Past Meetup

Petaluma Contra Dance

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You better put some fire retardant on your dancing shoes. StringFire is coming to Petaluma. StringFire is Patti Cobb (keyboard), Erik Ievins (cello), and James MacQueen (fiddle). The StringFire logo below is extremely accurate because James MacQueen is a way-beyond-hot young fiddler.

This band thrives on challenging modern contra tunes with Celtic, blues, and rock infusions!

Kelsey Hartman (we love you Kelsey!) will help us keep our groove going with her concise calling and infectious enthusiasm.

Admission: $10.00; $12.00 non-members; $7.00 young adults/financial hardship; $2.00 kids. Free lesson at 6:00 p.m.

Please note: Dancers attending the English Contra Dance in the afternoon can get into the Petaluma contra dance for half price.

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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