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Santa Rosa Contra Dance (preceded by free contra dance lesson)

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Please join us for a very special dance with one of our favorite East Coast bands and our favorite Southern California caller. Yes! The Avant Gardeners are coming again to Santa Rosa and Frannie Marr will be calling.

The Avant Gardeners are known for their unique blend of traditional and original dance music, and infusions of rock and jazz and much more. A popular addition to many dance camps and events around the country, fiddler Laura Light and keyboardist George Paul always keep it fresh, and you never quite know what to expect. This trip, they will be joined by local fiddle dynamo Ben Schreiber, of favorite local band Uncle Farmer, and now we have the recipe for truly unforgettable music.

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One of Southern California's most popular callers, Frannie will be here to call dances from her extensive repertoire. The organizer of the monthly Pasadena dance, Frannie is great at making sure everyone feels welcome with her warm, engaging style.

Do not miss this dance. But if you do. invest in a tank of gas and bridge fare and catch them in San Francisco on Saturday.

Admission: $10.00; $12.00 non-members; $7.00 young adults/financial hardship; $2.00 kids. Free lesson at 7:30.

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.

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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.” Beginners lesson at 7:30.
About Our Dances: 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.

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. (


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