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Santa Rosa Contra Dance Preceded by a Free Lesson

Watch out Sonoma County!  Stringfire is back and hotter than ever.   In this incarnation the band will be playing with fiddler extraordinaire, Annie Rodier.  Patty Cobb will be on keyboard and the recently-married Erik Ievins will be on bass.  As a special treat Kristen Seibert of North Carolina will be calling with her hot southern dances.   

Contra dance 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. Free lesson at 7:30. 

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. Free lesson at 7:30.

Info: www.nbcds.org

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. www.nbcds.org

  


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  • Marlene M

    It was great to see some newcomers and dancers who are "sort of new" come out! If you haven't been to Sebastopol, try it out on Saturday nite! It is such a sweet, little hall.

    July 22, 2014

  • Elaine

    Stringfire was wonderful as usual. The wonderful surprise was that their fabulous fiddler, Annie, lives in Santa Rosa! Thank you also to Kristen who brought her North Carolina charm with her.

    July 20, 2014

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