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Special New England Petaluma Contra Dance preceded by a free lesson

 Join us as we dance to the music that made contra dancing the most authentic of  American dance forms. Our fiddler is  Rodney Miller of New Hampshire who was honored with the title "Master Fiddler" by the National Endowment for the Arts.  He is known as the foremost expert on New England style fiddling. 

He will be joined by Owen Marshall on guitar.  Owen is a nationally known contra dance musician who plays in many different bands including Riptide and The Blue Ribbon Dance Band.  You can hear Miller and Marshall  playing together in the video of a contra dance in Concord, Massachusett.



Susan Petrick will be our caller.  Susan is a local favorite whose cool, crisp calling has made her calling nationally famous. 


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.

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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 6:00 p.m.

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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  • Elaine

    For many of us this was the frosting on the cake. We had danced for 12hours the day before at the 12 hour Grass Valley Dance and now we were dancing with two of the Grass Valley stars in a smaller venue. One dancer said that this dance was even more fun than Grass Valley-and very high energy. She said where else can go you and be in a roomful of people and want to hug everyone in the room. I agree. Thank you North Bay Country Dance community!

    1 · November 4, 2013

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