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SPECIAL CDSS Fundraiser: Extra Petaluma Contra Dance This Month!
WHAT? A second contra dance in Petaluma this month? That's right - and there's an amazing lineup of talent for this special fundraiser* for the Country Dance & Song Society (, the national organization with which NBCDS is affiliated! Music provided by none other than The Backwater Boys - world famous Rodney Miller (fiddle), Chris Knepper (mandolin/guitar), Charlie Hancock (keyboards). And Frannie Marr from Southern California is one of the country's most sought after callers for dance weekends and special events. Door: $10 NBCDS/CDSS-affiliate members; $12 non-members; $5 under 30, FT students w/ID, and financial hardship; $2 ages 6-17. FREE LESSON AT 6:15. BEGINNERS are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson before the contra 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. Be prepared for moderate exercise. *There will also be a fundraiser dinner and silent auction before this dance starting at 5pm - please go to for more information about that!

St Johns Episcopal Church

40 Fifth Street · Petaluma, CA

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    What we're about

    This is a group for anyone who enjoys dancing to LIVE MUSIC, exercise, fun, socializing, etc. Our Contra and English Country dances* are held every week at various venues in Sonoma & Marin Counties. 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 attract people of all ages/status — married and unmarried couples, singles, alone or with friends. Children are welcome at dances when supervised by a responsible adult. There are delicious snacks at the break. We occasionally have special themed dances and weekend dance camps. Our motto is "If you're having fun, you're doing it right."

    Contra Dance: Kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers, Contra dancing focuses on pattern, flow, rhythm and energy. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene.

    Welcome to the contra dance -

    San Rafael Contra Dance w/ Cis Hinkle & Notorious (Oct. 2009, NBCDS) -

    Youth Flock to Contra Dancing - (Audio Interview) /story.php?storyId=128273050&sc=tw

    English Country Dance is spirited and graceful, emphasizing style and interaction. Dances taught can be anywhere from 17th century to modern with a variety of floor patterns.

    These ECD videos show excerpts of several different dances and are a good introduction to both the form and music.

    Introduction to ECD - the caller introduces a beginner to the fun and explains some of the history. (

    ECD group in Germantown, PA - different callers, variety of music, range of ages and skill levels.


    Dances are sponsored by the North Bay Country Dance Society, a non-profit organization. NBCDS has been promoting and producing American and English Country Dance, music and song in the Wine Country north of San Francisco (Sonoma & Marin Counties) since 1992. LGBT-friendly. Fragrance-free dancing is greatly appreciated as many have severe allergies.

    See our website for a full calendar, venues, history, etc:

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    * Please note that Contra and English Country dance are different than Country Line Dancing. And Contra dance has nothing to do with rebel fighters in Central America!

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