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Holiday Gala Santa Rosa Contra Dance preceded by free lesson

Feel the joy of the  season by joining us for our holiday gala Santa Rosa Contra Dance.   There are four reasons this dance is not to be missed: the band, the caller, the food, and the dancers.

The band is  a two-fiddle version of the locally lauded StringFire. This month  StringFire is Patti Cobb (keyboard), Erik Ievins (cello), and James MacQueen (fiddle) and Caroline Mc Caskey(fiddle).  

This band thrives on challenging modern contra tunes with Celtic, blues, and rock infusions!  And their music is hot enough to warm the coldest winter's night.

The caller is a very special guest. 

Kristin Seibert, a devoted young caller from North Carolina, will be calling for us as part of her first California tour.  Kristen will keep us engaged with her calm calling style and knack for picking the perfect dance for the moment.  Come welcome her to Santa Rosa. 

The food will be an elegant potluck "dessert" buffet.  Please bring sweet or savory snacks to share. 

Santa Rosa contra dancers are friendly and welcome newcomers.  There will be a beginner lesson one half hour before the dance  at 7:30.  Here is some information about contra dance. 

Contra dancing focuses on pattern, flow and rhythm. It's energetic, so wear loose, comfortable clothes and low, smooth-soled shoes that will stay on your feet (not sandals or running shoes). Beginners are welcome! Please join us for a free lesson a half hour before the dance begins to learn the basic moves. 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.”

Door: $12 adults, $10 NBCDS members, $7 adults under 25/FT students with ID/financial hardship, $2 ages 6–17, under 6 free.


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.

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.

This dance is 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

    This was an awesome event. Thanks to all, old and new, who made it so special. Elaine

    December 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an awesome event. Thanks! We will definitely be at more of them.

    December 21, 2013

  • ralph r.


    December 16, 2013

  • Elaine

    Thank you Wendy. I appreciate that you invited them and I appreciate the heads up. We will do our best to make sure they have a great lesson and a great experience.

    December 15, 2013

  • wendy

    I invited some folks from my other meet up group - so far, about 13 newbies are coming.

    December 15, 2013

  • Yael S.

    Sorry, Dec. 20 is the annual holiday swing dance at the Verdi Club in SF. Too bad I can't clone myself! Have fun contra dancing. I'll be swinging my butt off that night!

    December 12, 2013

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