people in the course of an evening. Lots of good exercise too. The band takes a break in the middle. At the end of each half, you can dance a waltz. And during the break, recorded music is played for East and West Coast swing dance, Country Dance, and more. The best description I have heard is that with each dance we build a carousel, then jump on and ride it. Great fun for the brain and the body. Join us for great fun! More info (http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/)

English Country Dancing and Join the World of Jane Austen

First Presbyterian Church

$5.00

Imagine dancing like Elizabeth Bennet, or Mr. Darcy. Or like Jane Austen herself, who loved the "Country Dance" of her day. We'll teach anyone with any or no experience dances that can be traced all the way back to the 17th century. We'll teach other dances written last year, "in the historical style." Some of our dances are energetic, like in the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice, others are elegant, like in the 1995 BBC version. Many are both at once! No need to bring a partner, and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Come to dance, to socialize, and no doubt to prepare for our next Winter Dreams Ball (http://www.sbcds.org/wd/) in February 2019. It'll be a doozy!

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