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Contra Dance to the Coastal Prairie Band, calling by Alan Winston
Dance with us to the light and airy music of the Coastal Prairie Band. You’ll feel like you’re dancing in the sunshine at an open air market, because the farmer’s market is where this Santa Cruz based band regularly plays. Versatile musicians Darren Davison, Billy Rudock, and Karen Sanderson were part of the Farmer’s Market String Band. They are joined by Mike Sult to bring guitar, fiddles, vocals and bass to traditional fiddle tunes, folk songs, jazz, swing and originals. Calling for this contra dance is Alan Winston of the SF Bay Area, a masterful caller whose knowledge of the rich background and history of contra dance makes them interesting and fun. Doors open at 6:30 pm Beginner's orientation at 6:40 pm Dancing from 7 to 10 pm Bring healthy potluck snacks to share at the break Dance prices: $12 general $10 members of MCDC & sister organizations $5 full-time students and active military with ID Beginners are always welcome. We'll walk you through everything you need to know to enjoy this lively, festive, traditional American dance form. No need to bring a partner. Just come and have a great time dancing. For more information: http::// Email: [masked] or call Craig Hemphill at[masked] Monterey Country Dance Community

Carmel Youth Center

Torres Street · Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

What we're about

So you think you CAN'T dance? Think again! Contra dancing is a wonderful activity for anyone who enjoys live music, dance, socializing, fun, etc. We hold dances twice each month at the Carmel Youth Center. All skill levels and ages are welcome. No prior dance experience is necessary, and every dance is preceded by a lesson. The dances are very social by nature and all are welcome here — married and unmarried couples; singles, alone or with friends; people of all ages! Children are also welcome at dances if supervised by a responsible adult. There are delicious snacks at the break. We occasionally have special themed dances, potlucks, and dance workshops! Our motto: "If you're having fun, you're doing it right." Dances are sponsored by the Monterey Country Dance Community – an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping traditional live music and dance thriving on the Monterey Peninsula. More information at: (

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