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Mill Valley "Aftershock" Contra Dance Preceded by a free lesson

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Ready to feel the earth move under your feet? Next weekend is the famous Faultline Frolic, our three day contra dance in Santa Rosa. If you are a contra dancer with enough energy and experience to dance for three days, please go to the North Bay Country Dance Society website ( to sign up. The rest of us can rejoice that the same bands playing at Faultline Frolic will be playing at the Aftershock in Mill Valley.

The featured band is Notorious.

Notorious' performances are new and exciting, featuring traditional American, Celtic, and Eastern-European tunes and songs, swing, blues, and the group's original compositons. Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddle brings classical technique and international versatility to the melody lead; Larry Unger on guitar and banjo writes unforgettable tunes and is the undisputed master of contra rhythm and blues; Sam Bartlett on mandolin is everybody’s favorite virtuoso stuntman; and Mark Hellenberg is the percussionist in demand by all of the top contra bands. A favorite band at dance camps, Notorious always provides a thrilling dance experience. It is too late to catch this band in Sorrento, Italy, this summer so you better catch them in Mill Valley.

Cis Hinkle from Atlanta Georgia is our caller.

Admission: $12.00; $7.00 for financially challenged and young adults. Free lesson at 7:00.

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 7:00.

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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