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Contra Dance in Mill Valley--Come early for a free Contra dance lesson!

All levels of dancers will enjoy Contra dancing to “Perpetual eMotion," a young and very popular band from Maine that incorporates electronics into their music with loops and special effects! Contra dance music features fantastic fiddle tunes, driving Celtic rhythms, Cajun and sometimes dashes of Latin, Eastern-European and swing.  Calling the dance will be George Marshall, one of America's favorite callers. 

Contra dances are fun, easy to learn, and are always accompanied by live music. Before each dance, the caller teaches the dance and continues to prompt dancers after the band starts. Because the pattern of moves is repeated often, you learn quickly. Very little footwork is required—if you can walk you can do Contra dancing. 

BEGINNERS are welcome—gather at 6:45pm to meet other new dancers at an orientation. Then at 7pm, take a free half-hour lesson to learn the basic moves before the dance officially begins at 7:30pm. Wear low, smooth-soled shoes, and loose, comfortable clothes. Come alone or with a partner—our dances are friendly and inclusive, and you’ll probably end up dancing (at least briefly) with most of the people in the hall. For more info:

Admission:  $12/$7 young adults under 26 and financial need.    

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 since 1992 that promotes and produces American folk dances and English country dances in Sonoma & Marin counties.

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  • Dawn S

    The band was Off-the-Charts! A total of more than 100 people were there, despite traffic issues coming from the city.

    November 22, 2013

  • Dawn S

    Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday night! If you're new and coming to the orientation and/or lesson, let me know so I can watch for you at the door!

    November 20, 2013

  • Elaine

    There are some amazing videos on you tube of this group. My favorite is Perpetual e-Motion in Tacoma with calling by George Marshall. The Perpetual e-Motion website has a documentary you can watch that helps to explain how just two people can make so much music on This is going to be one great evening.

    November 16, 2013

  • Jann

    This kind of dancing is great exercise and fun!

    November 3, 2013

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